書道 (Shodo)
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Shodō means Way of the Brush.

It's basically the practice of traditional Japanese calligraphy, performed with brushes and using traditional materials. I will not even try to to provide a description/introduction of what Shodo is, if you want to know more about it, Wikipedia is, as usual, a good starting point.

I started practicing ShoDo in November 2008, and I usually practice one hour a week with my teacher, Kazuko Hiraoka who lives and teaches close to Turin, and another couple of hours a week on my own.


My works/rank are judged by the Akitsu-Kai school (秋津書道会) instructors.
Ranks (kyus) are assigned by a panel of experts that examine your work (sent to them in care of my teacher, in my case) and assign you a score.
The top-scorers get promoted to the next kyu.

Currently I am Ni-dan (2nd Dan) for Hanshi work and Sho-dan (1st Dan) for Jofuku.