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Introduction to Japanese Swordsmanship

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - May 18 @ 1:00 pm

Learn the basics of Traditional Japanese Swordsmanship with Mugai Ryu Iaido and the Japanese Culture Center.This 8 week class will teach you the fundamental techniques of Japanese swordsmanship. Topics covered will include etiquette, movement, stances, cutting, samurai history & culture and much more!We provide everything you need for the class, all you need to do is show up in loose clothing that you don't mind getting sweaty.Class size is limited so call to reserve your spot! This course tends to…

Introduction to Japanese Language

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class! GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $100.00 per student (+$27.00 for book)‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, April 20th OR Thursday, April 25th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16,…

Introduction to Japanese Language

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class! GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $100.00 per student (+$27.00 for book)‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, April 20th OR Thursday, April 25th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16,…

Zen Meditation Workshop

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Zazen, the practice of meditation, is a transformative process that aims to deepen our connection to the mind and body. With regular practice, meditation and breath training can significantly reduce stress, improve mental clarity and cultivate a well grounded state of awareness. This intro is recommended for anyone new to zen meditation or working to deepen their existing practice.

Intermediate Japanese Language

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ready to continue your studies in Nihongo/Japanese Language after completing the Introduction to Japanese Language course? Keep building upon the skills you've learned in the next class in our Japanese Language course series. You will use the second portion of the textbook you received in the Introduction to Japanese Language course, and therefore no new materials are required. This is a good class for those who already know hiragana and katakana. GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $120.00‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, April…

Advanced Japanese Language

April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ready to continue your studies in Nihongo/Japanese Language after completing the Intermediate Japanese Language course? Keep building upon the skills you've learned in the last class in our Japanese Language course series. This class is recommended for students who have completed both the Introductory and Intermediate Japanese Language courses.  GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $120.00 per student ‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, April 20th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for…

Butoh Workshop

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“There are as many ways to do butoh as there are flowers in the world.”Saturdays, April 13th, April 20th, and April 27th 6:30pm-8:30pm$15.00This workshop has a limited number of spaces available! This 2 hour workshop will focus on the method developed by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. This method of exploration is firmly grounded in the body, utilizes imagery, and prioritizes form over feeling.Wear clothes that are easy to move in! Bring a water bottle. This workshop…

Introduction to Japanese Language

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class! GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $100.00 per student (+$27.00 for book)‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, April 20th OR Thursday, April 25th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16,…

Intermediate Japanese Language

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ready to continue your studies in Nihongo/Japanese Language after completing the Introduction to Japanese Language course? Keep building upon the skills you've learned in the next class in our Japanese Language course series. You will use the second portion of the textbook you received in the Introduction to Japanese Language course, and therefore no new materials are required. This is a good class for those who already know hiragana and katakana. GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $120.00‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, April…

How to Draw Anime!

April 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Info: Beginner Course: Ages 10+ Length: 2 hours  $40 How to Draw Anime is an introductory course for students, interested in learning the foundations to creating anime and manga. Each course will begin with a small lecture, where students will be encouraged to follow along. The first half of the course will provide a guided drawing lesson. This will then be followed by an Open Draw for the second half, where students can use their time to put to practice the…

Butoh Workshop

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“There are as many ways to do butoh as there are flowers in the world.”Saturdays, April 13th, April 20th, and April 27th 6:30pm-8:30pm$15.00This workshop has a limited number of spaces available! This 2 hour workshop will focus on the method developed by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. This method of exploration is firmly grounded in the body, utilizes imagery, and prioritizes form over feeling.Wear clothes that are easy to move in! Bring a water bottle. This workshop…

Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony / Chanoyu

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Japanese Culture Center in Chicago is excited announce the next 4 Week Course on Chanoyu/Tea Ceremony for 2019! *Space EXTREMELY is limited, please do not hesitate in registering. General Information:• Classes will start Saturday, May 4th, 2019 through May 25th. • Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • $100 per student • Business casual attire and white socks are requiredIntroductory Chanoyu 1This four week course focuses on step-by-step instruction of the foundation skills required to make a simple bowl of matcha. By the end…

