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Introduction to the Japanese Art of Reiki

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This one-day workshop will introduce participants to the practice of Reiki and provide the opportunity to experience some of its elements. Reiki is a Japanese spiritual healing practice that promotes balance and personal growth. Developed in Japan in the 1920’s by its founder Usui Mikao, Reiki is now practiced around the world in many different ways. Its original name “Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Reiki Ryoho” translates as the “Usui Healing Method for Improving the Heart, Body and Mind”. The system…

Introduction to Japanese Language

February 20 @ 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 ⇰ Saturday, February 22nd OR Thursday, February 20th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class:2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, and 4/4Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class:2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, and 4/2REGISTER:Please consider registering as…

Intermediate Japanese Language

February 20 @ 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, February…

Ongoing Monthly Chanoyu Class – February

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The February classes are on February 7, 14, and 21st.

Introduction to Japanese Language

February 22 @ 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 ⇰ Saturday, February 22nd OR Thursday, February 20th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class:2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, and 4/4Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class:2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, and 4/2REGISTER:Please consider registering as…

Introduction to Japanese Language

February 22 @ 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 ⇰ Saturday, February 22nd OR Thursday, February 20th‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday or Thursday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class:2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, and 4/4Please note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class:2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, and 4/2REGISTER:Please consider registering as…

Kyudo Lecture

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kyudo LectureDescription: This lecture introduces Kyudo 弓道 (Japanese traditional archery) through Heki-ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha (日置流尾州竹林派) kyudo the way it was taught by the Imperial bow makers Shibata, Kanjuro (柴田勘十郎) XX (former) and XXI (current lineage holder) Sensei in Kyoto, Japan. The core of our kyudo is a contemplative practice to polish our mind. The lecture covers a brief history of kyudo and our lineage (school), equipment, and practice, finishing with a demonstration of basic and advanced forms.Instructor Bio: Yasuo Ito…

Intermediate Japanese Language

February 22 @ 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 ⇰…

Advanced Japanese Language

February 22 @ 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, February 22nd ‣ Duration ⇰ Six weeks (one hour every Saturday)‣ Instructor ⇰ Mieko Fujii Sensei Please note exact class dates: 2/22,…

February Zazenkai

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 at a time.*A small snack will be provided at the end of the event, but we recommend eatting before you arrive.The zazenkai will be lead by…

February Shodo Calligraphy

February 23 @ 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 awarded…

February Shodo Calligraphy

February 25 @ 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 awarded…

February Zen Meditation Workshop

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 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.

February TRE Workshop

February 29 @ 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Developed by Dr. David Berceli, Ph.D., TRE™ is a simple technique that utilizes a set of basic exercises to release accumulated stress and tension accumulated within the body. 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…

Teens’ Beginner Japanese I

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

**For students ages 13 - 15**Students will learn to write in hiragana and katakana as well as speak with everyday vocabulary and basic grammar. A curriculum and workbook will be provided. Students should bring a notebook and pen to take notes.Lessons are consecutive. While there is an open office hour online during the week for any quick questions on the homework, this course is not recommended for anyone who has to miss more than one lesson in a row as we are unable…

Teens’ Beginner Japanese II

March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

**For students ages 13 - 15**Students will continue to build on basic grammar and everyday vocabulary while practicing speaking, listening and reading comprehension. A curriculum and workbook will be provided. Students should bring a notebook and pen to take notes.Lessons are consecutive. While there is an open office hour online during the week for any quick questions on the homework, this course is not recommended for anyone who has to miss more than one lesson in a row as we are unable to…

Soothing Sound Bath

March 1 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

About the experience:A gentle and meditative immersion in the sounds of singing bowls, drums, gongs, and other healing tools. Participants will “bathe” in the vibrations of ancient and modern instruments, achieving deep rest. Appropriate for all seeking stillness, relaxation, meditation, or simply a really great nap.Participants are asked to lie on the floor. Please bring a mat/blanket to lie on, and a pillow/blanket as desired. Dress warmly and comfortably.Instructor Bio:Rachel Elizabeth Maley is a visual and sound artist based outside of…

Orizomegami – Japanese Paper Dyeing Workshop

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Absorbent paper is folded and then dyed to produce interesting geometrical patterns. Zen-like in it’s folding, this ancient technique reminds us to be present in the moment. This exciting 2 hr workshop will introduce 4 basic paper folds. We will experiment with non-toxic dye solutions resulting in beautiful pieces that can be used for future projects such as gift wrapping, card making, envelope lining, or book binding.  All supplies included. Instructor Bio:Pamela Martinez has been teaching, studying andpracticing the ancient art of…

Ukiyo-e: Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Workshop w/ Mami Takahashi

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn Japanese Woodblock printmaking techniques with multiple linoleum blocks- and your own postcard-sized print to take home!Learn Japanese Woodblock printmaking techniques with multiple linoleum blocks- and your own postcard-sized print to take home!**Using sharp chisels for carvingFrom the earliest points in my artistic practice to the present, I have always had an affection and an interest in the beauty and precision in traditional printmaking techniques, and have at various times integrated the skills I learn from working these techniques into…

