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Origami Piece X One Peace - 1,000 Crane Folding for Kids (Ages 5-12)
With Japanese Artist Kumi Chikura
Friday, August 18, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free Admission, Limited to First 30 Registrants
RSVP at (415) 567-5505 or

Join us at the JCCCNC for an afternoon with Origami Piece X One Peace’s fun, interactive art workshop hosted by Kumi Chikura. Children ages 5-12 and their family members will learn how to fold origami cranes and spread a message of hope and peace through their creations. Origami cranes created in the workshop will be combined into senbazuru (1,000 cranes) and sent to children in Japan suffering from injuries and illness as a gesture of well wishes for their health and recovery.

For more information on Origami Piece X One Peace and their other workshops to be held each weekend in August (except August 6), visit their website:

Homemade Miso Making Workshop
With Jun and Akiko Hoshino of Miso Happy Family, Kyoto
Saturday, September 2, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$45 for JCCCNC Members, $55 for General Public

From simple miso soup to savory glazes, miso is an essential flavoring in any Japanese kitchen. Join us for a very special cooking workshop, with expert miso makers Jun and Akiko Hoshino of Miso Happy Family of Kyoto, Japan.  Jun and Akiko will demonstrate from start to finish the process of boiling down soybeans to implementing fermented koji and show how to make your very own homemade miso paste from scratch!

Jun and Akiko have held miso making workshops throughout Japan since 2011, including in kindergartens, nursing homes, schools, local festivals, and more. Following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011, Jun and Akiko felt strongly the importance of choosing what we eat in order to protect and keep our good health. Fermented food like homemade miso provides the body with healthy probiotics that help the body fight disease and even help ease the effects of radiation. In 2014, Jun and Akiko moved to a mountainous village in northern Kyoto, seeking a sustainable lifestyle where they grow their own rice and soy beans to make their homemade miso. Jun also worked in local miso and sake factories in Kyoto to study Japanese fermented food culture, and he and Akiko both work as tour guides for traditional sake and miso factories in Kyoto and other parts of Japan.

Miso has traditionally been made in homes for many years, which has the original flavor and a richer and deeper taste than many factory-made miso pastes. Jun and Akiko are excited to share their knowledge and experience with miso with people all over the world.

Previous Workshops

Magewappa Woodcraft Bento Box Workshop

Magewappa Workshop flyer copy

Tohoku Folk Crafts Workshop


Kaiseki Workshop Autumn

tomato, tofu & avocado salad

Introduction to Karate


Summer Soba Noodle Workshop with Sonoko Sakai


Kaiseki Workshop Summer

unagi tamagoyose

Ukulele 101

ukulele workshop

Washi Ningyo Paper Dolls
Washi ningyo construction


Terrariums Workshop

Terrarium Workshop Flyer copy

Introduction to Temari Workshop

Temari Workshop Flyer copy

Donabe Claypot Workshop with Sonoko Sakai



Tea and Craft Time

Plumeria Hawaiian Gift Box

Kaiseki Workshop Fall
Maguro Tataki

Japanese Pantry
Koji Workshop LARGE

Kaiseki Workshop Winter


Mochitsuki Workshops


Mah Jongg 101 Workshop

MJ Flyer copy

Spring Kaiseki Workshop

Chirashi on plate