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ARCHIVED New Year’s Calligraphy Workshop

Sunday 8 January 2023 / 11:00am
New Year’s Calligraphy Workshop

Sunday 8 January 2023
(a) 11.00am-12.15pm [Fully-booked]

(b) 1.00pm-2.15pm [Fully-booked]
(c) 3.00pm-4.15pm [Fully-booked]

The Japan Society

13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP

Booking Details
Booking essential
– Priority booking for Japan Society members and their guests
Japan Society Members and their family and friends: £15
Non-members: £20
All tools, equipment and materials will be provided on the day

Bookings open for non-members from Friday 9 December 2022 (More details on how to become a member here)

Please note this event is now fully booked. Please sign up using the form below to be added to the waiting list.

Book online here

To celebrate the start of 2023, Japan Society is pleased to host a kakizome workshop with calligrapher Yoko Takenami.

Kakizome is the traditional custom of writing your first calligraphy of the New Year. People often write positive and auspicious words and phrases in kanji using a brush and ink on a big sheet of calligraphy paper. Community kakizome events take place all over Japan, the most famous being a competition at the Budokan in Tokyo.

Suitable even for complete beginners, in this workshop you will learn how Japanese characters were developed, discover different styles of writing, and be guided in the techniques for writing Japanese with a brush. You will come away with your own piece of calligraphy – a positive word encapsulating hopes for 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity to try this quintessential Japanese art led by a professional calligrapher.

Yoko Takenami started her calligraphy studies at the age of seven. Educated in Japan and in Ohio, US, she qualified as a master of calligraphy in 1990. Yoko now lives in London and teaches calligraphy at British Library while also working as a TV broadcasting interpreter. She regularly returns to Japan for inspiration for her calligraphy and tuition from her Teshinkai Master. Yoko is the author of The Simple Art of Japanese Calligraphy.

If you have any questions, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email us at:


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