Japanese calligraphy

Course Dates: 08/03/24
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: Keeley Street
Discover the Japanese writing system and practise writing a few characters using a brush pen.
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Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00

Course Code: LJW23

Fri, eve, 08 Mar - 08 Mar '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This session will offer you an overview of the Japanese writing system and the opportunity to practise writing your own name using a brush pen by right form and stroke order.

What will we cover?

The Japanese writing system -Roma-ji, Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji-
-Write your own name in Katakana
- Use a brush pen.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Explain what is Roma-ji, Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji (Japanese writing system)
- Write Kana and Kanji in right form
-Write your own name in Katakana
- Write simple Kanji words express peace and happiness
- Use a brush pen.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge of Japanese necessary. Opened to all levels.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You can use a ballpoint pen, but if you prefer to purchase a brush pen, these are recommended:


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Ask your tutor for advice on what to do next. We have Japanese language courses at different levels as well as workshops.

Chikako Nakagawa

Chika has over 27 years of experience as a Japanese teacher, 23 of which she has spent at City Lit. Her work was recognised with a Teacher of the Year award in 2017. She has a teaching diploma and a Degree in Fine Art. Since coming to the UK from Yokuska, Japan, in the late 1980s, Chika travelled extensively as a performance artist, taught Zig and Zag Japanese on the Big Breakfast TV show, and wrote pieces about Japanese life for various publications. Chika encourages her students to experience every aspect of Japanese culture, which she supports by introducing food, onsen, music and etiquette in her classes, as well as running special film night events at City Lit. Chika is constantly researching new methods to introduce students to the joy of learning, encouraging self- discovery and connection through class activities. Chika’s love of art and performance is reflected in her inspirational teaching materials, including original hand drawn certificates for student achievements which are displayed in the City Lit 100 years exhibition. Teaching and learning Japanese is a joy that Chika wants to share with everyone.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.