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Japanese Stamp Making Workshop – Tenkoku

Tenkoku Japanese Seal Engraving

Discover the traditional Japanese stamp making process and carve your very own hanko stamp

Date and Time

Sun 2 Jun 2024
12.30pm - 3.30pm BST


Kagyu Samye Dzong
7 Ashley Street
G3 6DR

£80 (Eventbrite ticket link)

Age Suitability

Adults (16+)


Carve a Japanese hanko stamp to make your stamp impression, learn about the different stages in the Tenkoku 篆刻 Seal Engraving process and the tools used. Enjoy the meditative process of carving the stone to make the hanko 判子, then inking the stone with the deep red pigment and pressing on the delicate Japanese washi paper to create your inei 印影 impression. Immerse yourself in the moment and notice the lovely sense of touch of the stone in your hands and the lively lines and the deep spaces of the carving.

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Workshop leader Shōgen Blair will help you create your stamp and will demonstrate how to work with the traditional tools and materials from Japan such as the wooden clamps, smooth stones and carving cutters. He will help you create a design to carve, of a kanji character, or related to your name or a friend’s name or your interest (in Japanese or English, time allowing).

You will learn about the inspiring old Tensho and other styles of characters used, and the two main types of red and white letter seals, including which sizes and how to use them, opening up a helpful and fascinating cultural insight.

Seal carving and blowing stone dust at the Japanese Garden at Cowden

No previous experience is needed, and all materials are provided. Great also for folk with an interest in Japanese or Chinese culture, Zen, or arts or language.

About the teacher:

With demonstrations and friendly help from stamp maker and calligrapher Shōgen Blair Thomson, who first studied Tenkoku in 2009 in Toyama, Japan, with zen monks and also at workshops in Tokyo.

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Booking information:

Please book your space through Eventbrite. Spaces are limited. Sorry but tickets are non-refundable, unless we need to cancel the class in unexpected circumstances. The classes are for ages 16+. If you would like to find out more please contact us.

To see past Tenkoku stamp making events please visit:

Tenkoku Japanese Stamp Making Events

Japanese and Chinese Seal Engraving – Tenkoku

Tenkoku Japanese Stamp Making Events