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Hinamatsuri Japanese Girls’ Day Cooking Workshop
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hinamatsuri Japanese Girls’ Day Cooking Workshop

Sunday, February 25, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Mariko Grady of Aedan Fermented Foods
$55 JCCCNC Members
$65 General Public

Workshop Menu:

  • Temari Sushi
  • Seasonal Spring Greens
  • Clam Soup
  • Amazake Dessert

March 3rd is Girls’ Day in Japan, also known as Hinamatsuri- The Festival of Dolls. A traditional set of special dolls depicting the Japanese imperial court, called Hina dolls, is traditionally given to newborn girls and displayed prominently in each household for the holiday. On this holiday, Japanese mothers cook a special meal on this day to celebrate and pray for the health and happiness of the young girls in the family.

As with most holidays around the globe, food and drinks play a big role on Girls Day. Traditional celebration dishes for Hinamatsuri are prepared with delicacies and are ceremonially beautiful and delicious. Intricately decorated sushi often takes center stage along with soup and spring vegetable dishes, and of course, with Japanese sweets.

In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare Temari Sushi (hands on). Temari is a traditional decorative ball for girls, and Temari sushi is a bite size sushi with various toppings. Along with Temari sushi, you’ll enjoy spring green dishes, clam soup, and Amazake dessert. All dishes are prepared with Aedan Fermented Food’s Koji products which are made in the traditional Japanese way.

This cooking class is perfect for learning new and interesting skills, and for preparing for the upcoming Hinamatsuri!

Children above the age of 6 are more than to welcome to join this class.

About Mariko Grady:

Mariko Grady is the founder of Aedan Fermented Foods.

In 2011 after the devastating tsunami struck Japan, Mariko sold her natural fermented products to friends to fundraise for Japanese victims. The popularity of Mariko’s delicious fermented foods spread quickly by word-of-mouth in the local community between Japanese mothers and their friends. After this fundraising, Mariko started to write Aedan’s weekly newsletters to share fermented foods and her wisdom on leading a happy healthy life. In May 2012, Mariko joined the incubator kitchen program at La Cocina in San Francisco and since then has worked to develop her Aedan fermented food product line.

Aedan creates small batch fermented products using the knowledge passed down from Mariko’s Grandfather’s miso-making business and mother’s home miso recipes in Japan. Using this traditional knowledge, she has adjusted and perfected her recipes to match the unique flora and environment of San Francisco.

Aedan brings Japanese fermented foods that are essential to flavor and health of every traditional Japanese meal to your table. We hand craft these foods in small batch, bringing you the foundation you need to craft fresh, healthful meals for you and your family. For more information on Aedan Fermented Foods and products, visit:

Enjoy this special Girl’s Day cooking class featuring Aedan’s Koji product with Mariko!!


English Rakugo: Japanese Storytelling in English
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

English Rakugo

Japanese Traditional Storytelling in English Featuring Kanariya Eiraku and Company
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Join us for an evening of Rakugo, a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. The program will be presented by Kanariya Eiraku of Tokyo, Japan, and will provide insights to the nuances of Japanese humor to English speaking audiences. Admission is FREE.

The English Rakugo program is sponsored by the JCCCNC, Hokka Nichibeikai, San Mateo Japanese American Community Center and sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC).

To RSVP, Call JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505 or e-mail us at

Bamboo Flute Making Workshop
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bamboo Flute Making Workshop
With Michael Kanner
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$35 for JCCCNC Members, $40 for General Public

Adults and children alike will enjoy making a real, playable transverse flute from bamboo at this hands-on flute making workshop for all ages! Workshop includes all materials as well as a special presentation on different types of flutes from cultures from all around the world by flute maker Michael Kanner!


For more information on Michael Kanner’s bamboo flutes, watch his video on YouTube:

About Michael Kanner: Michael has been making and playing bamboo flutes for over 40 years. As a programmer (DJ) of World Music on KUSF 88.9 FM for 30 years, he learned about bamboo flutes from around the world. Michael became interested in the cultural significance history and sounds of the flutes. Michael furthered his curiosity by studying the making of shakuhachi (Japanese vertical flute) with Monty Levenson, who now makes shakuhachi for master musicians in the U.S. and in Japan. He has given workshops with Paul Horn and Al Huang at Esalen Institute in Big Sur,Ca. He is a Spectra artist with the Cultural Council in Santa Cruz County and teaches flute making to children in the schools as well as craft fairs and libraries in Hawaii and the U.S.

