Anime Magic! is excited to welcome Oda Sensei, who will put on a live demonstration of Shodo (Calligraphy)!
Japanese calligraphy or shodo is an artistic way of writing the Japanese language using brush (fude) and ink (sumi). This form of writing with a set brush stroke order allows for a creative way to produce works of art. Often tied with meditation, the mind is cleared to let the letters flow out with little effort. This state of mind is called mu shin or “no mind state.”
There are different calligraphy styles such as: kaisho “correct writing” described as deliberate and clear strokes similar to newspaper print, gyousho “traveling writing” seen as a semi cursive style, and sousho “grass writing” the flowing cursive style. You can also use your calligraphy to decorate objects such as fans or lamps. Whether you practice “mu shin” or simply enjoy exploring your creativity, you can learn about yourself as you allow the worries of the week to flow out like the ink off the brush while economically beautifying your living area.
In the Shodo program you learn the art of Japanese calligraphy from Hekiun Oda Sensei, a calligraphy master from the Japanese Calligraphy Association in Japan, aka “Genshin-kai”. Thanks to Oda Sensei’s rank as “Shihan” in the association, students in this program will be able to send their work to the headquarters in Japan and potentially be an awarded a rank. Which is a very rare opportunity! The classes are focused on learning various writing techniques while working on assignments that are tailored to each student’s level and ability. Whether beginner or advanced, all levels and ages are welcomed!
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