Shodo Workshop at Kodomo No Hi

Shodo Workshop at Kodomo No Hi

On the 7th of May, there was a lovely event, Kodomo no hi, Children’s Day, on a sunny Sunday afternoon full of interactive workshops for children! JACCU, the Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht, organised a children’s day event in the aikido dojo Aikido Vereniging Domstad. Once again, Lanka was invited to collaborate with JACCU to give a shodō workshop, this time for children.

JACCU | KODOMO NO HI | Shodo Workshop

In Japan, the 5th of May is Children’s Day, Kodomo No Hi [子供の日]. It “celebrates the healthy growth and future success of all children”.

JACCU | KODOMO NO HI | Shodo Workshop

Lanka was volunteered to give two rounds of workshops. There were so many children who wanted to try Japanese calligraphy and learn how to write a kanji character. Lanka presented basic brushstrokes that are easy for beginners, so the children did not need any prior knowledge of the Japanese language. Lanka gave them some options such as dog (inu, 犬), horse (uma, 馬), flower (hana, ), and helped them to draw them on washi paper.

Children enjoyed the workshop so much that it was difficult to take the brush back!

JACCU | KODOMO NO HI | Shodo Workshop
Shodo Courses in JACCU

Shodo Courses in JACCU

JACCU, the Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht invited Lanka to teach Shodo, Japanese calligraphy in Utrecht.

Shodō Courses in Utrecht 

The lessons are about learning how to draw characters efficiently. Lanka’s lessons intend to show how you can express your own artistry through Shodō.

The course starts with the basics; knowledge of Japanese calligraphy tools, proper use of tools, posture, and attitude.  Lanka will teach you basic brushstrokes that are easy for beginners, so you do not need any prior experience or knowledge of the Japanese language.

Moreover, Lanka shows how to draw characters by using seasonal terms from the Japanese calendar, and a variety of seasonal greetings in Japan. Participants can also learn how to enjoy the seasons every month. These lessons also apply meditative methods that facilitate an inner peace.

Contact Lanka to sign up for her lessons!
lanka.jp.calligraphy@gmail.com

Course Information

Dates: The first and third Thursday of every month.
Here are the current dates for 2023 and 2024:

  • December 7
  • December 21
  • January 4
  • January 18
  • February 1
  • February 15

Duration: 90 minutes (18:30 – 20:00)

Location: JACCU, Van Starkenborghhof 62, 3527HB UTRECHT

Pricing:

  • The introductory lesson €38
  • Regular lessons €34
  • 18 and younger 21% discount

Disclaimer:

  • The introductory lesson is mandatory for all beginners. You may take the introductory lesson anytime you join the course and after that you can continue with regular lessons.
  • All necessary tools are provided. 
  • The course instruction is in English.
  • Classes are for 3 to 6 people.
JACCU workshop room

Contact Lanka to sign up for her lessons!
lanka.jp.calligraphy@gmail.com

Monthly Shodo Lessons in Den Haag

Monthly Shodo Lessons in Den Haag

Recognition of nature, seasons and yourself

Monthly lessons in Den Haag are designed for people who want to enjoy both seasons and the traditional Japanese art of calligraphy, Shodo [書道]. Lanka would love to introduce how Japanese people enjoy seasons through calligraphy, and the special terms and greetings that Japanese people use depending on the seasons.

In each lesson, you will learn how to draw characters efficiently. Lanka will teach the basics of Shodō for beginners step by step in the introductory lesson, so you do not need any prior experience or knowledge of the Japanese language. If you are very into the deep Japanese culture and language, these monthly lessons would be perfect for you.

All necessary tools are provided at the workshop. You just bring yourself and curiosity.

Course Information

These lessons are semi-private lessons that are limited to 2 students at a time.
Please reserve your spot by informing Lanka about your attendance in advance.
If you are a beginner, you will take an introductory lesson first.