Tree Painting Workshop

March 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

"To paint landscapes, one should first know how to draw trees." The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of PaintingBrush use for calligraphy and painting share a rich history of over 100 years with established methods and rules traditionally transmitted from teacher to student for 110 generations. Patricia Larkin Green will demonstrate techniques developed to transfer the artist's internalized "chi" or "ki" from brush-ink to sensitive paper. Controlling the amount of ink to create a wide variety of lines can be daunting.…

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arrangement: 6 Week Class

March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We are excited to offer the next 6 Week Ikebana Course at the Japanese Culture Center!Classes meet for 6 Sundays beginning 03/15/20203:00-4:00pm Introductory CourseThe course fee is $200, which includes flowers and all tools required for both the course. You can take home all tools and materials after its completion to continue the practice. *There are VERY limited seats in this class, and thus we recommend registering ASAP. Registration 1 week prior to class is required.*The class schedule will be 3/15, 3/22,…

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: 6 Week INTERMEDIATE Course

March 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We are excited to offer the next 6 Week Intermediate Ikebana Course at the Japanese Culture Center!Classes meet for 6 Sundays beginning 03/15/20204:00-5:00pm Intermediate Course The class schedule will be 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12 and 4/19The fee of $150.00 requires that you have all tools for the course.*There are VERY limited seats in this class, and thus we recommend registering ASAP. Registration 1 week prior to class is required.*The course is taught by Charles Harris Sensei, President of the Chicago…

Introductory Ikebana Workshop on 3/21

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are excited to offer an Introductory Ikebana Workshop here at the Japanese Culture Center on Saturday, March 21st from 1-3PM!The workshop fee is $60 which includes flowers, and an arrangement to take home after its completion. *Registration will close March 13th (FRIDAY) in order to obtain all the materials for the March 21st workshop.*Students will learn a brief history of the Ikenobo school of Ikebana, and partake in a freestyle arrangement workshop. If so inclined, students may then register for the…

Soothing Sound Bath

March 22 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

About the experience:A gentle and meditative immersion in the sounds of singing bowls, drums, gongs, and other healing tools. Participants will “bathe” in the vibrations of ancient and modern instruments, achieving deep rest. Appropriate for all seeking stillness, relaxation, meditation, or simply a really great nap.Participants are asked to lie on the floor. Please bring a mat/blanket to lie on, and a pillow/blanket as desired. Dress warmly and comfortably.Instructor Bio:Rachel Elizabeth Maley is a visual and sound artist based outside of…

Anatomy of a Fatality

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The International Museum of Surgical Science along with the Japanese Culture Center of Chicago are pleased once again to bring you "The Anatomy of a Fatality."Featuring a lecture and demonstration from Mugai Ryu Chicago, practitioners of a traditional form of Japanese swordsmanship dating back to the 1600's.  Guests can also explore the museum."It is important to realize the consequences of a cut to any part of the human body."The lecture will discuss samurai combative theory in relation to human anatomy…

Introduction to Drawing Anime & Manga

March 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Beginner Course: Ages 10+Length: 2 hours Cost : $40How to Draw Anime is an introductory course for students, interested in learning the foundations to creating anime and manga. Each course will begin with a small lecture, where students will be encouraged to follow along. The first half of the course will provide a guided drawing lesson. This will then be followed by an Open Draw for the second half, where students can use their time to put to practice the course instruction…

Gong Bath

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Gongs have been used throughout history to signify awakening, arrivals, and important transitions. Gong baths provide a powerful sonic experience in which guests are immersed in the vibrations of these ancient instruments, creating space for a profound inward journey of meditation, exploration, and release.Please note: participants are asked to lie on the floor, though accommodations will be made for all needs. Dress warmly and comfortably. Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early to get situated. Instructor Bio:Rachel Elizabeth Maley is a…

REIKI LEVEL I – SHODEN TRAINING

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

8-hour certification in traditional Japanese Reiki: “Usui Reiki Ryoho”REIKI LEVEL I - SHODENReiki is a Japanese spiritual healing system that promotes overall balance and personal development. Developed in Japan in the 1920’s by Usui Mikao, Reiki is now practiced around the world in many different ways. Its original name ”Shin Shin Kaizen Usui Ryoho,” translates as “the Usui Healing Method for Improving Body, Mind and Heart”.In this class, you will learn the practice of Reiki for yourself and others. It…

Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremony / Chanoyu

April 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, April 4, 2020 through April 25. • Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Exact class dates are: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, and 4/25• $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…

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 SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class:4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, and 5/14Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class:4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and 5/23REGISTER:Please consider registering as soon as…

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 SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class:4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, and 5/14Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class:4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and 5/23REGISTER:Please consider registering as soon as…

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 SenseiPlease note exact class dates for the THURSDAY class:4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, and 5/14Please note exact class dates for the SATURDAY class:4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and 5/23REGISTER:Please consider registering as soon as…

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 skills required to make…

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