南山大学

 

Practical Courses in the Japanese Art

The Practical Courses in the Japanese Arts are especially popular and provide the perfect complement to our other courses, allowing students to gain an appreciation of Japan's rich cultural heritage through aesthetic appreciation, intellectual application, and hands-on practice.

Flower Arrangement (Ikebana)

In this course, students experience ikebana, the Japanese traditional art of flower arrangement. Students gain an appreciation of ikebana through learning the basics of flower arrangement and how to handle flowers, and by understanding Japanese aesthetics.

Calligraphy (Shodo)

This course gives students the experience of writing with a brush in traditional fashion. Various styles of writing kanji and kana are introduced and the origins and historical background of kanji are also studied.

Woodblock Printing (Hanga)

The relationship between wood and human culture is ageless, deep, and inseparable. Woodblock printing is an expression of this affinity. The purpose of this course is the development of original printmaking through instruction in the practical techniques involved: the planning of the wooden block, the care of cutting tools, methods of hand carving, and the use of the baren.

Japanese Culture and Tea Ceremony (Sado)

Through the tea ceremony, this course aims to deepen understanding of the experience that led to the development of Japanese society and to foster an appreciation of Japanese culture and spirit.

Chinese Black Ink Painting (Sumie)

Sumie is Japan's traditional art of painting using Chinese black ink. The course is designed to introduce basic methods and forms of painting portraits, landscapes, birds, and flowers.