Lesson Times:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • Morning Classes: 11:00 – 12:30
  • Evening Classes: 18:30 – 20:00

Saturday, Sunday

  • Afternoon Classes: 12:00 – 13:30

Location: Lanka’s atelier, Zoutmanstraat 4, 2518GP DEN HAAG

Pricing: €38 (21% discount for 18 and younger)

Language: English or Japanese

Contact Lanka to sign up for a lesson and learn shodo in Den Haag!

lanka.jp.calligraphy@gmail.com

Shodo in Utrecht and Den Haag

Lanka is teaching at JACCU’s Shodō workshop in Manga & Japanese Culture Week, Bibliotheek Utrecht (Feb’22)

Contact Lanka to sign up for a lesson and learn shodo in Den Haag!

lanka.jp.calligraphy@gmail.com

Lanka in the Bibliotheek Utrecht

Lanka in the Bibliotheek Utrecht

Photo: Cindy Agterberg

JACCU, the Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht invited Lanka for a shodō (Japanese calligraphy) workshop and performance in the Manga and Japanese Culture Week of the Bibliotheek Utrecht, Neude library.

Thirty-two people had the opportunity to attend the workshop, which repeated four rounds in groups of eight. Lanka’s teaching method was really effective, Visitors were happy to see the improvement with their own eyes.

Her theatrical performance attracted the many spectators in the library. In minutes, with her performance inspired by the indigenous people of Hokkaido, the Ainu people, she conveyed her deep respect to her culture and the nature and people of that culture.

Lanka wrote four characters, which stand for Ainu culture and philosophy:

神威 (Kamui)
Ainu people call God Kamui with respect. They believe that God exists in everything, in nature and animals, even in the things that humans made.

礼 Rei and 祈 Inori
Ainu people perform a ritual (祈) when they hunt animals to get food and make clothing to show their gratitude courtesy (礼) to god, so that the god comes back to them.

About Lanka Calligraphy
Photo: Taciser Sevinc

This collaboration with the library and JACCU led her to a solo exhibition in the Neude Library. First the result of the performance was exhibited in May 2022. Later she was asked to exhibit more of her calligraphy works in June 2022. Taciser Sevinc and Hiroko Matsushita form JACCU helped her to curate her works on the exhibition walls of the library.

Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht and Bibliotheek Utrecht are willing to invite Lanka to Utrecht more often. Watch the videos in the JACCU Instagram account!

About Lanka Calligraphy
Photo: Hiroko Matsushita
Manga and Japanese Culture Week in Utrecht

Manga and Japanese Culture Week in Utrecht

Lanka is invited to collaborate with JACCU and the Bibliotheek Utrecht for the Manga & Japanese Culture Week event.
Within the programme of the event, she will be there on these two days:

  • Feb 20 Sunday 12:00 – 14:30
    She will give a calligraphy workshop for free!
    It will be a small exercise on the classic 永 (eternity) kanji.
  • Feb 20 After the workshop, she will join the Artists’ Meeting
    organised by the artistic leaders of JACCU.
  • Feb 26 Saturday 14:30
    She will do a live performance at the Great Hall of the Neude library.
    This event is also open to all library visitors for free.

Lanka is very excited about what will happen at the Manga & Japanese Culture Week, and how many new people she will meet there. Feel free to join these events and talk to Lanka!

Lanka Calligraphy manga japanese culture
Camera Japan Festival 2020

Camera Japan Festival 2020

Hope | Love | Warmth

After the successful collaboration in the previous version of Camera Japan Festival, they invited Lanka for 2020 as well.

She had a live performance on the 25th of September, Friday in front of many audiences who came for Japanese cinema, and they were amazed by her spectacular performance.

She scribed four kanji characters for hope, love and warmth, in Japanese kibou [希望], ai [愛] and atatakai [温]. Lanka chose these characters to reflect on her feelings during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Through her performance, she expressed her longing for togetherness and physical contact with her loved ones. She shared her genuine feelings with the audience, how she missed the love and warmth of her friend during this difficult period.

The event organisers were very happy to collaborate with her, the festival director Alex Oost expressed his gratitude towards her after the performance. You can see the programme of Camera Japan 2020 in their archives.