Summer Workshops

We are excited to offer online workshops during this summer. As in-person events will be limited for the foreseeable future, we would like to explore digital media to engage our community of young students and adults who love to learn about Japan and the language. All workshops are free but some requires a prior registration as a number of participants/audiences is limited. Please review the information below and make plans to join our casual, fun, and friendly activities for everyone.

Hiragana & Katakana Mini Tutorials

Grab a “quick bite” of Japanese

During these 15 minute Facebook Live mini lessons, the instructor and SJA board member, Satoko Best, will show you how to write the Japanese alphabet with the correct stroke order and the essence of calligraphy.  These classes are appropriate for beginners.

WHAT: 15 minutes quick lunch time tutorial
WHEN: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:30PM -12:45PM
June 16 – July 2,  2020   
LEVEL: Beginner
WHERE: Facebook Live

Classes are already underway, but you can watch the recordings from the prior classes on SJA’s Facebook page and join us for these additional classes: 

June 23-25  
–  6/23: Writing Japanese Katakana from ア行、カ行、サ行 (a-i-u-e-o, ka-ki-ku-ke-ko, sa-shi-su-se-so)  
– 6/24: Writing Japanese Katakana from タ行、ナ行、ハ行 (ta-chi-tsu-te-to, na-ni-nu-ne-no, ha-hi-fu-he-ho)  
–  6/25: Writing Japanese Katakana from マ行、ヤ行、ラ行、ワ行 (ma-mi-mu-me-mo, ya-yu-yo, ra-ri-ru-re-ro, wa-wo-n)  

June 30-July 2
– 6/30: Writing Japanese Hiragana Dakuon が行、ざ行、だ行、ば行(ga-gi-gu-ge-go,za-zi-zu-ze-zo,da-zi-zu-ze-zo,ba-bi-bu-be-bo)  
– 7/1: Writing Japanese Katakana Dakuon カ行、ザ行、ダ行、バ行( ga-gi-gu-ge-go,za-zi-zu-ze-zo,da-zi-zu-ze-zo,ba-bi-bu-be-bo)    
– 7/2: Writing Japanese Hiragana & Katakana ぱ行&パ行(pa-pi-pu-pe-po), youon(ex. kya-kyu-kyo), sokuon (small letter tsu)

Basic Japanese Class for Adults

Do you want to learn basic Japanese and brush up conversation skills? 

Join our Zoom Basic Japanese Class over the summer for adults. You’ll learn how to say “I like something”, ” I eat/drink something”, and “What time is it?” etc. It’s free, but the slots are limited.  Also, please sign up at least 24 hours before each class starts, so that we can send the Zoom link to you in time.  If you haven’t used Zoom before, when you sign up for the class please mention that in the Comment Box.  If you have any questions, please email sja2018sja@gmail.com

Sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/AdultS2020 

Youth Origami Workshop

Let’s Make Origami Together!
Learn basic folding skills to make simple animals to Pikachu

Come join us to learn the simple pleasure of origami crafts via online workshop (30 minutes) at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August. The first few sessions focus on basic folding skills and we aim at making crane and Pokemon characters at later workshops. It is free but a prior registration is required for a limited number of students. After registration, we will send you a zoom link.

WHAT: 30 minutes origami crafts
WHEN: 4 pm on Wednesdays from July 8 to August 12
LEVEL: Anyone (Beginner)
WHERE: Zoom – Prior Registration Required

Registration Form

Session 1 (July 8): Simple Animals – Basic Folding Skills
Session 2 (July 15): Flying Objects – Airplanes and such
Session 3 (July 22): Samurai Hat
Session 4 (July 29): Playful Things
Session 5 (August 5): Origami Everyone Admires – Crane (you need to make water-bomb)
Session 6 (August 12): Bonus Session – Pikachu and Evee (Session 5 is required or if you can make crane yourself)

Virtual Cultural Exchanges

credit: Mix Ojiya

Want to meet and talk to students and families in Japan?  Two great ways for our middle and high school students to connect with students in Japan!

Online “Home Stay” with Japanese Middle School Students
Hello, middle school students in Arlington! Do you want to make a trip to Japan but can’t? Join us for a Zoom chat with Japanese middle school students in Setagaya, Japan. Setagaya is a Host Town for Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2021. We’d like to connect students from both locations to experience a mini online homestay. What would you like to know or talk about concerning Japan? Please let us know.  Japanese students want to chat in English, but if you know some Japanese, you can practice it, too. You can sign up for both days, 7/18 & 8/1, if you want. It’s free! 