Suminagashi – Japanese Paper Marbling Workshop

May 4 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for an introduction to Suminagashi/Japanese paper marbling! Suminagashi, which translates to floating black ink, is a historical meditative Japanese practice of gently floating pigments on the surface of the water with a brush and then capturing the monoprint image on an absorbent paper. This 2-hour workshop will present historical background and introduce the time-honored technique and several artistic possibilities. Recommended for beginners. Limit of 10 students per class. All supplies provided. Class topics include: Review of Suminagashi patterns with…

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arrangement: 6 Week Class

May 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We are excited to offer the next 6 Week Ikebana Course at the Japanese Culture Center. Class meets for 6 Sundays beginning 5/5/2019 3:00-4:00pm 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 are VERY limited seats in this class, and thus we recommend registering ASAP. Regardless, registration 1 week prior to class is required.  The course is…

Kimono Workshop

May 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The event features Japanese multidisciplinary artist and scholar, Mami Takahashi. Ms. Takahashi will offer a presentation about kimono, including history, the different types of kimono, seasonality, and how to wear kimono. Participants will then form small groups and practice wearing kimono.  **Note that there will only be 5 set of women's kimono and 1 set of men's kimono** Mami Takahashi is a Japanese multidisciplinary artist and a scholar based in Portland. She received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from…

Amigurumi

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting and knitting small animals and cute designs! Join Blixt-sensei in this brand new program to learn how to make your own! This class is for all levels and will culminate in making various simple projects and one or more basic amigurumi figures. In this class we will learn: Tools and materials Slipstitch Jargon Increasing The foundation chain Decreasing Single crochet stitch Reading a pattern Slipknot Making a circle Cylindrical Shapes Fundamental Faces/Bodies of Amigurumi…

Ikebana Workshop

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We are excited to announce an afternoon workshop exploring Ikebana Flower Arrangement with the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society! Saturday, May 18th from  2-4PM Workshop Fee: $60 All tools and materials are provided. Registration for this class ends one week prior to the start date, so please register prior to 1/26/2019 to ensure your seat. Students will learn a brief history of the Ikenobo school of Ikebana, and partake in a freestyle arrangement workshop. If…

Introduction to Japanese Language

June 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class! GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $100.00 per student (+$27.00 for book)‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, June 1st OR Thursday, June 6th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, and 7/6 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27,…

Introduction to Japanese Language

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class! GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $100.00 per student (+$27.00 for book)‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, June 1st OR Thursday, June 6th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, and 7/6 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27,…

Intermediate Japanese Language

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Ready to continue your studies in Nihongo/Japanese Language after completing the Introduction to Japanese Language course? Keep building upon the skills you've learned in the next class in our Japanese Language course series. You will use the second portion of the textbook you received in the Introduction to Japanese Language course, and therefore no new materials are required. This is a good class for those who already know hiragana and katakana. GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $120.00‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, June…

Advanced Japanese Language

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ready to continue your studies in Nihongo/Japanese Language after completing the Intermediate Japanese Language course? Keep building upon the skills you've learned in the last class in our Japanese Language course series. This class is recommended for students who have completed both the Introductory and Intermediate Japanese Language courses.  GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $120.00 per student ‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, June 1st‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for…

Butoh Workshop : June

June 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“There are as many ways to do butoh as there are flowers in the world.”Saturdays, June 2nd, June 9th, June 16th, and June 22nd 6:30pm-8:30pm$15.00This workshop has a limited number of spaces available! This 2 hour workshop will focus on the method developed by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. This method of exploration is firmly grounded in the body, utilizes imagery, and prioritizes form over feeling.Wear clothes that are easy to move in! Bring a water bottle.…

Sumi-e Ink Painting for Beginners

June 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

5 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, and course materials will be provided. (Limit 8 Students) 5 weeks for $150.00  Time: Sundays 10:30-12:30 Dates: 6/2, 6/9, 6/23, 6/30, and 7/7 2019 Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi). The emphasis is on the process! The Class will be…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

June 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sumi-e Painting with Patricia Larkin Green  Join Patricia Larkin Green for Sunday morning Sumi-e class . Explore the practice of sumi-e as part of Rinzai Zen philosophy. This will be a hands-on class and is for students who have completed the "Four Gentlemen introductory brushstrokes series" and have her approval to join as an advanced student. Students are encouraged to bring in their own art projects or participate in the topic/idea/theme painting that Patricia will introduce. This series will go…