After learning the process of making bamboo flutes, Michael became enthralled and wanted to learn to play traditional Japanese flute music and then studied with Masayuki Koga, a Master teacher of the Kinko Ryu tradition for two years.

Michael then started to make all styles of bamboo flutes to sell at craft fairs. He would bring his tools and bamboo to make the flutes on site so thate they would be visible to all who walked by. Michael noticed that children were very curious and created a safe way that they could make their own properly tuned flute with his guidance. Flute making has become a very special way for Michael to share and witness their joy, patience, friendship and gratitude for their accomplishment.

Spring 2018 Kaiseki Cooking Workshop
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Spring Kaiseki Workshop

Saturday, March 17, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Larry Sokyo Tiscornia and Kimika Soko Takechi
$45 JCCCNC Members
$55 General Public

Our popular seasonal Kaiseki cooking workshops consist of an elegant multi-course meal in the Kaiseki tradition using a menu of fresh ingredients to reflect the flavors and colors of each season. Our Spring Kaiseki Workshop features four dishes and will be primarily taught through demonstration with participants providing the final, artistic touches to complete these fine Kaiseki dishes.


Spring Tasting Menu:

  • Prawn & Wakame (seaweed) Vinegared Salad
  • Chirashisushi (mixed sushi with bamboo shoots, chirimenjako [half-dried baby sardines), egg omelet and fresh kinome (prickly ash) leaves]
  • Hamagurishinjo (clam dumpling)
  • Nuta (spring onion and scallops in miso dressing)


Special Lecture: Challenges of Dementia and the “Kono Method” with Dr. Michio Ono
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Special Lecture: Challenges of Dementia and the “Kono Method” with Dr. Michio Ono

A FREE lecture on dementia and the “Kono Method” of dementia care for health professionals, caregivers, and family members of those affected by dementia

Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
RSVP: (415) 567-5505 or e-mail



Dr. Michio Ono will be making a special guest lecture at the Center on his work treating dementia patients, including an overview of types of dementia and treatments. Dr. Ono will introduce the “Kono Method” of dementia care developed by Dr. Kazuhiko Kono, which has been used to treat over 20,000 dementia patients in Japan. The Kono Method has shown to bring patients dramatic improvements and put smiles back on the faces of the patients, family and care workers. Join us for this informative talk!

As Japan’s society ages, by 2025 an estimated 7.5 million people in Japan will suffer from dementia. Including patients with mild cognitive impairment, a third of Japan over the age of 65 will have dementia. This crisis can be coined the “Explosion of Dementia.”  No one is immune to this phenomenon. It not only makes it challenging for the patients themselves, but it can affect their family, community, and an entire nation. Dementia is not simply memory loss, it can affect your ability to walk, communicate, and swallow. It can also affect your personality and lead to irritability, anger, and unethical behavior. Some patients report visual hallucination, delusion, depressive and somnolent state. As you can imagine, dementia patients can become a heavy burden on family members and caretakers both physically and emotionally if not treated correctly.

Families and caretakers must work closely together with their physicians in order to successfully treat these patients. Dementia is not only Alzheimer’s or vascular disease. There are many other important types that present various symptoms and need different medications. Each elderly patient reacts very differently to the same medication. In many cases, patients are in fact misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly with the wrong type and dosage of prescription medication. The purpose of this presentation is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to accurately diagnose these patients and evaluate their symptoms at home simply by observing their changes and using easy scoring charts. You will also learn how to choose the correct medication and supplements to use and what not to use. As physicians, we must treat every patient individually and be in tune with their own unique responses to drugs and circumstances in order to provide the best treatment and care. Now is the time to learn and collaborate with one another to battle this epidemic.

About Dr. Ono: 

Dr. Michio Ono graduated from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1976 and completed neurosurgery residency at the University of Tokyo. He continued his research studies at the University of Florida and University of Zurich (microneurosurgical anatomy). He then traveled to Brazil, Argentina, and Zambia to teach and perform neurosurgery. Looking to explore other fields of medicine, he moved to England where he studied tropical infections and public health at the University of London. Upon completion, he studied international health at Harvard University and conducted a “School and Community Health project” in Nepal. He then moved to Kerala State in India to work on community programs for long term and palliative care. In 2004, he returned to Japan to study emergency medicine. For the past 8 years, Dr. Ono has been working in a clinic and long term care facility focusing on elderly and dementia patients.


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