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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

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

Address: 739 Main Rd, Eltham VIC

This is a monthly workshop - come to one or come to them all. 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.

28 May 2022 Sat 10am - 1pm beginners class

11 June 2022 Sat 10am - 1pm ongoing class

details and booking:
(03) 9433 3744

Melbourne Art Class (3 hour Sumi-e workshop)

Address 817B Glenferrie Rd, Howthorn VIC

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

5 June 2022 Sun 10am - 1pm for beginners

details and booking:

Melbourne Art Class (3 week Sumi-e short course)

Address: 817B Glenferrie Rd, Howthorn VIC

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

15, 22 & 29 March 2022 Wed 10:30am - 1pm

The Four Gentlemen - Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum, Plum blossom

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. They represent the four seasons and originated in Chinese art in the 960s AD. 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:

Gloworm Studios (2.5 hour Sumi-e workshop)

Address: 11 Railway Place, Fairfield VIC


29 May 2022 Sun 3pm - 5:30pm - Fully booked

24 July 2022 Sun 3pm - 5:30pm - Sumi-e for beginners

details and booking:

Mystic River (2 hour Sumi-eworkshop)


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

3 April 2022 Sunday 10am - 12pm - fully booked

26 June 2022 Sunday 10am - 12pm

18 Sep 2022 Sunday 10am - 12pm

4 Dec 2022 Sunday 10am - 12pm

details and booking:

The National Hotel (2 hour Sumi-e workshop)


Address: 344 Victoria Street, Richmond VIC 3121

26 October 2022 Wednesday 6pm - 8pm

Let's experience Sumi-e (Japanese ink art) and create a piece of art to take home. You will have full experience of this unique art form, make your own ink, learn to use different ink tones and brush techniques to create some simple and expressive paintings of cherry blossoms. You will get a free drink on arrival and all the materials will be provided.


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

Address: 252A Maroondah Highway, Healesville VIC

12 June 2022 Sunday 12pm - 3pm Introduction to Japanese ink painting

7 August 2022 Sunday 12pm - 3pm Japanese ink painting with Junko Azukawa

21 August 2022 Sunday 12pm - 3pm Intermediate with Junko Azukawa

details and booking:

Box Hill Community Arts Centre (2 hour Sumi-e workshop)

Address: 470 Station St, Box Hill VIC

15 May 2022 Sunday 11am - 1pm Cherry blossoms

15 May 2022 Sunday 1:30pm - 3:30pm Owl

details and booking:
(03) 9895 8833

Camberwell Community Centre (5 week Sumi-e course)

Address: 33-35 Fairholm Grove Camberwell VIC 3124

Starts 9 May to 6 June Monday 1pm - 3pm

details and booking:

(03) 9882 2611

0478 766 683

KAMI (monthly Sumi-e class and Hanko Stamp making)

Address: 375 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy Vic 3065, Australia

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23 Jul 2022 Saturday 10am - 12pm Cherry blossoms painting

23 Jul 2022 Saturday 2pm - 4pm Hanko stamp making

30 Aug 2022 Saturday 10am - 12pm Pine tree painting

17 Sep 2022 Saturday 10am - 12pm Owl painting

17 Sep 2022 Saturday 2pm - 4pm Hanko stamp making

details and booking:

(03) 9419 5735

Yama Ki (All day Japanese ink art forest retreat, date/time to be announced)

Address: 1284 Don Rd, Don Valley VIC

The way of ink ~ 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 organic refreshments by Phuong at Yama Ki.

Retreat cost $120. Limited to 8 participants, all art material & refreshments provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements/allergies.

Option for individual shiatsu treatments in the afternoon to connect your body/mind/heart at additional cost, $100/60min.

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.