Japan: AfterSchool Caligraphy

 

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.