WHAT: 40 minutes zoom chat with Students in Japan
WHEN: July 18 and August 1
LEVEL: Middle School Students
WHERE: Zoom Link – Prior Registration Required

To sign up, click here.

Zoom chat with Japanese University Students for High School Students
Want to know about Japanese college? Want to chat with Japanese students in Japan? Tsukuba University in Japan is willing to do both (August 5th & 6th). One day is chatting with Japanese college students. If you know some Japanese, they’ll help you to practice it. Another day is an open house of bachelor Degree Program offered in English (science/engineer), where you can learn more about Tsukuba University, which  has produced three Nobel Laureates and offers various degree programs in English, including International Social Science, International Medical Science, Global Issues, and Interdisciplinary Engineering.

WHAT: 40 minutes zoom chat with College Students in Japan and college information session
WHEN: August 5 and 6
LEVEL: High School Students
Media: Zoom Link – Prior Registration Required

You can learn more about  Tsukuba University’s Bachelor Degree Program at: http://www.global.tsukuba.ac.jp/undergraduate/programs?lang=148

Participation is free but space is limited.  High School students in Arlington, VA, please sign up by June 30th. After that, we’ll open it up to the other High School students in the DC Metro area. 
Please sign up at this page.

Tea Ceremony Demonstration

Find beauty behind the ancient art of Tea Ceremony

Join to watch tea ceremony on Facebook Live every Sunday at 3pm.  The tea ceremony live has been broadcasted since April and the response has been overwhelming! People from all over the world have joined.  Some make their own cup of tea at home and enjoy watching on Facebook, while others have made their own matcha after the broadcast has ended.
 
Lockdown is hard for many reasons, but you will find beauty and tranquility through the Omotesenke experience.

WHAT: 60 minutes tea ceremony demonstration
WHEN: Every Sunday at 3:00 pm
LEVEL: Anyone
WHERE: Facebook Live

Intro to Zazen & Japanese Zen Buddhism

Take Deep Breath and Calm Your Mind

Kanzenchi (Peter Pocock–delrayzen.org) will lead a class through online demonstration of zazen (half-lotus, Burmese, seiza or sitting on a chair) plus some introduction to Japanese Zen Buddhism (our lineage is from Shunryu Suzuki, who was in Calm your mind in the heat of summer!  On Sunday, July 26, from 4-5 pm, SJA Board Member, John McLaughlin, and Del Ray Zen Buddhist priest Peter Pocock, will provide a brief introduction to Japanese Zen Buddhism as practiced by our Soto-shu lineage, as well as to Zazen. After some warm-up exercises, participants will have various sitting positions demonstrated, such as full and half-Lotus, seiza, Burmese-style, and sitting in a chair. Then, everyone will experience a brief sitting (5-10 minutes) followed by a chant in Japanese and English. After a Q&A session, participants are welcome to stay for a longer sitting of 15-20 minutes. Whether you already have experience with Zazen or not, you’re welcome to join us on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning sittings through a zoom link at delrayzen.org

WHAT: 60 minutes: lecture, guided sitting meditation practice, Q&A, and additional sitting (optional)
WHEN: Sunday, July 26 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
LEVEL: Anyone
WHERE: Zoom link

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81152860851?pwd=enpYdm1vdXYya1M1MFlwcWg3Nlh5QT09
Meeting ID: 811 5286 0851
Password: 622262

#3 Tohoku University

Learn about undergraduate degrees in English at one of the top national universities in Japan!

The Future Global Leadership (FGL) program at Tohoku University offers three outstanding undergraduate degree courses that are taught in English:

  • Advanced Molecular Chemistry (AMC)
  • International Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (IMAC-U)
  • Applied Marine Biology (AMB)

All three courses provide curriculum that help students to build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of their chosen fields and to encounter the very latest cutting-edge research. High quality academics combined with horizon-expanding cultural experiences make FGL an excellent choice for students who hope to become international leaders during their academic careers and beyond.

The presentation will be broadcasted live via Zoom online conference site when registered online. Specific information on date and time will be made available shortly. If you are interested in receiving further information, please contact fgl-exam@grp.tohoku.ac.jp.

Website for Tohoku University: undefined

Website for Future Global Leadership Program-undergraduate courses:

Date&Time for Online Information Session: Postponed to further notice.
Presentation & Q&A in Japanese
Presentation & Q&A in English

For questions about the program contact: fgl-exam@grp.tohoku.ac.jp

SJA’s Japan Day 2020 – Postponed

SJA’s Japan Day 2020, which was set to take place on March 22 this year, has officially been postponed in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. We are working on future date and additional guidance around next steps. Please stay tuned and check us back again.

