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Contemporary Paper Marbling Techniques

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this 2 hr class we will use different types of inks and acrylic paint to draw on the surface of thickened water. Instruction how to use stencils and chemical resists adds to the fun of creating unusual designs! **For participants 10 years of age and older** Instructor Bio: Pamela Martinez has been teaching, studying andpracticing the ancient art of paper marbling for over tenyears and is a member of the Sumi-E Society. Ms.Martinez provides suminagashi instruction at theChicago Botanic…

Introduction to Japanese Swordsmanship

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 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 in the dojo.…

How to Draw Anime!

October 19 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Beginner Course: Ages 10+ Length: 2 hours  Cost : $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…

October Shodo Calligraphy

October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 their work to the headquarters in Japan and potentially be an…

Active Hope: Striving for sustainability in a climate-challenged world

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An experiential gathering exploring ways to be present in this time of climate disruption with compassion and strength. About the event:When you think about ushering in a sustainable world during this time of climate disruption, do you feel hopeful? Overwhelmed? Exhilarated? Devastated? Numb? Can you envision a world where we figure out how to live justly, compassionately, sustainably, with a healthy climate? In this experiential gathering, we will explore ways to be fully present to this challenging time we live…

October Zen Meditation Workshop

October 26 @ 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.

October Integral Stretch Sequence Workshop

October 26 @ 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Integral Stretch Sequence is a series of basic stretches that work together to create an enhanced awareness of the body and mind. The stretches gradually open the pelvis and spine, resulting in improved flexibility and structural alignment. The series can be done on its own or used as a complement to enhance other transformative practices. The sequence is particularly helpful for those interested in improving their meditation practice.

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

October 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sumi-e Painting with Patricia Larkin Green  1 class of the 5 week session 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 10 Students) 1 class for $35.00 Time: Sundays 10:30-12:30 Dates:  9/8, 9/22, 10/13, 10/27, and 11/24 Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).…

October Shodo Calligraphy

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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 their work to the headquarters in Japan and potentially be an…

Japanese New Year’s Wreath Workshop

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

Join us for this special workshop on Shimenawa and make your own New Year's wreath decoration! The JCC, in partnership with artist, g to y, is pleased to offer this special seasonal workshop on traditional Japanese New Year's wreath making. Learn how to make shimenawa, traditional Japanese New Year's wreaths which are believed to ward against evil spirits and misfortune. Information Date: Sunday, October 27thTime: 3 - 5 PM (2 hour workshop)Cost: $50 per ticket Materials: glue, artificial flowers, Obi…

Soothing Sound Bath

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

About the experience: A gentle and meditative immersion in the sounds of singing bowls, drums, gongs, and other healing tools. Participants will “bathe” in the vibrations of ancient and modern instruments, achieving deep rest. Appropriate for all seeking stillness, relaxation, meditation, or simply a really great nap. Participants are asked to lie on the floor. Please bring a mat/blanket to lie on, and a pillow/blanket as desired. Dress warmly and comfortably. Instructor Bio: Rachel Elizabeth Maley is a visual and sound…

Introduction to Shodō/書道/Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

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

Join us for for an afternoon exploring “Shodo” / Japanese calligraphy!Master calligrapher Hekiun Oda Sensei will be hosting an afternoon workshop for those wishing to learn more about this art. Saturday, November 2nd from 1-3PM! Shodo is an artistic way of writing the Japanese language using brush (fude) and ink (sumi). This form of writing with a set brush stroke order allows for a creative way to produce works of art. Often tied with meditation, the mind is cleared to let…

Drawing Anime and Manga (6 Week Course)

November 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Drawing Anime & Manga is a 6-week course that moves through the foundations of illustration, through the lens of anime and manga. Students will follow along with the instructor as they learn the elements of creating simple shapes, 1-point perspective, figure drawing, scene composition, contrast and lighting, and ink and color. Students will end the courses learning out to draw and ink their very own manga panels. All supplies will be provided and are included in the course fee. Each class…

Orizomegami – Japanese Paper Dyeing Workshop

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Absorbent paper is folded and then dyed to produce interesting geometrical patterns when the paper id unfolded a practices in Japan and around the world for centuries. Zen like in it’s folding, the 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 future at projects; gift wrapping, card making, envelope lining, or book binding.  All supplies included.  Instructor Bio:…

Introduction to Japanese Language

November 14 @ 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 ⇰ $120.00 per student (+$27.00 for textbook)‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, November 16th  OR Thursday, November 14th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, and 12/28 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12,…

Intermediate Japanese Language

November 14 @ 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 per student ‣ Starts ⇰…

Introduction to Japanese Language

November 16 @ 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 ⇰ $120.00 per student (+$27.00 for textbook)‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, November 16th  OR Thursday, November 14th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, and 12/28 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12,…

Introduction to Japanese Language

November 16 @ 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 ⇰ $120.00 per student (+$27.00 for textbook)‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, November 16th  OR Thursday, November 14th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, and 12/28 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12,…

November Zen Meditation Workshop

November 16 @ 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

November 16 @ 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 per student ‣ Starts ⇰…

Advanced Japanese Language

November 16 @ 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, November 16th  ‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the…

November TRE Workshop

November 16 @ 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Developed by Dr. David Berceli, Ph.D., TRE™ is a simple technique that utilizes a set of basic exercises to release accumulated stress and tension accumulated within the body. 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 the basics of the TRE system allowing you to release…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

November 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sumi-e Painting with Patricia Larkin Green  1 class of the 5 week session 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 10 Students) 1 class for $35.00 Time: Sundays 10:30-12:30 Dates:  9/8, 9/22, 10/13, 10/27, and 11/24 Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).…

November Zazenkai

November 30 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Zazenkai will be led by Gendo Testa Sensei, an Aikido instructor and Zen priest with Cho Bo Ji zen temple in Seattle under Genjo Marinello Osho.This event is designed for people to go deeper in their meditation practice and prepare for longer retreats. Bring loose clothing and your meditation cushion if you have one. If you have a dogi and hakama please wear them.*The event is geared for people with experience of sitting zazen for at least 40 mins…

Introductory Ikebana Workshop on 12/7

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to offer an Introductory Ikebana Workshop here at the Japanese Culture Center on Saturday, December 7th from 1-3PM!The workshop fee is $60 which includes flowers, and an arrangement to take home after its completion.  *Registration will close November 29 (FRIDAY) in order to obtain all the materials for the December 7th workshop.* Students will learn a brief history of the Ikenobo school of Ikebana, and partake in a freestyle arrangement workshop. If so inclined, students may then register…

Introduction to Wool (Dry) Needle Felting Figurines in Chicago

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Needle Felting Workshop - ふぇるとにどるつくる (FerutoNīdoruTsukuru)   Sculpt irresistible creatures from a handful of fluff! Learn how to sculpt using wool with a barbed felting needle to make 3-D figures. Needle felting does not involve wetting fibers; it is a free form craft.  Topics include: Materials: needle foam wool fibers Basic Techniques: needling rolling flat shapes scultping finishing Preregistration: $90 - Drop In: $100 **All materials are included. Each student will receive a re-usable kit. (A $25 Value) Instructor Bio: Renée…

Introduction to Drawing Anime & Manga (Drop-In) – December

December 14 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Beginner Course: Ages 10+ Length: 2 hours  Cost : $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…

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