Brush and Ink, Japanese calligraphy

Minato City, Japan

Experience hosted by Tenshin

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Guests say it's special and unique.
Top-rated Host
Tenshin's rated 5 stars by 97% of guests.

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
  • 422 Reviews
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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

$53 per person
$53 per person
$53 per person

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 422 reviews.

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.
September 2021
Amazing experience, well worth the time and money and it helped make amazing memories for the trip. I will come back the next time I am in Japan. Highly recommend.
August 2021
The Shodo class with Tensin-san is one of the most remarkable experiences I have had during my visit to Japan. This was not only an excellent Japanese calligraphy master class, but rather a dive into the history, culture and true spirit of Japan. Tenshin-san is trully an example of Japanese shodo-mastership and hospitality.
August 2021
I really enjoyed Japanese calligraphy lesson with Tenshin! He is a warm-hearted person, he taught me not only Japanese calligraphy but Japanese greeting, custom, history and meaning of Kanji...etc. Even if you are not interested in Japanese calligraphy, Just visit and talk with Tenshin! It's worth visiting!! Thank you for teaching I'll never forget this wonderful experience!!
August 2021
This experience far exceeded anything I could e anticipated. I am grateful for the opportunity to have learned from Tenshin as he shared the Shodo history, cultural practices, techniques and friendship. He provided guidance, assistance, feedback and encouragement. We were able to create several kanji throughout our session and were so touched by the thoughtfulness and beauty of the gift he created for us. Arigato gozaimashita. Sensei. We will treasure this memory and the photos you took of our Shodo experience always. We will see you again!

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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.