Japan Day 2021 is coming your way on March 27 and 28! In order to keep everyone safe during these times, we have decided to go virtual. While we will miss seeing everyone in person, we welcome the opportunity to continue to connect with you and also make new friends in the process. We can’t wait to see you all!

Similar to previous years, all activities are free. However, we ask that you register in advance as many of these activities have limited capacity. You can view the full schedule, outline of each event, and the links to register below.



Saturday, March 27
> 1:30 – 3:00pm ET Cooking Class
> 3:00 – 4:00pm ET Japanese Art Seminar
> 4:00 – 5:00pm ET Calligraphy Workshop
> 5:00 – 6:00pm ET Setagaya Open House
> 8:00 – 9:15pm ET Anime Watch Party


Sunday, March 28
> 3:00 – 4:00pm ET Tea Ceremony Demonstration
> 4:00 – 7:00pm ET Smash Bros Tournament
> 4:00 – 5:00pm ET Flower Arrangement Workshop
> 5:00 – 6:00pm ET Origami Workshop
> 7:00 – 8:00pm ET Japan Trivia Night
> 8:00 – 9:00pm ET Marie Kondo’s Method Workshop By Ms. Suzuki

Event Descriptions & Registration


Cooking Class

Saturday, March 27, 2021
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Join us in making a Japanese souffle pancake. This light, fluffy, mouthwatering treat uses simple everyday ingredients. Served in cafes all across Japan, this souffle is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. A gluten free or vegan option is available.

This 90-minute class is led by Kenji Yokoo, founder of the Bay Area based “Kenji’s Kitchen” and popular YouTube influencer. He was born and raised in southern rural Japan and has been passionate about cooking from a very young age. As is common in Japan, he grew up in a home with three generations and spent all his time with his grandmother in the kitchen. She taught him everything he knows about cooking. Kenji learned from his grandmother not just traditional Japanese cooking techniques, but that the purpose of cooking is to bring joy to the people that you are cooking for. Kenji was awarded the Bay Area “Quality Champion” award by Airbnb for receiving the highest quality scores for the  cooking classes he teaches through Airbnb Experiences. Kenji has also taught team building events with Japanese cooking for many Bay Area companies including Google, Facebook, Adobe, Airbnb and Apple. Kenji is also a cooking instructor at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California where he runs online webinars on various traditional Japanese dishes

You will receive the ingredient and equipment list prior to the event, but the basic ingredients are: eggs, sugar, flour, milk, vanilla extract, baking powder, cornstarch, oil, with optional fruit, whip cream, honey, or syrup

Note: The deadline to register for this event is WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021.

Japanese Art Seminar

Saturday, March 27, 2021
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Join expert Carol Morland for a whirlwind tour of Japanese art with the gods of Wind and Thunder. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your feet wet in the world of Japanese art from the comfort of your computer or device, including sculptures from the Sanjusangendo in Kyoto. There will be ample time for Q&A. We are accepting up to 50 participants for this class and registration is required in advance.

Carol Morland Bio:
Carol Morland, PhD, has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Asia. She has served as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on tours to Japan and has taught at a variety of institutions, including the University of Hawaii and Temple University-Japan. Most recently, she has been an instructor for Encore Learning in Arlington, VA. At present, she is editing a Japanese-English dictionary of art terms to be published this summer.

Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday, March 27, 2021
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Join Jesse Ross as he shares some of the basics of Japanese calligraphy with you. Jesse has been studying independently for 7 years, including one year in Miyazaki, Japan when he was on the JET program. Prepare a brush, absorbent white paper (cardstock and paper towels work well) and some paint (watercolors and acrylic paint work well if you don’t have Japanese sumi ink). Submit a Chinese character in advance if you want Jesse to demonstrate it LIVE. We will have ample time for Q&A.

Setagaya Open House

Saturday, March 27, 2021
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Come learn about Setagaya City which is located in western Tokyo. In 2018, Arlington Tech High School/Career Center and Engei High School in Setagaya City became sister high schools. Since last summer, youth from both cities have engaged in monthly online exchanges.

Students will enjoy a presentation, videos, and story time. At the end of the open house, participants will have a chance to win a copy of a children’s book in English about the famous Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat) Temple which is in Setagaya City. For a full program of events for this activity click here.

*If you are participating in this event, we invite you to download and color this Maneki Neko in advance!

Anime Watch Party

Saturday, March 27, 2021
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train opened in theaters in October 2020, becoming Japan’s highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Spirited Away. Prior to its release in the United States, Netflix is showing the first season of the anime series.

We invite you to join us as we use the Netflix Watch Party Extension to watch the first two episodes of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba together. Following the 2 episodes we will connect with students in Japan to discuss the show and anime in general.

Please note that Netflix rates this show TV-14.

Tea Ceremony Demonstration

Sunday, March 28, 2021
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Join SJA Vice President Jennifer Swanson in a virtual Japanese tea ceremony experience. Jennifer has been practicing tea for 8 years and wants to share her love of tea with you. If you like, grab your own tea before the demonstration so we can enjoy tea together. We will have ample time for Q&A.

Smash Bros Tournament

Sunday, March 28, 2021
4:00pm – 7:00pm

Calling all Mario, Switch, and Nintendo fans! This free online tournament is perfect to wind down and celebrate the start of your spring break! The tournament is open to middle and high school students as well as 3rd to 5th graders. Facilitated by Game Gym.

Flower Arrangement Workshop

Sunday, March 28, 2021
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Ikebana (生け花) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. This workshop is taught by Ms. Motoko Shimizu, Sogetsu-ryu Ikebana teacher. In this workshop, you will learn ikebana basics and how to make a beautiful flower arrangement. We will mail you a flower arrangement kit. Have the kit and your scissors (not included in the kit) ready and you are good to go! No need to buy any flowers for this workshop.

Note: This workshop is for students, 3rd grade and up, including adults. Participation is limited to 10 attendees.

Origami Workshop

Sunday, March 28, 2021
5:00pm – 6:00pm

We will be hosting two separate origami workshops this year. One for beginners and the other for more intermediate participants. During these workshops, we will fold traditional flowers (tulips and cherry blossoms). You will need origami paper or square paper (6″x6″ or larger) in the following colors: pink, yellow, red, purple, and green. If you are joining the intermediate workshop, we ask that you also bring scissors.

Japan Trivia Night

Sunday, March 28, 2021
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Get ready for a night of fun! SJA is partnering with JETAADC to host Japan Day’s Trivia Night for beginners and professionals alike. Do you know the colors of the Japanese flag? Too easy? How about the number of exits in Shinjuku Station? Don’t know? That’s okay, we’re making teams and having a great time learning together. Rumor has it, there may even be a prize for the winning team… All we ask is that you come ready for fun and sign up in advance!

Marie Kondo’s Method Workshop By Ms. Suzuki

Sunday, March 28, 2021
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Defeat clutter once and for all and tidy up for a joyful spring! Do you know Marie Kondo, the organizing consultant? Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Ms. Mihoko Suzuki, a certified KonMari consultant, is delivering a special workshop live from Tokyo for SJA Japan Day! She’ll help us to organize our rooms, especially around our desks, just in time for spring cleaning! One lucky participant will be chosen randomly to receive a copy of her best seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Please join us!

This is a closed event and we’d like to give our priority to youth (Middle/ High school students) first. Please sign up by March 13th. If still some slots are available, we’ll open up to adults, too.