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Diwani Script with Kouichi Honda and Koichi Yamaoka

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10:30- 17:30


Kouichi Honda and Koichi Yamaoka

Study Diwani script with visiting Master calligraphers Kouichi Honda and Koichi Yamaoka. On this course, supported by the Bagri Foundation, intermediate students can further their skills in writing this beautiful, harmonious and cursive style. Diwani was developed during the reign of the early Ottoman in the 16th century and reached its peak during the 19th century. It was used particularly in the writing of all royal decrees and chancellery documents, and is still used for invitation and greeting cards.

In this intermediate course, students will practice the Arabic alphabet, writing letters in their unconnected and connected form before moving on to words, sentences and completing a final artwork.

The daily schedule is as follows: Wednesday 12 October: 14:00 – 17:30, Thursday and Friday: 10:30 – 17:30.

This course is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, which aims to expand Asian arts at The School.

Both tutors will also teach Introduction to Naskh Script from 10 – 12 October.

Kouichi Honda and Koichi Yamaoka

Artist and calligrapher, Kouichi Honda was born Tokyo, Japan, 1946 and graduated from the Arabic department of Tokyo University for Foreign Studies, 1969. He travelled to Saudi Arabia in 1973 as an interpreter and was introduced to Arabic calligraphy. He studied with Ustadh Hasan Çelebi in Istanbul and received his diploma (ijaza) in 2000. As well as an instructor of Arabic calligraphy, he has participated in calligraphy festivals and competitions in the Middle East; has had numerous exhibitions in Japan, the Middle East and Europe; and is a key artist behind the growing popularity of Arabic calligraphy in Japan.


Koichi Yamaoka is the co-founder and Secretary general of the Japan Arabic Calligraphy Association. Yamaoka spent four years in Saudi Arabia in the early 1980’s. A decade later, he started learning Arabic calligraphy. He currently teaches calligraphy courses in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

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