New Year's Calligraphy "Kakizome" Workshop with Aoi Yamaguchi - January 29th and 30th
Kakizome (書き初め) is the term for the first calligraphy writing of the new year, traditionally performed on the second day of January. This event is also called 吉書 (kissho), 初硯 (hatsu-suzuri) and 試筆 (shi-hitsu). People write auspicious words or a short Japanese or Chinese poetry, such as haiku or tanka, something that symbolizes one's wishes for the New Year. In modern times, people simply prefer to choose kanji characters that have positive meanings and one's resolution for the year.
Instructed by Aoi Yamaguchi, participants will be writing Kakizome with their choice of words for their wishes for the New Year. We will go over the basics from how to hold the brush to how to control the brush, the balance between the mind and body, understanding the structure and meaning of Japanese characters, and basic brush techniques. For the word choice, we will have a list of auspicious phrases for you to choose from. This one-time workshop of Kakizome invites you to focus on the moment and awareness for self, and renew your spirit for the fresh start of the year!
The workshop will take place inside and is limited to 5 participants.
Date and Time:
Saturday, January 29th 2022
10:30 am - 12:30 am
Sunday, January 30th 2022
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Inside the Tortoise General Store - 12701 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90066
Masks will be worn by the instructor and participants. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will have disposable masks available if needed.
The workshop is designed for the adult beginners. No prior experience is necessary. Let the beautiful poems unfold your imagination, let your brushes explore your creativity.
All calligraphy supplies and materials will be provided for you to work on Japanese calligraphy during the workshop. Price of supplies included with the workshop fee.
History of Instructor:
Born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan, Aoi Yamaguchi has been trained to master the basics of calligraphy by learning under the Master Zuiho Sato since at the age of 6, while refining her knowledge and skills. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the First Place prize from the Minister of Education at 44th Asahi Calligraphy Nationwide School Exhibit, Superior First Place at 33rd National Students Calligraphy Exhibition and others that are known as the supreme prizes at competitive public exhibitions. As a noteworthy event, she was nominated to participate in the group, 4th Hokkaido Elementary and Junior High Students Visit to China in 2000, representing the country of Japan and participated in calligraphy exchange sessions at Palace of Pupils of China.
Since landed in the U.S. in 2004, she has performed and exhibited her works in many galleries, museums, universities and festivals in the United States, across Europe, and Japan. Her works show her exploration in juxtaposing the traditional Eastern classics and her contemporary artistic expressions, as well as her unique ambition of transforming two-dimensional art of Japanese Calligraphy into the art of physical expression through performances. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Yamaguchi continues her work on her conceptual calligraphy installations, exhibitions, and performances as she continues to push the boundaries of traditional Eastern classics and contemporary artistic expression.
Workshop fees are final sale.