Shodo ~Japanese Calligraphy~ 日本を体験しよう!外国人の書道体験は西麻布書院

Foreign people can experience Shodo which is one of the traditional Japanese culture.


What is Shodo?

Shodo is Japanese Calligraphy writing with a traditional brush “Fude” and ink “Sumi”. Shodo has 4 thousands years history. Japanese people used to write with Fude and Sumi until the late 19th century. Unfortunately not so many Japanese people can do Shodo nowadays because people use pen instead of Fude now, and learn Shodo only in school days. That makes Shodo is more special Art even for Japanese people now.

If you visit Japan, it's a good opportunity to know one of the typical Japanese cultures.

Don't worry if you don't know any Japanese characters. I can teach you not only how to brush but also how to read and the meanings. It will be a lot of fun for you!


Profile; Seisen Furukawa

Head of Nishi-Azabu Shoin / Professional Japanese Calligrapher.
Had worked at one of the biggest foreign financial firms in the world.
Used to live in the U.S. for 3 years. English speaker.
Teaching Shodo to the monks at the one of the biggest and famous temples in Japan.
Have been mentored by Yusen Matsuura and Fukusen Tamura.
Have a professional license of Japanese Traditional Dance (Nihon-Buyo).

I am an English speaker, so you can learn Shodo in English!











↓Shodo at the temple


↓Shodo at the temple




2-13-5 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031

which is very close from Roppongi. 



7,000 yen per person for 1.5 hour class at our Studio.

Off-site lesson and private lesson is from here.


Shodo stuff;

You can use a brush, sumi-stick, ink-stone, Japanese papers at the class. So you don't need to bring anything. You can buy stuff here if you want.


How to make a reservation;

You need to make a reservation in advance for Shodo lesson. To make a reservation, please call 03-3486-8301 or send us the form from here.

If you are a big group, we can teach you Shodo at the temple. Please contact us.

I belive that it will be an unforgettable moment in your life.


Thank you,


Seisen Furukawa

Head of Nishi-Azabu Shodo Studio

Japanese Calligrapher

西麻布書院 代表  古川静仙



Off-site classes and private lessons are available.



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