December Shodo + Japanese Language Celebration

Japanese/English Conversation & Cultural Cafe PDX
Japanese/English Conversation & Cultural Cafe PDX
Public group

The Encorepreneur Cafe

1548 NE 15th Ave · Portland, OR

How to find us

There is metered parking in front of our space on 15th. There is 2-hour parking around the corner on Weidler. There is more free parking in the neighborhood behind us.

Location image of event venue


Join us for a special session in December:

-Japanese Language Exchange
-Shodo Lesson
-Create New Year's Cards with Calligraphy

We will make 年賀状(Nengajo) - Japanese New Year's greeting card - together. We will write with "chopstick pen" and paint with "watercolor pencils".

No experience is required. Beginners are welcome. You will learn basic knowledge and techniques in relaxing and friendly atmosphere. We can provide tools and materials.

We will also have a short Japanese Cultural Presentation:
- Japan's New Year's custom (お正月の習慣)
- History and Basics of Nengajo.
- What is your Eto? Characteristics of each animal.

干支(Eto) is Japanese Zodiac. Nengajo generally has a picture of Year's Animal. The animal in 2020 will be a "mouse". However, you can write and paint anything you like.

Let's enjoy making nengajo with friendly conversation!

Shodo teacher: Yukashi Sano – Illustrator and designer
She was born and raised in Shizuoka, the foot of Mt. Fuji. She has loved painting since she was little. She has also studied shodo for a decade. Uniting her illustration and shodo, she has designed Japanese company trademarks. She teaches drawing and calligraphy both within and outside Japan. Her motto is everyone can enjoy drawing letters and pictures no matter what skill levels regardless of age and gender.

YouTube video of her class

PAYMENT NOTE: This time the meetup will be $10 (as we have a Shodo teacher and prepare materials) and you may pay using Paypal at: in advance or pay in cash or card at the door. We will provide coffee, tea, water, and snacks. Thank you!

Seat is limited and we will prepare materials, so those who RSVP must show up. If you become unable to make it, please change your RSVP status.

*If you have shodo experiences, please join the class as a volunteer teacher for free. Please send a private Meetup message to Masaki or email to [masked] about your experience.