Basic Event Information
Date: Sunday, March 22
Venue: Washington-Liberty High School
  1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201

Time: 2 to 5 pm

Handmade Origami Crafts – Holiday Bazaar

Looking for a unique holiday gift for someone special? Or would like to show appreciation toward a classroom teacher, a piano instructor, or staff/attendant at your condominium? How about some beautiful handmade origami crane earrings or a washi-decorated holiday greeting card? SJA’s handmade origami crafts will be for sale at the Holiday Bazaar at Washington-Liberty High School on Saturday, December 7. This annual bazaar will showcase a wide variety of craftsmanship and local talent in the community, ranging from knitwear to handmade jewelry to pottery. You will enjoy just visiting the event, but we would like you to stop by our table! All proceeds go toward supporting SJA programs and activities. Come find something unique for holiday gifts and support SJA at the same time!!

  • Origami crane earrings
  • Washi-decorated greeting cards
  • Origami ornaments and handmade Christmas tree shape ornaments
  • Origami bookmarks (or can be sued for ornaments)
  • Washi-rose corsages
  • and more!

Holiday Bazaar
Sat. 12/7/2019
10 to 4
Washington-Liberty High School Cafeteria

#2 Tsukuba University

Presentation by University of Tsukuba at Washington-Liberty HS on 11/25

SJA hosts the second Japanese University Presentation on Monday November 25th at Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington.

University of Tsukuba, which has produced three Nobel Laureates, offers various degree programs in English, including International Social Science, International Medical Science, Global Issues, and Interdisciplinary Engineering. The university also launched the Japan-Expert Program in such areas as Agricultural Science, Healthcare, Art and Design, and Japanese Language. The admitted students will go through intensive six months of Japanese language study before diving into their selected fields.

The average admission fees for National Universities in Japan are about $2,800 and the tuition is about $5,400 per an academic year. The presentation includes the most recent policy trend and changes in Japan’s higher education concerning National Universities. The first part of presentation will be provided in Japanese and the second half in English. The event is free but the pre-registration is required.

Registration: Click Here

日本の大学で日本語を学習しながら専門科目は英語で学び学位取得を目指せるプログラムを紹介するSJAの「日本の大学説明会」シリーズの第2回目は国立大学法人 筑波大学。ノーベル賞受賞者も輩出している同大学で英語で学べる多彩な学士プログラムを紹介します。社会国際学、生命環境学、地球規模課題、総合理工から外国人のための日本語で学ぶ学士プログラムまでポイントをまとめてご紹介。文部科学省は国際化を進める大学を重点支援する「スーパーグローバル大学創成支援事業」を実施していますが、筑波大学は世界レベルの教育研究を行うトップレベルの大学(タイプA)として採択されています。説明会では、同大学の学位取得プログラムの説明に加え日本の国立大学全般の最近の動向について解説もいたします。説明会は前半を日本語で、後半は英語で行われます。

Date: Monday, November 25
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location:  Washington-Liberty High School (1st floor Little Theater)
7:00-7:45 pm Presentation/ Q&A in Japanese
8:00-8:45 pm Presentation/ Q&A in English
8:45-9:00 pm Closing

Parking Information
Use school parking lot or nearest free street parking. If you park your car at the school parking lot, the nearest entrance is No. 5 door. Main entrance is No. 1. Little Theater is located at the middle of the first floor.

Learn more about University of Tsukuba English Degree Programs:
University of Tsukuba BA Program in English
Japan-Expert Program

#1 Okayama University Discovery Program

Learn about the Okayama University′s Discovery Program for Global Learners (a four year undergraduate program where the majority of courses are offered in English). A presentation by Associate Professor Takayuki Yoshioka of Discovery Program takes place on September 3rd at the Central Library with two 30 minutes-sessions;  Japanese presentation from 7:45-8:15 pm and English from 8:15-8:45 pm. It’s free but registration is required in as seating is limited. *The registration closed for this event.

 日本の大学で日本語を学習しながら専門科目は英語で学び学位取得を目指せるプログラムがあります。SJAでは、「日本の大学説明会」をシリーズで開催していく予定です。第一回目は、国立大学法人 岡山大学グローバル・ディスカバリー・プログラム(GDP)です。岡山大学 の吉岡貴之 准教授 による説明会は、前半を日本語で、後半を英語で行います。*このイベントは終了しました。

Date: Tuesday, September 3rd 
Time: 7:30-9 pm
Location: Arlington Central Library (2nd floor Bluemont meeting room)
It’s min walk from Virginia Square GMU Metro station.7:30-7:45 pm Check in
7:45-8:15 pm Presentation/ Q&A in Japanese
8:15-8:45 pm Presentation/ Q&A in English
8:45-9:00 pm Closing

Learn more about the Discovery Program:
Discovery Program (pdf)
The Okayama Discovery Program page

Arlington County Fair – 2019

Thank you everyone who volunteered, stopped by and shared your time and talent with us during Arlington County Fair this year. The SJA booth attracted many community members interested in the Japanese culture and the language. All the supporters and volunteers helped our booth lively and to be a wonderful display of SJA program offerings.

