Fresh Market is back at JASC, 4427 N Clark Street on October 14 th from 4-6pm; colorful seasonal produce, delicious onigiri, assorted fresh sushi, and handmade arts & crafts

JASC Fresh Market is Back!

Today from 4-6pm

2nd & 4th Thursdays

until October 28, 2021

Enter our small indoor market from the main Clark Street entrance, 4427 N. Clark Street, for the opportunity to purchase fresh vegetables and prepared foods from the following and more:

JASC health protocols for the Fresh Market:

  • Face masks are required - masks must cover the nose and mouth and be worn at all times.     
  • JASC indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people
  • Please maintain a 6' distance from others

Any questions? Contact JASC - jascinfo@jasc-chicago.org

Japanese Conversation Table - Thursday, October 14, 2021

JASC 日本語でお話会





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classes@jasc-chicago.org電話:773-275-0097内線226, までご連絡ください。

Date: Monthly, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost: $5 per person, per session

For native-level Japanese speakers to connect and socialize with others. Please note that this is not a Japanese language class.

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 also an opportunity to expand their social networks with others in the local community.

If you would like to participate, please contact Kay Kawaguchi at classes@jasc-chicago.org or please call and leave a message to Kay Kawaguchi to RSVP 773-275-0097 x 226.

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

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Chicago LGBTQ Nikkei:

An intergenerational panel discussion

Friday, October 15th, 2021

6:00-7:30pm CDT via Zoom

Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-lgbtq-nikkei-an-intergenerational-panel-discussion-tickets-181197966997

Join us for an online intergenerational panel discussion between five Japanese Americans who live in Chicago and identify somewhere in the LGBTQ universe. Learn about some of their experiences, challenges, triumphs, and visions for the future.


  • Roy Wesley
  • Marlene Serikaku
  • Danielle Tanimura
  • Anne Watanabe
  • Ty Yamamoto

For more info, including panelists bios, and to register, click here.

Zoom automatic captioning will be available. For any questions, please email JJ at jueunten@jasc-chicago.org

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For more information, please visit our website:


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


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Digital Producer Katherine Nagasawa, former JACL Chicago chapter president Bill Yoshino, and JASC Legacy Center Director Emma Saito Lincoln were featured in a segment on WBEZ’s Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons earlier this week! The program aired on Monday, October 11th, and you can listen to a recording here.

The topic of conversation was the Japanese American redress movement and JASC’s new interactive web experience, “Reckoning”, which was produced for the Legacy Center by Katherine Nagasawa as part of our recently completed grant project funded by the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program offered by the National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior. 

Katherine, Emma, and current JACL Chicago president Lisa Doi were featured in a similar segment on Illinois Public Media’s program, “The 21st” on Wednesday, October 13th. A recording of that interview should be available soon on the WILL website.

We’re so glad to see this important work getting the attention it so richly deserves!  

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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, please contact:

June Yamasaki, june.yamasaki@gmail.com

Our meeting dates for 2021 are as follows:

October 23

November 20

December 18

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

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2022 Winter session starts January 17, 2022

The Donguri 2022 Winter session starts from the week of January 17, 2022. The Winter session goes on for 10 weeks. 

The winter registration will open in December. Please check the JASC Donguri Kai page for more information.

2022 Session Schedule:

Registration open:

December 1, 2021

Registration close:

January 17, 2022

Winter (10wks):

January 17, 2022 – March 28, 2022 

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MBT has launched an important fundraising campaign FILL THE GAP. On their website, MBT will share information about how they have been coping with the pandemic. While the long-term financial state of MBT remains strong - we never-the- less have a "gap' in our near-term budgets. Their message is simple: 

Ginza Holiday represents 1/3 of our annual operating budget

BUT we've had to cancel Ginza in both 2020 and 2021!

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Chicago Japanese American Council (CJAC) Events Calendar

Stay up to date on Chicago Japanese and Japanese American community events! This calendar will be a central place where people can see events by CJAC member organizations, and other Japanese and Japanese American community and cultural events. Visit the calendar at bit.ly/ChicagoJJACalendar

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Christ Church of Chicago’s reimagined Aki Matsuri 

Saturday, October 23th, 2021 

6047 N. Rockwell St., Chicago, IL

Noon – 3 p.m.

While we will miss gathering with you in our building, we're excited to partner with Mom’s Chicago and offer select Japanese comfort foods & snacks!

Kitsune Udon, Chicken Curry Rice, Tofu Salad, Josie’s Lumpia, Inarizushi, Sunomono, Tri-C Cookies, Coconut Butter Mochi    


PRE-ORDERS FOR CARRY-OUT ONLY - Order deadline October 17th.

Limited quantities so order here soon! Then choose a pick-up time window on SignUp genius so your order is ready when you arrive. Pick-up times are spaced to ensure everyone's safety.  


Outdoor pick-up, weather permitting. Our members will be wearing masks, and we ask that you please do the same. We look forward to seeing the sparkle in your eyes!  


While we cannot offer indoor dining, you are welcome to sit at tables in our Peace Garden and connect with friends. We will have a playlist going, and we are praying for a beautiful fall day. 

If you aren’t available to pick up food but would like to support us, make a donation here or purchase raffle tickets here. Donations & raffle ticket proceeds will be used to help us continue our church’s mission.

Thank you for your support!

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TRI-C is looking for some help!


Part-Time Administrative Assistant

Job Summary: The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for Church Office tasks which include preparing the Weekly Sunday Bulletin, mail, phone, Email, correspondence, maintain records, documents, Calendar, Passage (newsletter), mailings, ordering office supplies, special service and events, etc. Will work with Pastor, Church leadership and volunteers.


