YOU-CRANE (Ukraine Fundraiser)

SJA is partnering with Naoko (Origami YouTube: Fold It!) to teach us how to fold origami cranes, which are a symbol of hope and peace in Japan. The Japanese believe that by folding 1000 paper cranes, a wish will come true. This is based on the story of Sadako, a young girl who lived in Hiroshima during the nuclear bombing and eventually died of leukemia at the age of 12. 

To make this decoration with us at home, you will need the following:- Two pieces of origami or other paper cut into squares – one blue and one yellow (the colors of the flag of Ukraine)- Beads- Wire or string- Scissors – A Needle to string the beads and origami cranes .

** If you don’t have beads, you can can just string your origami cranes together with a needle and thread or leave them as they are. 

SJA will take some ornaments to the Ukrainian embassy in DC as a gesture of peace and goodwill.

Scan the QR code on the flyer or click here to register! Hope to see you there

New Year’s Ikenobo and Origami workshop!

Happy New Year everyone! We want to welcome you into 2022 by sharing some Japanese culture with you.

The Ikenobo portion of this event will be taught by Yukari sensei, who has studied the art of Japanese Flower Arrangement for 42 years, and SJA origami teachers will lead us through a short hands-on origami lesson to make a New Year’s fan (ogi/扇). This event will make you want to run out and get flowers to make your own Ikenobo at home.
To make the origami, you only need any piece of origami paper, or any piece of paper cut into a square (wrapping paper works well). Please join us for this one-of-a-kind event!

Register here:

Harvest Festival Tea Ceremony

Hello everyone! SJA will be holding a Harvest Festival Tea Ceremony in conjunction with Omotesenke Domonkai Eastern Region USA. It will be held at the side garden of the First Presbyterian Church, Arlington (601 N Vermont Street, Arlington) from 2pm to 4pm on October 17th. It is an all ages event, but those ages 10 and younger will need a parent or guardian present. If you would like to join us as a participant or an observer, please register using the links below. We hope to see you there! 😀

Tanabata Festival

We invite you to join us for our first hybrid virtual and in-person event!

Tanabata is a well-known Japanese festival that originates from a Chinese love story between two stars. They are forced to separate from each other and can only meet once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month – July 7th. Come join us as we celebrate this year’s Star Festival!

Virtual Art Seminar | 07/10/21 (2pm EDT)

On Saturday, July 10th, Carol Morland will host a virtual art seminar and guide us through Tanabata’s rich history and the ways it has been represented in Japanese art – from ancient to modern.

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.

In-Person Festival | 07/11/21 (2pm-4pm EDT)

The following day, on Sunday, July 11th, all are welcome to join us from 2pm-4pm at our in-person Tanabata Festival. It will be full of family-friendly activities such as:

Yukata Dressing
Tanzaku Wish Writing
Sticker Passport

We will also have a mini-bazaar of manga/anime books and Japanese related items etc. We will be accepting cash, card, or checks with all proceeds from the mini-bazaar will go towards Study Japanese in Arlington’s free programs.

SAN-J has generously supported us with their bottles of SAN-J Japanese Gluten Free Soy Sauce which will also be offered for a suggested donation of $5 for 2 bottles.

If you have any items you wish to donate, please contact us at by Wednesday, June 30th.

We will be distributing this user-friendly booklet at the in-person Tanabata Festival. Feel free to download and print it in advance. It includes more information about Tanabata, a coloring section, a word search, and more. 

For more information about Tanabata, click here!

If you have any questions, please email us at: