Workshops/Seminars

Free Cultural Workshops and Seminars

Come participate in our of our free workshops or seminars, featuring a range of topics from traditional arts like calligraphy and Buddhist meditation to anime drawing and Japanese robotics! Workshops will be held on the 4th floor of the Meydenbauer Center while the Seminars will be held in the Main Exhibit Hall near Entrance A. Workshops and Seminars wil be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Workshops

Workshops will be held on the 4th floor of the Meydenbauer Center. On Sunday, there will be two rooms for workshops.

 

Saturday, July 8th

11:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m. Calligraphy 
By Sachi Tanimoto
12:00 p.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. Ikebana - Japanese Flower Crafting
By Charles Coghlan - Hana Design
1:00 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. Zen Meditation
By Northwest Zen Community Eishoji Soto Zen Temple
2:00 p.m. ~ 3:00 p.m. Moon Meditation
By Seattle Koyasan Temple
3:00 p.m. ~ 4:00 p.m. Ikebana - Japanese Flower Arrangement
By Charles Coghlan - Hana Design
4:00 p.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. Kimono Dress-Up
By Kabuki Academy

 

Sunday, July 9th

 

1st Room

10:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. Kimono Dress-Up
By Kabuki Academy
       
       

 

2nd Room

11:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m. Anime Drawing 101
By Ro Higashi
12:00 p.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. Sushi Making Class
By Kanako Koizumi
2:00 p.m. ~ 3:00 p.m. Intro to Japanese Language & Customs
By Sagalingua Language School




 

Seminars

Seminars will be held in the Main Exhibit Hall near Entrance A.

 

Saturday, July 8th

11:00 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m. Intro to Reiki Energy Healing
By Loretta Brown
11:30 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m. Onigiri Making Class
By Kanako Koizumi
12:00 p.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. Beginner's Electronics for Kids
By Tsuyoshi Watanabe
1:30 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. Japanese Folk Tales
By Lori Tsugawa Whaley
2:00 p.m. ~ 3:00 p.m. Kimono Hair Fashion
By Kimono Art
3:00 p.m. ~ 3:30 p.m. Living Like a Samurai in Today's World
By Lori Tsugawa Whaley
3:30 p.m. ~ 4:30 p.m. Japanese Robotics
By Kosuke Ariga and Softbank

 

Sunday, July 9th

11:00 a.m. ~ 11:30 a.m. Festivals in Japan
By IACE Travel
11:30 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m. Intro to Reiki Energy Healing
By Loretta Brown
12:00 p.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. Japanese Robotics
By Kosuke Ariga and Softbank
1:00 p.m. ~ 1:30 p.m. Sushi: Adapting from Edo-mae to Seattle
By Shiro Kashiba
1:30 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. Sake 101
By Cedar River Brewing Co.
2:00 p.m. ~ 2:30 p.m. Japanese Folk Tales
By Lori Tsugawa Whaley
2:30 p.m. ~ 3:00 p.m. Japan in the Schools
By JASSW
3:00 p.m. ~ 3:30 p.m. Living Like a Samurai in Today's World
By Lori Tsugawa Whaley

 

 


 

 

 

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Workshop Descriptions

 

Anime Drawing 101- By Ro Higashi, Artist

Rosalie Higashi is a full-time mom, part time artist/translator, and all time geek. She attended manga school in Japan in 2009. Her creations include hand-drawn Uchiwa fans, character paper lanterns, and 'anime-style' portraits. Her original character design was selected as the 3rd place mascot for SakuraCon 2015, and this year she won 1st place mascot for SakuraCon 2018. Ro can be found at conventions and events across the PNW. At this workshop, let Ro guide you through learning how to draw anime-style!
www.RoHigashi.Etsy.com

 

Calligraphy - By Sachi Tanimoto

 

Ikebana -Japanese Flower Arrangement - By Charles Coghlan, Ikebana Teacher and owner of Hana Design

Charles is a student of Master Sensei, Aiko Ii, student of Sofu Teshigahara, founder of the modern Sogetsu School of Ikebana. He has been teaching Ikebana since 1995, and is the owner of the compnay Hana Design, which provides Ikebana demonstrations, classes, and parties. At this workshop you will learn Ikebana's history and philosophy - from its origins in the ancient Shinto religion, to a medieval Samurai discipline, and how it exists today as a modern/abstract art form.  Participants will create and take home their own flower art! (Limited to 12 people/class)
www.hanadesignikebana.com/

 

Intro to Japanese Language & Customs - By Sagalingua Language School

 

Kimono Dress-up - By Mary Mariko Ohno, owner, Kabuki Academy

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Mary Ohno has studied classical Japanese dance for 60 years and earned the professional license and its title of "Hanayagi Fumiryu" in July 1966. She moved to the U.S. for the purpose of introducing traditional Japanese Arts. In 1983 Mary founded KABUKI ACADEMY to instruct Japanese classical dancing, Naga-uta style shamisen music and the general concepts of Kabuki Arts to the Pacific Northwest community. At this kimono workshop you and your friends can try on a variety of beautiful kimono, complete with traditional accessories! Mirrors will be provided, and picture taking is encouraged! Men's, women's, and children's kimono will be available.

 

Moon Meditation - By Seattle Koyasan Temple

Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple is located in the Central District of Seattle, and is a temple in the Shingon-shu 真言宗 (Shingon Sect) of Japanese Buddhism. Buddhist meditation involves guiding your heart to a quiet state by focusing your consciousness on a single thing, and observing the truth from that state through the Buddha’s teachings.  At this workshop you can learn the “Ajikan” style of meditation, using the image of the moon as the focal point for contemplation. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to participate in meditation! The priest will teach you how to breathe, how to sit, and what to think of as you sit. Sit with us and enjoy the experience of welcoming your new life.

