Calligraphy Courses

1 Year Course

Culture Visa Sponsorship Course

INTRODUCTION : Our 1 year Japanese calligraphy course is geared towards serious students who wish to live / study in Japan and require visa sponsorship.
*Students must provide proper paperwork for the visa and send to us. Though our success rate is currently 95%, visas are not guaranteed.

We accept students year-rounds.
Courses are taught in a group setting and class sizes vary.
School holiday schedule basically follows Japan’s national holiday schedule.
National health insurance is to be paid by students.
Students are required to study a minimum of 16 hours each week and are not allowed to work without permission.
We do not officially offer support for housing, transport, etc. but try to advise our students as best we can.
Students are encouraged to participate in school parties, exhibitions, and other activities.

*For those who do not require a visa please refer to our Standard Course page.

Course Description

Most of our foreign students have little or no experience with Japanese calligraphy, so this course has been designed with that in mind. For those who have studied in the past, adjustments can be made to suit their abilities.

Months 1-3

Students will focus on the fundamentals:

Brush technique, stroke order, character balance, Hiragana, Katakana, basic Kanji block form, and seal carving.   

Months 4-6

Progresses to more difficult characters and students begin to learn about Japanese writing history.

Small brush use and seal carving will also be introduced during this time.

Months 7-9

Continue with small and standard size brush practice.

Students also begin large brush practice and start creating their own art works.

Months 10-12

Includes writing practice, seal carving, extra-large brush practice, modern art calligraphy, and introductions to various writing styles.

* Upon completion of the course, students are awarded with Certificate of Completion.

Study Materials Provided:

Handbooks with English instructions

Small and large starter brushes

Starter calligraphy paper

Paper weight

Ink stone

Felt pad

India ink

Carving stones


Expenses required before applying for a cultural visa

Amount when applying in Japan Amount when applying from overseas
2 intro lessons (includes materials) JPY 10,000 (tax included) JPY 20,800 (tax included)
Nonrefundable application fee JPY 30,000 (tax included) JPY 52,000 (tax included)

*When applying from overseas, agency fees and private lessons fees are added.
*For applications from overseas, a separate postage fee is required to send the COE. (Amount varies by country)

Contents Tuition / year
Basic Course Basic curriculum of Seisho Shohokai
(Big brush, small brush, ballpoint pen and pencil)
1 year course
JPY 550,000 (tax included)
6 month course
JPY 330,000 (tax included)
Professional Course Basic curriculum + Teaching method lessons 1 year course
JPY 880,000 (tax included)

*Students who have completed all curriculums will be given a diploma by the Seisho Shohokai.

Short Course
Contents Tuition
1 month course This is a short-term course for learning calligraphy (big brush) JPY 44,000 (tax included)
No cultural visa
3 month course This is a short-term course for learning calligraphy (big brush) JPY 110,000 (tax included)
No cultural visa

1 Time Course

INTRODUCTION : As you know, calligraphy is an important part of traditional Japanese culture. If you are in Osaka, why not come in for a crash course in Japanese brush writing? You won’t forget this wonderful opportunity!
*If you would like to study from home, please have a look at our Online Course.

What You Will Learn

How to hold the brush
Stroke order of Chinese characters
Brush stroke techniques
Various line styles

Here are some samples of what you will practice writing.


¥10,000 - 60 minutes
¥15,000 - 90 minutes

Please choose the class that best suits you.
* 10% tax not included
* Cash payment only

Basic Course

INTRODUCTION : Our basic course offers students the chance to study and progress at their own pace. You can practice ball pen, small brush, or medium brush at any of our locations. And if you are interested in adding an extra discipline, you can do so for a 550 yen (円) fee. Please feel free to drop by the school, or contact us via phone or email.

Free starter set (brush, ink, paper, inkstone, felt, paperweight) for brush study
Free worksheets included for ball pen study
SEISHO’s monthly workbook included at no cost
4 lessons (120 minutes) ¥7,260
8 lessons (120 minutes) ¥13,882
Option to study additional styles + ¥550
All 3 convenient locations

Class Details

All prices are tax included
Our teachers are highly skilled and certified
We accept students year-round
Direct bank deposit available
Courses are taught in a group setting and class sizes vary
School holiday schedule basically follows Japan’s national holiday schedule
Inkstones, felt pads, and paperweights are available for free if you forget to bring your own

Trial Course

This trial course is for those who aren’t sure what style of calligraphy they want to practice. Students can practice ball pen (4 lessons), small brush (4 lessons), and medium brush (2 lessons) all for just ¥10,000. We give you everything you need to get started, including paper, ink and 2 brushes. Don’t miss this excellent chance to try Japanese calligraphy.

10 lessons for only ¥10,000 (plus tax)
Free starter set (2 brushes, inkstone, felt pad, ink, paperweight)
SEISHO’s very own worksheets included at no cost
No joining fee (¥3,240)
Each class is 60 minutes
All 3 convenient locations
* Basic command of Japanese is necessary.

Big Brush and Art Calligraphy

For those of you interested in having a chance to try big brush calligraphy please call or send us an email and ask about the weekend classes we have available. Because of their irregular schedule, we have decided to accept students on a reservation only basis. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of throwing ink around with a giant brush! Have a look at some of Baikei’s performance photos to get an idea of just how fun it is.

Seal Carving Course

INTRODUCTION : A carved seal is an integral part of every calligrapher’s final work. This ancient art was developed in China and brought to Japan long ago. Since early times, calligraphers have put great importance on their seals. A well carved piece is more than a mere signature; it is voice which adds color to one’s work, both literally and figuratively.

In this course you will learn how to design, prepare, and carve stones of various sizes, as well as how and where to properly stamp your works. Much like the process of writing, carving is also a wonderful meditative experience. Come give it a try, and make a work of art for yourself or a loved one.

This hands-on short course is available by appointment only. To set up a time that best suits you, please give us a call or send an email. And for those unable to physically attend, we have a distance learning option available on our online course page (all required tools are available at our online store).

All supplies included in class fee
Learn the basics of stone seal carving from a professional
Private class ¥10,000 (3 lessons/90 minutes each)
Group of two people ¥9,000 per person (3 lessons/90 minutes each)
Group of three people ¥8,000 per person (3 lessons/90 minutes each)
Convenient Namba location
Stone carving knives are very sharp so we always remind students to be careful and to take their time.

Teacher Training Course

INTRODUCTION : We offer teaching certification to students serious about wanting to teach others and help continue the beautiful tradition of Japanese calligraphy. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses are available and can all be started at anytime throughout the year at both our Osaka school and online school. Students must first reach the basic teaching level to enter this course.

Upon completion you will have a solid knowledge the Japanese writing system, be competent writing in various styles, and know how to accurately correct students’ work. Though some students wish to specialize in a particular type of writing, i.e. ball pen, small brush, big brush, etc. we encourage our training teachers to have a good grasp of all basic forms.

Courses Hours Prices
Kids Teacher 48 hours ¥96,000
Adult Teacher 36 hours x 3 ¥54,000 x 3

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