Congratulations to the 2022 JASC Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the John (Jun) Iwaoka Schoarship Winner Ryan Chiou and the Taketo (Tak) Tomiyama Scholarship Winner Jayde Renee Cana Blanca! Ryan is a graduate student at Albany Medical College studying pediatric oncology. Jayde is an undergraduate student at the University of St. La Salle studying nursing. Best of luck to these students as they continue their educational pursuits and excellence in community service!


July Japanese Conversation Table – Thursday, July 14, 2022

7月の 日本語お話会は 7月14日(木)です





コロナ・パンデミックで過去1年以上ズームで続けてきた日本語のお話会ですが、州や市の拘束解除に伴って、今までどおりJASCで 開催できることになりました。


このプログラムに興味のある方、参加したいと思われる方は、Eメールで川口ケイ または電話:773-275-0097内線226, までご連絡ください。


Do you know a native Japanese speaker who would like to connect and socialize with other native (or native-level) Japanese speakers? Please note this is not a Japanese language class but rather a time for fellowship while speaking in fluent Japanese.


Date: Monthly, second Thursday, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Cost: $5 per person, per session

Following the Covid-19 guidelines for the city and state, we are now resuming in-person gatherings at JASC for our Conversation Table.

JASC's Conversation Table welcomes everyone to share their experiences, ideas, and stories through social interaction, and offers an opportunity to expand their social networks with others in the local community.

If you know someone who would like to participate, please contact Kay Kawaguchi by email at or please call her at 773-275-0097 x 226 and leave a message to RSVP. Kay can answer any questions about the program in Japanese or in English.

JASC is located at 4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

Click for the flyer HERE!

Save the Date JASC Holiday Delight Kodomo Matsuri Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with drawings of trees and stars by children with a cartoon boy and girl wearing traditional Japanese clothing image

Mark your calendars for our annual festival featuring food, handcrafted goods, cultural performances, children’s activities and more! Interested in volunteering on the planning committee? Contact Jenn Trautvetter at the JASC office (773-275-0097, ext. 228) or by email to

Contact Kay Kawaguchi for more information at the JASC office, (773) 275-0097, ext. 226.

For more information, please visit our website:

See what happens behind the scenes in planning a fun Tampopo class:

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Chicago Northside Origami Group

There is a $5 fee per folder to be paid each time, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (no charge for non-folding adults). Please bring paper for folding, and any models or books you would like to share.

All skill levels welcome!

For more information and future dates, please contact:

June Yamasaki,

Please note, masks are required in all public areas of JASC.

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Water Color Series by Navy Pier 

Friday, July 29th | Polk Bros Park: Lake Stage | 6:30-8:30PM

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Join us for the weekly series “Water Color”, a free outdoor Jazz music series at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. Chicago is known for its colorful influence on jazz music, which takes center stage in this waterfront series of singers and musicians who specialize in “America’s classical music” at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

More information HERE.

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Ping Tom Park

Saturday, July 16th | Ping Tom Park | 1:00-1:50PM | Free public event

1700 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

More information HERE.

Enjoy a free music-filled evening outside!

Sunday July 17th | Chase Park | 3:00pm

Sunday 24th | McGuane Park | 3:00pm

Find out more about Chicago Park District's NOITP Here: Night Out in the Parks

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Morton Arboretum: Destination Asia

Saturday, August 6th and 7th | Times to be announced

4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532

Tsukasa Taiko will be performing at Morton Arboretum’s annual Destination Asian festival this year! The show will be on Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7, 2022. Access included in Arboretum admission. Performances will take place across 3 stages located in the Meadow Lake Area. Additional programming will take place around Meadow Lake, Arbor Court, and Frost Hill. More performance details to come.

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Free Bon Odori Dance Classes with Yoshinojo Fujima of Shubukai

Greenline Performing Arts Center | Tuesdays July 19th and 26th | 4:30PM - 6:00PM

329 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago IL 60637

For more information contact

Japanese Cultural Center | Tuesdays July 14th and 21st | 6:30PM - 8:00PM

1016 W Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60657 | Second Floor (star access only)

Register for classes HERE

Hyde Park Arts Center | Saturdays July 16th and 30th | 12PM- 1:30PM

5020 S Cornell Ave, Chicago IL 60615

Register for classes HERE.

Shubukai is honored to collaborate with Kimiei Fujima Sensei from Shizuoka, Japan and Ageha Bijou Sensei from the Nihon Bon Odori Association to provide seven Bon Odori for the 2022 Bon Fest Chicago. The dances planned for this year are: Shizuoka Meguri, Shizuoka Ondo, Tanko Bushi, Tokyo Ondo, Sado Okesa, Zundoko Bushi, and Hanagasa Ondo.

Bon Odori is made for people to come together to honor their ancestors, express their joy, respect, and feeling of community; to feel a connection with their ancestors and with everyone. One does not have to be a professional dancer, the dances are simple and fun.

Join the in person class and learn with Yoshinojo Fujima of Shubukai!

Each lesson will focus on two or three dances. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing, wear clean white socks; Yukata is not required.

Pdf illustrations for all the dances will be available for you to use and review with registration. Please register to ensure you get additional information after the class!

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Morton Arboretum: Destination Asia

Saturday, August 6th | Shubukai at 12:20PM 

Sunday, August 7th | Shubukai at 1:30PM 

4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532

Shubukai will be performing at Morton Arboretum’s annual Destination Asian festival this year! Access included in Arboretum admission. Performances will take place across 3 stages located in the Meadow Lake Area. Additional programming will take place around Meadow Lake, Arbor Court, and Frost Hill. More performance details to come.


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  • Letter Size (8 1/2 x 11) Copy Paper
  • "Dollar" gift items for Adult Day Service games & activities
  • Staples, Amazon, or Target gift cards
  • Amazon Wishlist (be sure to use!)
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