Check out information on our upcoming arts and Tezukuri Handcrafts workshops and special programs listed below.




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Upcoming Workshops and Events

Friday, February 16, 2018: Kokedama Workshop




Wednesday, February 28, 2018: English Rakugo - Japanese Storytelling in English



Saturday, March 10, 2018: Bamboo Flute Making


Thursday, March 29, 2018: Special Lecture - Challenges of Dementia and the "Kono Method" with Dr. Michio Ono




Kokedama Workshop
Friday, February 16, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tomomi Yoshida
$45 JCCCNC Members
$55 General Public

Learn how to make a kokedama to add a touch of natural greenery to any space! Related to the art of cultivating miniature bonsai trees, koke (moss) dama (ball) is a centuries-old form of Japanese garden art where a moss ball is the focal and supporting point for a sculpted tree or plant. The moss ball is fixed to a platform or suspended from string with the plant growing out from the sphere. Kokedama is the practice of taking the root ball of a plant and suspending it in a ball of mud and soil, which is then coated with soft green moss. It is a living planter as well as a distinctive display piece. They may be fixed to a piece of driftwood or bark, suspended from a string or nestled in a clear, attractive container. Workshop includes all materials needed to create a kokedama, participants are encouraged to bring clothes or an apron that can get dirty and to bring a container to carry the kokedama home.

About Tomomi Yoshida: Tomomi is a visiting garden and landscape designer based in Tokyo, Japan. She has been practicing garden and landscape design for 10 years, and works with bonsai and kokedama. She started working with kokedama because she has always loved moss, and fondly remembers the mossy rocks in her parents' garden as a child. Tomomi's birthday flower is also moss! As a Japanese-style gardener apprentice her appreciation and connection to bonsai and garden plants extended to developing a sense of familiarity with the plants themselves, and the notion that house and garden plants embody the memories and essence of one's home to nurture them.

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


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

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!

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.



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.


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