Full-Day Workshop in London

💮Next workshop in London💮

I am very excited to inform you about the next workshop in London 2020. This is a special full-day workshop takes place at the art studio in Bethnal Green. One can sign up for a full-day workshop or one of the workshops. See the link and info below.

•Program 1 : SUMIE ink painting / 11.30-14.30
•Program 2 : SHODO calligraphy / 15.30-18.30
(Pro workshop £58 / Full-Day £105 /*Student concession available)

All levels are welcome!
Happy Practice!

4月17日にBethnal Greenのスタジオで一日ワークショップをします。両方でも一つのワークショップだけでも申し込み可能です。



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A full day of creative and meditative workshops with Rie Takeda

• SUMIE Ink Painting Workshop from 11.30 to 14.30 
• SHODO Calligraphy Workshop from 15.30 to 18.30

Next date : Friday, 17. April 2020 in Bethnal Green, London


Learning mindfulness and creative reflection through Japanese calligraphy and ink painting. This special full-day workshop takes place in the art studio in Bethnal Green, London. One can sign up and book for a full-day workshop or one of the workshops.

Experience in Japanese calligraphy or ink painting, art skills are not necessary. Each participant from beginner to advanced level as well as professionally interested are welcome to discover and experience the essence of Shodo the art of Japanese calligraphy and the art of ink painting.


The Participants can learn to focus on bringing the balance of mind and body together as well as one’s individual mindfulness process by special designed practices. So students can learn little by little how to concentrate on their own Qi-energy flow, conduct and apply it with brush and ink onto paper. Very meditative and self-reflecting process. A full day of mindfulness art workshops. 

 Teacher: Rie Takeda 

 Date: Friday, 17. April 2020

 Place: 249 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 0EL, United Kingdom * see the map below

 Full-Day Workshop : 11:30 to 18:30 (with tea breaks) 

     Program 1. Sumie Ink Painting / 11.30-14.30 Info

     Program 2. Shodo Calligraphy / 15.30-18.30 Info

 Fee: £105,- (With Student Card: £100,-) for a full-day

     If you book one of them / Fee: £58,- (With Student Card: £52,-) pro Workshop

 Utensils, Materials and Texts: all inclusive and prepared

 Maximal: 15 Personen

 Level: all levels-Beginner to Advanced level and Professionally interested

 Language: English ( Japanese/German also possible ) 

 Please sign up and book your place here with Eventbrite/Full-Day-SHODO+SUMIE

Or make a full payment via Paypal ( rie@takeda-art.com )

(!After the payment is done, the registration is confirmed, you will get a confirmation mail)

 More info : Shodo Workshop in London

 Rie Takeda’s original Mindfulness-Method and her concept of teaching SHODO calligraphy is focused on :

  • mind and body connection
  • discovering individual inner quality and peace
  • “hands-on” guidance
  • inner balance
  • “Here and Now” momentum flow
  • mindfulness process
  • de-stressing the body tension
  • conscious breathing
  • raising Qi(energy) flow and awareness



⭕️Message for my London/U.K.based students and Master class students, please bring your SEISHO pieces and latest technical practices with you. So I can check the current stages and suggest the new inputs, Thanks!

New dates in London for summer, autumn, winter 2020 will be updated soon, thank you!    

Happy Practice!




Workshop in Freiburg ; Lantern light

Calligraphy ” Tomoshibi ” by Rie Takeda

Thank you very much for attending the workshop on Sunday.

I do appreciate your effort to learn the art of Japanese calligraphy with such opened mind!
All of you did very well – compliment on your full concentration and mindfulness process. Great job!

Calligraphy display from workshop participants 21.10.2018

We had lots of (high) Autumn Otehon texts, mainly with the ” fire 火 ” element and yes, sure some ” misty fog / Kiri 霧 ” and  ” maple tree / Kaede 楓 ”

  • Autumn / AKI  秋
  • Lantern light / Tomoshibi 灯

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The illustration shows the pictographically developed composition.

Rice plant(s)  +  Fire  =  Autumn 秋


Tomoshibi in Sanshotai : Link

The next workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday 18th November. It is at the moment fully booked, but one can be on the waiting list.

The November workshop will be the last one for this year. Then we will start again in the New Year 2019 on 20th January.

Meanwhile I hope you all will enjoy your Shodo practice in this beautiful season.

Happy Practice!

Arigato, Rie

Exhibition “ Painted Poems “ 30. June

My exhibition is ready to pop in 2 weeks.

The opening party is on Saturday, the 30th June at 15:00.

If you are around in town, please pop in!

Would be great to see you there. ‘


絵詩Painted Poemの展示会をさせていただきます。

レセプションは30日土曜日の15時から18時半くらいまでなので、お時間ありましたら是非お越しください。 ‘


– Painted Poems-

From 30.06. to 30.09.2018

Opening Party: Sat. 30.06, 15:00


artforum3 e.V.

Insel 3, 79098


Friday, 13:00-18:00

Saturday, 10:00-16:00


#rietakeda #freiburg #paintedpoems #neojaponism #neojaponismstyle #japanesecalligraphy #japaneseart #japanmodern #japanpop #exhibition #dragon

Happy summer practice!



