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Advanced Sumi-e Ink (DROP IN CLASS)

February 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sumi-e Painting (Beginning and Advanced) with Patricia Larkin Green  Join Patricia Larkin Green for Sunday morning Advanced Sumi-e class . Explore the practice of sumi-e as part of Rinzai Zen philosophy. This will be a hands-on class and is for students who have completed the "Four Gentlemen introductory brushstrokes series" and have her approval to join as an advanced student. Students are encouraged to bring in their own art projects or participate in the topic/idea/theme painting that Patricia will introduce.…

Zazenkai

February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Zazenkai will be led by Gendo Testa Sensei, an Aikido instructor and Zen priest with Cho Bo Ji zen temple in Seattle under Genjo Marinello Osho.This event is designed for people to go deeper in their meditation practice and prepare for longer retreats. Bring loose clothing and your meditation cushion if you have one. If you have a dogi and hakama please wear them.*The event is geared for people with experience of sitting zazen for at least 40 mins…

Amigurumi I : (INTRO DROP IN CLASS)

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Amigurumi I Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting and knitting small animals and cute designs, join Blixt Sensei in this brand new program to learn how to make your own! Sundays from 1:00pm - 2:30pm for 4 weeks - exact dates: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 This class is for beginners who have not crocheted before, or those for those who need a refresher and will culminate in making a simple project. In this class we will learn: Tools and…

Amigurumi II : (ONGOING DROP IN CLASS)

February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Amigurumi II Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting and knitting small animals and cute designs! Join Blixt Sensei in this continuation class. This class builds on Amigurumi I, by the end of this class, you will be able to finish a basic amigurumi figure. Wednesdays from 7:30pm – 9:00 for 4 weeks - exact dates: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 OR Sunday from 2:30pm – 4:00pm 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 Skills you will learn which (build on the previous class:)…

Introduction to Japanese Language

March 9 @ 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, March 9th OR Thursday, March 14‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, and…

Introduction to Japanese Language

March 9 @ 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, March 9th OR Thursday, March 14‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, and…

Intermediate Japanese Language

March 9 @ 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 per student ‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, March…

Advanced Japanese Language

March 9 @ 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 per student ‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, March 9th @ 2:00 PM‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note the…

Advanced Sumi-e Ink (DROP IN CLASS)

March 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sumi-e Painting (Beginning and Advanced) with Patricia Larkin Green  Join Patricia Larkin Green for Sunday morning Advanced Sumi-e class . Explore the practice of sumi-e as part of Rinzai Zen philosophy. This will be a hands-on class and is for students who have completed the "Four Gentlemen introductory brushstrokes series" and have her approval to join as an advanced student. Students are encouraged to bring in their own art projects or participate in the topic/idea/theme painting that Patricia will introduce.…

Introduction to Japanese Language

March 14 @ 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, March 9th OR Thursday, March 14‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, and…

Intermediate Japanese Language

March 14 @ 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 per student ‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, March…

Mindfulness Seminar

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description: The seminar will teach students a unqiue approach to mindfulness by unifying  Zen (meditation), Ken ("sword", referring to martial arts or physical culture), and Sho ("brush", referring to calligraphy or fine arts).  This perspective is credited to esteemed Zen master, swordsmand, and calligrapher, Omori Sogen.  The Japanese Culture Center's own founder, Fumio Toyoda, was a Zen master from Sogen's Zen lineage and received instruction from him in Japan. The seminar is designed for beginners in all three disciplines, but is open to all levels. Seminar…

Introduction to Japanese Swordsmanship

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - May 18 @ 1:00 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! This course tends to…

Introduction to Japanese Language

April 20 @ 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, April 20th OR Thursday, April 25th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16,…

Introduction to Japanese Language

April 20 @ 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, April 20th OR Thursday, April 25th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16,…

Intermediate Japanese Language

April 20 @ 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, April…

Advanced Japanese Language

April 20 @ 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 per student ‣ Starts ⇰ Saturday, April 20th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for…

Introduction to Japanese Language

April 25 @ 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, April 20th OR Thursday, April 25th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Meiko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25 Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16,…

Intermediate Japanese Language

April 25 @ 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, April…

Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony / Chanoyu

May 4 @ 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, May 4th, 2019 through May 25th. • 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…

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