February 2017

Oh, the challenges of proofreading. This time we have included the DATE of Girls' Day too...and we updated a few pictures while we were at it. Sorry for the extra email!
Hinamatsuri: Girls' Day at Japan House
Celebrate the traditional Japanese holiday of Girls’ Day or Hinamatsuri (Japanese doll festival) at Japan House on Saturday, March 4, 2017. A traditional Japanese tea ceremony for children 12 and under and a special Girls’ Day craft session will be offered. Two tea times are available, with one overlapping Girls' Day presentation and craft session to learn origami and ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). Children 12 and under are $10 for the tea ceremony and accompanying craft session. Adults accompanying the children (tea ceremony only) are $6. There will be displays of traditional Hinamatsuri dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in the traditional court dress of the Heian era (794-1185). All participants will also receive a take home Japanese sweet! 

The first session begins with a tea ceremony at 1:00, and a presentation on Girls' Day at 1:30 and a craft session at 1:45. The second session (beginning with a presentation at 1:30, a craft session at 1:45, and tea ceremony following) Tickets for both can be found at

There will also be a special Girls' Day tea ceremony at 3:30 pm for University of Illinois students. Make a reservation here, and enjoy a bowl of matcha tea, a sweet, and a chance for picture taking with the Hina dolls!
Internship Applications Due SUNDAY!
Japan House could not get by without our wonderful interns! If you will be a University of Illinois undergraduate this fall, and interested in Japanese culture, the Japan House Internship might be the perfect opportunity for you. You can get more information and submit an application at Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Please share this with anyone you think might be interested!
Japan Illini Club Breakfast
On Sunday, February 12, 2017, the 2016-2017 Japan Illini Club Scholars, recipients of the Koyama Hachiro Memorial Scholarship, hosted their second traditional Japanese breakfast at Japan House. Tickets had sold out quickly so we knew our guests were looking forward to the event, but the event was even better than we could have imagined! The Scholars shared some etiquette tips and talked about how their culture is represented by their food. Some of the Japan House Interns assisted them, and it was a really delightful event. On the day after, when I asked how it had gone, I was told all went smoothly, the only problem was that people had such a good time that they didn't want to leave. What a great problem to have! If you couldn't make this one, you might want to watch for the announcement for next year's breakfast!

Thanks to Yu Uchikura, Natsuke Kusakabe, Mika Morsiaki, and Mayu Fukami for all their work. You can find more information on the Japan Illini Club here and here.
Upcoming: Calligraphy Workshops and Tea Ceremonies
Don't forget, Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato's calligraphy workshops are ongoing These classes are a rare chance to be taught by somebody of Professor Sato's calibre. We have already listed the spring semester dates on our Eventbrite page. No experience is necessary, with both beginners and intermediate students welcome. You can always ask Professor Sato about more advanced classes as well. These workshops are a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

You can also find a schedule of upcoming tea ceremonies at our Eventbrite page as well. We look forward to seeing you.


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