Do you know Japanese style calligraphy, “Wayoh”? Its rules are “Written in Japanese,” “Forbid cursive handwriting” and “Forbid block style.” Most of the traditional calligraphy use Chinese classics and cursive style. So, they are not readable or enjoyable for Japanese people, although they are written by Japanese. Wayoh is Japanese written in brush that everyone can read. Because of the concept, this style is gaining in popularity.
Master calligrapher Udoyoshi who studies Wayoh says, “Today, the style known as Japanese calligraphy was born about 150 years ago in Meiji Restoration, and it is based on Chinese calligraphy style. However, Wayoh had established for about 950 years from the late Heian period to the Edo period as a way to share information.”
With the change of writing tool from brush to pen, with the change of writing tool from brush to pen, the “unreadable” calligraphy (it based on Chinese classics so Japanese are not able to read) became one of artistic culture not practical use. It's apart from modern standard Japanese. In the Showa period, some master calligraphers started to be deeply concerned the tendency. And they tried to revive “readable calligraphy (Wayoh)” which everyone can enjoy. Master Udoyoshi is one of the calligraphers who has dedicated to establish “readable as Japanese” calligraphy.
You may be able to try Wayoh at Udoyoshi Japanese Calligraphy class in Yushima. “Chinese classics has 2500 years and Kana has 1200 years of history. However, in Japanese writing history there was no such example as a style mixed with Kanji and Kana, written in print style by brush. Wayoh is the improved form of Master Outei Kaneko and Mitsuo Aida’s modern Japanese calligraphy style to suit today’s education and culture.”
Calligraphy class welcome wide range of students that longtime learner who felt stuck in their practice, beginners who felt difficulty to traditional calligraphy, and tourists from overseas who want to experience Japanese culture. Many people try Wayoh.
No restriction on tome (stop), hane (sweep up) and harai (brush). Also, there are no difficult rules. Please try Wayoh which lets you face modern Japanese language very freely.
Mar 2018 Text: Ryoko Kuraishi Photo: Yasuo Yamaguchi
Class schedule: Wednesdays 15:00 – 21:00, Thursdays 14:00 – 21:00, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 12:00 – 16:00. Close: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Lesson Fee: calligraphy experience class price from 3300 yen. For people from overseas price from 4400 yen.