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Tennis Ball Drive

August 1 @ 12:00 pm - August 31 @ 7:00 pm

Bring your gently used tennis balls to help orphaned pets!

Relaxation and Meditation: Yoga Nidra

August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An introduction to Yoga Nidra, a state of deep intentional relaxation, in which we are fully aware yet totally relaxed.

Mantra Yoga – Path to Freedom and Happiness

August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Explore the theory and practice of Mantra, Japa and Kirtan!

Introduction to Japanese Language

August 22 @ 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, August 24th OR Thursday, August 22nd‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, and 9/28 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12,…

Intermediate Japanese Language

August 22 @ 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, August…

Ikenobo Ikebana Chicago Chapter Show

August 24 @ 10:00 am - August 25 @ 7:30 am

Beautiful arrangements of flowers with roots stretching back to Kyoto, Japan presented by Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Chicago Chapter.

Tea Ceremony Class (Beginners)

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tea Ceremony Class (Beginners)

Introduction to Japanese Language

August 24 @ 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, August 24th OR Thursday, August 22nd‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, and 9/28 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12,…

Introduction to Japanese Language

August 24 @ 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, August 24th OR Thursday, August 22nd‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, and 9/28 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12,…

Intermediate Japanese Language

August 24 @ 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, August…

Advanced Japanese Language

August 24 @ 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‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, August 24th ‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates: 8/24, 8/31, 9/7,…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

August 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sumi-e Painting with Patricia Larkin Green  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: 7/14, 7/21, 8/11, 8/18, and 8/25 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…

Anatomy of a Fatality: Movie vs. Real Swordsmanship

August 29 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

ANATOMY OF A FATALITY: Movie vs. Real Swordsmanship Japanese swordsmanship is an often misunderstood practice and art form. In this edition of Anatomy of a Fatality, we will be taking a comparative look at some of the differences between cuts sustained in cinema sword fights compared to the actual damage the body can experience from similar sword cuts. We will also be dissecting some sword fights in classic Japanese film to illustrate some of the differences and similarities between movie and…

Sumi-e Ink Painting for Beginners

September 1 @ 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: 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, and 10/13 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…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

September 1 @ 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: 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, and 10/13 Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).…

September Shodo Calligraphy

September 1 @ 1:00 pm - September 2 @ 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…

September Shodo Calligraphy

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 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…

Introduction to Amigurumi (Crochet Toys) Course in Chicago

September 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting and knitting small animals and cute designs.The  word  "amigurumi"  comes  from  the  Japanese  words  "amimono"  (crochet  or  knit)  and  "nuigurumi"  (stuffed  toy).  Join Blixt Sensei in this fun program to learn how to make your own!   Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm for 5 weeks Exact dates: 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 and 10/2 This class is for all levels and will culminate in making three or four basic amigurumi figures. In this class we will learn: …

Japanese Martial Arts Hand Held Weapons Seminar

September 7 @ 12:00 pm - September 8 @ 4:00 pm

Train with a Grand Master in Japanese handheld weapons including bo-shuriken and fundo- kusari.

September 7th Needle Felting Workshop

September 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Needle Felting Workshop - ふぇるとにどるつくる (Feruto Nīdoru Tsukuru)   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…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

September 8 @ 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: 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, and 10/13 Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).…

Introduction to Amigurumi (Crochet Toys) Course in Chicago

September 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting and knitting small animals and cute designs.The  word  "amigurumi"  comes  from  the  Japanese  words  "amimono"  (crochet  or  knit)  and  "nuigurumi"  (stuffed  toy).  Join Blixt Sensei in this fun program to learn how to make your own!   Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm for 5 weeks Exact dates: 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 and 10/2 This class is for all levels and will culminate in making three or four basic amigurumi figures. In this class we will learn: …

The Japanese Art of REIKI, an introduction

September 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

We will introduce participants to the practice of Reiki and will provide the opportunity to experience some of its elements.

How to Draw Anime!

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

Info: 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…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

September 15 @ 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: 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, and 10/13 Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

September 22 @ 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: 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, and 10/13 Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).…

Suminagashi – Japanese Paper Marbling Workshop

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join artist Pamela Martinez for a 2 hour introduction to Suminagashi Japanese paper marbling. Suminagashi is the ancient practice of of creating colorful ink patterns.Lightly touch the surface of water with the tip of a brush to release colorful ink and create free floating designs; a contact print is lifted after carefully placing a sheet of paper over the image.    **For participants ages 10 and up** Instructor Bio: Pamela Martinez has been teaching, studying andpracticing the ancient art of…

Introduction to Japanese Language

October 3 @ 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, October 5th OR Thursday, October 3rd‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, and 11/9 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24,…

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…

Introduction to Japanese Language

October 5 @ 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, October 5th OR Thursday, October 3rd‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, and 11/9 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24,…

Introduction to Japanese Language

October 5 @ 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, October 5th OR Thursday, October 3rd‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, and 11/9 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24,…

Sumi-e Painting (DROP IN CLASS)

October 13 @ 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: 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, and 10/13 Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).…

Needle Felting Workshop

October 13 @ 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…

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 and actually 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…

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 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…

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