Cultural Arts and Crafts
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Chizuko Nakamura
Learn the traditional Japanese art of Ikebana. Reflect on the simplistic beauty of nature through flower arranging.
Member Fee: $70/month; $35/month for 2nd and 4th Saturdays
Non-Members Fee: $90/month; $45/month for 2nd and 4th Saturdays
For 1st time participants, instruction fees are waived, but a $15 payment for materials is required.
For single day/drop-in class signups, please allow for 1 week advance notice so that our instructor can confirm and provide enough supplies for the scheduled class date.sign up today
Mondays, 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Genevieve Lim
Spend the morning creating personal memoirs, journaling or writing poems, essays, letters and sharing them among friends in our weekly writing class! Formerly known as the Senior Women's Writing class, our class is now open to any seniors interested in participating, male or female.
Member Fee: $44/month, $14 Drop-In
Non-Members Fee: $50/month, $16 Drop-In
Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tomoko Nakazato
Learn various ceramic techniques including basic hand-building construction, wheel throwing, basic pinching, joining, coiling and slab, clay preparation and surface decorations to create unique sculptures and functional wares. While no experience is necessary, the instructor will also work with advanced students to explore and develop their techniques and projects.
Member Fee: $175/8 Weeks (Materials included)
Non-Members Fee: $225/8 Weeks (Materials included)
3rd Saturday of the every month
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Rochelle Lum
In our Washi Ningyo (Japapese paper doll) classes and workshops you will learn how to transform traditional Japanese "washi" paper into your own beautiful 3-D dolls.
Member Fee: $10 (additional $10-25 materials fee)
Non-Member Fee: $15 ($10-25 materials fee)
Please note that this class is intended for adults and is not suitable for children. Feel free to contact us at (415) 567-5505 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.E-mail Us to RSVP
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rich Tokeshi
Join instructor Rich Tokeshi, one of the original art instructors at Japantown Art & Media, which flourished in the '80s and '90s. Rich believes that there is an 'artist seed' in all of us - it just needs nurturing to blossom. This class will strive to bring out the artist in you!
Member Fee: $70/8 weeks; $13 Drop-In
Non-Members Fee: $90/8 weeks; $16 Drop-In
Beyond Basic Drawing
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rich Tokeshi
This weekly art class designed for both intermediate and advanced art students will allow participants the opportunity to explore new media, subject matter and ways of thinking. This class will use basic drawing, painting concepts and subject matter, but will also look to expand participants' artistic horizons. The atmosphere of the class is very informal for creating art.
Member Fee: $35/month; $11 Drop-In
Non-Member Fee: $45/month; $14 Drop-In
Kabuki on Film - Sponsored by the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program Alumni Association of Northern California (JETAANC) Kabuki Club
2nd Tuesday of Each Month
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Frey, JETAANC Kabuki Club
Learn about Japanese performing arts -- that unique combination of dance, music, drama, and spectacle -- by experiencing classic performances of Kabuki, Bunraku, and Noh on video. Enjoy screenings of Japanese kabuki stage performances (in English with subtitles) and other forms of classical Japanese theater. Generously sponsored by the JETAANC, Kabuki on Film is a FREE class offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Feel free to bring snacks. All ages welcome!
Free and open to the public. Donations encouraged!Sign Up Today
2nd and 4th Wednesdays
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Yoshimura Kokujyou Sensei
Shigin (詩吟) is a form of Japanese poetry, which is usually chanted or sung. The poems are called Shi, and the vocalization of the poem is called gin. The poems span hundreds of years and cover a myraid of topics from war to love and even local legends. When sung, singers add their emotions and interpretation of the poem. Singing may be accompanied by traditional instruments such as the koto or shakuhachi. Singing out helps boost relaxation and also helps to blow off steam and reduce stress.
Yoshimura Kokujyou Sensei, who is considered one of the top teachers in Kokuseiryu Shigin Kai will teach students vocal training and singing lessons at the Center’s Shigin Class. Each class will begin with students singing together and then individual lessons will be given to all students. Each student will practice singing the poem they have chosen and can add their emotions and interpretation of the poem when they sing. Class will be conducted in both English and Japanese and is open to all.
Member Fee: $15/Month, $10 Drop-In
Non-Members Fee: $20/Month, $12 Drop-In
Materials: Shigin Text Book
English Version $15 / Japanese Version $30