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Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

June 4 @ 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 Sumi-e Workshops June

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Japanese ink painting, (sumi-e) is the art of painting using brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin absorbent “rice-paper” (washi). 3 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, 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 basis3…

Virtual June Zen Meditation Workshop

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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. *After enrollment, the link to the Zoom meeting will be sent.*

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

June 6 @ 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 Six-Foot Staff Training Tutorial & Workout

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a unique virtual class to learn the basics—Kihon—of using a six-foot staff. Join up for a unique interactive virtual training using a six-foot staff. You will need your own staff for the class.This workout class will teach participants foundational training movements necessary to use the staff for personal training as well as fighting for protection and defense. Training will include: stretching, body-weight exercises, foundational movements, and fundamental techniques, all while using the six-foot staff. Questions and note…

Virtual June Amigurumi Class

June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting and knitting small animals and cute designs! DescriptionJoin Blixt-sensei in this brand new program to learn how to make your own.*Fundamentals of AmigurumiThis 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 the…

Virtual Sumi-e Classes June

June 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). 4 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, 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 basis4…

Virtual June Introduction to Nihon Buyou Workshop (Japanese Dance)

June 7 @ 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,…

Virtual Shodo Class for June

June 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 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…

Virtual Introduction to Yoga

June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn to relax and stretch with an hour of introductory yoga **$5 - $10 suggested donation**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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

June 10 @ 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

June 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 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

June 13 @ 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 June Hanko Classes

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 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…

Breathwork for Tension Release

June 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn how to soften your mind and release tension patterns in your body with powerful breathing exercises in this one-hour workshop! Our breath shapes our consciousness. From nourishing the physical body to determining the pattern of thoughts and emotions, this most vital life force controls many aspects of wellbeing. This one-hour workshop includes essential conscious breathing exercises to become reacquainted with your unique breathing habits and a powerful active breathwork practice for softening the mind and releasing tension patterns in…

Virtual Introduction to Yoga

June 16 @ 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

June 17 @ 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 Reiki Practice for Self-Care

June 18 @ 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 June Needlefelting Classes

June 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 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. Description Needle felting does not involve wetting fibers; it is a free form craft.MaterialsNeedleFoamWool fibersBasic Techniques:NeedlingRollingFlat shapesScultpingFinishing**All materials are included. Each student will receive a re-usable kit. Please register by June 11th to ensure the kit reaches you in time.Instructor Bio:Renée Blixt, MBA has studied crochet, knitting and embroidery from an early age. She is a member…

Virtual June TRE™ Workshop

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

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 the basics of the TRE™ system allowing you to release…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

June 20 @ 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 Introduction to Yoga

June 23 @ 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

June 24 @ 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 Reiki Practice for Self-Care

June 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 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 June Integral Stretch Sequence

June 27 @ 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 Origami Lessons

June 27 @ 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…

Breathwork for Tension Release

June 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn how to soften your mind and release tension patterns in your body with powerful breathing exercises in this one-hour workshop! Our breath shapes our consciousness. From nourishing the physical body to determining the pattern of thoughts and emotions, this most vital life force controls many aspects of wellbeing. This one-hour workshop includes essential conscious breathing exercises to become reacquainted with your unique breathing habits and a powerful active breathwork practice for softening the mind and releasing tension patterns in…

Virtual Introduction to Yoga

June 30 @ 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,…

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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