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SUMIDO means "Art of Ink" in Japanese. SUMIDO offers Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) and ink painting (Sumie) workshops for schools, community organisations and corporate groups on request and live performance for cultural events where you can experience the beauty of the art.

About Japanese Calligraphy

The word 'calligraphy' literally means 'the way of writing' but for Japanese it is an art form that has been studied and perfected over thousands of years. Each practitioner infuses their own unique personality and skill into their work. They are not simply reproducing a word, they are attempting to bring that word to life.

Using simple tools - brush, ink and paper - the artist combines intense concentration and devotion, rhythm and flow in brush strokes to produce unique works that are a reflection of themselves at that moment.

Japanese calligraphers respect their practice as self-discovery and self-development thus in addition to producing beautiful works of art, the artist also endeavours to experence inner change.

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