Sora had the Shodo “workshop” the end of February in a Organic Japanese food restaurant called “Shizuku” in Portland. Workshop was for 2 hours in which the people who attended were able to experience how it feels to express yourself through Shodo.
In the beginning of the workshop, Sora told the audience her experience as a Shodo artist and what she sees in Shodo. She also goes on to explain the history of Shodo, how and why japanese words were formed in the way they were, as well as the 4 main ingredients or tools in shodo that have used throughout the course of Japanese history.
Then we used one of those 4 tools, which is an ink stone known in japan as a “Suzuri”, to make Sumi Ink and everyone wrote the word “one” in Japanese Kanji with their Sumi Ink they made with their own hands. Everybody looked like they were having fun experiencing Shodo for the first time.
Then, after Sora demonstrated how to write the kanji “Three”, everybody practiced their basic Shodo skills by looking at a model of the japanese words “Three”, “River”, and “Forever”. Some were pleased with what they had accomplished, and others were eager to keep on improving their skills. All in all, the room was filled with a joyful and fun atmosphere.
Towards the end of the workshop, we enjoyed some afternoon snacks with some japanese tea and everyone was also given some time to write and express whatever they wanted onto postcards for them to take home.
Many of the participants learned how it was difficult as well as enjoyable, to learn how to maneuver the Shodo brush to their will. Some also said they noticed how their current emotions were reflected in their writing and how every piece was different from the last. Kids and Adults alike, they all looked happy taking their postcards back home after experiencing the “workshop”.
By experiencing Shodo, you will able to see how Shodo requires Mindfulness, and self expression. If you are interested in attending one of my workshops, please feel free to contact Sora.