Motoharu Asaka first went overseas to teach in 2012, doing workshops at various institutions and events in Helsinki and London, and then in subsequent years toured across Europe, the US and Canada. As a result, inquiries from non-Japanese artists interested in studying at his workshop have increased dramatically. Asaka is delighted to have welcomed visitors from as far afield as Montreal, Tel Aviv, Paris, Kiev and more to his studio.
In uniquely tailored classes, he introduces traditional Japanese woodblock printing to the world!
Since Asaka speaks only Japanese, weekly English classes were started in November 2016 for English-speaking students taught by Motoharu Asaka with interpretation and assistance from Louise Rouse, who is a Tokyo resident and teaches as an adjunct professor in the art program at Temple University, Japan Campus.
For visitors who are only on a short stay, we provide single sessions of a few hours in which you can try different printing techniques using Asaka’s blocks:
Or a double session where you can carve and print your own design on postcard-sized blocks.
For those in Tokyo for a longer period and Tokyo residents, you are welcome to build your own program and attend regular weekly classes to study as deeply as you want to.*
For those students who are interested in learning this process in the traditional way used for centuries, blocks featuring ornate calligraphic letters and detailed Japanese patterns such as “Kanoko” will be set out as training blocks in the same way that similar blocks have been used since the beginning of ukiyoe to train artisans in the art of becoming a woodblock carver. Various types of gradient printing, such as Ichimonji bokashi, Atenashi bokashi, fukiage and ukioroshi bokashi, are taught giving the classes a unique curriculum, and instruction from introductory up to highly technical, professional carving and printing levels.
* Fees for the English sessions include an interpretation fee so if you have good Japanese ability feel free to join the Japanese sessions.
English Classes 2018 (Spring)
Every 2nd/4th Monday by appointment
Fees for English class (includes interpreter’s fee)
¥6000 + 8% consumption tax per session
※ Changes to this schedule may be effected without notice
① Please get in touch via email to schedule a class
② Wait for confirmation (usually via Louise)
③ Come to the class!
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