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The School teaches the sumi-e painting method of the internationally recognized Master Beppe Mokuza (see a biography of teachers). Sumi-e is the traditional Japanese ink painting; the Japanese word “sumi” means black ink, and “e” means painting (see a presentation of sumi-e).

The School is open to everybody; it is particularly intended for people who wish to become sumi-e teachers, to those who seek to deepen their personal practice, to artists who desire to acquire new skills, in a 4 year long curriculum.

The teaching is given during seminars, which represent 120 hours a year (see the detailed program). The practice is based on a set of models designed specifically for progression over the duration of the curriculum. A cycle of theoretical courses allows approaching all the roots of sumi-e: historical, philosophical, cultural … as well as technical points.

As the program is common to all students, while everyone is at a very different point in his/her path, an individual support program is part of the curriculum, to support the effort of personal practice between two seminars (see the individual support program). 30 hours per year of follow-up are allocated to each student.

Despite the specificities described above, the seminars are open to everybody. As an unregistered student, it is possible to attend only some of the seminars (see the registration procedure).

Schedule and Registration Details

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The program is available on the page Schedule.

The registration details and the School price are available on the page Registration Details, and on every detailed page of seminars, which are accessed through the Schedule page.

Please leave your personal information on the Contact page, to ask any information or to register.

About us

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Our Mission is to promote teaching and practicing traditional Japanese painting (sumi-e), according to the method of sumi-e Master Beppe Mokuza.


Beppe Mokuza

School Honorary President

Beppe Mokuza Signoritti is a Zen monk belonging to the tradition of Soto Zen Buddhism; he is a disciple of Zen Master Roland Yuno Rech. He is the founder and responsible of the Zen Dojo “Bodai Dojo” located in Alba, north Italy. For almost thirty years he has been dedicating himself to Sumi-e and the practice of Zen meditation, exhibiting his works, holding conferences and practical demonstrations throughout Europe. Since the beginning of his spiritual path, Beppe Mokuza combines the practice of Zen with Sumi-e.
To discover Beppe Mokuza:

Alain Plaignaud

Alain Keigyo Plaignaud

School President

Alain Plaignaud has been practicing Zen meditation since 2007 and met Beppe Mokuza on this occasion in 2013. In 2017, he interrupts his engineering career to fully devote himself to the practice of sumi-e and Zen meditation. He teaches sumi-e at Les Ateliers de l’Encre Poétique association in Versailles and the Dojo Zen de Paris.


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Welcome to everybody!

This post is also available in: FrançaisThe web site of the International School of Sumi-e is in progress. In the near future you’ll find more information. Enjoy. Alain Keigyô Plaignaud


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