Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

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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.

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No knowledge of Japanese required

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All equipment is provided. Just bring your enthusiasm!


Chatswood, NSW

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Japanese Traditional Calligrapher in Shodo

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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 approved by the Japanese Foreign Ministry as a national property of Japan, meaning his artistic talent is now recognised by two nations(Australia and Japan). This work is now housed at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra.

He holds Shodo classes in Sydney, and is endeavouring to pass his talent to future generations.

Ren participated in production of Hollywood movie “The Wolverine” (2013) as a calligrapher. Also he was conferred Consul-General's Commendation on in 2016.

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By (attended on 8 Jun 2019)

The teacher was great and very patient. Just remember to bring your word to work with.

Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Workshop review by Milton Braga


By (attended on 8 May 2019)

Ren Is a very Experienced teacher who did his best to put as much as possible into the hour I had with him. It was a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommend it.


By (attended on 9 May 2019)

An amazing experience. Ren-san was a great teacher, very attentive, supportive and encouraging throughout the entire session. He was extremely accommodating and welcoming with his friendly, casual approach, and I very much appreciated his tutelage and friendly warmth. I have acquired the tools to practice on my own and am already planning on making another visit to further sharpen my skills! Domo arigato, Ren-san!


By (attended on 30 Mar 2019)

Wonderful experience. The teacher was very welcoming and accommodating. Very patient and explained things in a way I could understand. Very enthusiastic and supportive. Very nice person. I had a wonderful time and will definitely recommend


By (attended on 23 Mar 2019)

Ren is an amazing teacher. Very patient & positive. All art supplies are provided. Venue is accessible by transport. I enjoyed the workshop so much that i will be looking at joining classes during the week.


By (attended on 23 Feb 2019)

Hi There

We arrived late. The teacher was fantastic. He was able to accommodate us and help us to catch up with the rest of the group. We love it.


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By (attended on 12 Feb 2019)

It was a great class. All materials has been provided and for sale to take home, so I bought some to practice at home. Great atmosphere and very calming experience. Will come back next week for more. Teacher is patient and makes everything clear for students.


By (attended on 1 Feb 2019)

To learn Japanese calligraphy is interesting and challenging. More time is needed to follow all the procedures and to practice. Certainly learnt a lot and provided ideas for my watercolor paintings


By (attended on 11 Jan 2019)

Lovely lesson. Much more to calligraphy than I realised. Gentle informative tuition following traditional methods with a supportive and encouraging teacher. Wish to do more.


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.


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


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.

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