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Junko holds Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) and painting (Sumi-e) workshops around Melbourne at galleries, schools, organisations and cultural events. She also holds online lessons for people who are not able to attend an onsite workshop and also private lessons. Junko can work with you to create a program to meet your needs from 45 mins to whole day introductory experience workshops.

In the workshop, you will prepare your own ink then learn to make and use different Sumi ink tones and brush techniques to create traditional Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) or ink painting (Sumi-e) on rice paper.

With Sumi-e, you will learn to feel and capture the meaning of objects from nature with your interpretation then you will express the objects variously with brush pressure, rhythm, tones and confidence in your strokes. You'll not only learn brush stroke techniques but also experience the whole process and understand yourself through your work.

With Shodo, you will learn various brush techniques, calligraphy styles, stroke order and balance of Japanese characters as well as the history of calligraphy and the meaning of Japanese characters so you don't need to know any Japanese to begin. 

Upcoming workshops

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@ Japaneasy (70mins Japanese ink art workshop)

Address: L1, 152 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC

Let's experience Sumi-e and create a unique piece of art to take home. Sumi-e is the ancient art of Japanese brush painting. Traditionally, paintings feature subjects from nature, such as flowers, mountains and birds.

There is much more to creating an image during the process of Sumi-e, it is also meditative practice to explore and express your inner self.

You will learn to use different ink tones and brush techniques to create some simple and expressive paintings on Japanese Washi paper such as blossoms, an owl and Koi fish. All the materials will be provided and all ages are welcome!

5 Aug 2023 Sat 12pm - 1:10pm Blossoms/flowers - fully booked

5 Aug 2023 Sat 1:40pm - 2:50pm Owl - fully booked

5 Aug 2023 Sat 3:20pm - 4:30pm Koi fish - fully booked

details and booking:

@ Mystic River (2 hour Sumi-e workshop)

Address: Southgate Shopping Centre (Level 1), 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC

12 Mar 2023 Sun 10am - 12pm Mountains and trees - fully booked

18 Jun 2023 Sun 10am - 12pm Owl - fully booked

10 Sep 2023 Sun 10am - 12pm Cherry blossom & Rose - fully booked

details and booking:

@ Living & Learning Centre Nillumbik (3 hour Japanese ink art workshop)

Address: 739 Main Rd, Eltham VIC

This is a monthly workshop. If you want to keep learning Sumi-e, this is the one to join! You will learn something different each time and your practice will improve. You will be able to learn both calligraphy (Shodo) and painting (Sumi-e) of your choice.

8 Oct 2023 Sun 10am - 1pm beginners class

3 Dec 2023 Sun 10am - 1pm ongoing class

details and booking:
(03) 9433 3744

@ Melbourne Art Class (3 hour Sumi-e workshop)

Address 817B Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC

(level 1, via the laneway about 50m south of the Barkers Rd intersection)

13 Aug 2023 Sun 2pm - 5pm beginners class - fully booked

17 Sep 2023 Sun 2pm - 5pm beginners class

22 Oct 2023 Sun 10am - 1pm beginners class

29 Oct 2023 Sun 10am - 1pm beginners class

22 Oct 2023 Sun am - 1:30pm - 4pm Hanko stamp making class

details and booking:

@ Melbourne Art Class (2 hour x 3 week short corse)

Address 817B Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC

(level 1, via the laneway about 50m south of the Barkers Rd intersection)

2, 9 & 16 Oct 2023 Mon 10am - 12pm

Junko will guide you through painting four traditional images that contain the basic strokes that every sumi-e artist masters: The Four Gentlemen.The Four Gentlemen is a collective noun for four plants. Many neighbouring countries, including Japan, adopted the four gentlemen into their traditional art practises.


Beginner sumi-e artists focus on The Four Gentlemen because of their refined beauty, and the fundamental brushstrokes used to create them.

details and booking:

@ Melbourne Art Class (school holiday workshop for children)

Address 817B Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC

(level 1, via the laneway about 50m south of the Barkers Rd intersection)

10 Jan 2023 Tue 9am - 11am for children grades 5 to 7

10 Jan 2023 Tue 12pm - 2pm for teens grades 8 to 12

details and booking:

@ Gloworm Studios (2.5 hour Sumi-e workshop)

Address: 11 Railway Place, Fairfield VIC

16 Jul 2023 Sun 3pm - 5:30pm - beginners

30 Jul 2023 Sun 3pm - 5:30pm intermediate

details and booking:

