April 26th, Shodo with Sora: Celebrating Connection through Calligraphy

by Alyssa Derania on March 19, 2024

Only 20 seats available – click the button below to register!

Shodo is one of the oldest traditional art forms in Japan, initially used as a means of communication. Today, the art of calligraphy includes individual expression with meditative qualities, used to evoke wisdom as seen in Zen practices. At this workshop using all natural materials, Sora aims for students to look inward within themselves for inspiration.

Join us in experiencing the depth and beauty of shodo through community connection. 

This event is open to all women of any heritage, and any skill level and complete beginners are encouraged. All materials are provided. We’d be thrilled for you to join the group to network nearby after the workshop, if you are available. Attendees must be current JASO members, and may bring a maximum of one guest. There are only 20 seats available, and they will fill quickly. Your seat is not secured until payment completes.

No refunds, unless your place is filled from the waitlist.

Program Details
Date – Friday, April 26, 2024
Time – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, with optional group networking time offsite
Place – The Atrium, 900 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Parking options available here.

This program is hosted by JASO’s Women’s Leadership Council, a dynamic group of women passionate to support and advance Japanese, Japanese-American and API women in the workplace. Learn more about their work HERE.

Sora ( 宇宙) was born in Usuki Oita, Japan. Her love for shodo began when she started taking lessons at six years old, and her passion for shodo blossomed under Master Sekkō Daigo (Oregon) and more recently, Master Futō Suzuki’s (Japan) curriculum. Sora masterfully blends shodo art skills with her life experiences, including time as a TV reporter, flight attendant, nanny, Amazon driver (during the pandemic), wife, mother, and teacher. Now based in Portland, Sora has earned numerous awards in both Japan and Oregon for her work, and has held performances and exhibitions since 2018. Learn more about Sora and her work here.

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