Shodo (Calligraphy)

Fall Semester Japanese Traditional Arts II
2 credits

Instructor: TANAKA Katsushige

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Course Description

  • Preparation for calligraphy: equipment, posture, how to hold the brush, how to make strokes
  • Practice of basic writing styles: Chinese characters, hiragana, katakana
  • Practice of the "Joyo kanji" (general use characters)
  • Practical application: coloured paper, short booklets, writing letters, writing a curriculum vitae
  • Appreciation: study of celebrated examples of writing representative of Japanese and Chinese styles

Grading Criteria

Regular tests, Attendance, Attitude, Class participation There will also be a practical exam on the final day of class.


While no textbooks will be used, students will study Tanaka-sensei's own handwriting, along with samples of representative styles of writing in Chinese and Japanese.


To be explained during the class.

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