The Japanese Culture Center is excited to announce a brand new 書道 – Shodo / Japanese Calligraphy program with Chicago’s own Shodo master, Hekiun Oda!
In the Shodo program you learn the art of Japanese calligraphy from Hekiun Oda-sensei, a calligraphy master from the Japanese Calligraphy Association in Japan, aka “Genshin-kai”. Thanks to Oda-sensei’s rank as “Shihan” in the association, students in this program will be able to send their work to the headquarters in Japan and potentially be an awarded a rank. A very rare opportunity! The classes are focused on learning various writing techniques while working on assignments that are tailored to each student’s level and ability. Whether beginner or advanced, all levels and ages are welcomed!
$120.00 per month (4 classes each month)
(There is a one time charge of $100 for a kit of tools and supplies for first-time students. Please email the JCC Office to purchase your supplies.
Please note exact class dates for the SUNDAY class:
2/2, 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23
Please note exact class dates for the TUESDAY class:
2/4, 2/11, 2/18, and 2/25
**Dues are paid monthly for 4 classes held in that month. We cannot refund, or change the 4 week class scheduling, for individual classes missed.
**Enrollment is EXTREMELY limited so please register immediately!
Hekiun Oda-sensei was born in 1963 and grew up in Kobe City, Japan, a place known for having many shodo masters living there at the time. Oda-sensei began studying shodo at the age of 5 under the shodo master Goun Katsura. Oda-sensei moved to Chicago in 1990, and since then has held many exhibitions and demonstrations at venues including Uniqlo, the Japan Information Center (JIC), and right here at the Japanese Culture Center. In 2009 he established the Oda Japanese Calligraphy School and has taught over 100 students. Oda-sensei obtained the rank of “Shihan” – the highest rank in shodo – in November 2011 from the Genshin-kai, the Japanese Calligraphy Association in Japan.
For Oda-sensei, shodo is a reflection of the calligrapher’s heart. He explores the beauty of this art form by re-imagining his encounters with life and nature with thin or thick lines and powerful or gentle strokes. The moment just before he is ready to move his brush is powerful, as once a brushstroke is made -there is no going back.