Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Japanese Calligraphy

Visual Arts
Japanese Culture





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Rejuvenate while improving your focus with Ren, a master in Shodo calligraphy. Ren’s work has been recognised by the Japanese Foreign Ministry, gaining the esteemed title of national property of Japan for his work ‘Furusato’ which now lives at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra, as well as having various works exhibited internationally.

Learn how to make different types of sumi ink to kick-start your calligraphy career, wield your calligraphy brush or 'fude' against a special type of Japanese paper called ‘hanshi’. Learn Japanese characters, and express your emotions through brush stroke pressure, rhythm and tone.

This workshop is a perfect meditative experience to break-up a stressful week.

library_books Knowledge Required

No knowledge of Japanese required

build Equipment Needed

All equipment is provided. Just bring your enthusiasm!


Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop class location

Chatswood, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.



Japanese Traditional Calligrapher in Shodo


Ren is an artist who specialises on ‘Shodo’, Japanese traditional calligraphy. He was conferred Consul-General's Commendation on in 2016.

After holding exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka, he moved his centre of activity to Sydney in 1996.

Now his work can be seen all over NSW through his exhibitions. In addition, he has held various performances and workshops at many occasions including the NSW Art Gallery, the Japanese Embassy’s Candle Festival and the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

He has also taken the role of Kanji (Japanese characters) Demonstration in the SBS Japanese learning show ‘Nihongo Daisuki’ and other Chinese learning shows.

In recent years he has also impressed overseas audiences with many activities including his exhibition in Dubai and performance at the Japan Day in New Zealand, to which he was invited by the Auckland Consulate of Japan.

In 2010 his work ‘Furusato’ (En: place of origin) was
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Verified reviews for this class


By (attended on 17 Nov 2018)

Great experience, when writing the words, I can feel I am interact with the character.

Calligraphy workshop review by Xinhui Chen


By (attended on 17 Oct 2018)

Excellent. Highly recommend. Great teacher - authentic, honest and willing to share knowledge with an understanding of the client needs.


By (attended on 22 Sep 2018)

A wonderful, masterful and jam packed workshop: for an hour, Ren's efficiency really took over and the progress from practising strokes to actually creating calligraphy was swift. I didn't want the class to end. Really recommend this workshop for an hour of Zen to break up a hectic day. Thank you Ren!

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Lana Habl


By (attended on 18 Aug 2018)

Good value for money, teacher was friendly and good at explaining would highly recommend for people interest in learning Shodo (even with no prior experience)


By (attended on 31 Jul 2018)

Hitoshi was great- encouraging, organised and adaptable. He created a positive and friendly atmosphere and was able to share some of his professional experiences after the lesson. Great to have a master to learn from.


By (attended on 16 Jul 2018)

The lesson was very clearly delivered, materials all laid out and ready to go.

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By (attended on 9 Jul 2018)

We had a great experience, very friendly teacher and nice location. We will definitely consider coming back for another lesson.

Calligraphy workshop review by Zackery  Sydney


By (attended on 3 May 2018)

It was wonderful. Amazing teacher who took us through every step. Japanese equipment and a very calm and relaxing experience. Will be back!

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Kate Ahmad


By (attended on 20 Apr 2018)

Great teacher and we enjoyed the class very much


By (attended on 21 Mar 2018)

Ren was a wonderful teacher and was very patient and thorough in teaching me the various strokes. It was the perfect meditative class that helped me to relax and unwind whilst also learning a new skill.


By (attended on 27 Dec 2017)

Amazing instruction.I learnt an appreciation of Japanese lettering and will come again from Tasmania when I have done my homework to learn and respect more of this style of calligraphy.


By (attended on 9 Sep 2017)

Will return. Ren sensei setup a lovely space welcome me to calligraphy in. Whilst his club's studio is in Chatswood and handy to the train station it's in a quiet area suitable for this kind of activity. Ren himself was unassuming and an excellent teacher, working out my capabilities quickly and giving just enough information then space and feedback for me to work things out. With thanks,

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2018-12-12T13:00">Wed 12 Dec 2018
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