Upcoming Events

The Japanese Culture Center hosts a wide variety of classes, events, and demonstrations to explore the rich cultural heritage of artists and creators worldwide. Come join us for an immersive experience right in the heart of Chicago!

Godzilla vs. Music Box Theatre

Music Box Theatre 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

June 7th-13th Series Passes and 24-hour Marathon Tickets Now on Sale Get your tickets here! The Music Box is partnering with the Japanese Arts Foundation to throw Godzilla a birthday party June 7 -13, and you're invited! Come celebrate 70 years of everyone's favorite kaiju with film screenings, special guests, a 24-hour Showa-era marathon, and more! Complete […]

Zen Meditation & Hara Training Workshop

Meditation and breathwork are transformative practices that deepen your mind-body connection.Intro to Zen Meditation and Hara Development10am – 11:50pm June 15th 2024VirtualMeditation and breathwork are transformative practices that deepen your mind-body connection. This program employs a variety of techniques to help us to develop hara (center), kokyu (breath) and kiai (energy), necessary for a deeper […]

$30.00

Sashiko Japanese Embroidery Workshop

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Mending and repairing your garment, body, and mind: Sustainability and Sashiko WorkshopThe participants of this workshop will discover both the cultural meaning of sashiko and sustainability but also gain new insight into mending our brokenness or traumatic experiences by recreating the naked body garment together from recycled clothes. The participants need to bring their skin […]

$35.00

Sound Bath Serenity: Gong Wash Meditation

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join us for an evening of tranquility and rejuvenation at the Japanese Cultural Center! Embark on a journey of serenity and self-discovery as we invite you to immerse yourself in the mesmerizing melodies of singing bowls, soothing vibrations of gongs, flute, bells, drums, and handpan. This captivating sound bath will transport you through a spectrum […]

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

Learn Japanese in this five-week introductory session!Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class!GENERAL INFO:‣ Price ⇰ $120.00 per student (textbook NOT included)‣ Duration ⇰ Five weeks (one hour every Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the class:Thursday Class Dates: 6/20, 6/27, […]

$120.00

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

Learn Japanese in this five-week introductory session!Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class!GENERAL INFO:‣ Price ⇰ $120.00 per student (textbook NOT included)‣ Duration ⇰ Five weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the class:Saturday Class Dates: 6/22, 6/29, […]

$120.00

Zen Meditation & Hara Training Workshop

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Meditation and breathwork are transformative practices that deepen your mind-body connection.Intro to Zen Meditation and Hara Development 3pm – 4:50pm June 29th 2024 In-personMeditation and breathwork are transformative practices that deepen your mind-body connection. This program employs a variety of techniques to help us to develop hara (center), kokyu (breath) and kiai (energy), necessary for a […]

$30.00

Shubukai Introduction to Classical Japanese Dance

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Nihon Buyo(日本舞踊)draws from Kabuki and also has origins derived from Noh and Bugaku. Introduction to Nihon Buyo Workshop - 3 Dates Available 4/20, 5/25 & 6/29 Nihon Buyo (日本舞踊)draws from Kabuki and also has origins derived from Noh and Bugaku. Workshops will introduce the principles of nihonbuyo movement and will typically focus on one dance. […]

$75.00

Ikebana Ohara Ryu [3 Week Course]

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join us for an in-person Multi-level 3 Week Ohara Ryu Ikebana Course! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.Join us for an in-person 3 Week Ohara Ryu Ikebana Course! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.Sign up for an immersive experience 3-week course for Ikebana enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you're a beginner eager to discover the […]

$186.00

Virtual Shodo Class for July

A virtual Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) program with instruction from Hekiun Oda Sensei.The Japanese Culture Center is excited to hold a 書道 - Shodo / Japanese Calligraphy program with Chicago's own Shodo master, Hekiun Oda!In the Shodo program you learn the art of Japanese calligraphy from Hekiun Oda-sensei, a calligraphy master from the Japanese Calligraphy Association […]

$140.00 - $200.00

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arrangement: 6 Week Class

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

We are excited to offer the next 6 Week Ikebana Course!We are excited the return of the 6 Week Ikenobo Ikebana Course at the Japanese Culture Center!Class begins Sunday 7/7/2024*4:00-5:00pm Introductory Course The course fee is $220, which includes flowers and all tools required for both the course. You can take home all tools and […]

$220.00

Ikebana Ohara Ryu Introductory Class (Virtual)(Wednesdays)

Join us for a special class for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana. 4 weeks.* Please Note Class Times have changed to the start time of 7:00PM*** 2 student class minimum**Class DescriptionThis class has 4 sessions, which are 60 minutes each. This class is great for first-time students, and beginning students […]

$180.00

Godzilla Origami Workshop

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join Yamamoto Sensei for the rare chance to learn Godzilla origami!Join Yamamoto Sensei for this rare opportunity to learn to make an origami Godzilla! Please note that while this workshop is open to all levels, we will be focusing on a very complex fold. Knowledge of how to fold a crane is recommended, but not […]

