To celebrate National Writing Day, the Book and Print Initiative at the Institute of English Studies has invited Kaoru Akagawa to tell the story of Kana Shodo, a forgotten female script. It was developed and used by noblewomen to express themselves freely within the constraints of 10th-century Japanese court life. Kaoru Akagawa, a designated Master of Japanese calligraphy, keeps it alive through a calligraphic technique she created to revive these ancient Kana Shodo characters for modern times.

In this free lecture at London’s Senate House, an official event of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020, Kaoru Akagawa will also offer a live demonstration of her work and characters. Taking place on 26 June, 6-7pm, it is a rare opportunity to see an ancient female script created mainly by and for woman – come to life!

The Kana Shodo event sponsors also include the London Rare Books School and Senate House Library. All are welcome to attend, but booking is essential.

Date: 26 June, 6-7pm
Who: Institute of English Studies
Where: Senate Room, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU

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