Availability: Hours will vary, 5-7 hours weekly with hybrid home and office, as needed


Required skills:

  • Good communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Self-directed


Interested persons can email: christchurchchicago@gmail.com



Christ Church of Chicago is an Opening and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

6047 N Rockwell, Chicago

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Okaeri 2021 Virtual Conference

November 12-14th online

Our friends over at Okaeri LA are bringing their biannual conference to the virtual space this year! With 24 workshops and a guest appearance from Gia Gunn, Okaeri LA’s mission is to create visibility, compassionate spaces, and transformation for LGBTQ+ Nikkei and our families by sharing personal stories and providing culturally-rooted support, education, community-building and advocacy. Three workshops will be held in Japanese. The registration link is available at: https://www.okaeri-losangeles.org/conference We hope to see you there! 

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45th Anniversary Performance

Saturday, October 16, 2021 |

7:00 PM

Streaming Exclusively on stream.airmw.org

Shubukai celebrates 45 years of presenting Fujima style Japanese Classical Dance in Chicago. The 45th Anniversary performance will showcase a variety of Nagauta, Tokiwazu, and Yamatogaku dances and musical performances by Tsukasa Taiko and Toyoakimoto Shamisen. Featuring Shubukai Founder Shunojo Fujima and his students, including Grandmaster Ikunojo Fujima and Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima. Streaming exclusively from Ruth Page Center for the Arts on AIRMW's original international broadcast channel. 

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AIRMW and Arts + Public Life presents:



Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 7:00 PM

Limited in-person audience |

Free Admission

Ticket Registration

Green Line

Performing Arts Center

329 E Garfield Blvd,

Chicago, IL 60637

Livestream on stream.airmw.org

AIRMW and Arts + Public Life present the inaugural performance of the Sudden Impact Series 2021 at Green Line Performing Arts Center, featuring Kioto Aoki on October 28th at 7 pm. Tatsu Aoki brings together this series to facilitate catalytic events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to explore and musically experiment. Streaming and limited in-person audience event. 

Kioto Aoki is an artist, educator and musician descending from the Toyoakimoto performing arts family in Tokyo, with roots dating back to the Edo period. Studying under her Tokyo-born father, Kioto is carrying on the artistic family lineage in Chicago playing taiko, shamisen and tsuzumi. Kioto plays in both traditional and contemporary musical contexts and is active within the experimental and creative music communities in Chicago and the Bay Area. She also leads the National Gintenkai Project – the performance unit within Tsukasa Taiko, the Japanese drumming program at Asian Improv aRts Midwest.

Musical projects include Yoko Ono's SKYLANDING, Tatsu Aoki's The MIYUMI Project, The Reduction Ensemble, and the Taiko Legacy / Reduction series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and a solo album released this year, No Traffic in Space. Kioto is also a multi-year Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program Awardee from the Illinois Arts Council

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Japanese Classical Dance Autumn Workshop

"喜撰 Kisen"

with Yoshinojo Fujima

(Virtual or Hybrid)

Wednesday + Saturdays, October 2, 6, 9, 13, 23, 27

*Purple dates are in-person lessons

7:30 - 8:30 PM | $100 for Virtual, $135 for Hybrid Participation

Japanese Culture Center

Nihon Buyo(日本舞踊)draws from Kabuki and also has origins derived from Noh and Bugaku. The Autumn Workshop will focus on the dance “Kisen." Originating from the Kabuki play with the same name. “Kisen” refers to Kisen Hoshi, a Buddhist monk and poet, and deemed one of the “Six Immortal Poets” during the 9th Century. This dance is performed unique to the Fujieda Festival where only the locals are allowed to participate. Yoshinojo Sensei was granted permission to learn and share the dance here in Chicago. This is a Beginner level class. Previous participation in Intro Workshops or Nihon Buyo experience is not required but would be very helpful.  

Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person) participants will receive tenugui (hand towel) during the in-person session (fee included in tuition). Virtual only participants can use the following link to buy tenugui (hand towel). Link is only active until Sept. 15 to ensure delivery before class:


Learn more about this workshop and register on Japanese Culture Center's Eventbrite.

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26th Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival

November 18-19, 2021 | 7:00 PM

Free Admission | Masks Required

Zhou B Art Center

1029 W. 35th Street,

Chicago, IL 60609

This year, Asian Improv aRts Midwest, in partnership with the Zhou B Art Center, presents Asian American artists and their collaborators as they explore improvisational happenings. The free 2 day festival includes performances by The MIYUMI Project, a new album release performance from Jeff Chan Perspectives TrioGary Tu plus Three, and the Mai Sugimoto TrioVisit aajazz.org for more information and full artist bios.

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Sunday, December 19, 2021 | 2:00 PM

In-person concert returning to the

Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Tsukasa Taiko celebrates the 18th anniversary of Taiko Legacy concert from the Edlis Neeson Theater at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Return to an in-person program, this year's presentation features the youth and adult community members alongside National Gintenkai Project performers and Chicago creative musicians.

Taiko Legacy and Reduction are programs of and is supported in part by The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, JCCC Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), The Joyce Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Follow us on Instagram @AIRMW for all the latest news about Tsukasa Taiko!

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For any inquiries, contact us at tsukasataiko@gmail.com

Tsukasa Taiko and Shubukai are programs of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and is supported in part by The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, JCCC Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and The Joyce Foundation.

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