What we will do
Calligraphy is one of the traditional Japanese cultures. It's a simple art form to write letters with black ink on white paper. However, the form of the art work can vary greatly according to the person who creates it, which is another charm of calligraphy.
Nowadays foreign people are often fascinated with calligraphy feeling an attraction to the design properties of kanji (Chinese characters). You may believe that painting kanji characters is very difficult, but it's not the case when you approach it as if you were drawing a pictograph or picture since kanji was originally a set of hieroglyphs. Even beginners can create a beautiful work of art under the careful guidance of our instructors.
It has been scientifically proven that ink aroma soothes the mind. Why don't you make your own calligraphy work while spending a relaxing and peaceful time in a traditional Kyoto townhouse? It is sure to become an unforgettable memory of your visit to our ancient island country.
Experience Traditional Japanese Culture - Your opportunity to be part of Kyoto -
You can experience traditional Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony, calligraphy and ikebana, at Ami Kyoto. The foundation of Japanese traditional culture was laid in the Muromachi period. At that time, people called "ami" protected and promoted the emerging culture, including noh dance and the tea ceremony. They were priests who served a shogun or feudal lord, and sowed the seeds of our classical aesthetic values. Ami emphasized equality, virtue, harmony and calmness in their contribution to cultural development. "Ami Kyoto" continues to spread their spirituality which still underlies the Japanese culture of today.
It is a unique opportunity to be able to spend time inside a traditional machiya or Japanese townhouse. Kyoto was once filled with these simple wooden houses. Ours is about 80 years old and we think you'll agree it is still beautiful. Please come and immerse yourself in a quaint, yet elegant space.
Where we will meet
From JR Kyoto Station
Take the subway Karasuma Line, transfer to Tozai Line at Karasuma-Oike Station and get off at Higashiyama Station. 3 minutes walk from Exit #1.
Take Kyoto City Bus #5 and get off at "Jingumichi" or #100 and get off at "Okazaki-koen Bijutsukan Heian-jingu-mae" bus stop.
・To Taxi Drivers
What I will provide
- Introduction: Introduction of essential knowledge about calligraphy including some history and background.
- Demonstration: Watch our demonstration and learn some basic techniques.
- Hands-on: Create your own calligraphy art work! The pieces you make will become your special souvenirs.
- Please make your reservation by 5:00pm two days before the desired day of your booking.
- Please arrive on time as the ending time for each workshop is fixed.
- We are unable to respond to your calls or email on Sundays. Thank you for understanding.