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April 2021

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$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 Wednesdays and Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper…

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Virtual Ikebana Ohara Ryu Introductory Workshop

April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
$50.00

Join us for a special workshop for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana.Materials 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 purchased from the link. The instructor has Kenzans ($25) and Scissors ($38)and Container ($46) in stock available for purchase to be picked up upon appointment from the Japanese Culture Center.Materials:Kenzan (3.5 x 2-5/8")Ikebana Scissors -…

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Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

April 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; hands-on…

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Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$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 Wednesdays and Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper…

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Virtual Not The Average “How To Draw Manga” Class

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn with Dagger how to design your own comic character.Class DescriptionWant to see how a working artist approaches manga/comics? Ever been stuck in how to make your character stand out from the rest? In this class we'll be looking at making unique characters, putting them in comics of your own, and examples of workflow to base your own process on. Instructor InformationDagger (Amber L. Jones) is a freelance comic artist and 2D animator located in upstate NY. In her free…

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Sound Bath

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
$30.00

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.…

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Virtual Ikebana Ohara Ryu Intermediate Beginner Class

April 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
$160.00

Join us for an ongoing beginner/intermediate Ikebana class, studying in the Ohara School of Ikebana.Class DescriptionThis class has 4 sessions, which are 60 minutes each. This class is a good fit for those continuing their Ikebana studies from the introductory class. Class Dates: April 27May 4May 11May 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 purchased from the link.…

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Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

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

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From cranes to flowers to cute little**$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 Wednesdays and Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper…

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Virtual Ikebana Ohara Ryu Introductory Class

April 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
$180.00

Join us for a special class for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana.Class DescriptionThis class has 4 sessions, which are 90 minutes each. This class is great for first-time students, and beginning students looking to continue their Ikebana studies. Class Dates: Apr 28May 5May 12May 19Materials 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 purchased from…

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Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Donation

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; hands-on…

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May 2021

Virtual May Haiku Class

May 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 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…

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Virtual May Introduction to Nihon Buyo Workshops (Japanese Dance)

May 2 @ 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 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…

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Introduction to Ikebana Ikenobo Class (Virtual)

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We are excited to offer the next 6 Week Ikebana Course virtually over Zoom.Class InformationDates: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7Time: 6:30-8:00pm Location: Online via Zoom MeetingsNumber of Students: Minimum of 6, Maximum of 10Number of Classes: 6Length: 1.5 hoursCost: $150.00Registration Deadline: Two weeks prior to first class ( 4/19)Please take this information into consideration when registering: This class has a minimum number of 6 students. If this minimum is not met by one week prior to the first class…

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Reiki Level I Shoden Class May

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
$150.00

Reiki Level I Shoden: In-person certification training in MayREIKI LEVEL I - SHODEN8-hour certification training in traditional Japanese Reiki: “Usui Reiki Ryoho”Class Dates: Fridays May 7, 14, 21, and 28 at the JCC from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PMParticipants need to attend all sessions to certify. About this class:Reiki is a Japanese healing method that promotes overall balance, well-being and personal development. Developed in Japan in the 1920’s by Usui Mikao, Reiki is now practiced around the world in many…

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Virtual Integral Stretch Sequence Workshop

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$30.00

Improve posture and relieve physical discomfort with this introductory workshopIntegral Stretch Sequence Zoom Workshop - Improve posture and relieve physical discomfort and experience a noticeable physical difference with this introductory workshop.The Integral Stretch Sequence is a series of stretches that work together, gradually opening the pelvis, spine and belly resulting in improved flexibility and structural alignment. The sequence is particularly helpful for those who are working with chronic pain, chronic spinal and pelvic conditions and other physical issues including postural…

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Virtual Teens’ Beginner Japanese Language II

May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$188.00

Continue to learn how to write and speak Japanese with everyday vocabulary and grammar!**Registration will end at noon on Saturday before the first class. Please register before then to reserve your space in the class.**Class Dates:1:00 - 2:30 PM CST SundaysMay 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, Jun 6, Jun 13, Jun 20Class PrerequisitesAges 13 - 15Teens' Beginner Japanese I OR 85% or higher on the placement testClass Topics:i-adjectives, future/general verb conjugation, particles, basic sentences with verbsClass Location:Online via…

