Shodo is the Japanese art of calligraphy. It dates back hundreds of years and originated in China. In shodo what you write is as important as what you don't so there is a lot of emphasis on the empty space on the page.
We all got to write our names in kanji. Part of the art of shodo is choosing which characters to use. The symbols add so much meaning to the name, and the syllables can be made with many different symbols. Taeka had selected fabulous kanji letters for us - we felt they were all very deeply intuitive.
Everything in shodo is very specific, the paper, the paintbrush, the felt, the paperweights, the ink. This rigorous setting allows for the perfect freedom of the individual brush strokes.