Practice the elegant and ancient art of Japanese calligraphy over six sessions led by Ms. Satomi China, head of the Japan Calligraphy Washington DC West branch.

This 6-class course will go over calligraphy basics before diving into a variety of characters by theme: drinks, food, lifestyle, restaurants and businesses, and manga sounds.


Wednesday, June 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m.  REGISTER
Wednesday, June 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m. REGISTER
Wednesday, June 30, 7:00-8:00 p.m. REGISTER
Wednesday, July 7, 7:00-8:00 p.m. REGISTER
Wednesday, July 14, 7:00-8:00 p.m. REGISTER
Wednesday, July 21, 7:00-8:00 p.m. REGISTER



6 sessions: $150 for JASWDC Members / $190 for non-JASWDC Members
Individual class: $30 for JASWDC Members / $40 for non-JASWDC Members


For 6-session package, by Friday, June 11  at 5pm
For individual tickets, no less than 3 days before the class


Since this class will be held online, students are asked to prepare their own brushes, ink, and paper.
JASWDC typically purchases supplies for the class from Plaza Art. Calligraphy kits are also available online at a variety of price points through sites like Amazon, and while some suggested kits are listed below, JASWDC has never purchased them before and cannot vouch for their quality. If you would prefer not to purchase all the traditional equipment but would still like to take the class, a pen brush and sketchbook are perfectly acceptable supplies to use. China-sensei can help you improve your calligraphy skills, regardless of which supplies you use!

Plaza Art Supplies:

Ink                     Brushes                           Paper                               Brush Pen                    Sketchbook

Amazon Sets:

9-piece set                                                 Basic Brush set                                         Beginners Set


Instructor: Ms. Satomi China

Satomi Shoko China started learning calligraphy at age four. Currently, she is the head of the Japan Calligraphy Washington DC West branch. Previously, she studied under Suichiku Emura, a designated national heritage calligraphy artist. In 1989 she received her pen name “Shoko (brilliant light)” from Harada Kanpou, the founder of Nihon Shuji. She began practicing her art in the Kanpou hall in NYC from 1996, and proposed an “opera calligraphy performance” through art therapy and music therapy. In addition to the Soho Puffin Gallery and NY Orensanz Museum, she guest appeared in numerous art shows in Japan and the US and received favorable reviews. She is currently concentrating her efforts on raising the next generation of artists and promulgating artistic cultural technique.


**Cancellations must be made no less than three days before the class. Refunds will not be given to cancellations after deadline date and no shows.