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Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From 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 Needed 1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here. Instructor Bio Ty Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

December 3 @ 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 PRACTICE This 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,…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From 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 Needed 1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here. Instructor Bio Ty Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and…

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…

Virtual December Introduction to Nihon Buyou Workshops (Japanese Dance)

December 6 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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

December 6 @ 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 hold a 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…

Virtual December Amigurumi Class

December 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 December Haiku Class

December 6 @ 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 Description The upcoming “Major Snow” 大雪 ōyuki 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

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From 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 Needed 1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here. Instructor Bio Ty Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

December 10 @ 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 PRACTICE This 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,…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

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

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 – $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From 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 Needed 1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here. Instructor Bio Ty Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and…

Virtual Sumi-e Classes December

December 13 @ 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). About this EventSnowscape, Silver, and Gold 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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 16 @ 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 or 2 square pieces 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…

Virtual Ikebana Ohara Ryu Information Session and Student Art Show

December 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for a virtual information session and exhibit of student’s work over the 2020 year. Event Description This information session and student art work show will feature a look at the work that students in the Ikebana Ohara Ryu program have put together over the course of the 2020 introductory and advanced classes. Students will share photos of their arrangements and discuss them. It will also be a chance for those interested in Ikebana Ohara Ryu to discuss and…

Virtual Reiki Practice for Self-Care

December 17 @ 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 PRACTICE This 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,…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 19 @ 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 or 2 square pieces 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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 23 @ 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 or 2 square pieces 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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 26 @ 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 or 2 square pieces 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…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 30 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! **$5 - $10 suggested donation** Origami Class Description From 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 Needed 1 or 2 square pieces of paper will be needed. You can copy origami paper from here. Instructor Bio Ty Yamamoto is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and…

Virtual Introduction to Origami Lessons

December 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 or 2 square pieces 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…

Virtual January Haiku Class

January 3, 2021 @ 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 "Minor Cold" 小寒 shōkan 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 will be…

Virtual Ohara Ikebana Workshop

January 6, 2021 @ 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 Introduction to Japanese Language

January 7, 2021 @ 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: Thursday Class Dates: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class…

Virtual Introduction to Japanese Language

January 9, 2021 @ 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 class: Saturday Class Dates:  1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13**MATERIALS: All students should purchase "Japanese for Busy People I (Romanized version)."This textbook IS NOT included in the class…

Virtual Ohara Ikebana Introductory Class

January 13, 2021 @ 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: January 13January 20January 27February 3Materials 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…

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