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Venice Shodo Kai

Japanese Calligraphy

What is so fascinating about Shodo? It is a vast universe interwoven with 48 hiragana characters and over 50,000 kanji characters. Why don’t you join us and create your universe on a piece of paper?


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Class: Saturdays 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room.

$20 per month (4 weekly sessions per month)

クラスは毎週土曜日2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Conference Room.

For more info, please email Kaseki Ogasawara at

入会ご希望の方は 小笠原華石 fuchan29@hotmail.comまでご連絡ください。

“Venice Shodo Kai” was established by Mr. Ryuseki Ouchida in 1974. 

It offers classes in the style of the “Bunka Shodo” school, which was founded by Mr. Goseki Nishiwaki and whose headquarters is in the Hatagaya area of Tokyo.


Under the guidance of the two instructors, Bokuseki Ito and Kaseki Ogasawara, there are currently over 30 students, consisting of both youth and adult members alike and include not only Japanese speakers but also English speakers. Even beginners receive detailed instruction and one-to-one guidance. All students have a chance to submit their work to the headquarters every month to get ranked.


Every year, we also participate in Bunka Shodo’s New Year “Kakizome” and summer “Kakirensei” contests and go on to make our works into scrolls. Shodo truly is a great form of self-expression.

At VJCC events, we display members’ large works at the New Year Party and participate in the Summer Festival by having our own booth and holding demonstrations to show others firsthand the joy and depth found in Shodo.





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