Youth Exchange Night with Students from Nagano – 2019

About score of American and Japanese students gathered at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium on July 30 for enriching cultural exchange experience. The evening program kicked off with “tanzaku” making using an elaborate washi paper kit brought by the Nagano student reporter delegation. Followed by fun games and “show and tell” of artistic skills presentation, the evening ended in high energy with the Macarena dance.

Read about what those Japanese students thought and perceived during their trip to Washington, D.C. and New York. The articles by the junior reporters published in the Shinano Mainichi Shimbun. Click here.

Information about junior reporter delegation in Japanese. http://nagano-sk.jp/cn42/pg527.html

Information about Shinano Mainichi Shimbun and Nagano in English and Japanese. https://www.shinmai.co.jp/corporate/shim1e.html

Adult Class – Party!

Students and volunteers gathered for the final SJA Adult Class for the 2019 Winter/Spring program last Sunday. They celebrated their friendships formed through learning Japanese together by engaging in various activities and games which were not only fun and interesting, but also served as a tool to test the students’ Japanese skills that they obtained through SJA classes in the past four months.

The “Chopstick (はし)” challenge brought out the competitive side of each student and some showcased their hidden talent in picking up candy by completing the task way before the bell rang. The “Karuta-tori” game challenged participants’ memories of hiragana characters, both in phonetic form and in shapes. While thriving to collect as many hiragana cards as possible, students helped each other find matching letter cards called out by Karen-sensei. The highlight of the night, however, was a special version of “Sugoroku,” a board game hand-made by Yoshimi Yoshida-sensei for this occasion. The game contained phrases learned in class, Japanese pop-culture quizzes, and other surprises. Each time a die was rolled, there was suspense, bursts of laughter, and a team collaboration which continued till the end.

Natto, fermented soy beans, is a savory Japanese food item but usually requires acquired taste.
Lucky Brian, who landed on the “Eat Natto” spot, got to taste Natto. Everyone enjoyed his reactions!

Yoshimi-sensei gave a farewell to the class and SJA, as she embarks on her new journey to Egypt where her husband has been assigned a new diplomatic position. She wished students luck in their Japanese studies and urged them to become a part of the community across the globe connected through the love of Japanese language and culture.

よしみ先生、お疲れ様(おつかれさま)でした!

Youth Class – Fun Packed Last Class

The last class of SJA Winter/Spring Youth Program ended in a high note packed with fun activities of traditional Japanese games and a recap of basic phrases in Japanese. Students were introduced to centuries-old card game,”karuta (かるた),” board game, “sugoroku (すごろく),” and how to play paper/scissors/paper or “jan-ken-pon (じゃん、けん、ぽん)” and more. Through these hands-on activities, students enhanced their appreciation and understanding of vocabularies and rules of how to play those games. In addition, they enjoyed savory Japanese snacks to celebrate their journey of studying with SJA for the past four months.

じゃん、けん、ぽん!(Jan Ken Pon!) Who is the winner?!?

Savory treat included “butter mochi” with coconut toppings hand made by student family and onigiri by a volunteer. They were absolutely delicious and definitely crowd-pleaser, serving as a wonderful introduction to rich Japanese food culture.

Karuta are Japanese playing cards. Playing cards were introduced to Japan by the Portuguese traders during the mid-16th century. These early decks were used for trick-taking games. Karuta, as it exists today, is the hybrid descendent of 12th century clam shells and 16th century Portuguese sailors. Karuta fully evolved from a foreign Portuguese import into a distinct Japanese custom, combining traditional kai-awase gameplay with the European paper card medium. Now there are numerous variety of karuta ranging from Tonarino Totoro theme, Hello Kitty designs to traditional poems.

Sugoroku is a Japanese board game which has become a tradition for kids to play during the New Year’s Day. The history of Sugoroku can be traced back to the 12th century. There are many variety of sugoroku with popular anime-themes, educational and fun-filled rules.

In Recognition of Students’ Hard Work and Love of Learning…

Each student received a certificate of achievement from Jennifer-sensei. Prior to the presentation, they learned a proper manner to receive a certificate. They mastered it so well and quickly. We are so proud of you!

See you all at SJA Youth Summer Program!