KAKIZOME - The first calligraphy of the new year

Oshogatsu - Japanese New Year - is a big celebration in which friends and family get together to share wishes for a healthy and happy year and to participate in a variety of activities and celebrations.  Kakizome, the writing of the first calligraphy of the new year, is traditionally held on January 2nd in Japan when people write positive and encouraging words and phrases with calligraphy brush and ink. 

For its first Cultural Program of 2015, JASGA will invite certified calligrapher Aya Koga to share with us the traditional Japanese New Year's custom of kakizome. Kakizome (in Japanese, "first writing"  書き初め) is the first calligraphy written at the beginning of the year. You'll also enjoy the festive New Year's decorations in the room on the family day at the Umlauf sculpture garden & museum.

About the demonstration and practice:
Aya Koga will talk about the history of kakizome and show us how to write some New Year's wishes, demonstrating the dynamic brush strokes with a large brush.  Some audience members will be invited to participate. This is not to be missed!
About Aya Koga:
Ms. Aya Koga started calligraphy at the age of six.  She was awarded Yomiuri Newspaper Calligraphy Prize when she was a student.  She holds 2nd level calligraphy license from Official Calligraphy Association of Japan.  She has been teaching Shodo (calligraphy) at JASGA's Shodo class since Fall 2014.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum Family Day:

12:30 Yoga                                                             
1:00  Story time
1:30  Sculpture Demo with Texas Society of Sculptors
2:00  Music with Armstrong Community Music School
2:30  Kakizome- Japanese calligraphy with Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
Free and Open to the public
January 4th, 2015 2:30 PM   through   3:30 PM
605 Azie Morton Rd.(formerly Robert E. Lee Rd)
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum 
Austin, TX 78704
United States
Phone: 512-656-4731

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