Introduction to Japanese Language

June 6 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Learn to read, write, and speak with fellow classmates in our Introduction to Japanese Language class! GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $100.00 per student (+$27.00 for book)‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, June 1st OR Thursday, June 6th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, and 7/6 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27,…

Intermediate Japanese Language

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ready to continue your studies in Nihongo/Japanese Language after completing the Introduction to Japanese Language course? Keep building upon the skills you've learned in the next class in our Japanese Language course series. You will use the second portion of the textbook you received in the Introduction to Japanese Language course, and therefore no new materials are required. This is a good class for those who already know hiragana and katakana. GENERAL INFO: ‣ Price ⇰ $120.00‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, June…

Butoh Workshop : June

June 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“There are as many ways to do butoh as there are flowers in the world.”Saturdays, June 2nd, June 9th, June 16th, and June 22nd 6:30pm-8:30pm$15.00This workshop has a limited number of spaces available! This 2 hour workshop will focus on the method developed by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. This method of exploration is firmly grounded in the body, utilizes imagery, and prioritizes form over feeling.Wear clothes that are easy to move in! Bring a water bottle.…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

June 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sumi-e Painting with Patricia Larkin Green  Join Patricia Larkin Green for Sunday morning Sumi-e class . Explore the practice of sumi-e as part of Rinzai Zen philosophy. This will be a hands-on class and is for students who have completed the "Four Gentlemen introductory brushstrokes series" and have her approval to join as an advanced student. Students are encouraged to bring in their own art projects or participate in the topic/idea/theme painting that Patricia will introduce. This series will go…

Butoh Workshop : June

June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“There are as many ways to do butoh as there are flowers in the world.”Saturdays, June 2nd, June 9th, June 16th, and June 22nd 6:30pm-8:30pm$15.00This workshop has a limited number of spaces available! This 2 hour workshop will focus on the method developed by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. This method of exploration is firmly grounded in the body, utilizes imagery, and prioritizes form over feeling.Wear clothes that are easy to move in! Bring a water bottle.…

Butoh Workshop : June

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“There are as many ways to do butoh as there are flowers in the world.”Saturdays, June 2nd, June 9th, June 16th, and June 22nd 6:30pm-8:30pm$15.00This workshop has a limited number of spaces available! This 2 hour workshop will focus on the method developed by one of the founders of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. This method of exploration is firmly grounded in the body, utilizes imagery, and prioritizes form over feeling.Wear clothes that are easy to move in! Bring a water bottle.…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

June 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sumi-e Painting with Patricia Larkin Green  Join Patricia Larkin Green for Sunday morning Sumi-e class . Explore the practice of sumi-e as part of Rinzai Zen philosophy. This will be a hands-on class and is for students who have completed the "Four Gentlemen introductory brushstrokes series" and have her approval to join as an advanced student. Students are encouraged to bring in their own art projects or participate in the topic/idea/theme painting that Patricia will introduce. This series will go…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

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

Sumi-e Painting with Patricia Larkin Green  Join Patricia Larkin Green for Sunday morning Sumi-e class . Explore the practice of sumi-e as part of Rinzai Zen philosophy. This will be a hands-on class and is for students who have completed the "Four Gentlemen introductory brushstrokes series" and have her approval to join as an advanced student. Students are encouraged to bring in their own art projects or participate in the topic/idea/theme painting that Patricia will introduce. This series will go…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

July 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sumi-e Painting with Patricia Larkin Green  Join Patricia Larkin Green for Sunday morning Sumi-e class . Explore the practice of sumi-e as part of Rinzai Zen philosophy. This will be a hands-on class and is for students who have completed the "Four Gentlemen introductory brushstrokes series" and have her approval to join as an advanced student. Students are encouraged to bring in their own art projects or participate in the topic/idea/theme painting that Patricia will introduce. This series will go…

Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony / Chanoyu

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Japanese Culture Center in Chicago is excited announce the next 4 Week Course on Chanoyu/Tea Ceremony for 2019! *Space EXTREMELY is limited, please do not hesitate in registering. General Information:• Classes will start Saturday, October 5th, 2019 through October 26th. • Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • $100 per student • Business casual attire and white socks are requiredIntroductory Chanoyu 1This four week course focuses on step-by-step instruction of the foundation skills required to make a simple bowl of matcha. By the end…

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