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Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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 Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Teens’ Beginner Japanese I

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Let's learn to write and speak Japanese with everyday vocabulary and grammar!**For students ages 13 - 15*****Please note that classes will be held virtually via Google Meet***Class Dates:7 weeks, Sundays 10 - 11:30AM. March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25Class Topics:hiragana, katakana, pronunciation, self-introduction, numbers, ages, school/work, basic sentencesClass Location:Online via Meet. The chatroom info and other necessary materials will be sent a day or two before the first lesson; please supply a contact email.Please also provide an…

Virtual March Sumi-e Classes

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

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).About this EventFour Gentlemen and Beyond for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. All 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 Channel. New lessons will be added on a regular…

Virtual March Haiku Class

March 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The JCC is pleased to host an Online Haiku Workshop taught by Sensei Seiyo, Buddhist lay minister and resident Haiku Master.Event DescriptionThe upcoming 啓蟄 kēchitsu "Awakening of Insects" 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…

Virtual Shodo Class for March

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A virtual Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) program with instruction from Hekiun Oda Sensei. The Japanese Culture Center is excited to hold a The Japanese Culture Center is excited to hold a 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…

Teens’ Beginner Japanese III

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Let's learn to write and speak Japanese with everyday vocabulary and grammar!**For students ages 13 - 15*****Please note that classes will be held virtually via Google Meet***Class Dates:7 weeks, Sundays 1 - 2:30PM. March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25Class Topics:participle verb conjugation, na-adjectives, expressing wants and thoughts, greetings, feelingsClass Prerequisites:Teens' Beginner Japanese II OR 85% or higher on the placement test(All worksheets for the above classes must be completed and turned in. You can ask Sensei for…

Virtual March Amigurumi 3-Week Class

March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting whimsical creations!DescriptionJoin Blixt Sensei in this program to learn how to make your own creations.This class is for beginners who have not crocheted before or for those who need a refresher.In this class we will learn:Tools and materialsJargonTechniques and skills: The foundation chain, Single crochet stitch, Slipknot, Slipstitch, Increasing, Decreasing and how to read various pattern formats.After this course you will be ready for Amigurumi II, which will continue with new and exciting…

Virtual Ohara Ikebana Intermediate Beginner Class

March 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for an ongoing beginner/intermediate Ikebana class, studying in the Ohara School of Ikebana.Class DescriptionJoin us for an ongoing beginner/intermediate Ikebana class, studying in the Ohara School of Ikebana. This 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: March 9March 16March 23March 30Materials NeededIkebana students are required to have the following tools. If you need to purchase tools, the suggested…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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 Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Ohara Ikebana Introductory Class

March 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a special class for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana.Class DescriptionJoin us for a special class for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana. This 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: March 10March 17March 24March 31Materials NeededIkebana students are required to have the following tools. If you need to purchase…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

March 13 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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 Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Integral Stretch Sequence Workshop

March 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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…

Virtual March Introduction to Nihon Buyo Workshops (Japanese Dance)

March 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

March 17 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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 Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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 Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Introduction to Zen Meditation and Breathwork Workshop

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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 Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

March 27 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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 Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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 Saturdays. See you there!Materials Needed1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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:  4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price.…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

April 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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:  4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price.…

Virtual April Sumi-e Classes

April 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).About this EventThe theme for this class will be: The Language of Trees: Beg/Int & Adv: learning the vocabulary of strokes through the language of trees. Int and Adv (prerequisite Trees class) will focus on “Tsuke Tate” technique: 10 stroke Tree, 3 stroke Tree, 1 stroke Tree, Dots; “Bokashi” shading technique and composing a painting using Paper from The Advanced Paper Roll.…

Reiki Level I Shoden Class May

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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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