Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Class

Learn mindfulness through Samurai Shodo: the art of Japanese calligraphy

75 mins Class size 1 to 4 (public classes), 1 to 8

label $40 - $120 ($120 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $60 for 2 guests, $45 for 3 guests, $40 for 4+ guests)

Japanese calligraphy has two types: Shuji and Shodo. Shuji means learning to write hiragana and kanji with ink and a brush, while Shodo is the mindfulness work with ink and a brush and the art of black and white.


During the session you will learn:

Shodo philosophy and terminologies
Differences of fude materials
How to make liquid ink from water and a solid ink bar
How to hold a brush
Suitable posture to draw energetic lines
How to stroke sharp/loose/skinny/bold horizontal lines
How to stroke sharp/loose/skinny/bold vertical lines
How to stroke spiral lines left and right
How to stroke different dots simple, flicks to left, flicks to right
How to stroke sharp/loose/skinny/bold sweeping lines (left)
How to stroke troke sharp/loose/skinny/bold sweeping lines (right)
How to draw 永 eternal eight kinds of strokes
How to draw your name in Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji
Make your masterpiece with your chosen word as an artwork on a Uchiwa Japanese handy fan or similar
If time left,
Make your Rakkan (easy rubber eraser stamp) with your initial

Here, your masterpiece!

You can make one for yourself or as an artwork gift to your loved one.

What is Mindfulness Samurai Shodo? サムライ書道って?

In my experience as a shodo instructor, I have seen brush work was hard for non Japanese since they just tried to follow the shapes of a Japanese word. That is called Shuji, and definitely not Shodo.


What do you imagine Samurai?
Yes, a samurai worrier with a sword. So, change the sword to a brush.

For kids over 10 years old, I will accommodate with your needs; e.g. a birthday party. The venue is within and above the busy heritage shopping building, The Block Arcade.

Knowledge Required
Beginners are welcome! No Japanese language knowledge required!
What you'll get
  • All tools (ink, a brush, papers, mat etc) will be provided.
  • You will learn how to draw hiragana and kanji and your name.
  • Japanese handy fan (Uchiwa or Sensu) will be inclusive to the workshop fee to draw a word/phrase of your choice.
What to bring
No tools required. If you have your own Shodo calligraphy stuff, please bring them with you. You can bring any Japanese word/s to draw and practice.

Suite 203A, Level 2, Lift 1, The Block Arcade, 282 Collins St, Melbourne

Your teacher
A Happier Medium
A Happier Medium

5.0 (10)

Hi there,

I am teaching something Japanese;
Japanese calligraphy, Japanese Needle Therapy and Japanese Massage and more!

I started practicing Shuji Japanese calligraphy 40 years ago as it is compulsory in primary education which teaches children how to write Japanese words properly and neatly. At high school, I loved Shodo (way of drawing with a brush and ink) and was good at Shodo but my other talent (athletics) stopped me to pursue the way of Shodo.

In 2009, I resumed my Shodo journey and finally got a teaching qualification of artistic Shodo which allows you to express your insights and emotions (rather than Shuji educational shodo).

Beside Shodo, I have been practising Japanese style acupuncture and traditional Japanese massage since 1995. Establishing a popular clinic in Sydney in 2004, now I live in Melbourne to provide Japanese style gentle yet energetic acupuncture and massage treatments as well as teaching Japanese Needle Therapy and Japanese Massage in The Block Arcade since 2013.

I have successfully organised Meetup groups and taught my classes and courses to Australian and international participants. They enjoy my teaching way while I am happy to add Japanese essence into their lives.

I hope you also enjoy the Japanese witch's teaching to have life-changing experiences!


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Sam Kenneally  •  Nov 2020

We had such a lovely time with Yoshie today! She was a kind and encouraging teacher who was very patient and friendly. I would recommend this class to anyone :-).

Sagan-Indiana Culph  •  Jan 2020

We had a wonderful time! Everything was provided and we didn’t have to bring a thing. Yoshie is a great teacher and very encouraging. I can’t recommend this enough, it was both relaxing and exciting. 6/5 stars!

Sagan-Indiana Culph  •  Jan 2020

We had a wonderful time! Yoshie is a great teacher and very encouraging. I can’t recommend this enough, it was both relaxing and exciting. 6/5 stars!

Penny Liberogiannis  •  Dec 2019

Loved the class and introduction to Shodo. Fantastic idea for a work team activity - everyone enjoyed it and could participate. Thanks, Yoshie, we had a great time.

Jesse Panzarino  •  Nov 2019

Yoshie was a great teacher. Very friendly and helped us learn the basics in the beginning to crafting a word into a fan and board. Highly recommend this class for anyone including people like us who have had no experience beforehand. Thanks Yoshie

Faith Hunter  •  Sep 2019

Excellent class with a welcoming teacher. Very clear direction and encouragement. Will definitly be back!

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