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.


2021 Virtual Children's Day Festival

Saturday, May 1, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Watch for free on the Center’s Facebook Page

While we miss being able to hold our annual Kodomo no Hi (Japanese Children’s Day) Festival held outdoors in Japantown Peace Plaza, we are putting on a 1-hour Virtual Children’s Day Festival for you all this year. Beginning with a week of Facebook posts with culturally educational posts on the Japanese Girls’ Day (March 3) and Japanese Boys’ Day/Children’s Day (May 5) holidays, the week will culminate with a live online event on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., broadcast on Facebook Live. The program will include a variety of children's content, including cultural performances, craft projects and storybook readings!

Be sure to watch with us on the Center's Facebook page! Please like our page to and follow us on Instagram: @jcccnc_sf


Ito Yosakoi Summer Dance Season

Fridays, May 7, 2021 - July 30, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group
Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration

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Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s summer session of weekly classes via Zoom to learn the lively, energetic dance style of Yosakoi dancing! Yosakoi dancing originates from Kochi, Japan and 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 to join.

  • 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 itoyosakoi@gmail.com

Member Fee: $12/month or $3 individual class drop-in
Non-Member Fee: $17/month or $5 individual class drop-in

The first class is FREE for first time participants.

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About Ito Yosakoi Dance Group:

What is Ito Yosakoi 糸よさこい?
ITO YOSAKOI (pronounced: yoh-sah-coy) is a yosakoi dance group based in San Francisco Japantown based in San Francisco Japantown. We practice weekly as a program of Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC). 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

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, May 11, 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

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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!

 

 

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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!

 

 


Wagashi Sweets Virtual Cooking Workshop - May 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Instructors: 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
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Join us for a virtual Zoom Wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) Workshop! During this workshop, two varieties of bamboo-wrapped wagashi will be made. Sasamaki are bamboo leaf-wrapped sweets and often served during the summer months bringing a refreshing feeling to the guests. Chimaki are bamboo leaf-wrapped dumplings served during the Children's Day and Gion Matsuri festivals. Both sweets will be filled with a kuzu (kudzu) starch and kurozato (black sugar) filling and then steamed. The ingredients are available at many Bay Area Asian markets and online through Amazon. If participants want to follow along they will need to prepare the bamboo leaves in advance so they are ready when the workshop begins (see recipe, provided upon registration). We will demonstrate how to cut the leaves into the proper size as well as how to wrap the sasamaki and chimaki during the workshop.

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Japantown History Series with Dr. Meredith Oda: Japanese Americans and African Americans in Western Addition Redevelopment

Co-Sponsored by the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS)

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Free Admission, Advance Registration Required
Register online: http://bit.ly/jtownhistorymay2021
Order Books Online ($35 + S&H, use promo code GATEWAY for 25% off paperback edition!): http://bit.ly/jtownhistorybook

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The Center and the National Japanese American Historical Society are pleased to present a two-part lecture series on the history of San Francisco Japantown with historian Dr. Meredith Oda. These lectures will be based on Dr. Oda's research and writings in her book, The Gateway to the Pacific: Japanese Americans and the Remaking of San Francisco. Join us for an enlightening lecture and audience Q&A, and uncover insights to our community's post-WWII past.

SPECIAL OFFER: Get 25% off of the paperback edition when you order your own copy of Dr. Oda's book from the University of Chicago Press (regular price $35.00, plus shipping and handling). Use promo code GATEWAY when checking out for the discount, at: http://bit.ly/jtownhistorybook

Japantown History Series - Lecture No. 2: Japanese Americans and African Americans in Western Addition Redevelopment

This talk will explore the contrasting ways that redevelopment portrayed San Francisco Japanese Americans and African Americans, despite the quite similar ways in which both groups sought to carve out places for themselves in their discriminatory city. We’ll look at examples of Japanese American and Black cooperation and conflict with city officials (CANE, WACO, Nihonmachi Community Development Corporation, Fillmore Community Development Corporation) to see how redevelopment and city relations help to cast the two populations in opposing frames, despite the commonalities in tactics and overarching goals. 

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

Friday, May 21, 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
Register Online: http://bit.ly/j-chat

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

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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.

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Kenji's Kitchen: Omurice Online Cooking Class

Sign up for our online cooking webinar with chef Kenji Yokoo and learn how to make the popular dish, omurice!

Sunday, May 23, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$7 Center Members / $10 General Public
Connect via Zoom; Meeting ID and password to be issued upon registration

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Omurice is a family favorite home cooked meal in Japan, loved by kids and grownups alike. Omurice is a typical "yoshoku" or western-style meal that was very popular when Kenji was growing up in the Showa period. Kenji's grandmother and other home cooks in those days learned to make many yoshoku meals for their families which were considered modern and "kakoii." The trickiest part of omurice is making the omelette, and in this lesson Kenji will give you tips on how to make the perfect "torotoro" omelette (torotoro is Japanese for soft, creamy and melty) which is essential for delicious omurice.

In our cooking class, you'll be joining Kenji over Zoom, and you can either watch and enjoy, or follow along in your own kitchen with Kenji's instructions and make your own omurice during the webinar!

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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.

 

 

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. 
 

Dance

 

Ito Yosakoi Dance Group: Virtual Dance Season - Spring 2021
Ito Yosakoi Spring 2021 Virtual Dance Season FlyerDate: Fridays, February 5, 2021 - April 28, 2021
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Online
Fees: $12 Members / $17 General Public Monthly; $3 Members / $5 General Public Drop-In
Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group
 

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.

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Martial Arts and Fitness

 

Karate
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!
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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.

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Social

 
Bingo on Zoom!
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Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 2:00pm-2:45pm
Location: Online
Fees: Free
 
Come join the Center for virtual Bingo! Every Wednesday at 2pm, we will be holding Bingo over Zoom! There will be prizes given out to all the winners. If you are interested or know someone who is interested in joining our next bingo session on Zoom, please RSVP by contacting Jennifer Hamamoto, Director of Programs, at jhamamoto@jcccnc.org. We will mail/email you a bingo card and Zoom link for the session.
 

Music

 

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.