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Writing from the Pure Heart 

美文字(びもじ)ワークショップ (Bimoji Workshop)

September 30, 2017

Have you ever looked at Japanese scripts (hiragana, katakana and kanji) and thought that you would like to write these characters correctly, and beautifully?

Each of Japan’s three writing systems may appear different, but there are certain key characteristics present in all scripts, especially when writing. These characteristics originating from shodou (calligraphy) include the stroke shapes tome, hane, and harai (stop, hook and stretch). By trying calligraphy just once, you can grasp these key techniques to writing Japanese scripts.

In Japan, it is thought that the heart of a person resides in the characters that they write. Carefully written characters are not only easy to read, but they can show the feelings of the writer as well. In this way, you can demonstrate omoiyari, a consideration towards others.

In this workshop, you will learn the history of shodou in Japan and its place in modern culture. Afterwards, you will use a pen or pencil, to learn the basics, and also have a chance to try calligraphy.

*No experience in Japanese language study required.

Flavours of Japan - Traditional Seasoning Workshop Application Form
(Mr, Mrs, Ms, etc.)
(Library membership is not the JPF membership. To become a member, please click here)
Terms & Conditions

• In the case that enrolment does not reach the minimum number of 12, the workshop may be cancelled.
• Workshop fees will not be refunded unless the workshop is cancelled due to low enrolment numbers.

Photo Release Permission

I give permission to have my photograph taken during the workshop at The Japan Foundation, Sydney for its publicity, promotional and/or educational purposes (including publications, presentation or broadcast via newspaper, internet or other media sources). I do this with full knowledge and consent and waive all claims for compensation for use, or for damages.


Chie Kakuya is employed by The Japan Foundation as a Japanese language teacher assistant for high schools in Hobart. She began shodou (Japanese calligraphy) at 4-years-old and obtained a High School Teacher’s Calligraphy License in Japan.

In January 2017, Chie assisted The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s Intensive Seminar for Japanese Language Teachers, where she conducted a calligraphy demonstration and workshop for teachers.



September 30, 2017 (Saturday)

Please arrive 15 minutes early. 

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

Bookings Essential.
General fee: $30
JPF Member fee: $25

No experience in Japanese language study required.

Max: 26 / Min: 6

18 years

(02) 8239 0055

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