Online class in English on the second Saturday of every month


Next class:

22:00 - 22:30, Saturday August 8, Japan Time

(Check your local time. It would be Saturday morning in America and Saturday afternoon in Europe)


Painting subject: vol.5 Water lily 


What to prepare:

Calligraphy pen (Fude-pen/Fude brush pen), or black ink / watercolor /  acrylic with both small and  large brushes as a substitute for calligraphy pen.

A few pieces of white paper, any kind.

A small plate with a spoonful of water.

A cloth to wipe your fingers.

PC or smartphone to use Zoom. 

PayPal account to donate me any amount you like through PayPal.Me.


Lesson content:

The class takes 30 mins in total. 

I use Zoom to teach how to use a calligraphy pen and apply Japanese ink painting techniques and share my screen to show a slide show about how to paint in a step by step manner.

You will be painting a different subject in each class.


Inquiry and application


Messages from students

"That was a really lovely lesson, thank you so much. I'm looking forward to the next class."


"How lovely to see you and paint with you! My daughter said she ‘really enjoyed it’ and i’d like to say thank you for this simple yet beautiful painting lesson. I used to think I couldn’t paint, now I believe I can! We’re still painting!"


"I had so much fun! I will attend the next one thank you.. can't wait. Sumie is sooo beautiful."

                                                                          Appeared on magazine                                              Ueno studio

Art Class in Tokyo -- Suiboku-ga / Sumie / Ink Wash Painting / Japanese Traditional Black Ink Painting.

Come and Discover Sumie ! Experience Japanese Traditional Art !You can capture the essence of Zen by making a Sumie painting. Attraction for tourists.


About the artist: The facilitator has extensive knowledge in Japanese art. Apart from being a painter she is an art writer who graduated with a BA in Art Studies and History. She also studied in an Art College in London. Participants from various areas of the world - USA, Canada, France, UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Brazil and more... Looking forward to welcoming you!

In consideration of the recent epidemic disease, all regular classes are temporally closed.



【Regular Class in Tokyo】 

In this course, you will learn traditional painting techniques of Suiboku-ga / Sumie / Japanese Ink Painting in a step-by-step manner by an English speaking artist. One-time participation is welcomed. 


It is located near the Ueno Park which is the largest museum area in Japan and the traditional culrtural town of Nezu.



【Private / Customized Class】 

If you are interested in a series of classes or a customized class for you or your group, it basically costs 6,000yen/2hrs/person at a studio near JR Higashi-omiya station (1hr from Tokyo). Please contact me for more information. *Reservations can be made up to 3 months in advance.

I would love to share information about art supply shops and interesting museums in Tokyo.


Around the studio and on the way to Higashi-omiya station, there are Ramen, Yakiniku and Sushi restaurants and cafes. Near JR Toro station (one station before Higashi-omiya), there is a famous Bonsai village with many Bonsai gardens as well as Bonsai Museum. Near JR Omiya station (two stations before Higashi-omiya), there is a large traditional shrine called Hikawa-jinja where you would enjoy strolling and feel the sacred atmosphere.



Open StudioArticle on Tsumugu Website by Yomiuri Shimbun Oct 2019


Featured on Nikkei Asian Review, Dec. 19, 2019 edition 

UENO Studio  

13:00-15:00, the fourth Saturday of every month


July 25, 13:00-15:00 

August 22, 13:00-15:00 

September 26, 13:00-15:00 

October 24, 13:00-15:00

November 28, 13:00-15:00

December 26, 13:00-15:00


Venue: TUGUMI Ueno Studio 

             Vasson Shinobazu Bldg. #202, Ikenohata 2-1-42, Taitouku, Tokyo 

             15 mins walk from JR Ueno Station /

              5 mins walk from Nezu Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)    


SAITAMA Studio    

basically, the first Sunday of every month


Venue: Higashi Omiya Community Center 

             3mins walk from JR Higashi Omiya Station



4,000 yen / 2 hrs / 1 person 

* On-site cash payment only

* Please kindly understand that you are to be charged a cancellation fee in full if you cancel your reservation on the date.

* In consideration of the recent epidemic disease, please refrain from participating a class if you are not feeling well.


What to bring: 

*If you do not have any of the materials below, please contact the facilitator in advance. 

Old newspapers, to cover a table before painting. 

4 Dress pins 

Calligraphy set: 

1 Ink stone 

1 Ink stick 

2 Japanese paint brushes (big and small) 

1 Used towel to wipe brushes during painting 

1 Water container for cleaning brushes during painting (Plastic cup or the like can be a substitute) 

2 Small plates with white inner sides (Plastic plates or the like can be a substitute)



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