Ikigai 生き甲斐

📮This beautiful interesting book is published now!


I enjoyed working on the cover and the calligraphy pieces.

Highly recommended!

本日英国カイリブックス出版より” 生き甲斐 IKIGAI “という素敵な本が出版されました。カバーの絵と書、インデックスの書等させていただきました。とても興味深い本です、ぜひ手に取って読んでみてください。日本語の”IKIGAI”という言葉がそのまま世界で使われるようになる日も近いかもしれませんね。

” IKIGAI “- giving every day meaning and joy

by Yukari Mitsuhashi

‘The word ikigai is formed of two Japanese characters: iki, meaning life, and gai, meaning value or worth. Ikigai, then, is the value of life, or happiness in life. Put simply, it’s the reason you get up in the morning.’

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📮This beautiful interesting book is published yesterday! Congratulations! I enjoyed working on the cover and the calligraphy pieces. Highly recommended! 本日英国カイリブックス出版より" 生き甲斐 IKIGAI "という素敵な本が出版されました。カバーの絵と書、インデックスの書等させていただきました。とても興味深い本です、ぜひ手に取って読んでみてください。日本語の"IKIGAI"という言葉がそのまま世界で使われるようになる日も近いかもしれませんね。 " IKIGAI "- giving every day meaning and joy by Yukari Mitstuhashi ‘The word ikigai is formed of two Japanese characters: iki, meaning life, and gai, meaning value or worth. Ikigai, then, is the value of life, or happiness in life. Put simply, it’s the reason you get up in the morning.’ @yukari77 @kylebooksuk Photo by @taraosullivan1 #ikigai #publicationday #giveaway #competition #win #prize #bookgiveaway #kylebooks #hachette #octopus #yukarimitsuhashi #kylebooksuk

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#ikigai #publicationday #giveaway #competition #win #prize #bookgiveaway #kylebooks #hachette #octopus



Happy Practice!


Otehon for winter season

Are you already enjoying your Shodo practice in a warm cozy room with some candles on?!

When it comes to practising Shodo, Autumn and Winter seasons are great for us to refind a inner silence and develop a deeper sense of mindfulness.

Today I post a perfect seasonal Otehon for here and now.


Otehonn text “shimobashira 霜柱”

: しもばしら/ シモバシラ

-English: Frost pillar,  Frost columns

-German: Frost Kristalle, Raureif

2 Kanjis;

-霜 shimo : Frost

-柱 bashira : Column, Pillar

-Level: beginner to intermediate

-Brush size: medium to big,  for both hard and soft haired

Technical Tips:

– make sure the difference between the side brushing and the direct brushing

– a clear 1-2-3 movement in the corner techniques

– left Harai technique, always wait for the cursive point.

– check all types of bending strokes

– check the middle line and composition balance

Enjoy your Shodo hours”

Happy Practice!




Next Workshop in Freiburg, Germany

When; Sunday, 12. November, 13.00 ~ 16.00
Where; Haus Diva, Lise-Meitner-Strasse 12
D79100, Freiburg- Vauban

Level; From beginners to professionals

Fee; 45€ / all materials and texts included,  calligraphy tools provided

I would like to inform you that the next calligraphy workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday, the 12th. November starting at 13.00.

We will this time practise beautiful frost theme texts in many different calligraphy styles.

The workshop is designed for a small group of people (max.8) and for 8all levels including some professional needs too.

The beginners are always welcome!

  • If you would like to sign in,  please send me a mail on: shodokurs@gmx.de


Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!!

Happy Practice!



Otehon; Kingyo~Goldfish

I hope you are enjoying these hot sunny days! Are you brushing up your calligraphy skills?! Or doing more stroke-practice?!

Before the summer holiday ends, I would like to post an Otehon for the month of August.

The summery text you can not avoid ….

Yes,  “Goldfish”!!

“Aka-i-kin-gyo (Jap) ~ Red goldfish”

*Akai: Red

*Kingyo: Goldfish (Kin; Gold +Gyo; Fish)

*4 Kanjis and 1 Hiragana

Please check all balance lines, composition frames and some tips above.
Each Kanji have more less a clear middle line. Always start with a clear angle and check which brush technique should be applied.(side or direct brushings)

Recommended brush size is the medium to the big. Both hard or soft haired are suitable for this text.

Happy Practice!!


Thank you,  Arigato!

Despite the chilly frosty wind,  all came to “calligraphy-ing” yesterday!

Thanks very much to everyone who attended the workshop.

All did wonderful practice!

I am very glad to get to know and to teach such mindfulness people!

Next workshop is on Sunday, the 4th. December. With the theme ” Winter & for Christmas cards”

Calligraphy texts will be all winter-feeling inspired. Besides our calligraphy practice, I will provide a pair of blank cards. So if you want,  you can either do calligraphy on the cards,  or fix an extra calligraphy paper on- as you get inspired towards the end of the workshop. It would be an unique card for Christmas.

For sign up,  please send me a direct mail.

Here is the link to my instagram; https://www.instagram.com/p/BMzpl5-grz8/


Happy Practice


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