Ancient temples and shrines, sublime cuisine, manicured gardens, colourful geishas and living history in spades – Kyoto is traditional Japan at its best.
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Shodo calligraphy in Kyoto
Kyoto, Kansai, Japan|
First brought to Japan from China in the 5th century, shodo, ‘the way of writing’, is one of Japan’s oldest art forms. A spiritual or meditative practice as much as an aesthetic pursuit, it was commonly practiced by nobles and samurai, and today every school kid in the land will dip a bamboo brush into sumi ink to learn the basics.
From calligraphic scrolls in temples and on ryokan inn walls to the annual public calligraphy demonstration broadcast on TV when Japan announces its kanji (Japanese character) of the year, shodo is very much alive and kicking in modern Japan.
With workshops available in English, it’s something travellers can experience for themselves for an authentic experience of traditional Japan.
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