 

Sushi Making 101 - By Kanako Koizumi

Kanako is a native of Akita, Japan, who specializes in authentic Japanese home-cooking. She has been teaching Japanese cooking classes at PCC Natural Markets for 10 years. At this workshop class join Kanako as she teaches how to roll your own sushi!

 

Zen Meditation - By Northwest Zen Community Eishoji Soto Zen Temple

The Northwest Zen Community at Eishoji Temple works to bring the classical tradition of Soto Zen, founded by Dogen Zenji in the 13th Century, to the contemporary world. At this workshop you will be introduced to the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, and gain practical experience on how to meditate, guided by temple priests.

 

 

Seminar Descriptions

 

Beginner's Electronics for Kids - By Tsuyoshi Watanabe

Do you know how LED lights work? Ever wonder how a light-sensitive lamp turn on by itself? This "hands-on" workshop will teach you how to build simple electronics circuits to show how they work. After you complete the projects, you can bring home all of the electronics parts you used during the workshop! Open for children 10 years or older, and adults who always wanted to play with electronics. No previous experience required! If demand is high, we may limit one seat per-family. Disclaimer: The projects involves use of 9V batteries and small electronics parts, and mishandling them may cause injuries.

 

Festivals in Japan - By IACE Travel

 

Intro to Reiki Energy Healing - By Loretta Brown, Reiki Master and owner of Reiki Oasis

Loretta is a professional Reiki Master trained in the Unlimited Reiki System. She is also a Speaker, Teacher, Healer and Medium. At this seminar she will teach what the Japanese art of reiki is, how it is used to heal, and will guide attendees to begin sensing their own spiritual energy.
www.reikioasis.com

 

Japan in the Schools - Taro - By Japan-America Society of the State of Washington

Japan in the Schools is a cultural outreach program run by the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, a non-profit organization dedicated to building friendship between Japan and the U.S. Volunteers visit classrooms across Washington State to teach Japanese language, culture, and history in 1 hour presentations. What is a normal day like for an elementary school student in Japan? This interactive workshop will take you through the day of ‘Taro’, a 3rd grade boy in Japan. Learn some everyday Japanese phrases, practice using chopsticks, and try on real Japanese backpacks and school uniforms!

 

Japanese Folk Tales - By Lori Tsugawa Whaley, Storyteller, Speaker, and Author

Lori Tsugawa Whaley entertains and informs as she brings ancient Japanese folk tales to life through animated storytelling. Like Aesop’s Fables, these traditional Japanese stories feature animal puppets, daring adventures, and teach valuable lessons. All ages are welcome!
www.loriwhaley.com

 

Japanese Robotics - By Kosuke Ariga and Softbank 

 

Kimono Hair Fashion - By Yu-Ugawa, Kimono Master, founder of Kimono Art

KIMONO ART provides beautiful rental kimonos, dress-up services, photography, kimono cleaning and repair services to introduce you to the enchanting world of kimonos and propose new ways to enjoy them within the western lifestyle. This seminar will teach you the ways to style your hair in a traditional Japanese up-do!

 

Living Like a Samurai in Today's World - By Lori Tsugawa Whaley, Storyteller, Speaker, and Author

Who were the samurai and how could a people dedicated to war and violence have such an impact on a culture known for its politeness, manners and aesthetic beauty? The samurai warriors of ancient Japan lived by a moral and ethical code known as bushido - ‘the way of the warrior.’ This code of chivalry sculpted a culture and influenced all aspects of their lives and society. At this talk, learn how to apply the principles of bushido to your own life, empowering yourself and reaching your true potential.
www.loriwhaley.com

 

Onigiri Making Class - By Kanako Koizumi, Chef and owner of Kozmo Kitchen

Kanako is a native of Akita, Japan, who specializes in authentic Japanese home-cooking. She has been teaching Japanese cooking classes at PCC Natural Markets for 10 years. At this workshop class you can learn how to make onigiri – Japanese rice balls wrapped in seaweed – which are a staple of any Japanese lunch!
www.kozmokitchen.com

 

Sake 101 - By Jeff James, Founder and Brewer, Cedar River Brewing Co.

Founded in August of 2012 and located in Phinney Ridge, Seattle, Cedar River Brewing Company is the first sake brewery in Washington state in over 70 years. Sake is brewed by hand in small batches using rice, koji, yeast, and water from the Cedar River, which flows west from the Cascade Mountains to Seattle. Cedar River Brewing produces 4 styles of sake, including the special Taru sake, made with Local Western Red cedar for a unique Pacific Northwest flavor. Learn about the history of sake, the brewing process, and the history of Cedar River Brewing. Free sake tastings and sake for sale! (21+)

 

Sushi: Adapting from Edo-mae to Seattle - By Shiro Kashiba, owner of Sushi Kashiba

In 1970 Shiro Kashiba opened Seattle’s first sushi bar, following his dream of bringing Tokyo style sushi to America. He went through grueling apprenticeships in the Ginza district of Tokyo, where he studied under the sushi master Jiro Ono. Over the decades he has become a sushi legend in his own right, opening several wildly successful restaurants in Seattle and across the country, including Nikko and Shiro’s. At this seminar Shiro Kashiba will tell the story of his life, and his journey to bring sushi to America.