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!

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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! 😀

Japan Day 2021

Mark your calendars; SJA’s Japan Day 2021 is on its way! This year’s Japan Day will be completely virtual, and everyone is welcome to join. All activities are free; we just ask that you sign up in advance.

For additional information, including event details and registration, please refer to We can’t wait to see you!



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Origami Workshops

SJA offers origami workshops periodically for young learners and grown-ups alike interested in learning origami paper folding, an art form and one of the oldest parts of Japanese culture. We strive to provide easy-to-follow instructions to create simple yet adorable models anyone can enjoy. Our instructors are trained and certified under the Taro’s Origami Studio Artist Basic Certification Course.

Our workshops focus on basic folding techniques that will provide a lifelong skill to transform a piece of square paper into intricate sculptures. Incorporating elements of Japanese tradition, our workshops touch upon the importance of proper posture, mindful breathing and respect. Simple Japanese vocabulary, such as the names of models we create, are also introduced.

Upcoming Workshops and Programs

YEP (virtual) – November-December 2021
We are excited to announce Beginner Origami Classes under YEP (Youth Enrichment Program) of ALC (Arlington Learning Community). Mondays 4:30-5:30 p.m. for 3 weeks. (Models to fold are subject to change based on the skill level of students).

  • Monday, December 6 Holiday Star Models
  • Monday, December 13 Candles, Colorful Wreath, Gift Box
  • Monday, December 20 Japanese New Year Models (Daruma, Yakko Kite, Spinning Top)

Register Here: Holiday Origami – 21FYPFA20 (

WINTER ORIGAMI WORKSHOPS (virtual) – 2021-2022
We are also hosting the free SJA Winter workshops! They are on the second Sundays at 5:00 p.m. (45 minutes).  Please register first and we will send you a Zoom link. The workshop will be suited for students of any age from kindergarteners to retirees looking for a new hobby. A great opportunity for a family activity as well. All skill levels are welcome. (Themes are subject to change).

  • December Workshop | Sunday, December 12th | Theme: Holiday Season
  • January Workshop | Sunday, January 9th | Theme: New Year
  • February Workshop | Sunday, February 13th | Valentines Day

Register Here: SJA Winter 2021/22 Origami Workshop for Everyone (

Looking forward to seeing you this winter.  If you have any questions, please contact us at

Past Workshops and Program History

  • Summer Youth Program – 2019
  • Origami and Paper Art – After school enrichment program at ATS (Arlington Traditional Elementary School)
  • Summer Origami Workshops (virtual) – 2020
  • Fall Origami Workshops (virtual) – 2020
  • Winter Origami Workshops (virtual) – 2020-2021
  • YEP Spring Break Camp (virtual) – 2021
  • Spring Origami Workshops (virtual) – 2021
  • YEP Summer Camp (virtual) – 2021
  • Fall Origami Workshops (virtual) – 2021
Summer Origami Workshop

We learned a lot and had great fun making origami this summer! Through a total of six sessions from July to August, students learned basic skills such as book fold and diagonal fold, as well as more challenging techniques such as petal fold and inside reverse fold. What do those terms mean really? It means that students can now have a skillset to make a samurai helmet, a paper balloon, a crane and Pikachu with ease.

At our workshop, we always start with steps to help us get ready for folding paper. We make sure that our hands are clean (no sticky fingers or covered with Cheetos powder). Sit properly in front of a flat surface without clutter. Have a long spine, relaxed shoulders and neck, we take a deep belly breath in and out. Now are ready.

The easy-to-follow instructions from Michiko and Seiko helped all students at different skill levels create adorable origami models. The workshops also introduced Japanese names and pronunciation for each model. The instructors enjoyed being together with SJA students and having the fun of folding origami as much as kids did or better.

Fall Origami Workshop

Fall workshops were fun; we folded many models related to the holiday season, getting into the festive mood.