Explore all of the upcoming programs and events at the Center.

Ukulele 101 Online Workshops – January 2021
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – Feb 6 @ 3:30 pm

Ukulele 101 Online Workshops for the True Beginner

January 2021
Saturdays, January 16 – February 6, 2021
Instructor: Don Sadler
$90 Center Members, $110 General Public

This four week course via Zoom will cover basic skills starting with how to tune, hold, and strum your ukulele.  Learn chords and techniques that will have you playing and singing in no time!  The class is open to adults, and will prepare budding ukulele players for the Center’s ongoing Intermediate Ukulele class.  All you need is a ukulele!

Zoom meeting login information to be provided upon registering online.

  sign up today

About Don Sadler

My interest in ʻukulele, Hawaiian music and culture began in the 90ʻs with visits to the islands. I began playing ʻukulele in 2002 and later discovered the ʻukulele classes at JCCCNC where I studied ʻukulele and Hawaiian music for over ten years. During that time I performed with the class at community events and festivals in the Bay Area and Hawaii and filled in as a substitute teacher when needed.

In January of 2013, I accepted the position of instructor for the ʻukulele program. Since then I have enjoyed teaching beginning and advanced ʻukulele classes at the Center and leading the class in performances throughout the Bay Area. I also enjoy teaching my “Ukulele 101” workshops for students just beginning their ʻukulele experience.

While Hawaiian music has remained my passion, I enjoy exploring other styles of music with the ʻukulele, sharing what I have learned with others, and continuing to learn and grow as a musician myself. These are the things that keep me energized and committed to teaching ʻukulele at JCCCNC.

  sign up today
Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck: Nabemono!
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck: Nabemono!

Join us for this month’s Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck and share your favorite nabemono (Japanese hotpot) dish with us!
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST
Free Admission, Advance Registration Required
Connect via Zoom; Meeting ID and password to be issued upon registration

In place for our usual quarterly Community Kitchen nights, during the Center’s COVID-19 closure, our Community Kitchen committee is holding monthly virtual potlucks so we can share the joy of cooking Japanese and Japanese American family recipes with everyone! During the cold winter months, a popular dinner option to warm the body and soul is nabemono, Japanese hotpot dishes! Nabemono includes a number of different dishes cooked in a nabe pot, from sukiyaki, oden, shabu shabu, and much more! Prepare your dish in advance to share over your webcam with us on Zoom!




Looking for additional recipe ideas? The Center’s Nikkei Potluck cookbook has recipes for all kinds of dishes, including desserts and other potluck favorites! E-mail us at if you’d like to order your copy!

Shibori Tie-Dyeing VIrtual Workshop
Feb 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Shibori Indigo Tie-Dyeing Virtual Workshop
Instructor: Catherine Ruhl
Saturday, February 6, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST
$30 Center Members, $35 General Public
Connect via Zoom; Meeting ID and password to be issued upon registration
Learn Shibori and tie dye folding techniques, and about mixing up a vat of pre reduced indigo







Learn the ancient Japanese art of Shibori or indigo tie-dye.  In this virtual workshop, students will follow along on Zoom from home as we learn techniques for tying, folding, and dipping your fabric.  Then students will learn how to prepare a vat of indigo dye.

Due to social distancing this workshop will be a virtual workshop.  We recommend setting it up in a place where you can get a little messy (due to the nature of indigo dye).  If you can’t go outdoors you can put paper or plastic down to protect the floor.  If you can’t set up and just want to watch the demo, that is ok.  Each student will get a downloadable pdf with instructions after the class.

Supplies List

Please gather and prepare the following supplies in advance of the workshop:

– a couple of 100% cotton pieces to dye.  (ie t-shirt, pillowcase, tea towels, apron, quilting fabric)

– Bucket that can get stained

– Something to stir with

– Scissors

– Gloves

– Plastic or paper to put on the ground

– Iron

– Rubber Bands and String

– Zoom account

Indigo Kit (please allow for delivery time if you want to participate):

We recommend you order your indigo dye kit for the workshop by January 25 to ensure you’ll receive it in time to participate on the day of the virtual workshop. You can order either of these dye kits recommended by the instructor:

(if you have a different brand of indigo kit that’s fine)

Please click here to download the flyer.

All skill levels are welcome. Multiple pieces can be dyed in the vat and you may consider sharing supplies with friends. Please contact us at for questions! This workshop should be very fun!


About Instructor Catherine Ruhl

Catherine Ruhl fell in love with the art of Shibori while studying textiles in art school.  She was inspired to begin her practice after her first trip to Japan and she dove in. She has a studio in Brooklyn for sewing and dyeing. She sells her items at West Elm, Pottery Barn, and the Brooklyn Flea.

Catherine’s website,

Catherine’s Instagram for lots of shibori inspiration: @onyxmatter

Facebook page: @onyxmatterbrooklyn

Virtual Yosakoi Dance Workshop with Berkeley Buddhist Temple
Feb 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Virtual Yosakoi Dance Workshop with Berkeley Buddhist Temple

Sunday, February 28, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group
Fees: Free Admission, advance registration required
Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration


Join Ito Yosakoi as we learn yosakoi together online on Zoom. Yosakoi is an energetic dance style from Kochi, Japan, that combines traditional dance movements with modern music. This is co-hosted with the Berkeley Buddhist Temple.

For this workshop, we will learn the beginning parts of  “「HEY ∞ WA!〜 For you and me 〜” or “HeyWa” for short. HeyWa was choreographed by a group called “YOSAKOI 8” and the music was composed by Furachinarhythm. It is a gift to yosakoi lovers around the world so that we don’t lose out to COVID-19 and that we all continue looking forward to a bright new tomorrow. You can preview the dance at

Workshop Instructions

  • Please wear comfortable clothing and have water on hand.
  • Please give yourself enough space to move around.
  • If you are comfortable, please turn on your video, as it is helpful for the instructors to see participants to adjust the class’ pace. If you do not want to turn on your video for any reason, that is okay too.

If you have disabilities or require physical accommodations, or would otherwise like to contact us, please email

About Ito Yosakoi Dance Group:

What is Ito Yosakoi 糸よさこい?

Ito Yosakoi is a community yosakoi dance program of Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) located in San Francisco Japantown. Our name “Ito” (糸 “Thread”) emphasizes the relationships woven together between members of a community.

We welcome all who are willing to learn and open to trying new experiences!

Instagram: @itoyosakoi



© 2020 Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California | Site created with FLAIR
The JCCCNC a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the State of California

Translate »

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This