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Water Calligraphy

A 10-Minute Saturday Activity for Everyone
August 11, 18 and 25, 2018

Visit and unleash your calligraphy talent with our magic canvas board! (Actually, no previous experience or talent is needed!) You can write in Japanese or create paintings and patterns if that’s your thing. Just one condition: let’s keep it PG.

Since you will paint with water, you can express your artistry without the fear of ink disasters. However, your masterpiece will vanish in 10 minutes, so make sure to take a photo while it lasts! Then, flip the board (it’s double sided) and try again. Don’t forget to tag us (@jpfsydney / #jpfsydney).

Don’t be scared if this is your absolute first time to do brush calligraphy, we will set up a mini library on Japanese calligraphy and ink painting to fire your inspiration. We’ve also listed some web sites below.

This is a laid-back activity for all ages but please supervise children aged 8 and under


    • 習字のお手本変換ツール (in Japanese): Type any Japanese characters in the search box to generate a calligraphy model of the characters in your choice of block or semi-cursive style.
    • Kanji Name Maker: Converts your name from English into kanji characters that sound similar to your name. The result page also explains the meaning of each character picked.
    • えかきうたリスト (in Japanese): Tons of samples of Japanese graffiti and mini illustrations that suit drawing with a brush. There is a song clip for each illustration to help children reproduce the shape easily.

NOTE: An instructor will not be present but reference books and videos will be available for viewing.


On the following Saturdays, 10am-3pm:
August 11, 18 and 25, 2018

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008

Free; all materials provided.

(02) 8239 0055

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