The last JASC Fresh Market of the year will be on October 28 th from 4-6pm; colorful seasonal produce, delicious onigiri, assorted fresh sushi, and handmade arts and crafts. Get an early start on your holiday gift shopping!

The Last

2021 JASC Fresh Market is

Today from 4-6pm

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:

Get an early start on your holiday gift shopping while picking up assorted Japanese food and delicious baked goods!

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

JASC is Hiring!

We are seeking an individual to manage JASC community programming and special events. Click HERE for our Program & Special Events Manager job description. For inquiries and to apply, please send your cover letter & resume to jascinfo@jasc-chicago.org.

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Advanced Japanese Conversation Class for Adults

Starting Soon! via Zoom

When: Thursdays, Nov. 4 – Dec.31, 2021

(No class on Nov. 25)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Are you at or near N2 Level Japanese? Join our Advanced Japanese Conversation Class for non-native speakers to maintain language skills and practice and maintain your Kanji vocabulary.

Class Fee:

  • $135 / per session 8 classes (JASC members)
  • $165 (Non-JASC members)

Instructor: Kana Ito Manzanares

To enroll or for further information, please contact Kay Kawaguchi, at 773.275.0097, x226, classes@jasc-chicago.org

Beginner Japanese Class for Youth (11 - 13 years old)

Starting Soon! via Zoom

When: Wednesdays, Nov. 3 – Dec.15, 2021

(No class on Nov. 24)

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Class fee (materials included):

  • $90 (6 classes) JASC members
  • $115 (6 classes) JASC Non-Members

Instructor: Akemi Taguchi

To enroll, or for further information, please contact Kay Kawaguchi, at 773-275-0097, X226 or classes@jasc-chicago.org

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Saturday, November 13th

Food pick-up 2:00-5:00pm

2021 has come with its challenges for JASC, as we know it has for many of you. We’re grateful for the ways you’ve stayed connected and supported us throughout. Although we’d love to gather with you all in our building, because of the pandemic, we will be limiting Holiday Delight this year to pre-order food pick-up, a 50/50 raffle drawing, and an ask for your financial support at a level at which you can.

We’re thrilled to be working with M Square Catering and Lawrence Fishmarket to offer a variety of tasty Japanese and Japanese American food, including bento, futomaki, and more! And thanks to our talented community bakers, we’ll offer a variety of scrumptious cookies.

All food needs to be pre-ordered, and will be available for pick up at JASC on Saturday, November 13th from 2:00-5:00pm. 

Our menu and order site will be released soon!

If you’d like to support us now, please make a donation here. We know times are hard for many people, and every donation is much appreciated.

Volunteers needed

We need some volunteers on November 13th to help us package cookies, get food orders together, and hand them to people coming to pick them up. If you can help us out, please fill out this form, call 773-275-0097 or email jascinfo@jasc-chicago.org.

A Call for Cookies!

If you’re a baker, we need your help in making cookies for Holiday Delight. Cookies can be dropped off at JASC on Friday, November 12 th so we can prep them for pickup the next day. If you’re willing to share your time, energy, and baking skills with us, please fill out this form, call 773-275-0097 or email jascinfo@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:


Japanese Conversation Table - Thursday, November 11, 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 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:

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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Click Here For Our Events Calendar


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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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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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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2021 Bridge Dance Festival

Curated By Yoshinojo Fujima

Friday, November 12-Saturday, November 13, 2021 | 7:00 PM

Streaming Event from Links Hall

Nov 12 Tickets 

Nov 13 Tickets 

Identity, aesthetics, and expression. Bridge Dance Festival Curator Fujima Yoshinojo (Rika Lin) invites dancers who manifest a connection to their Asian heritage. This year, the artists present digital pieces reflecting on their journey through the pandemic; as we exist in nature’s world, there is a reaction and a response.

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The artists of the

2021 Bridge Dance Festival include:

The Yuko Takahashi Dance Company (Sendai, Japan)

Marina Fukushima

(San Francisco, CA)

Ray Nakazawa

(Tsu City, Japan)

Pranita Nayar and Ashwaty Chennat

(Chicago, IL)

The individual is in a continuous flux. The fluid, dynamic state of being that is shaped by variable experiences within the environment is surrounded by culture and aesthetics. This is presented in a visible, observable release and transference known as “dance.” The Bridge…is the individual.

Youtube Livestream Link will be sent with Ticket Receipt.


Grandmaster Fujima Shunojo presents an exploration in gender presentation within Japanese Classical Dance. A new choreographic piece, “Trans-figure-ation”, based on the love-suicide play Umegawa Chubei, by Chikamatsu Monzaemon.

In collaboration with Ozashiki shamisen player Toyoaki Sanjuro and Grandmaster Fujima Yoshinojo.

A Streamed Performance and Panel Discussion

Nov. 14, 2021 7pm Streamed from High Concept Labs

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The MIYUMI Project at

Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 7:30 PM CT

$30 Premier Seat | $20 Cabaret Seat | $15 GA Seated | $12 GA Standing

*All tickets have additional processing fees.

Tickets Available


The MIYUMI Project will be performing live in Arlington Heights! Grab your tickets today to see the current roster of Tatsu Aoki’s MIYUMI Project including creative musicians Mwata Bowden, Coco Elysses, Edward Wilkerson Jr., Jamie Kempkers, and Kioto Aoki.

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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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