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December Japanese Handheld Weapons Class (Morning)

December 4 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Meifu Shinkage-ryu includes several specialized weapon skills that can be traced to the ancient Samurai in Japan.Event DescriptionThis class will meet weekly on Saturdays at 7:00am for two hours. This class will be meeting in person at the center. Masks are required for students who are unvaccinated. Meifu Shinkage-ryu includes several specialized weapon skills that can be traced to the ancient Samurai in Japan. Many of the weapon skills taught in Meifu Shinkage-ryu were once kept as secret or hidden…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding!**PLEASE NOTE that this class is no longer donation based**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese teacher…

Virtual Sumi-e Wet Mounting Workshop December

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a special one-day workshop with Sumi-e expert Patricia Larkin Green Sensei on Wet Mounting.Hyougu (表具) : The ancient eastern craft of mounting pieces of calligraphy, paintings, or other works of art in order to preserve and display them.Workshop Description:Introduction to the Contemporary technique of “Wet Mounting”.Mount your artwork or a blank sheet of paper for a direct painting. Traditional Sumi-e, Shodo and Suiboku-ga papers become wavy and uneven artwork after they dry. Most Western Frame shops are…

Reiki Presentation and Q&A

December 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A FREE PRESENTATION OF THE JAPANESE ART OF REIKIA FREE PRESENTATION OF THE JAPANESE ART OF REIKI This is a 1-hour open discussion and presentation about the practice of Reiki from a Japanese perspective. It is designed to allow participants to explore, learn more and inquire about healing and the system of Reiki according to their needs and interests. Please note that this is a presentation, not a training or a certification class. Join us on Zoom. All are welcome!…

Virtual December Haiku Class

December 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The JCC is pleased to host a virtual Haiku Workshop taught by Sensei Seiyo, Buddhist lay minister and resident Haiku Master.Event DescriptionThe upcoming haiku class will focus on bringing your "snapshots" alive - those moments that happen every day that go unnoticed due to the demands of life. Join us on this Path to awaken and return to the beginner's mind where everything is fresh, new, and possible.Each class in this series will be an hour and a half. The…

Virtual December Introduction to Nihon Buyo Workshops (Japanese Dance)

December 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a 3 part introductory workshop on Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo)Introduction to Nihon Buyo WorkshopThis virtual introductory workshop for Japanese Classical Dance, (Nihon Buyo) will provide basic history/origins of Japanese Classical Dance, introduction to the mai ougi (dance fan), walking, bowing, movement (male and female ), and pedagogy. Yukata, fans, and tabi are not required. Students should wear clean white socks, and comfortable exercise clothing. The class will introduce students to two dances, one male style, one…

Virtual Shodo Class for December

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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 in Japan, aka “Genshin-kai”. Thanks to Oda-sensei’s rank as “Shihan” in the association, students in this program will be able to send their work to…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

December 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join this one-hour virtual Reiki practice for self-care to relax, refresh, and find balance!**$20 per person**ABOUT THE SELF-CARE PRACTICEThis one-hour online Reiki self-care practice in the traditional Japanese style of Reiki offers participants the opportunity to take a pause during the day to relax, refresh, and come back to their original state of balance. This practice is guided by Veronique Frede, Reiki Teacher. It may include breathing exercises and meditation to feel more present, clear, and centered; hands-on healing on…

Tekkonkinkreet at Logan Theatre

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tekkonkinkreet screening / Tinsel in Takaramachi Party at Logan TheatreJoin the Japanese Arts Foundation and Culture Center for Tekkonkinkreet at Logan Theatre!Friday, December 10th Director Michael Arias’ 2007 visual masterpiece Tekkonkinkreet, also known as Black & White, based on the manga series written and illustrated by Taiyō Matsumoto. This story takes place in the fictional city of Takaramachi (Treasure Town) and centers on a pair of orphaned street kids – the tough, canny, Black, and the childish, innocent, White, together…

