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Raido Taiso : Breathwork

April 9 @ 9:30 am - 9:45 am

Come start your day with meditative breathing with the Japanese Culture Center! You may be familiar with Radio Taiso as daily calisthenics that are broadcast across Japan for people to move/exercise wherever they are. We won't be asking anyone to do jumping jacks in this rendition. Here we will exercise the strength of our creative community by offering an open and welcoming space to connect with one another and ourselves as often as possible. These programs are free and open…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

April 9 @ 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 ⇰ Thursday, April 9th OR Saturday, April 18th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, and 5/14 Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and…

Raido Taiso : Breathwork

April 10 @ 9:30 am - 9:45 am

Come start your day with meditative breathing with the Japanese Culture Center! You may be familiar with Radio Taiso as daily calisthenics that are broadcast across Japan for people to move/exercise wherever they are. We won't be asking anyone to do jumping jacks in this rendition. Here we will exercise the strength of our creative community by offering an open and welcoming space to connect with one another and ourselves as often as possible. These programs are free and open…

Kyudo Workshop – One Shot, One Life

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This two-day experiential workshop (First Shot) introduces Kyudo to beginners. Kyudo (弓道) is a traditional Japanese archery. Our school, Kyudo (弓道) is a traditional Japanese archery. Our school, Heki-ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha (日置流尾州竹林派) Kyudo the way taught by the Imperial bow makers Shibata, Kanjuro (柴田勘十郎) XX (former) and XXI (current lineage holder) senseis in Kyoto, Japan, emphasizes its contemplative aspect of the practice. Our focus of the practice is on “polishing the mind’, rather than on marksmanship. With this, the target…

Introduction to Japanese Swordsmanship

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn the basics of Traditional Japanese Swordsmanship *with Mugai Ryu Iaido and the Japanese Culture Center This 8 week class will teach you the fundamental techniques of Japanese swordsmanship. Topics covered will include etiquette, movement, stances, cutting, samurai history & culture and much more! We provide everything you need for the class, all you need to do is show up in loose clothing that you don’t mind getting sweaty. Class size is limited so call to reserve your spot in…

Origami Lessons

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn a different Origami every week!

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons for All Ages

April 11 @ 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 would like to show how to make a samurai helmet at this 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…

Reiki Practice for Self-Care

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join this one-hour virtual Reiki practice for self-care to relax, refresh, and find balance! ABOUT THE SELF-CARE PRACTICE This 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 Reiki precepts to…

Origami for Children

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

Learn a different origami each week!

Virtual Introduction to Origami for Children

April 15 @ 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 would like to show how to make a star box at this 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…

Reiki Practice for Self-Care

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join this one-hour virtual Reiki practice for self-care to relax, refresh, and find balance! ABOUT THE SELF-CARE PRACTICE This 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 Reiki precepts to…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

April 18 @ 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 ⇰ Thursday, April 9th OR Saturday, April 18th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, and 5/14 Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

April 18 @ 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 ⇰ Thursday, April 9th OR Saturday, April 18th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, and 5/14 Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and…

Origami Lessons

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

Learn a different Origami every week!

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons for All Ages

April 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 would like to show how to make a star box at this 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…

Haiku Workshop

April 19 @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Learn to write Haiku The Japanese Culture Center is pleased to host an Online Haiku Workshop taught by Sensei Seiyo, Buddhist lay minister and resident Haiku Master. The upcoming Byōdokushō - 病毒厰 “Virus Workshop” haiku workshop will focus on bringing your "snapshots" alive - those moments that happen every day that go unnoticed due to the demands of life. We will also discuss the history of Haiku, some of the founding fathers of Haiku, current authors, and Jisei (death poems).…

Reiki Practice for Self-Care

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join this one-hour virtual Reiki practice for self-care to relax, refresh, and find balance! ABOUT THE SELF-CARE PRACTICE This 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 Reiki precepts to…

Origami for Children

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

Learn a different origami each week!

Virtual Introduction to Origami for Children

April 22 @ 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 would like to show how to make a crane at this 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…

Reiki Practice for Self-Care

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join this one-hour virtual Reiki practice for self-care to relax, refresh, and find balance! ABOUT THE SELF-CARE PRACTICE This 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 Reiki precepts to…

Origami Lessons

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

Learn a different Origami every week!

April Integral Stretch Sequence Workshop

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

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 interested in improving their meditation practice. *After enrollment, the link to the Zoom meeting will be sent.*

April Japanese Hanko (判子) (Name Seal Carving) Workshop

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Details Shehan Sensei: Hanko (判子) (Seal Carving) Workshop 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 on which characters or pictographs are carved, and serves…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons for All Ages

April 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 would like to show how to make a crane at this 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…

April Shodo Calligraphy

April 26 @ 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…

Reiki Practice for Self-Care

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join this one-hour virtual Reiki practice for self-care to relax, refresh, and find balance! ABOUT THE SELF-CARE PRACTICE This 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 Reiki precepts to…

April Shodo Calligraphy

April 28 @ 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…

Reiki Practice for Self-Care

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join this one-hour virtual Reiki practice for self-care to relax, refresh, and find balance! ABOUT THE SELF-CARE PRACTICE This 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 Reiki precepts to…

Teens’ Beginner Japanese I

May 3 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

**For students ages 13 - 15** ***Please note that classes will be held virtually via Google Hangouts*** Class Dates: Sundays, 5/3; 5/17; 5/24; 5/31; 6/7; 6/14; and 6/21 – 7 weeks Class Topics: hiragana, katakana, pronunciation, self-introduction, numbers, ages, school/work, basic sentences Class 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 communicate with the…

Virtual Event

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Card Making Workshop

May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Create 10 hand-made greeting cards for any occasion! The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to Asia and the early Egyptians who conveyed their greetings on papaya scrolls. In this 2 hr workshop each participant will create 10 hand-made 5 x 4 folded greeting cards for any occasion. Card making is relaxing and enjoyable. Card decorating methods include ink stamping and heat embossing. Instruction will be provided on how to give your cards elements of dimension. Design…

Intro to Capoeira Workshop

May 9 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Come experience the dynamic art of Capoeira! Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art, is a mixture of the rhythms of dance, the playfulness of a game, and the strength and intensity of a fighting system. Come train with us at our Lakeview location right off the Belmont Red Line. Be ready to get in shape, learn some music, and experience Brazilian culture. All levels are welcome. Experience is not necessary. Jarvis Broom, Instrutor Brucutu, has over 15 years of Capoeira experience.…

Evolve! Process Info Session

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Learn about the Evolve! Process Join this Info Session to learn about the Evolve! Process, and hear about upcoming Evolve! Process Workshops.

May Shodo Calligraphy

May 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…

May Shodo Calligraphy

May 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…

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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