Brush and Ink, Japanese calligraphy

Minato City, Japan

Experience hosted by Tenshin

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will gather together to learn the art of Shodo–Japanese calligraphy. We can study the most popular Japanese characters using Fude (brush), Sumi (Indian ink), also we can study Japanese Do's and Don'ts at the same time. We can talk and discuss our today's work after our lesson, over cookies and tea.
You could say that it was the most impressive and memorable experience on your trip.

What's included

  • Food
    Cookies or candy
  • Drinks
  • Equipment
    Shodo trial writing set and basic Shodo description will be provided for th...


Mobility / physical

No stairs or steps
Mainly flat or leveled ground
Wide entrance


No extreme sensory stimuli
Minimal / no line
Quiet retreat space

Meet your Host, Tenshin

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 426 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a master of Japanese calligraphy with 47 years of experience. I hold the highest rank of "Shihan" and have taught to foreign visitors for over a decade. I'm also the founder and the CEO of the educational organization called NPO-LESA.
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From $53/ person

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About the organization: NPO-LESA

For the past 12 years we have been providing study materials, warm clothes, school scholarships and medical health checking to 500 children in Vietnam who suffer from AIDS or are in very difficult circumstances. Airbnb does not charge any commissions from your attending fee. Your attending fee would be 100% raised up as donations for Vietnamese very poor children. This is a 100% charity workshop.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to NPO-LESA.

Where you'll be

Located just central Tokyo area near Tokyo Tower. One minute walk from Kamiya-cho station on Hibiya-line, subway. When you come out from Exit #3 at Kamiya-cho st., turn left and 50m, 46yrd to our building. NPO room is #405 on the 4F and your classroom. You can see 'Doutor' coffee shop on the ground floor.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 426 reviews.

January 2022
Master Tenshin is extremely experienced and has the most wonderful way of teaching. He is a true educator and genuinely loves sharing art and culture. All of his proceeds go to his npo in Vietnam. I enjoyed it so much I decided to become a continuing private student. It doesn’t matter if you’ve not had any experience, he is thoughtful and patient. He prepares well and even gave me a personalized gift. I can’t recommend him enough. The experience was so enjoyable and fun. I learned a lot.
December 2021
Tenshin speaks great English, so communication is not an issue at all. He is also very friendly. One might think of calligraphy as something taken very seriously, and that is true, but Tenshin keeps it very relaxed and comfortable. His passion simply rubs off you. Definitely a great introductory experience to calligraphy for a beginner like me. He also prepares some surprises for guests and you should definitely sign up and find out. :)
December 2021
My Airbnb experience with Tenshin Sensei was a delight! He is an enthusiastic and patient teacher, and I learned so much about both calligraphy and Japanese culture from him. Because I’m not a great artist, I was a little nervous before the class and wasn’t sure how it would go, but the teacher explained everything thoroughly and immediately made me feel comfortable. I was able to create some calligraphy that I feel proud of! It was great, too, to chat with the teacher and learn about Japanese life and the organization that the proceeds of this class benefit. I highly recommend this workshop to everyone, whether or not you consider yourself an artist :) Thank you for the excellent experience!!
December 2021
What a wonderful piece of Japanese culture and tradition I experienced! Although Tenshin is an expert in Shodo he made me feel very comfortable during our class. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would recommend this to those wanting to learn more about Japanese culture!
October 2021
We had a wonderful experience with Tenshin-San. He was a positive and fun teacher. I appreciated his Japanese cultural lessons and stories about his teaching life and NPO helping Vietnamese children. I am grateful for everything we learned and would highly recommend his class!
September 2021
Highly recommended. You get to learn from a master with a heart of gold and will to teach. One of the most positive experiences I had while in Japan.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 4 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.