Virtual TRE™ Workshop

December 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

TRE™ (tension/trauma releasing exercises) Zoom Workshop – Relieve stress and feel better today!TRE™ is a simple technique used by thousands of people around the world to release stress and tension. Learn how stress and tension are stored in the body and manifest as physical and emotional pain. In this workshop you will learn the TRE™ exercises and be able to begin a practice of your own at home. By learning how to access your body’s natural stress relief mechanism you…

December Japanese Handheld Weapons Class (Afternoon)

December 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Meifu Shinkage-ryu includes several specialized weapon skills that can be traced to the ancient Samurai in Japan.Event DescriptionThis class will meet on Saturday December 11th at 3:00pm for two hours. Please note that the $40 class fee only covers this one class.This class will be meeting in person at the center. Masks are required for students who are unvaccinated. Meifu Shinkage-ryu includes several specialized weapon skills that can be traced to the ancient Samurai in Japan. Many of the weapon…

Virtual Sumi-e Wash Techniques: Snowscape, Silver, and Gold Workshop

December 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Dec 12th wash techniques with silver and gold and how to use your practice works for fun art projects.Sumi-e Wash Techniques: Snowscape, Silver, and Gold Workshop (2 hours long). Advance at your own pace—you do not need to know how to paint with ink, all levels are welcome, if you need course materials a full sumi-e kit is available here.Snowscapes in Silver, and Gold; creating atmosphere and mood in a painting while learning the vocabulary of strokes through the language…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 18 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding!**PLEASE NOTE that this class is no longer donation based**Origami Class DescriptionFrom cranes to flowers to cute little boxes, origami is the Japanese art of paper folding that allows you to create anything your heart desires! Come join us for beginner classes on Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese teacher…

December Japanese Handheld Weapons Class (Afternoon)

December 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Meifu Shinkage-ryu includes several specialized weapon skills that can be traced to the ancient Samurai in Japan.Event DescriptionThis class will meet on Saturday December 18th at 3:00pm for two hours. Please note that the $40 class fee only covers this one class.This class will be meeting in person at the center. Masks are required for students who are unvaccinated. Meifu Shinkage-ryu includes several specialized weapon skills that can be traced to the ancient Samurai in Japan. Many of the weapon…

Virtual Chigiri-e Workshop (Torn Paper Paintings)

December 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join this exciting new workshop to learn the art of Chigiri-e also known as torn paper paintings.Mine your practice works and scraps of beautiful handmade Japanese paper to piece together paintings, cards and giftwrap. This frees up the mind to make new connections and directions for creativity ❤ it is a lot of fun to make art this way!1 day workshop for $30.00Time: Sunday, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PMDate: December 19thMaterials Needed:Prior to registration, please review the following document to…

December Haiku Master Class : Hybrid

December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Haiku Master Class for students who have previously studied with Shehan Sensei.Event DescriptionThe Haiku Master Class is open to people that have attended one of the previous haiku classes offered by the Japanese Culture Center or approval of Shehan Sensei.Each class will be an hour and a half.$20 class fee only covers the one December session. Class will start at 1:00pmPlease bring a notebook and writing instrument. Students will be given handouts and access to a class Dropbox to turn…

Gong Bath

December 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Gongs have been used throughout history to signify awakening, arrivals, and important transitions.Gongs have been used throughout history to signify awakening, arrivals, and important transitions. Gong baths provide a powerful sonic experience in which guests are immersed in the vibrations of these ancient instruments, creating space for a profound inward journey of meditation, exploration, and release. Guests often ask about the difference between sound baths and gong baths. Typically, sound baths tend to be gentle, mellow, and melodic, whereas the…

Sound Bath

December 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

A gentle and meditative immersion in the sounds of singing bowls, drums, gongs, and other tools.About the experience:Participants “bathe” in the vibrations of ancient and modern instruments, allowing for deep rest. Appropriate for all seeking stillness, relaxation, meditation, or simply a really great nap. Guests often ask about the difference between sound baths and gong baths. Typically, sound baths tend to be gentle, mellow, and melodic, whereas the gong is a more powerful experience: stronger vibrations and slightly louder sound.…

