I will show you my local area around Akihabara, Ueno and Yushima. Then let's have fun with calligraphy experience!I was born and raised in this area and still live here.
My place is closed to Akihabara, Ueno and Yushima/Kanda. Akihabara is well known as "Electric City" and anime comics. Ueno has a big park where is very popular for cherry blossoms viewing in spring. Ueno zoo is also famous for Pandas!! Yushima and Kanda are my actual area. There are two famous shrines called Yushima Tenmangu and Kanda Myojin.
I will show you some of those places as much as time allows.
I can go to other area in Tokyo, too if you would like.
After that, I will take you to my home for the calligraphy experience.
Learn the basics of Calligraphy such as tools and how to hold the brush. Try writing Kanji (Chinese character) with the brush, it's not like the pencil or pen.
Kanji has several meanings and rules. You will learn Kanji not only how to write but also how to read and the meanings.
Pick a word from you've learnt and wite it with your name in Japanese on a special paper to take home to show your friends and family!!
You can change to write on a fan (Uchiwa) instead for an additional fee 500 yen.
This local tour can be operated with other classes with additional 1500yen.
Please ask me for more details!!
Optional: participate in the tea ceremony experienceI do not have a certificate to teach tea ceremony, so I am introducing another place specially for participants in Wakalture Experience.
You will get instructions about tea ceremony, tea, and sweets (tea is always served with traditional and beautiful Japanese sweets) then be served green tea. After that, you will make tea by yourself :)
The cost of participating in this plan is ¥8,000 per person. ¥3,000 additional if you want to wear kimono in the class (kimono option is for women only)
It will depend on how many people attend the class but approximately 1.5 hours for 2 people and 2 hours for 3 people. The place will be shown by me on the day or address will be told after the reservation.
Special offer for participants in this plan
Hand made origami earrings are available for sale at the class, ¥1,000 only for one pair at Wakalture.
If you would like to purchase the earrings, please mention in the message of the request form. You can also take a look at the earrings when you come to my class.
Who is Wakalture?
Wakana（和香奈）+ Culture= Wakalture
Hi, I'm Wakana.
I was born and raised here in Tokyo. I've lived in Australia (Gold Coast) and Canada (Toronto) to study English. I didn't think I could communicate with people from other countries but now I speak English and I really like to meet new people, make friends and talk about different cultures.
I've been learning Japanese Calligraphy, shodo since I was 8-years old and got a teaching license when I was 22-years old.
I like it because I can concentrate on only doing Calligraphy. That makes me relaxed. It's the best way of de-stress.
I also studied Nutrition and have worked as a dietician. I love to eat, I live to eat!! Most of English words I memorized at first were about food indeed. If you like fish, I can take you to the best Japanese restaurant!!
I have set-up the Wakalture Experience as I want to teach Japanese culture in a fun way to visitors of Japan. My main goal is to help visitors to Japan have a memorable time here in Japan:)
What’s special at Wakalture?
No translators at WakaltureUsing translators could bring misunderstandings sometimes and they convey less information. I want to communicate with visitors directly so that everyone can understand everything clearly. I’m not a native English speaker but I will do my best!! I love talking to people from all over the world:)
Really “REAL” JapanI only teach visitors things for which I have experience in and know about well.
Calligraphy・・・I am a licensed Calligrapher and I’ve been practicing Calligraphy for 21 years.
Cooking・・・I learnt Nutriton at Kagawa Nutriton University and have worked as a dietician.
Find out more about WakaltureWebsite: http://www.wakalture.com
The article by Hub Japan introducing Wakalture: "Japanese calligraphy & Udon cooking classes in Akihabara, Wakalture"
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