Explore the Center's virtual workshops and ongoing classes offered over Zoom and on the Center's website! Whether it's on online cooking class, live fitness class to keep you moving, or our prerecorded genealogy course, there are plenty of online programs open to anyone, anywhere!

Upcoming Virtual Workshops and Programs

Kenji's Kitchen online cooking class

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Upcoming Virtual Workshops and Events

All virtual workshops are recorded and posted to the Center's Past Virtual Programs Video Library page for future viewing by event registrants.

Chabana Flower Arrangement Workshop - June 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Larry Sokyo Tiscornia and Kimika Soko Takechi
$10 Center Members, $15 General Public
Connect via Zoom; Meeting ID and password to be issued upon registration

Chabana, the simple but elegant style of flower arranging for Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony. This traditional Japanese artform has deep roots in the more formalized Ikebana style of flower arranging  which is firmly seated in both Shintoism and Buddhism.  Cha literally means tea and bana is taken from the word hana or flower. Various styles of vases and baskets will be discussed and there will be instruction on how to create simple but beautiful seasonal arrangements.



Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck: Seafood Dishes

Join us for this month's Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck and share your favorite Japanese seafood dishes with us over Zoom!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. PDT
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, while we bring back our in-person programs as COVID safety restrictions allow, 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! This month's theme is seafood dishes, giving any cook an ocean of Japanese dishes to choose from! 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 programsevents@jcccnc.org if you'd like to order your copy!




J-Chat Virtual Japanese Conversational Language Exchange
Sponsored by the JET Alumni Association of Northern California

Friday, July 16, 2021
(3rd Friday of each month)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$3 Center Members, $5 General Public
Free for JETAANC members with promo code
Connect via Zoom; meeting login and lesson materials provided upon registration

Registration full? E-mail programsevents@jcccnc.org to be placed on the session waitlist.


We are excited to bring you a brand new monthly program, J-Chat Virtual Japanese Conversational Language Exchange, sponsored by the JET Alumni Association of Northern California. This program provides beginning to advanced Japanese language learners a monthly space to improve conversational skills!

Each monthly session will begin with a brief Japanese language lesson for beginners and intermediate speakers taught by Japanese language professor Dr. Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda, followed by small group conversations assigned by skill level (beginning, intermediate and advanced), assisted by Japanese-speaking volunteer facilitators. Practice your conversational skills in Nihongo and connect online with other language learners from the community!

Monthly J-Chat Session Program

  • Short beginning and intermediate Japanese language lesson taught by Dr. Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda
  • Lesson materials provided in advance upon registration
  • Small breakout groups for conversation practice
  • Breakout groups assigned by skill level (beginner, intermediate and advanced)
  • Breakout groups led by Japanese-speaking volunteer facilitators

Volunteer Facilitators

We're looking for more J-Chat volunteer facilitators! Our maximum capacity and size of small breakout conversation groups will vary based on the number of volunteer facilitators registered for each session. Feel free to encourage any Japanese-speaking friends who are comfortable assisting beginning conversation groups and following lesson prompts to sign up as a volunteer facilitator. Volunteers must be available the 3rd Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Registration full? E-mail programsevents@jcccnc.org to be added directly as a volunteer facilitator.


Ongoing Virtual Classes

Senior Chair Aerobics with Kaeko on Zoom!

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Arts and Culture

Beyond Basic Art Virtual Class
Dates: Saturdays
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Online
Fees: $30 Members / $40 General Public Monthly; $9 Members / $12 General Public Drop-In
Instructor: Richard Tokeshi 
This weekly art class is designed for both intermediate and advanced students and 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 participant’s artistic horizons.  The atmosphere of the class is very informal for creating art. 



Ito Yosakoi Dance Group: Virtual Dance Season - Fall 2021
Ito Yosakoi Spring 2021 Virtual Dance Season FlyerDate: Fridays, September 3, 2021 - November 19, 2021
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Hybrid - Simultaneous Online and In-person Instruction
Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group
In-Person Member - Monthly: $25
In-Person Member - Drop In: $8
In-Person Non-Member - Monthly: $30
In-Person Non-Member - Drop In: $9
Virtual Member - Monthly: $12
Virtual Member - Drop In: $3
Virtual Non-Member - Monthly: $17
Virtual Non-Member - Drop In: 5

Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group's weekly classes to learn the lively, energetic dance style of Yosakoi dancing! Yosakoi dancing features choreographed group dances with traditional movements mixed with modern, uptempo music to make for a captivating dance style that is growing in popularity in Japan and abroad! No dance experience is necessary. Class members have the option of dancing with the class recreationally, or learning the group's repertoire to perform in public. We do a hybrid learning model, so you can join us either in-person at the Center or online via Zoom.

Martial Arts and Fitness


Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Fees: $28 Members / $44 General Public Monthly; $8 Members / $13 General Public Drop-In
Instructor: Craig Hamakawa

Karate is an Okinawan martial art meaning "empty hand." Develop self-defense skills and strengthen yourself mentally and physically. Our class is part of the International Karate League (IKL) which instructs a modified Shorin-Ryu style of karate. This class is open to all skill levels age 6+.

Senior Chair Aerobics with Kaeko on Zoom!
Dates: Thursdays
Time: 10:00am-10:45am
Location: Online
Fees: $3 Members / $4 General Public
Instructor: Kaeko Inori

Designed for seniors who want to build basic physical strength in a low-impact class. Students will use a chair to participate in exercises to increase flexibility, muscle coordination and strength. Classes end with a hands-on massage to relieve any lingering stress.




Ukulele - Intermediate

Dates: Saturdays
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Fees: $40 Members / $60 General Public Monthly; $12 Members / $17 General Public Drop-In
Instructor: Don Sadler

Designed for ukulele players who have prior experience. This class will focus on learning and reviewing chords, as well as songs and strumming patterns. (New students with no prior experience should participate in the Ukulele 101 workshop held twice a year to cover basics such as tuning, basic chords and techniques.)

Genealogy/Family History

Online Access to "Your Family, Your History" Genealogy Webinar Series Recordings Now Available
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Date: Ongoing, Lifetime Access 
Fees: $15 Members / $25 General Public
Instructor: Linda Harms-Okazaki
Learn how to research US and Japanese government records and to write your family history in our 8-part webinar series taught by professional genealogist Linda Harms Okazaki.