Cultural Programs

Cultural education is a key part of our mission!  We offer a variety of interactive workshops for schools and libraries through our Cultural Ambassadors program.  These are available for a modest fee that covers the cost of materials and the hiring of part-time program staff who are skilled in Japanese arts and culture. 

If you are interested, please fill out the Application Form and email back to us at least one month in advance of the program date.  (Please download the form first).

Our current program menu includes:

Origami is the traditional art of paper folding and has been widely practiced by children (as well as adults) in Japan since it was introduced in the late sixth century by Buddhist monks. In ancient Japan, paper was expensive to produce and was therefore treated with great respect.  In this workshop, participants will learn basic techniques and produce one or more designs (usually animals). 

Workshop Length:  One hour
Age Minimum:  10 years
Suggested Group Size: 20
Fee:  $100 (including all materials)

A vibrant form of storytelling popular in Japan, Kamishibai, (kah-mee-she-bye) or “paper-theater,” is part of a long tradition of picture storytelling in Japan. Kamishibai flourished as a street-performance art from the 1920s to 1950s, and has seen a revival in recent years. The performer would bring the story to neighborhoods on a bicycle equipped with a wooden stage and then loudly strike two wooden sticks, signaling children to come and gather for an exciting story and candy.

Length: One hour
Age: All Ages
Suggested Group Size: 5- 25
Fee:  $100

One among a number of famous martial arts practiced in Japan, karate is a highly-respected discipline as well as a popular sport.  In this workshop, participants will learn basic techniques and the meaning behind various movements.  They will also learn basic greetings and how to count to 10 in Japanese.

Workshop Length:  One hour
Age Minimum:  6 years
Maximum Group Size: 20
Fee:  $100 (including all materials)

Japanese Calligraphy
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the Japanese writing system and have a chance to practice writing basic characters (also known as "ideograms") and simple words in Japanese. This activity can be arranged in traditional workshop style, however it is also well-suited to cultural fairs in which children and parents stop by the table for short periods of time and "sample" the activity.  Participants will create a souvenir bookmark on Japanese-style paper using Japanese characters.

Workshop Length:  One hour 
Age Minimum:  8 years
Suggested Group Size:  15
Fee:  $100 (including all materials)

Participant Comment
"The calligraphy was very well received by our students and other community members. 
THANK YOU! My  (15-year old) daughter who was there to help out with the program was very proud of her Japanese calligraphy writing.  The Japanese calligraphy activity added to the variety of our offerings, as well. We will definitely be in touch, again, next year."

-J.W, Assistant Principal, Cincinnati-area elementary school 

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging.  In this workshop, participants will learn about the traditional Japanese way of arranging flowers and other types of plants and have the opportunity to construct a simple arrangement to take home.

Workshop Length:  90 minutes
Age Minimum:  Adults Only
Suggested Group Size:  10
Fee:  $150 + materials 

For more information or to arrange a program, please contact us at or call us at (513) 579-3114. 

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