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Cultural Event

01/15/2024 - 01/17/2024
Eustis, Florida

Japanese Arts Intensive with Visiting Artist, Kihachiro Nishiura

Photo Credits: Arching Oaks

Time and Location

January 15th-17th, 6-8pm

Arching Oaks Arts and Culture Center (Eustis, FL)


Arching Oaks welcomes award-winning, visiting artist Kihachiro Nishiura for three days of Japanese arts instruction and demonstrations including Kodo incense ceremony, Shodo calligraphy and Ikebana. Participants who complete all three days of workshops will receive a certificate of completion signed by the artist.

Kodo Incense Ceremony
January 15, 6-8pm
Kōdō (香道, “Way of Fragrance”) is the art of appreciating Japanese incense, and involves using incense within a structure of codified conduct. Kōdō includes all aspects of the incense process, from the tools (香道具, kōdōgu), to activities such as the incense-comparing games kumikō (組香) and genjikō (源氏香). Kōdō is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with kadō for flower arrangement, and chadō for tea and the tea ceremony.

Participants will take part in a traditional Kodo ceremony facilitated by Nishiura Sensei. Ages 16 and up welcome.

Shodo Calligraphy Workshop
January 16, 6-8pm
Japanese calligraphy (書道, shodō), also called shūji (習字), is a form of calligraphy, or artistic writing, of the Japanese language. Written Japanese was originally based on Chinese characters only, but the advent of the hiragana and katakana Japanese syllabaries resulted in intrinsically Japanese calligraphy styles.

Students will practice Shodo techniques using traditional materials. Registration fee includes all supplies. Ages 16 and up welcome.

January 17, 6-8pm
Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, ‘arranging flowers’ or ‘making flowers alive’) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as kadō (華道, ‘way of flowers’). The tradition dates back to Heian period (794–1185), when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, flower arrangements were instead used to adorn the tokonoma (alcove) of a traditional Japanese home.

Students will create their own Ikebana arrangement to take home using materials provided. Registration fee includes all supplies. Ages 16 and up welcome.

For more information and class registration visit:
Kodo, Shodo, and Calligraphy with Kihachiro Nishiura

About Kihachiro Nishiura:
Kihachiro Nishiura’s website

This event is supported through the JFNY Education Grant.

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