$30.00

Virtual July Sumi-e (Sundays)

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi)Birds and BloomsStep by step painting workshop series that explores the Japanese visual language of bird-and-flower painting celebrating the relationship between man and nature.The emphasis is on the process! The class will review the foundations of Sumi-e:Introduction […]

$90.00

Virtual July Sumi-e (Tuesdays)

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi)Birds and BloomsStep by step painting workshop series that explores the Japanese visual language of bird-and-flower painting celebrating the relationship between man and nature.The emphasis is on the process! The class will review the foundations of Sumi-e:Introduction […]

$90.00

Kintsugi for Beginners

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join us for an in-person Kintsugi Course! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.Kintsugi for Beginners 3:30-5:30 pm on Saturday, 7/20Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese art form in which gold is used to repair broken ceramics. The practice of Kintsugi highlights the break rather than erasing it and emphasizes that the break, or trauma, is what […]

$120.00

Sound Bath Serenity: Gong Wash Meditation

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join us for an evening of tranquility and rejuvenation at the Japanese Cultural Center! Embark on a journey of serenity and self-discovery as we invite you to immerse yourself in the mesmerizing melodies of singing bowls, soothing vibrations of gongs, flute, bells, drums, and handpan. This captivating sound bath will transport you through a spectrum […]

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

Learn Japanese in this five-week introductory session!Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class!GENERAL INFO:‣ Price ⇰ $120.00 per student (textbook NOT included)‣ Duration ⇰ Five weeks (one hour every Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the class:Thursday Class Dates: 8/1, 8/8, […]

$120.00

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

Learn Japanese in this five-week introductory session!Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class!GENERAL INFO:‣ Price ⇰ $120.00 per student (textbook NOT included)‣ Duration ⇰ Five weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the class:Saturday Class Dates: 8/3, 8/10, […]

$120.00

Virtual August Sumi-e Classes (Sundays)

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).The Blooming Lotus Path (New Lessons)As we take a contemplative journey along The Blooming Lotus Path, you are invited to Practice the sumi-e vocabulary of strokes. Each class will begin with a meditation, followed by some lessons […]

$90.00

Virtual August Sumi-e Classes (Tuesdays)

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).As we take a contemplative journey along The Blooming Lotus Path, you are invited to Practice the sumi-e vocabulary of strokes. Each class will begin with a meditation, followed by some lessons in technique for Step-by-step instruction […]

$90.00

Kintsugi for Beginners

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join us for an in-person Kintsugi Course! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.Kintsugi for Beginners 3:30-5:30 pm on Saturday, 8/17Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese art form in which gold is used to repair broken ceramics. The practice of Kintsugi highlights the break rather than erasing it and emphasizes that the break, or trauma, is what […]

$120.00

Ikebana Ohara Ryu Introductory Class (Virtual)(Wednesdays)

Join us for a special class for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana. 2 weeks.* Please Note Class Times have changed to the start time of 7:00PM***a 2 student class minimum**Class DescriptionThis class has 4 sessions, which are 60 minutes each. This class is great for first-time students, and beginning students […]

$90.00

Ikebana Ohara Ryu [2 Week Course]

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join us for an in-person Multi-level 2 Week Ohara Ryu Ikebana Course! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.Join us for an in-person 2 Week Ohara Ryu Ikebana Course! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.Sign up for an immersive experience 2-week course for Ikebana enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you're a beginner eager to discover the […]

$124.00

Suminagashi – Japanese Paper Marbling Workshop

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join artist Pamela Martinez for a 2 hour introduction to Suminagashi Japanese paper marbling.Suminagashi translated means floating black ink. It is the ancient meditative Japanese practice of gently floating pigments on the surface of water with a brush and then capturing the mono print image on an absorbent paper. This exciting 2 hr. workshop will […]

$60.00

Ikebana Ohara Ryu Introductory Class (Virtual)(Wednesdays)

Join us for a special class for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana. 4 weeks.* Please Note Class Times have changed to the start time of 7:00PM*** 2 student class minimum**Class DescriptionThis class has 4 sessions, which are 60 minutes each. This class is great for first-time students, and beginning students […]

$180.00

Ikebana Ohara Ryu [3 Week Course]

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join us for an in-person Multi-level 3 Week Ohara Ryu Ikebana Course! No experience necessary. All levels welcome. Only 6 seats available.Join us for an in-person 3 Week Ohara Ryu Ikebana Course! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.Sign up for an immersive experience 2-week course for Ikebana enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you're a beginner […]

$248.00

Advanced Suminagashi Workshop

Japanese Culture Center 2940 N Lincoln Ave Unit 2, Chicago, IL, United States

Join artist Pamela Martinez for a 2 hour introduction to advanced techniques for Suminagashi Japanese paper marbling.Suminagashi translated means floating black ink. It is the ancient meditative Japanese practice of gently floating pigments on the surface of water with a brush and then capturing the mono print image on an absorbent paper. This exciting 2 […]

$65.00