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Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

October 1 @ 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;…

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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

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

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Virtual Shodo Class for October

October 4 @ 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 October Haiku Class

October 4 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 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 Akinoiro - あきのいろ“The Tints of Autumn” 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 4-class series…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Virtual Ohara Ikebana Intermediate Class

October 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 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. Class Dates: October 8 October 15October 22October 29Materials NeededIkebana students are required to have the following tools. If you need to purchase tools, the suggested Amazon links are attached, however, tools do not have to…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

October 8 @ 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:10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price. All students are…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

October 10 @ 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 Saturday class:10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price. All students…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

October 10 @ 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) ‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the Saturday class:10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class price. All students…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

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

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Virtual Sumi-e Classes October

October 11 @ 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). 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 October Introduction to Nihon Buyou Workshops (Japanese Dance)

October 11 @ 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 Introduction to Origami Lessons

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Virtual Ohara Ikebana Workshop

October 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a special workshop for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana. Workshop DescriptionJoin us for a special workshop for beginners, for an introduction to the Ohara School of Ikebana. Materials NeededIkebana students are required to have the following tools. If you need to purchase tools, the suggested Amazon links are attached, however, tools do not have to be purchased from the link. The instructor has Kenzans ($25) and Scissors ($38) in stock available for…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

October 15 @ 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;…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

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

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Introduction to Zen Meditation and Hara Workshop

October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for an introductory virtual zen meditation workshop 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.*

Ecstatic Breathwork

October 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a one-hour workshop on breathwork to release tension and stress Workshop DescriptionBreathwork has been used for thousands of years to access the profound rest and stillness beyond ordinary states of consciousness. This powerful rhythmic breathing practice softens physical tension, opens the heart and lungs, tones the vagus nerve to reduce stress and anxiety, and assists with processing residual emotions in the body. This workshop includes a brief introduction to breath biology, a gentle guided meditation, and the…

Aikido at Tenshinkan

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This class will focus on stretching, Aikido movements, and some light ukemi to help keep us in prepared for when we can resume training. Hello to all,We will be holding a small 5-person class at the dojo. Each person will need to register in order to attend, and fill out an updated waiver form, as well as a health screening questionnaire before coming. Please wear a mask when you come, and come in your gi. The changing rooms will be…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

October 22 @ 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;…

Ongoing Monthly Chanoyu Class – October

October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ongoing monthly Chanoyu class for October October class dates are 10/9 and 10/23

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

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

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Virtual October TRE™ Workshop

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 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…

Conscious Breathing

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a one-hour workshop on breathwork to release tension and stress Workshop DescriptionBreath shapes consciousness. From nourishing the physical body to determining the pattern of thoughts and emotions, this vital life force controls many aspects of well-being. This one-hour workshop includes essential breathing exercises and light movement to become reacquainted with your unique breathing habits and release tension patterns in the body.Instructor InformationRachel Elizabeth Maley is an artist and teacher based outside of Chicago. A musician since a…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Virtual Ohara Ikebana Introductory Class

October 28 @ 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. Class Dates: October 28November 4November 11November 18Materials NeededIkebana students are required to have the following tools. If you need to purchase tools, the suggested Amazon links are attached, however, tools do not have to be…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

October 29 @ 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;…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

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

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$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 square piece of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here.Instructor BioTy Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and Japanese translator with a passion for the art…

Teens’ Beginner Japanese I

November 1 @ 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: Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22, Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20 (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…

Virtual Shodo Class for November

November 1 @ 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…

Conscious Breathing

November 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a one-hour workshop on breathwork to release tension and stress Workshop DescriptionBreath shapes consciousness. From nourishing the physical body to determining the pattern of thoughts and emotions, this vital life force controls many aspects of well-being. This one-hour workshop includes essential breathing exercises and light movement to become reacquainted with your unique breathing habits and release tension patterns in the body.Instructor InformationRachel Elizabeth Maley is an artist and teacher based outside of Chicago. A musician since a…

Ecstatic Breathwork

November 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a one-hour workshop on breathwork to release tension and stress Workshop DescriptionBreathwork has been used for thousands of years to access the profound rest and stillness beyond ordinary states of consciousness. This powerful rhythmic breathing practice softens physical tension, opens the heart and lungs, tones the vagus nerve to reduce stress and anxiety, and assists with processing residual emotions in the body. This workshop includes a brief introduction to breath biology, a gentle guided meditation, and the…

Virtual Sumi-e Wet Mounting Workshop December

December 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a special one-day workshop with Sumi-e expert Patricia Larkin Green Sensei on Wet Mounting. Mounting is called Hyougu in Japanese: hyougu 表具Hyougu (表具) : The ancient eastern craft of mounting pieces of calligraphy, paintings, or other works of art in order to preserve and display them.Workshop Description: Traditional papers used for Sumi-e, Shodo and Suiboku-ga will react to moisture by shrinking, resulting in wavy and uneven artwork. Most Western Frame shops are not accustomed to framing this style…

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