Calligraphy Workshop: Tatsu (Dragon)


in-person program

Calligraphy Workshop: tatsu (Dragon)

Date & Time:
saturday, march 30, 2024


The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
admission is free, RSVP required (Click here)

In conjunction with our ongoing exhibition, TATSU: Depictions of Dragons in Japanese Art, this workshop will teach you how to write the character for dragon in Japanese in Japanese calligraphy (shodo).
Our instructor, Kuniharu Yoshida will teach you from the basics of correct posture, the proper way of holding an inkbrush, and the right stroke order. He will also teach how to write in a basic style to a more modern style to even an artistic style.
Take inspiration from the artwork in the exhibition and write the character for dragon in your own creative style by the end of the workshop!

*We will provide you with calligraphy tools and paper during the workshop.
Please note that calligraphy ink does not come off easily, so casual clothes are recommended.
*The number of participants is limited to 20 participants (18 years and older)
*No language or calligraphy experience is necessary. 

About Performer:

Kuniharu Yoshida

Kuniharu Yoshida (KUNI) is a Japanese Calligrapher and Hip-hop dancer. He was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, into a family of generational Master Calligraphers, and is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. In 1990 at the age of six, he began to learn Japanese Calligraphy under Master Yoshiko Kawakita. After practicing traditional calligraphy for two decades, he began to experiment and collaborate with artists to combine sublime arts, merging traditional with contemporary. Respect between different cultures is the foundation of Kuniharu’s unique work, designed to intertwine not just art but also audiences. He finds art is a great way to increase understanding amongst people of various backgrounds while communicating one’s culture in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. Most notably, his works have been included in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum’s Ueno Art Exhibition with Japan Calligraphy Exhibition and he has done performances for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Netflix, and Sony Electronics. In recent years, Kuniharu has expanded his work into directorial and production work, where his short film First Street North won Best Documentary Short in the 2019 Asian Film Festival of Dallas.

Event Details:

  • Date Mar 30 , 2024
  • Hours 11:00AM-12:30PM
  • Venue 5700 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • Admission Free, Registration Required
  • Inquiries 3237617510

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