Intercultural Communication Center (ICC)Waseda University


【Registration Deadline: June 11 (Tue) 9:00am】ICC Themed Cafe: Let’s Learn to Write Arabic Calligraphy! -Introducing the exotic characters and rich culture of Arab- (June 25th)
Guest: Mr. Koichi Yamaoka (Secretary General, Japan Arabic Calligraphy Association)


Have you ever seen or heard Arabic language before?
Arabic is the third most spoken language in the world. It is also well known as a language that is read from right to left. However, not only that, Arabic itself is a language that has a very expressive literature as well as artistic aspects that is reflected through Arabic calligraphy.

Written using bamboo brush that creates a delicate design within every stroke, Arabic calligraphy is considered as an important part of Islamic art. Arabic calligraphy is often seen adorning the walls of mosques with its beautiful flow of characters and peculiar details in between characters.

This time, ICC will hold an event to introduce Arabian culture through Arabic calligraphy.
In this event, you can get to know more about Arabic calligraphy directly from an expert; the Secretary General of Japan Arabic Calligraphy Association, Mr. Yamaoka Koichi, who will be giving a lecture explaining all about the beauty of Arabic Calligraphy.

After the lecture we’ll also be holding a workshop where you can try writing your own name and/or other things in Arabic calligraphy. Unlike the Japanese calligraphy, through the Arabic calligraphy, you can design it the way you want with your artistic taste. You can take home your calligraphy and put it in a frame to decorate your wall and of course post it on your social media!
Expand your horizons and enjoy seeing a whole new world through Arabic calligraphy. Join us and don’t miss out on this chance!

Date & Time

June 25th (Tue) 2019, 6:15-7:45pm (Doors open 6:00pm)

  1. Presentation about the origins of Arabic calligraphy
  2. Arabic calligraphy workshop
  3. Cafe Exchange Time (drinks & snacks included)

Okuma Garden House (Bldg. 25, 1F)


Waseda Students and Staff


English and Japanese. Free for participants during cafe exchange time




Register via MyWaseda (Click here!)


June 11 (Tue) 2019, 9:00am


40 people

(In the event that a large number of applications are received, a random lottery will be held to select participants, with the results announced by email on Jun 11)

Guest Profile

Secretary General, Japan Arabic Calligraphy Association. Graduated from the Arabic language department of Osaka University of Foreign Studies (currently known as Osaka University) in 1976 then joined a trading company and stayed in Saudi Arabia for 4 years. In 2006, he established the Japan Arabic Calligraphy Association along with Mr. Koichi Honda and is currently working as an Arabic calligraphy teacher at various events inside and outside of Japan to attract people to Arabic calligraphy.


ICC Tel: 03-5286-3990  E-mail: [email protected]

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Okuma Garden House (Bldg. 25, 1F)


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