Calligraphy (shodo: "the way of writing") is the art of writing beautifully. Calligraphy is a unique Asian art and cannot be seen in the western world. For one thing, it does not use a pen but a brush. Another is that it takes several years to draw Chinese characters. Never mind, anyone can learn the basics of this ancient art while staying in NISEKO.
Paper folding, or "Origami" is one of Japan's unique traditional arts. It is the art of folding a sheet of paper into various figures such as birds, animals and many other things without using scissors or paste. Colored sheets of paper which are cut in a square shape are used for this, and it has been a popular pastime among Japanese children.