Japanese Calligraphy is called “Shodo“, literally meaning “The Way of Writing.”
It’s a “figurative art”, trying to show the beauty of the letters with writing brushes and Japanese inks. The origin of Shodo is from China, but Japan has their own alphabets, called “Kana” which derived from Kanji, Chinese characters. While Shodo is very practical in our lives, it is also believed to nourish our minds and cultivate our characters. In Japan, children between the age of 9 and 12 in elementary schools have classes for Shodo to practice handwriting. Shodo classes are also one of the popular activities after school and work.
There are some trial lessons provided in Tokyo. Why don’t you try shodo while you stay in Japan? I can make a reservation on behalf of you.