Language-Culture-ClassCulture Classes

JASWDC’s culture classes are an opportunity to learn more about Japanese arts and culture, from traditional to modern. Below is a list of the culture classes that we currently offer, with a description and a link to more information and registration. If you have more questions about any of these classes, please feel free to call the JASWDC office.

Shodo (Calligraphy) Workshop

JASW Shodo Classes are for people who are new to Japanese calligraphy. Classes start with basic techniques: how to hold and use the brush, how to position the paper, how to ink the brush, how to make basic brush strokes. Students will use the techniques they have learned to write hiragana, as well as their own names, and then followed by writing kanji in the basic kaisho style. The kaisho style is improving your technique while learning proper balance and spacing. Knowledge of the Japanese hiragana and katakana writing systems, as well as some familiarity with kanji, is required.

The timing of the classes depends on the teacher’s availability. If information is not on our website in the “Upcoming Events” section, please check with JASWDC for the next Shodo class.

Lunchtime Yoga in Japanese

Would you like to make your lunch time calm and relaxing with yoga? With slow movements and deep breathing, you will learn different Yoga forms. The class will be instructed in Japanese so you will not only get a chance to relax but to increase your Japanese language skills, you will also be able to energize your body by freeing the mind and heart. You will find a balance of both the mind and body. This class is for beginner to experienced students.

The timing of the classes depends on the teacher’s availability. If information is not on our website in the “Upcoming Events” section, please check with JASWDC for the next Yoga class.

Monthly Kimono Class

Kimono is traditional clothing from Japan, which has been formed by harmonizing with nature and social surroundings throughout Japanese history. When wearing a kimono, one becomes a living sculpture. The kimono is very much praised worldwide for its beauty. The first time kimono learner will begin mastering yukata, the most fundamental kimono. Yukata is a casual summer kimono worn after taking a bath or at summer festivals. Please wear a V-neck top, slippery spandex pants, and have your hair up for the class. Please remove all jewelry. You can either bring your own set of kimono or rent one by requesting in advance. The class includes one follow up e-mail evaluation to your homework photos.

The timing of the classes depends on the teacher’s availability. If information is not on our website in the “Upcoming Events” section, please check with JASWDC for the next class.

Quarterly Kimono in Motion Class

In this class, you will learn the fundamental decorum to present yourself in a kimono. Starting with the lecture of Waso-do (Kimono way of life), which is origin of Japanese decorum, and concept of Seichu/Kamiza/Shimoza (seat of honor/lower seat, based on sacred midline), students practice standing, seiza, walking, turning, and the four levels of bow. Students will learn the concept of Kamite/Shimote (stage left/right), practice as much as possible from walking on stage, speed, pose, posing positions, angles, attractive movements, and handling the sleeves and props for the kimono fashion show. Taking this class is required for all the Washington D.C. Kimono Club members to preserve their membership, as well as students who are close to completing yukata course and plan to apply for membership. Please take full advantage from this remarkable opportunity to learn how to present yourself in a graceful manner when wearing a kimono like a Yamato Nadeshiko.

The timing of the classes depends on the teacher’s availability. If information is not on our website in the “Upcoming Events” section, please check with JASWDC for the next class.

Cooking Classes

Our cooking classes are designed to help you bring Japanese authentic cuisine to your own kitchen. Sponsored by San-J, these classes are held throughout the year and give you a real, hands-on opportunity to learn how to make Japanese food. Bring home the recipe and the experience so that you can have a new special dish to put on the table!

In the past, the cooking classes have made okonomiyaki, shio-yaki salmon, takoyaki, onigiri, and tamagoyaki (rolled omelette), among other dishes.

 

Other Cultural Classes

Throughout the year JASWDC offers a variety of Japanese and American cultural activities, including learning activities. In the past, JASWDC has conducted sushi making workshops, kitsuke (kimono dressing) workshops, “Living in the USA” Seminars, sake and shochu workshops, and many other events. Please see our Upcoming Events page for special classes/workshops that may not be listed here.