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October 2020

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 - $10 suggested donation**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 translator with a passion for…

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Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

October 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Join this one-hour virtual Reiki practice for self-care to relax, refresh, and find balance! **$5 - $10 suggested donation**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;…

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Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 - $10 suggested donation**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 translator with a passion for…

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Virtual October TRE™ Workshop

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$30.00

Join us for a virtual workshop on the TRE™ method TRE™ is a simple technique that utilizes a set of basic exercises to release accumulated stress and tension within the body, by evoking a controlled muscular shaking process called NEUROGENIC MUSCLE TREMORS.Stress may arise from everyday circumstances of life, or traumatic experiences. Used by thousands of people around the world, TRE™ can help restore a sense of inner peace, allowing for a more vibrant, complete experience of life. This workshop will teach you…

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Conscious Breathing

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$22.00

Join us for a one-hour workshop on breathwork to release tension and stress Workshop DescriptionBreath shapes consciousness. From nourishing the physical body to determining the pattern of thoughts and emotions, this vital life force controls many aspects of well-being. This one-hour workshop includes essential breathing exercises and light movement to become reacquainted with your unique breathing habits and release tension patterns in the body.Instructor InformationRachel Elizabeth Maley is an artist and teacher based outside of Chicago. A musician since a…

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Virtual November Needlefelting Workshop

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sculpt irresistible creatures from a handful of fluff! Learn how to sculpt using wool with a barbed felting needle to make 3-D figures. Description Needle felting does not involve wetting fibers; it is a free form craft.MaterialsNeedleFoamWool fibersBasic Techniques:NeedlingRollingFlat shapesScultpingFinishing**All materials are included. Each student will receive a re-usable kit. Instructor Bio:Renée Blixt, MBA has studied crochet, knitting and embroidery from an early age. She is a member of the Crochet Guild, The Knitting Guild Association and the Japanese Temari…

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Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Donation

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 - $10 suggested donation**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 translator with a passion for…

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Virtual Ohara Ikebana Introductory Class

October 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
$160.00

Join us for a special class for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana. Class DescriptionJoin us for a special class for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana. This class has 4 sessions, which are 90 minutes each. Class Dates: October 28November 4November 11November 18Materials NeededIkebana students are required to have the following tools. If you need to purchase tools, the suggested Amazon links are attached, however, tools do not have to be…

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Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Join this one-hour virtual Reiki practice for self-care to relax, refresh, and find balance! **$5 - $10 suggested donation**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;…

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Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Donation

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 - $10 suggested donation**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 translator with a passion for…

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November 2020

Teens’ Beginner Japanese I

November 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$188.00

Let's learn to write and speak Japanese with everyday vocabulary and grammar! **For students ages 13 - 15*****Please note that classes will be held virtually via Google Hangouts***Class Dates: Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22, Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20 (7 weeks)Class Topics:hiragana, katakana, pronunciation, self-introduction, numbers, ages, school/work, basic sentencesClass Location:Online via Hangouts. The chatroom info and other necessary materials will be sent a day or two before the first lesson; please supply a contact email.Please…

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Virtual Shodo Class for November

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$120.00

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…

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Conscious Breathing

November 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$22.00

Join us for a one-hour workshop on breathwork to release tension and stress Workshop DescriptionBreath shapes consciousness. From nourishing the physical body to determining the pattern of thoughts and emotions, this vital life force controls many aspects of well-being. This one-hour workshop includes essential breathing exercises and light movement to become reacquainted with your unique breathing habits and release tension patterns in the body.Instructor InformationRachel Elizabeth Maley is an artist and teacher based outside of Chicago. A musician since a…

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Ukiyo-e Japanese Woodblock Print Making Workshop

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:15 pm
$65.00

Beginners workshop of Ukiyo-e: Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Workshop with Japanese Visiting Artist, Mami Takahashi Class Description*This class will be an in-person/virtual hybrid. There will be 4 spots for those who wish to take the workshop in-person at the JCC, as well as 11 virtual spots for those who prefer to take the workshop remotely at your home via zoom.Learn Japanese Woodblock printmaking techniques with multiple linoleum blocks**Using sharp chisels for carvingFrom the earliest points in my artistic practice to the…

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Virtual November Introduction to Nihon Buyo Workshops (Japanese Dance)

November 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
$60.00

Join us for a 3 part introductory workshop on Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyo) Introduction to Nihon Buyo Workshop This virtual int 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…

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Virtual November Haiku Class

