★I strongly reccomend you to prepare the tools before the class starts.

(I have some tools for you to borrow but the number is very limited)

★The easiest way to collect the tools is to purchase a Shodo Set, instead of buying individual items. I recommend Kuretake Shodo Set from Amazon US.

呉竹(Kuretake) is one of the most famous drawing supply companies in Japan.


Shodo Tools:

If you would like to start learning Shodo for the first time, you need some basic Shodo tools.

The four most basic tools are called the Four Treasures of the Study (文房四宝, bunbō shihō).

”←We need for the Classes!! (Two fudes(large and small), Bokuju, Suzuri, Bunchin and Shitajiki)


A brush (筆, fude): Most important and I don't recommend you to get one too cheap even if it looks beautiful. 

An inkstick (墨, sumi). A hardened mixture of vegetable or pine soot and glue in the shape of a stick. Premade liquid sumi (墨汁,bokuju) is more often used these days for practice.

③Mulberry paper (和紙, washi): it is called "Rice paper" in the US. 

 Paper will be provided in class!!!

An inkstone (硯, suzuri) to grind the inkstick against, mixed with water.

Other tools include:

A paper weight (文鎮, bunchin) to hold the paper in place.

A cloth (下敷き, shitajiki) to place under the paper (often newsprint is used as well) to prevent ink from bleeding through.

From Wikipedia "Japanese Calligraphy" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_calligraphy


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