@ Gloworm Studios (2 hour x 5 week evening Sumi-e cource)

Address: 11 Railway Place, Fairfield VIC

16, 23, 30 Aug and 9 & 13 Sep 2023 Wed 6:30pm - 8:30pm

details and booking:

@ YAVA Gallery & Arts Hub (3 hour Sumi-e workshop) 

Address: 252A Maroondah Highway, Healesville VIC

18 Feb 2023 Sat 12pm - 3pm intermediate

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@ Box Hill Community Arts Centre (1.5 hour Sumi-e workshop)

Address: 470 Station St, Box Hill VIC

21 May 2023 Sun 2pmm - 3:30pm Koi fish - fully booked

21 May 2023 Sun 4pm - 5:30pm Owl - fully booked

details and booking:
(03) 9895 8833

@ Camberwell Community Centre (5 week Sumi-e course)

Address: 33-35 Fairholm Grove Camberwell VIC 3124

18 Aug to 15 Sep 2023 Fridays 1pm - 3pm

13 Oct to 10 Nov 2023 Fridays 1pm - 3pm

details and booking:

(03) 9882 2611

0478 766 683

@ KAMI (2 hour Sumi-e workshop and Hanko Stamp making)

Address: 375 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy Vic 3065, Australia


23 Jul 2023 Sun 10am - 12pm Cherry blossoms painting

3 Sep 2023 Sun 10am - 12pm Peony painting

15 Oct 2023 Sun 10am - 12pm Gumtree painting

15 Oct 2023 Sun 2pm - 4pm Hanko stamp making

details and booking:

(03) 9419 5735

@ Yama Ki (Japanese ink art forest retreat)

Address: 1284 Don Rd, Don Valley VIC

24 Sep Sun 2023 10am - 4pm fully booked

The wisdom of nature - Japanese ink art forest retreat

This Japanese ink art retreat is a creative exploration amongst the Yarra Valley forest. Guided by the way of ink and connecting with our hearts, we will therapeutically explore how ink reflects our inner space and expression within. 

Art facilitation by Junko Azakawa and wholesome vegetarian organic lunch by Phuong Tang at Yama Ki.

Japanese ink art is a philosophy, it’s a way of living and an art form. Sumi soot ink painting began around the 8th century and then evolved as a Zen discipline in the Muromachi period in Japan. Ink painting has become a powerful way to express the moment and explore the connection between nature and inner self.
The retreat cost $225. All art material & lunch is provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements/allergies.

Self-contained accommodation is also available on the property (


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Recent invited workshops



National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.

St Ita’s Catholic Primary School, Melbourne.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Melbourne.

St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School, Melbourne. 

Genazzano FCJ College, Melbourne.

Hobsons Bay Arts Society, Melbourne.

Ashby Primary School, Melbourne.

Westbourne Grammar School, Melbourne.

Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, Melbourne.

Arts Inspire, Melbourne.

Nunawading Christian College, Melbourne.

Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne.

Convenant College, Melbourne.

Strathcona Girls Grammar School, Melbourne.

Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne.

Williamstown North Primary School, Melbourne.

Victoria University, Melbourne.

SEABUZZ Restaurant, Melbourne.

Cheltenham Primary School, VIC.
Kingswood College, VIC.
North Ringwood Community House, VIC.
Essendon Keilor College, VIC.
Chisholm Institute, Melbourne.

Parkdale Secondary College, Melbourne.

Chanoyu Spa, Melbourne.
International Conference In Health Care, Melbourne.
Lion Nathan Conference, Crown Casino, Melbourne.
Art Education Victoria Conference, Melbourne.
No Vacancy, Melbourne.
Peer Gallery, Sydney.
Boroondara Park Primary School, Melbourne.
St Anne's Primary school, Melbourne.
Solway Primary School, Melbourne.
Haileybury College, Melbourne.
Melton Secondary College, VIC.
Kilvington Girls' Grammar School, Melbourne.
The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Melbourne.
Simonds Catholic College, Melbourne.
Made In Japan, Melbourne.
Orchard Grove Primary School, Melbourne.
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Melbourne.
The Centre Connecting Community, Melbourne.
Templestowe Park Primary School.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School.
RMIT University, Melbourne.
Mount Waverley Secondary College, Melbourne.
Ikebana International, Melbourne.
Ivanhoe Grammar School, Melbourne.
St Columba's College, Melbourne.
Xavier College, Melbourne.

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