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7月 17, 2017 0

Advanced Calligraphy course

As I have over 22 years of experience and license to teach Japanese Calligraphy, I’ve made an activity “Advanced Calligraphy”.
Another one, “Beginners Calligraphy” is only for experience to just try one of traditional Japanese cultures.

At this Advanced course, I teach more skills and techniques. 

This is for people who…
would like to know Japanese Calligraphy deeply
would like to start to learn Japanese Calligraphy
has experienced Japanese Calligraphy somewhere already
learns Japanese Calligraphy


As she is into arts, she decided to make this day “art day”.
Wakalture is close to Ueno where has many museums.

I also prepared her own Calligraphy tools such as brush, ink, ink stone etc… as she wanted to buy:)

The end of the course, she asked me if she could come back the next day!!
I was so impressed and happy as this meant she liked, enjoyed it. And she though it was worthy:)
Fortunately, I was available in the morning. So she could come back to learn more!!

At the first day, we went for lunch together after the lesson.
We had tempura soba at a local soba restaurant.
The owners are actually my friend’s parents from elementary school !!lol

Wakalture’s activities
http://www.wakalture.com/activities/

This is her review on Trip advisor:)
“A must-do to experience in Japanese culture”
Add Wakalture to the top of your list. I signed up for one two-hour class. I enjoyed it so much that I took another class the next day. I suggest spending a couple hours with Wakana and then walking nearby to some of Tokyo’s popular attractions. 

Pros:
– Learning Shodo art and being introduced to Japanese language.
– Opportunity to experience Japanese culture outside of hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions.
– Her studio is located in a residential area that is less touristy and more traditional. She is located among family-owned shops and restaurants. 
– I walked to Ueno Park. It has a huge pond, places to sit, a market, museums, and shrines.
– Wakana is patient, friendly, speaks English well, and treated me like a good friend. 

Cons:
– I was commuting from Yokohoma, and the subway ride took an hour and a half each way. If I had I been staying in Tokyo, Wakana’s studio would have been quick and easy. She is located near several subway stations.

Visited June 2017
6月 22, 2017 0

Full day of Japanese experience!!

This awesome family from Australia came to Wakalture for the beginners Calligraphy (Shodo) class in the morning then Tea ceremony class in the afternoon!!

The guy, Matt, he message me through Wakalture’s Instagram:)
And decided to take the classes!!

They picked their own favorite word. 
They wrote 双子(futago) which means twins:) Yes, they’re twins!!
First time to have twin guests:D

Next to them, she wrote 家(ie) which means home. She wanted to write family(家族) but it’s a bit too difficult so picked 家:)
Matt picked a perfect word “journey” 旅(tabi).
On the left of Matt, she wrote SUSHI(鮨):D!!
On the right of Matt, she is Japanese who lives in Australia then picked the word 豪 which means Australia:)

After they had lunch, I took them to the place for Tea ceremony.
It’s just 5 minutes away:)
First, they were served Matcha green tea with this Japanese sweets, Nerikiri.
This shows Japanese seasons. So this is a rose and it was the season for rose in Japan.
In March, other guests had cherry blossoms sweets *not taste just looking!
 
Very nice to drink bitter tea after tasting the sweet rose:)
Then, they made their own Matcha green tea and served their family!!

She (on the left) was impressed that her daughter made it for her:)
I spent only a half day but it was enough to see how great family they are!!

Bisui sensei (Tea ceremony teacher) gave a chance to wear Kimono too:)
 
Her birthday was just around the corner and she wished to wear Kimono so it was a perfect present for her!!
I saw she was almost crying…!!;) She looked super happy!!

They are family but live different parts of Australia. Then planed to get all together here in Japan!! How cool is that:D I’m glad we could show them our culture:)

4月 03, 2017 0

Cherry blossoms!!!!!


Finally sakura (cherry blossom) season has come!! It took longer time this year though. We love sakura and hanami so much!!

Hanami is a typical way that Japanese people enjoy sakura. We sit under cherry tree then eat and drink:D Even though it’s too cold for doing hanami at night, it doesn’t matter. They just do it. People are crazy about hanami lol
I went to Ueno park few days ago where is only 10 minutes away from Wakalture. Ueno park is one of the most famous places for cherry blossom and hanami!!
Then found this super cute cat on the cherry tree!!!!

She/he was sitting and didn’t move so much but turn her/his face in the back sometimes so that everyone could take photos!!lol Around the cat was like this!!

Soooo many people!!


It’s hard to say when is the best time to see Cherry blossoms as it’s really depending on the weather.
So if you have seen it, you are so lucky!!:)

3月 30, 2017 0

Calligraphy, Origami and mini tour:)

She did almost full course of Wakalture!!
First, I showed her 2 shrines around my area and taught how to rinse hands and mouth then to pray.

This is Kanda Myojin Shrine.

Then did a beginners Calligraphy class:)
She picked a word “open-minded” but unfortunately there is no Japanese to translate nicely.
So I asked why she chose it to look for the best word for her.
Then found this word 新 means new. I thought she want to be or she is open-minded to this travel, different culture and new things:)
 
I was surprised at her Calligraphy skills. She has a good balance and learns quickly!!
Her balance was good already so I taught the techniques for writing beautiful strokes.
Then after few practice, she got it!! It’s not easy but somehow she did it O.o
I wonder if she keeps learning Calligraphy then gets so well!!

See how much she’s improved!!

After she enjoyed and I was surprised, she made few Origami craft such as jumping flog and crane.

She is taking a photo of 2 cranes. One is regular size of crane (pink one on the right) and the other one is tiny little crane (Yellow one on the left)!!


The end, I’ve got this present from her♡
She is from Vancouver so that she brought me Maple syrup!!:D
Thank you so much for it and fun time!!

3月 23, 2017 0

Won a prize and had an award ceremony!

Throwback to the last summer 😛
I participated in an exhibition held in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum for the first time in 11 years.
I used to join it when I was a student and have won the grand prize.


This is what I wrote. It’s more than 2 meters!! Takes 40 minutes to finish writing.
Calligraphy can be very tough sometimes.

This is the ceremony. It’s been a while to be commended in front of many people so I was very nervous 🙁
After seeing my teacher’s smile, I felt a bit better though!!
She is so special for me:) I can’t imagine my life without her!!
 

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
http://www.tobikan.jp/en/

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