November 8 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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The JCC is pleased to host an Online Haiku Workshop taught by Sensei Seiyo, Buddhist lay minister and resident Haiku Master Event DescriptionThe upcoming Akinoiro - あきのいろ“The Tints of Autumn” 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 4-class series…

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Beginners Workshop of Aizome- A Beauty of Blue & White

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
$30.00

Learn Japanese Aizome, indigo dye technique with pattern making Class Description*This class will be an in-person/virtual hybrid. There will be 4 spots for those who wish to take the workshop in-person at the JCC, as well as 21 virtual spots for those who prefer to take the workshop remotely at your home via zoom.** The dye technique requires a sink (to drain indigo color) and plastic containers/buckets and hot water.This virtual class introduces students to the basic process of Aizome,…

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Introduction to Japanese Paper Dye and Sumi-nagashi Workshop

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
$25.00

Learn traditional paper decoration in Japan: shibori and marbling Class Description** The dye technique requires a sink (to drain Sumi-ink) and plastic containers.This class introduces students to the basic process of traditional paper decoration by shibori and marbling by Sumi-ink. The paper decoration has been a traditional craft in Japan for calligraphy works, such as the tale of Genji, since the 8th century.The new series of these workshops in the beginning of 2021 will go deeper into the paper decoration…

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Introductory Ikebana Workshop

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
$60.00

We have rescheduled this Ikebana workshop from March 21 to November 14. We are excited to offer an Introductory Ikebana Workshop here at the Japanese Culture Center! The workshop fee is $60 which includes flowers, and an arrangement to take home after its completion. This workshop was previously scheduled for March 21, 2020. Those who had previously registered and paid for the workshop will be automatically registered for this workshop. If you previously registered and do not attend this workshop, you…

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Virtual November Amigurumi Class

November 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$75.00

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting and knitting small animals and cute designs! DescriptionJoin Blixt-sensei in this brand new program to learn how to make your own.*Fundamentals of AmigurumiThis class is for beginners who have not crocheted before or for those who need a refresher.In this class we will learn:Tools and materialsJargonTechniques and skills: The foundation chain, Single crochet stitch, Slipknot, Slipstitch, Increasing, Decreasing and how to read various pattern formats.After this course you will be ready for the…

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Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$120.00

Learn Japanese in this six-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 ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the class:  Class Dates: 11/19, 11/25 (Wed.) 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/23 (Wed.)*Please note that some weeks will have class on Wednesday evening at 6pm CST. **MATERIALS: All students should…

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Ongoing Monthly Chanoyu Class – November

November 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
$40.00

Ongoing monthly Chanoyu class for November November class dates are 11/6 and 11/20

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Ecstatic Breathwork

November 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$22.00

Join us for a one-hour workshop on breathwork to release tension and stress Workshop DescriptionBreathwork has been used for thousands of years to access the profound rest and stillness beyond ordinary states of consciousness. This powerful rhythmic breathing practice softens physical tension, opens the heart and lungs, tones the vagus nerve to reduce stress and anxiety, and assists with processing residual emotions in the body. This workshop includes a brief introduction to breath biology, a gentle guided meditation, and the…

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Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

November 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$120.00

Learn Japanese in this six-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 ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the class:Saturday Class Dates: 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price.…

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December 2020

Virtual Sumi-e Wet Mounting Workshop December

December 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
$30.00

Join us for a special one-day workshop with Sumi-e expert Patricia Larkin Green Sensei on Wet Mounting. Mounting is called Hyougu in Japanese: hyougu 表具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: Traditional papers used for Sumi-e, Shodo and Suiboku-ga will react to moisture by shrinking, resulting in wavy and uneven artwork. Most Western Frame shops are not accustomed to framing this style…

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Virtual Shodo Class for December

December 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$120.00

A virtual Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) program with instruction from Hekiun Oda Sensei. The Japanese Culture Center is excited to announce a brand new 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…

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Virtual December Amigurumi Class

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$75.00

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting and knitting small animals and cute designs! DescriptionJoin Blixt-sensei in this brand new program to learn how to make your own.*Fundamentals of AmigurumiThis class is for beginners who have not crocheted before or for those who need a refresher.In this class we will learn:Tools and materialsJargonTechniques and skills: The foundation chain, Single crochet stitch, Slipknot, Slipstitch, Increasing, Decreasing and how to read various pattern formats.After this course you will be ready for the…

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Virtual Sumi-e Classes December

December 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
$90.00

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi). About this EventSnowscape, Silver, and Gold3 classes of Sumi-e (each 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.Beginning Tutorial Lessons are on YouTube. Please subscribe to Larkin Green Studio YouTube Channel. New lessons will be…

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