The seminar will teach students a unqiue approach to mindfulness by unifying Zen (meditation), Ken (“sword”, referring to martial arts or physical culture), and Sho (“brush”, referring to calligraphy or fine arts). This perspective is credited to esteemed Zen master, swordsmand, and calligrapher, Omori Sogen. The Japanese Culture Center’s own founder, Fumio Toyoda, was a Zen master from Sogen’s Zen lineage and received instruction from him in Japan.
The seminar is designed for beginners in all three disciplines, but is open to all levels.
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM : Breathwork and Meditation
12:55 PM – 1:55 PM : Shodo (Calligraphy)
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM : Aikido (the Way of Harmonizing with Energy)
Shodo will be lead by Heikiun Oda Shihan, one of Chicago’s premier practitioners of Shodo. Oda Shihan began studying shodo at the age of 5 under shodo master, Goun Katsura. Oda obtained a “Shihan” – the highest rank in shodo – in Nov. 2011 from Genshinkai, an association of calligraphers in Japan and recieved the Japan America Society of Chicago’s Cultural Achievement Award in 2018. UNIQLO on Michigan Ave. hosts a gallery of Oda Shihan’s work on their upper level.
Aikido and Breathwork will be lead by Tatsuo Toyoda Sensei. Toyoda Sensei served as an uchideshi under Y. Kobayashi Shihan in Tokorozawa, Japan. Mr. Toyoda is the dojo-cho (dojo leader) of Tenshinkan Dojo in Chicago, Illinois and has taught extensively throughout the United States and world.