Gong Bath

January 2, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Gongs have been used throughout history to signify awakening, arrivals, and important transitions.Gongs have been used throughout history to signify awakening, arrivals, and important transitions. Gong baths provide a powerful sonic experience in which guests are immersed in the vibrations of these ancient instruments, creating space for a profound inward journey of meditation, exploration, and release. Guests often ask about the difference between sound baths and gong baths. Typically, sound baths tend to be gentle, mellow, and melodic, whereas the…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

January 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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:   1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price.…

Reiki Level I Shoden Class January

January 7, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Reiki Level I Shoden: In-person certification training in JanuaryREIKI LEVEL I - SHODEN10-hour certification training in traditional Japanese Reiki: “Usui Reiki Ryoho”Class Dates: Fridays January 7, 14, 21, 28 and Feb 4 at the JCC from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PMParticipants need to attend all sessions to certify.Please wear a face mask when you come to the Center. This class has a minimum of two students, if the minimum is not met students will be transferred to the next month's…

Paste Papers Workshop

January 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Paste Papers, one of the earliest forms of decorated paper, were used both for book covers and end-papers in books.Paste Paper Workshop Description Paste Papers, one of the earliest forms of decorated paper, were used both for book covers and end-papers in books from the late sixteenth and eighteenth century. The basic technique involves dampening a sheet of paper, coating it with colored paste, and then drawing designs through the paste. In this exciting 3 hour workshop participants will be…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

January 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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:Saturdays: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price. All students are responsible…

Virtual Introduction to Origami 3-Week Class

January 8, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding at this 3-week class!**$25 class fee**Origami Class DescriptionIn this brand new class with Yamamoto-sensei, students will learn the art of paper folding over the course of three weeks. In the first class students will learn a base fold that will be used in all three of the classes. Each week will get progressively more difficult, so please come ready for a challenge. Class will range from 30 minutes to an hour depending on…

Introductory Ikenobo Ikebana Workshop (In-Person)

January 15, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for this Introductory Ikebana Workshop in the Ikenobo style of Ikebana.Workshop InformationDate: January 15Time: 2:00-4:00pm Location: Japanese Culture CenterNumber of Students: 10 StudentsNumber of Classes: one workshopLength: 2 hoursCost: $75.00Registration Deadline: Two weeks prior to workshop date.If the 10 student minimum is not met, registration will be moved to the 2022 WorkshopPlease take this information into consideration when registering: This class has a minimum number of 10 students. If this minimum is not met by one week prior…

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arrangement: 6 Week Class

January 23, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We are excited to offer the next 6 Week Ikebana Course with Ikenobo Senior Professor Charles Harris at the Japanese Culture Center!We are excited the return of the 6 Week Ikenobo Ikebana Course at the Japanese Culture Center!Class begins Sunday 1/23/20214:00-5:00pm Introductory Course The course fee is $200, which includes flowers and all tools required for both the course. You can take home all tools and materials after its completion to continue the practice. There is a limited capacity of 7 students…

Virtual Intermediate Origami Workshop (January)

January 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$15 class fee**Origami Class DescriptionAt this exciting new workshop, Yamamoto-sensei will be going over more difficult patterns utilizing different base folds and more intricate steps. Prior experience with origami or previous attendance at one of Yamamoto-sensei's classes is recommended but not required. Come with an open mind and a willingness to challenge yourself through the traditional Japanese art of paper folding!Materials NeededTwo square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami…

Suminagashi – Japanese Paper Marbling Workshop

February 5, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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 present historical background and introduce the time honored technique and several artistic possibilities. Recommended for adult beginners. Limit of 10. All supplies provided.Class topics include:•…

Virtual Reiki 8- Week Class

February 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for this 8-week online program exploring the Japanese Art of ReikiPROGRAM DESCRIPTIONAre you interested in exploring the Usui system of Reiki in its traditional Japanese form or keen on consolidating your current practice? Do you wish to cultivate balance and harmony in your life? Are you drawn to live more fully and mindfully, with greater presence, compassion and wellbeing?This 8-weeks online program invite participants to explore and practice the Japanese healing art of Reiki “Usui Reiki Ryoho”. It…

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