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  • Introduction to Calligraphy Sets for Adults Starting Now

    Discussion about Tools, Calligraphy supplies set

    Recommended Calligraphy Sets for Adults

    January is a month filled with anticipation for new beginnings. It’s a time when many people are thinking about what new activities they want to pursue in the coming year. Perhaps this year, you’re considering starting calligraphy, trying your hand at penmanship, or writing beautiful letters with elegant characters. Calligraphy offers the opportunity to explore new creative ventures, and there are plenty of individuals looking to embark on this journey. If you’re one of them, we encourage you to consult with us at Shoyudo! Our online staff can introduce you to recommended products that will provide everything you need to start your calligraphy journey.


    One recommended brush for beginners is the “Unshu Chugokugo” brush. It’s a versatile brush that’s easy to handle for newcomers to calligraphy. With its balanced blend of firmness and softness, it’s well-suited for writing on traditional Japanese paper (hanshi) and can handle characters of various sizes, from two to six characters. So, whether you’re starting calligraphy for the first time or rediscovering your passion for it, we’re here to assist you in finding the right tools and materials to make your calligraphy experience a rewarding one.


    “Japanese-Made 5-Star Safflower Ink 1.5 Sticks” This ink is made using extremely fine soot particles, making it suitable not only for calligraphy but also for sutra transcription! It’s a handy tool to have in your collection.


    “Kakujo Shihira” This inkstone is produced in Ogatsu, one of Japan’s leading inkstone manufacturing regions. Its smooth texture and craftsmanship make it a perfect inkstone for adult calligraphy, slightly different from what you might have used as a student. We also recommend the standard size, Shigohei (available for 1,875 yen).

    Felt Underlay for Hanshi Paper

    The felt underlay adds a sense of luxury and volume. If you apply strong brush pressure, we recommend the larger size. This felt underlay is designed for Hanshi paper and has a thickness of 2mm.

    Paperweight for Bunchin Nickel Silver (Medium)

    For four-character compositions on Hanshi paper, we recommend the medium-sized paperweight.

    Brush Stand

    Other Items You Might Find Useful “Angilas Brush Stand – Medium” This brush stand is made of Mino-yaki ceramics. It exudes an air of sophistication and sets the mood for a focused and tense atmosphere. It’s just the right size to accommodate both large and small brushes.

    Water Dropper

    “Water Dropper – Small Plum Blossom Design” Water droppers are used to add water while grinding ink.

    Why not start with an adorable and affordable option? If you find calligraphy challenging to start on your own, consider looking for a nearby class where you can observe brush techniques and more. For those interested, Shoyudo has classes available in our Osaka and Kyoto stores that you can join starting from a single session. If you have any questions, please feel free to inquire.


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