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Teens’ Beginner Japanese I

July 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 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 Hangouts***Class Dates:7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23 (7 weeks)Class Topics:hiragana, katakana, pronunciation, self-introduction, numbers, ages, school/work, basic sentencesClass Location:Online via Hangouts. 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 email address where Sensei can…

Virtual July Hanko Classes

July 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

We are excited to announce Shehan Sensei’s Virtual Hanko (判子) (Seal Carving) Workshop sponsored by 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:As this is a virtual workshop the class will be 1 hour of instruction time each week for 3 weeks with a presentation on the final week. Sensei will also be available on Wednesday…

Teens’ Beginner Japanese II

July 12 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Continue to learn how 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 Hangouts***Class Dates:7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23 (7 weeks)Class Topics:i-adjectives, future/general verb conjugation, particles, basic sentences with verbsPrerequisites:Teens' Beginner Japanese I OR 85% or higher on the placement testClass Location:Online via Hangouts. The chatroom info and other necessary materials will be sent a day or two before the first lesson;…

Teens’ Beginner Japanese VI

July 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Continue to learn how 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 Hangouts***Class Dates:7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 (8 weeks)Class Topics:more particles, connecting nouns, countries and languages, more counters, giving and receiving, making plans, asking and giving directionsPrerequisites:Teens' Beginner Japanese V OR 85% or higher on the placement testClass Location:Online via Hangouts. The chatroom info and other necessary materials will…

Virtual Introduction to Yoga

July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn to relax and stretch with an hour of introductory yoga Philosophy Sa Tea’s focus is about building a solid foundation in the basic poses. Her classes are appropriate for those who are newer to yoga as well as continuing students who are looking to refine their experience of the poses. Teaching yoga combined with breathing techniques will improve flexibility, range of motion, ease, and relaxation. She likes to incorporate the use of straps, blocks and blankets to modify poses,…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

July 15 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 - $10 suggested donation**DescriptionOrigami is the Japanese traditional art of folding paper. We can enjoy making something by a square piece of paper, through origami. We will make a different origami design at each workshop.Materials Needed1 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.About the InstructorAsami Iba is the Cultural Exchange Facilitator for the Grassroots Exchange Network-Japan (GEN-J) Program, through the Japan Foundation. Ms. Iba has…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

July 16 @ 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 Reki 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 a teacher and may include breath exercises and meditation, centering the body and mind with gassho, exploring the…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language July

July 16 @ 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) ‣ Starts ⇰ Thursday, July 16‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class:7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, & 8/20**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language July

July 18 @ 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) ‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, July 18‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class:7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, & 8/22**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language July

July 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 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) ‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, July 18 ‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class:7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, & 8/22**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

July 18 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! DescriptionOrigami is the Japanese traditional art of folding paper. We can enjoy making something by a square piece of paper, through origami. We will make a different origami design at each workshop.Materials Needed1 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.About the InstructorAsami Iba is the Cultural Exchange Facilitator for the Grassroots Exchange Network-Japan (GEN-J) Program, through the Japan Foundation. Ms. Iba has been facilitating presentations about…

Virtual July TRE™ Workshop

July 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a virtual workshop on the TRE™ method TRE™ is a simple technique that utilizes a set of basic exercises to release accumulated stress and tension within the body, by evoking a controlled muscular shaking process called NEUROGENIC MUSCLE TREMORS.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…

Virtual Introduction to Yoga

July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn to relax and stretch with an hour of introductory yoga Philosophy Sa Tea’s focus is about building a solid foundation in the basic poses. Her classes are appropriate for those who are newer to yoga as well as continuing students who are looking to refine their experience of the poses. Teaching yoga combined with breathing techniques will improve flexibility, range of motion, ease, and relaxation. She likes to incorporate the use of straps, blocks and blankets to modify poses,…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

July 22 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 - $10 suggested donation**DescriptionOrigami is the Japanese traditional art of folding paper. We can enjoy making something by a square piece of paper, through origami. We will make a different origami design at each workshop.Materials Needed1 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.About the InstructorAsami Iba is the Cultural Exchange Facilitator for the Grassroots Exchange Network-Japan (GEN-J) Program, through the Japan Foundation. Ms. Iba has…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

July 23 @ 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 Reki 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 a teacher and may include breath exercises and meditation, centering the body and mind with gassho, exploring the…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! DescriptionOrigami is the Japanese traditional art of folding paper. We can enjoy making something by a square piece of paper, through origami. We will make a different origami design at each workshop.Materials Needed1 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.About the InstructorAsami Iba is the Cultural Exchange Facilitator for the Grassroots Exchange Network-Japan (GEN-J) Program, through the Japan Foundation. Ms. Iba has been facilitating presentations about…

Virtual July Integral Stretch Sequence

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Improve posture, relieve chronic conditions and develop greater mind-body awareness! The 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 who are working with chronic spinal and…

Virtual Introduction to Yoga

July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn to relax and stretch with an hour of introductory yoga Philosophy Sa Tea’s focus is about building a solid foundation in the basic poses. Her classes are appropriate for those who are newer to yoga as well as continuing students who are looking to refine their experience of the poses. Teaching yoga combined with breathing techniques will improve flexibility, range of motion, ease, and relaxation. She likes to incorporate the use of straps, blocks and blankets to modify poses,…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 - $10 suggested donation**DescriptionOrigami is the Japanese traditional art of folding paper. We can enjoy making something by a square piece of paper, through origami. We will make a different origami design at each workshop.Materials Needed1 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.About the InstructorAsami Iba is the Cultural Exchange Facilitator for the Grassroots Exchange Network-Japan (GEN-J) Program, through the Japan Foundation. Ms. Iba has…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

July 30 @ 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 Reki 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 a teacher and may include breath exercises and meditation, centering the body and mind with gassho, exploring the…

Virtual August Introduction to Nihon Buyou Workshops (Japanese Dance)

August 2 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for a 3 part introductory workshop on Japanese Classical Dance (Nihon Buyou) Introduction to Nihon Buyo WorkshopThis virtual introductory workshop for Japanese Classical Dance, (Nihon Buyou) 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,…

Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony / Chanoyu

October 3 @ 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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