書道 Shodō. 2010 麻績村, 長野県 Nagano, Japan. After School Calligraphy. An extracurricular for many students, almost akin to basketball or volleyball, shodo, or Japanese Calligraphy is practiced only by the interested few. I studied alongside my elementary school students under the direction of one of the town’s most seasoned calligraphers and struggled to graduate from the basic numerical letterforms of 1-10.