Japanese Calligraphy Basic Skills for Beginner SHODO

Introduction course : Learn 2 basic strokes and techniques of Japanese calligraphy and a Kanji character.
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219 students
31min of on-demand video

learn the names of tools and how to use them.
learn the basics of how to hold a brush and how to posture yourself when writing.
learn the standard typeface "Block script" of calligraphy.
learn two basic techniques and a kanji character.


  • Tools : writing brush, ink, inkstone, underlay, paperweight, and hanshi paper (Explained in Lecture 3 of Section 1)
  • You do not need to prepare all of the tools specifically for calligraphy. There is no problem with using substitutes.
  • Beginners are also welcome to take the course.
  • Japanese language skills is NOT required. (All subtitles are in English)


It is said that it is important to be aware of the 3 stages of learning a skill in anything, In Japanese culture, these 3 stages are called "Shu", "Ha", "Ri".More detailed information on "Shu", "Ha", "Ri" can be found in Lecture 2 of Section 1.

My course is composed of 3 main courses in accordance with the 3 stages "Shu", "Ha", "Ri" in mind. Those will be updated sequentially. Those who have taken 3 main courses will be able to create their own original works of Japanese calligraphy.

In course1, you will learn the basic knowledge of Japanese calligraphy, such as swiping and jumping stroke.

In course2, you will learn how to write beautifully and stylishly, including the radicals and balance of kanji characters.

In course3, you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to create their own works of art.

This course is an introduction to course 1 of the main course.

As you take each course, your calligraphy skills will improve and you will be able to write different types of strokes.

We explain the techniques of Japanese calligraphy in a way that is easy to understand for beginners. We believe that you will enjoy the course and feel your skills improve as you progress through the course.

Also, the most important thing in Japanese calligraphy is to enjoy writing! Let's relax and have fun together while deepening your knowledge of calligraphy!

Who this course is for:

  • Who is interest in Japanese calligraphy.
  • Who want to write beautiful letters.
  • Who want to create your own original works of Japanese calligraphy.


Instructor of Japanese calligraphy
Shoko Maeda
  • 5.0 Instructor Rating
  • 1 Review
  • 220 Students
  • 2 Courses

I have passed the calligraphy exam and is licensed as a master calligrapher. I have been engaged in calligraphy for nearly ten years and have a wealth of experience exhibiting my works in exhibitions and working as a calligraphy instructor.

Currently, I'm working to promote calligraphy to make it known to as many people as possible.

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