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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 Shodo Calligraphy

November 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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…

November Shodo Calligraphy

November 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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…

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 Drawing Anime & Manga 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…

Ongoing Monthly Chanoyu Class – December

December 20 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The December classes are on December 6, 13, and 20th. 

December Zazenkai

December 21 @ 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…

December Shodo Calligraphy

December 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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…

Soothing Sound Bath

December 22 @ 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…

December Shodo Calligraphy

December 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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…

Sumi-e Painting with Patricia Larkin Green

January 5, 2020 @ 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 10 Students) 5 weeks for $150.00  Time: Sundays 10:30-12:30 Dates: 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, and 3/1 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 introduced…

January Chicago Japanese Hanko (判子) (Name Seal Carving) Workshop

January 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Details Shehan Sensei: Hanko (判子) (Seal Carving) Workshop Sunday, January 5th 1:00 - 4:00 PM Cost: $140 We are excited to announce Shehan Sensei’s Hanko (判子) (Seal Carving) Workshop at The Japanese Culture Center. This will be an excellent opportunity to study with Shehan Sensei and learn Hanko (判子) (Seal Carving) from a shougai no gakusei, Budoka and resident Haiku Master. Workshop Description: Shehan Sensei: Hanko (判子) (Seal Carving) Workshop A seal is typically made of stone, wood or ivory…

January Needle Felting Workshop

January 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 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. 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    …

Teens’ Beginner Japanese

January 5, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

**For students ages 13 - 15** Students will learn to write in hiragana and katakana as well as speak with everyday vocabulary and basic grammar. A curriculum and workbook will be provided. Students should bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Lessons are consecutive. While there is an open office hour online during the week for any quick questions on the homework, this course is not recommended for anyone who has to miss more than one lesson in a row as we…

Teens’ Advanced Beginner Japanese II

January 5, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

**For students ages 13 - 15** Students will continue to build on basic grammar and everyday vocabulary while practicing speaking, listening and reading comprehension. A curriculum and workbook will be provided. Students should bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Lessons are consecutive. While there is an open office hour online during the week for any quick questions on the homework, this course is not recommended for anyone who has to miss more than one lesson in a row as we are…

Teens’ Advanced Beginner Japanese I

January 5, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

**For students ages 13 - 15** Students will continue to build on basic grammar and everyday vocabulary while practicing speaking, listening and reading comprehension. A curriculum and workbook will be provided. Students should bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Lessons are consecutive. While there is an open office hour online during the week for any quick questions on the homework, this course is not recommended for anyone who has to miss more than one lesson in a row as we are…

Introduction to Japanese Language

January 9, 2020 @ 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, January 11th OR Thursday, January 9th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, and 2/15 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30,…

Intermediate Japanese Language

January 9, 2020 @ 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 (+$27.00 for…

Introduction to Japanese Language

January 11, 2020 @ 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, January 11th OR Thursday, January 9th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, and 2/15 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30,…

Introduction to Japanese Language

January 11, 2020 @ 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, January 11th OR Thursday, January 9th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, and 2/15 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30,…

Introductory Ikebana Workshop on 1/11

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to offer an Introductory Ikebana Workshop here at the Japanese Culture Center on Saturday, January 11th from 1-3PM!The workshop fee is $60 which includes flowers, and an arrangement to take home after its completion.  *Registration will close January 3 (FRIDAY) in order to obtain all the materials for the January 11th 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…

Intermediate Japanese Language

January 11, 2020 @ 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 (+$27.00 for…

Advanced Japanese Language

January 11, 2020 @ 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, January 11th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for…

Introduction to Drawing Anime & Manga

January 11, 2020 @ 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…

Intermediate Japanese Language

January 16, 2020 @ 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 (+$27.00 for…

Card Making Workshop

January 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Winter doldrums? Have fun in this introductory 2 hr beginner’s card making class! Learn stamping, embossing, and painting techniques to create your own individual 4x5 greeting cards. Class size limited to 8

Intermediate Japanese Language

January 18, 2020 @ 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 (+$27.00 for…

Advanced Japanese Language

January 18, 2020 @ 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, January 11th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for…

Intermediate Japanese Language

January 23, 2020 @ 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 (+$27.00 for…

January Shodo Calligraphy

January 26, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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…

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arrangement: 6 Week Class

January 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We are excited to offer the next 6 Week Ikebana Course at the Japanese Culture Center! Classes meet for 6 Sundays beginning 01/26/2020 3:00-4:00pm Introductory CourseThe 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. Registration 1 week prior to class is required.* The class schedule will…

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: 6 Week INTERMEDIATE Course

January 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We are excited to offer the next 6 Week Intermediate Ikebana Course at the Japanese Culture Center! Classes meet for 6 Sundays beginning 01/26/2020 4:00-5:00pm Intermediate Course The class schedule will be 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, and 3/1 The fee of $150.00 requires that you have all tools for the course.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 taught by Charles Harris…

Soothing Sound Bath

January 26, 2020 @ 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…

January Shodo Calligraphy

January 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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…

February Zazenkai

February 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 at a time.*We are requesting a $75 donation. A small snack will be provided at the end of the event so you will need to eat…

Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony / Chanoyu

April 4, 2020 @ 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, April 4, 2020 through April 25.  • Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Exact class dates are: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, and 4/25 • $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…

Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony / Chanoyu

October 3, 2020 @ 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 3, 2020 through October 24th.  • Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Exact class dates are: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24 • $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…

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