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Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

May 13 @ 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: Thursday Class Dates:  5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17**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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Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

May 15 @ 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:  5/15, 5/22 5/29 6/5, 6/12, 6/19**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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Virtual Introduction to Zen Meditation and Breathwork Workshop

May 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$30.00

Join us for a virtual introductory meditation and breathwork workshop.Introduction to Zen Meditation and Breath Work Zoom Workshop– Learn how to meditate even if you have had trouble before. Deepen your relaxation and relieve stress.Meditation and breath work, are transformative practices that can deepen your connection to the mind and body. This workshop will help improve relaxation, mental clarity and cultivate a well-grounded state of awareness. This introductory class is recommended for anyone new to seated meditation or those seeking…

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June 2021

Virtual Japanese Culture through Ghibli Movies

June 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
$120.00

If you love Studio Ghibli movies and want deeper insights on Japanese culture, please join us!In this course, we will explore Japanese lifestyles, traditions, customs, values and ways of thinking through watching four Studio Ghibli movies: My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Only Yesterday, and Princess Mononoke. No Japanese language skills are required, but the participants are expected to watch the movies prior to starting the course (available at HBO Max). Textbook: Copies of PPT slides will be provided for each…

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Reiki Level II Okuden Class June

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
$200.00

Reiki Level II Okuden: In-person certification training in JuneREIKI LEVEL II – OKUDEN8-hour certification in traditional Japanese Reiki: “Usui Reiki Ryoho”Class Dates: Fridays June 4, 11, 18, and 25 at the JCC from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PMParticipants need to attend all sessions to certify. About this event:Reiki is a Japanese healing method that promotes overall balance and personal development. Developed in Japan in the 1920’s by Usui Mikao, Reiki is now practiced around the world in many different ways.…

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Virtual June Sumi-e Classes

June 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
$120.00

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).About this EventJune Birds and Blooms: sumi-e techniques to create your own paintings based upon the Theme: Birds & Flowers PaintingsAll levels are welcome, plan to let go and have fun while learning a few new stroke techniques. 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…

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Virtual TRE™ Workshop

June 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$30.00

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…

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Virtual Introduction to Zen Meditation and Breathwork Workshop

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$30.00

Join us for a virtual introductory meditation and breathwork workshop.Introduction to Zen Meditation and Breath Work Zoom Workshop– Learn how to meditate even if you have had trouble before. Deepen your relaxation and relieve stress.Meditation and breath work, are transformative practices that can deepen your connection to the mind and body. This workshop will help improve relaxation, mental clarity and cultivate a well-grounded state of awareness. This introductory class is recommended for anyone new to seated meditation or those seeking…

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Virtual Not The Average “How To Draw Manga” Class

June 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$25.00

Learn with Dagger how to design your own comic character.Class DescriptionWant to see how a working artist approaches manga/comics? Ever been stuck in how to make your character stand out from the rest? In this class we'll be looking at making unique characters, putting them in comics of your own, and examples of workflow to base your own process on. Instructor InformationDagger (Amber L. Jones) is a freelance comic artist and 2D animator located in upstate NY. In her free…

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July 2021

Orizomegami – Japanese Paper Dyeing Workshop

July 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
$75.00

Absorbent paper is folded and then dyed to produce interesting geometrical patterns. Zen-like in it’s folding, this ancient technique remindAbsorbent paper is folded and then dyed to produce interesting geometrical patterns. Zen-like in it’s folding, this ancient technique reminds us to be present in the moment. This exciting 2 hr workshop will introduce 4 basic paper folds. We will experiment with non-toxic dye solutions resulting in beautiful pieces that can be used for future projects such as gift wrapping, card…

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August 2021

Paste Papers Workshop

August 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
$75.00

Paste Papers, one of the earliest forms of decorated paper, were used both for book covers and end-papers in books from the late sixteenthPaste 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 2 hour…

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