March 9, 2020

Think Ink 7! Calligraphy Event

7th installment of ever-popular Japanese culture event held February 24

As global culture becomes more connected, the University of Calgary has made a continuous effort to provide culturally enriching experiences for their students. The Japanese language program in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures has long focused on expanding the academic experiences it provides, by reflecting a more holistic approach to teaching about Japanese language and culture.
 
One of the ways in which it has consistently done this is by offering the Japanese Culture Series, which includes the ever-popular Think Ink calligraphy event. The seventh installment of Think Ink was held on February 24, 2020, filling the evening with laughter and an excitement to learn the art of calligraphy, as thirty eager students with varying levels of experience with Japanese culture joined the event.

Students attending Think Ink 7! Calligraphy Event

Photographers: Vincent Vuong and Cindy Tang

Professor Akiko Sharp began the event by imparting the cultural and historical relevance of calligraphy as an art form in Japan. Many students learned for the first time how calligraphy has evolved into its current form consisting of two branches, with one resembling closely the traditional philosophy of the art form and the other incorporating traditional technique with a modern theatrical focus.

After setting the historical and cultural context for calligraphy, it became time for the attendees to try the art form themselves.

Students learn the art of Japanese Calligraphy

Photographers: Vincent Vuong and Cindy Tang

While professor Sharp provided demonstrations and guidelines on the technique to write simple strokes, 10 students from Hokkaido University of Education and 1 student from Senshu University graciously provided close support. Many masterful pieces of the character “love” (愛) were on display, with some students taking the challenge of trying out more difficult characters.

Overall, the initial nervousness of many students blossomed into an eagerness to learn more. Many expressed thanks and hoped to take part in future events by the Japanese language program. The closing of the event saw all students taking their works home. We are very eager to see how each student’s passions will develop.

Written by,
Danny Seo, Japanese Literacy Club representative

Student proudly displays calligraphy work

Photographers: Vincent Vuong and Cindy Tang