Shodo : Japanese Calligraphy
Shodo is a way of artistic writing. Sho means writing and Do means the way or path. Through practicing Shodo, you can learn a way of life and gain many benefits. Shodo is good training for your mind, body and spirit. Using the brush requires dexterity, concentration and discipline. Shodo is also a creative and spiritual art form that brings harmony and self-discovery into one’s life. I hope that you will be able to learn, enjoy and share Shodo with others.
The class will start with a brief meditation and breathing session to help you focus and concentrate. A brief history and philosophy of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy will be presented, along with the styles of writing: Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. Students will practice the 12 basic brush strokes, as well as Kanji and Hiragana characters/words. Each student will make his or her own greeting card or bookmark to take home. By completing this class, each student will be able to continue making their own beautiful calligraphy art works independently.
Instructor: Sensei Masato Kawahatsu
Sensei Masato Kawahatsu began Martial Arts training in Japan over 50 years ago. Lifelong practice of Japanese calligraphy, including study of kanji origins to grasp the spiritual meaning of Shodo. Since 2000, Founder and Sensei (Master Teacher) of Martial Arts and Shodo training at SHIN SHIN GAKUDO (Way of the Mind, Body and Spirit). Konko minister in the U.S. for over 40 years.
Time: 2:00pm- 5:00pm
Number of meetings: 1
Location: Konko Church of San Francisco 1909 Bush Street (Laguna)
Materials Fee (pay to the instructor): $10