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

Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck: Egg-straordinary Dishes
Join us for this month's Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck and share your favorite Japanese dishes made with eggs over Zoom!

Tuesday, April 13, 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! Eggs are a common ingredient found in cuisines all around the world, with Japanese food being no egg-ception. From traditional egg dishes like tamagoyaki, oyakodon, or simple tamago kake gohan (TKG!), there are plenty of Japanese egg dishes to enjoy making and eating! Prepare your dish in advance to share over your webcam with us on Zoom!

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Japantown History Series with Dr. Meredith Oda: Japan and San Francisco During the Early Cold War

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

Thursday, April 22, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Free Admission, Advance Registration Required
Register online: http://bit.ly/jtownhistoryapr2021
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. 1: Japan and San Francisco During the Early Cold War

Civic leaders and ordinary people from all walks of life in San Francisco cultivated and celebrated their city's ties with Japan almost immediately after the Pacific War ended, most notably with the construction of the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center in the Japantown neighborhood. This talk will explore the city’s many economic, civic, and cultural relations with Japan, and the ways that the recent enemy became central to postwar San Francisco’s civic identity. We’ll look at examples such as the now-defunct sister-city relationship, the precursor to the Asian Art Museum, Japanese restaurants, Japanese food imports, and the role of Japanese Americans in these transpacific relations. 

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Date: Saturdays, April 24 - May 15, 2021
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Online
Fees: $90 Members / $110 Non-Members
Instructor: Don Sadler

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.

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 JA Talks: Meet Professional 3×3 Basketball Player Ryan Tana
Saturday, April 24, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free Admission, Advance Registration Required
Connect via Zoom; meeting ID and password provided upon registration
Register online: http://bit.ly/RyanTana

Introducing JA Talks, the Center’s new ongoing series of talks featuring members of the Japanese American community sharing their insights and experiences across a variety of industries and disciplines. Join us as we get to know our friends and colleagues doing interesting things, not just here in Japantown, but around the world!

Join us for our inaugural JA Talk! We are excited to sit down and chat with Ryan Tana, team co-owner and professional basketball player of Tokyo Crayon 3×3 in Japan! For any of you who have hoop dreams, played in Japanese American and Asian basketball leagues and tournaments, or are interested in starting a life or career overseas in Japan, Ryan will share with us his journey from growing up yonsei in the Bay Area, to going pro and serving as an ambassador of sport and as a cultural bridge between Japan and the Japan American community in the motherland! Ryan’s talk will be followed by an audience Q&A session, so don’t miss your chance to hear directly from Ryan about his experiences in professional sports in Japan.

Invite any of your friends or family members who love basketball for this unique opportunity to meet a pro JA baller!

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Kenji's Kitchen: Chicken Karaage Online Cooking Class

Sign up for our online cooking webinar with chef Kenji Yokoo and learn how to make delicious, crispy fried chicken karaage!

Sunday, April 25, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$7 Center Members / $10 General Public
Connect via Zoom; Meeting ID and password to be issued upon registration

Chef Kenji Yokoo will be teaching how to make crispy fried chicken karaage and cabbage salad in this month's online cooking class. "Chicken karaage (Japanese style fried chicken) is one of the most popular home cooked dishes in Japan and was one of my favorites when I was growing up. My grandmother would often make karaage for my bento box to eat at school and we would bring karaage on picnics (including hanami). We also often enjoyed karaage at home. Most home cooks in Japan use a deep fryer to make karaage, but I will show you how to make the crispiest, juiciest and most flavorful karaage with simple pan frying. In this class, I will also teach you how to make a cabbage salad with a creamy miso dressing which is the perfect side dish to karaage," says Kenji.

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 chicken karaage and cabbage salad during the webinar!

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Spring Kaiseki Workshop

Saturday, May 1, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Larry Sokyo Tiscornia and Kimika Soko Takechi
$7 Center Members, $10 General Public
Connect via Zoom; Meeting ID and password to be issued upon registration

Our popular seasonal Kaiseki cooking workshops are back, in virtual format! These cooking workshop menus consist of an elegant multi-course meal in the Kaiseki tradition using a menu of fresh ingredients to reflect the flavors and colors of each season. Our Spring Kaiseki Workshop will feature chirashi sushi (scattered ingredient sushi) and kuzutataki soup (kudzu coated poached white fish). Chakin sushi (chirashi sushi  wrapped in a thin egg wrapper) will also be made. The preparation of ichiban dashi soup stock will be demonstrated. Easy to follow recipes will be provided.

Spring Tasting Menu:

  • Chirashi Sushi (scattered ingredient sushi)
  • Kuzutataki Soup (kudzu coated poached white fish)
  • Chakin Sushi (chirashi sushi  wrapped in thin egg wrapper).
  • Ichiban dashi (soup stock made with konbu kelp and katsuobushi shaved dried bonito fish)

Note - This workshop will be virtual and may be a little more challenging to follow along compared to our in-person kaiseki cooking workshops. For those that want to try cooking along at home, you are advised to have the sushi ingredients cooked and cut before the start of the workshop. The rice should be ready by 2:30pm as well as the sushi vinegar.

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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

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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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.