JCI Panels

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Katriel Paige/Charles Dunbar Fractured Persona – A Persona panel (1 hr) A look at how the Persona series deals with gender, sexuality, and gender norms/expectations.
Katriel Paige Traditional Treats
(2hr)
Exactly what it says on the tin! Join Katriel for an exploration to the history of treats like amazake and red bean paste up through the more well known modern candies, just in time for a sweet Valentine’s! *NOTE* This panel is meant to connect to the previous panel, Just Say It, after a 30 minute intermission. Please join us for one or both panels!
Katriel Paige Don’t Self Reject: A Panelist’s Guide
(1 hr)
Let’s talk about panels! Often people reject themselves from even submitting panels, thinking they have nothing to say or don’t know enough about the topic (or others say it better, it’s been done, etc). This panel is more of a conversation on how to take those first steps!
Katriel Paige Trickster Teachers
(1 hr)
A cross-cultural look at trickster archetypes, teachers, and trickster teachers in pop culture.
Katriel Paige Translation and Localization 101
(1 hr)
What kinds of systems and decisions go into the North American releases of anime, manga, and video games we enjoy? This panel takes a look at what translation entails, internationalization, localization, as well as some factors that may influence each type of process. (This panel is meant to be an overview.)
Katriel Paige/Charles Dunbar Ghost Stories: Hyaku-Monogatari (2 hr) In the height of the samurai era, warriors, monks and devotees would gather at night to attempt a scare. For the 4th year running, bring your tales, bring your jokes, bring your experiences, as we try our best to scare each other half to death for a few hours on a cold night!
Charles Dunbar Cool Japan: The Panel
(1 hr)
At the turn of the 21st Century, Japan seemed poised to flood the world with its “Gross National Cool.” This included, but wasn’t limited to, anime, games, manga, art, and music. In the years since, the culture has gone through highs and lows, never quite reaching the lofty goals set forth by the tourism board, but still present nonetheless. This lecture explores a timeline of Japan’s “Cool” exportation, going back to the early 20th century, to showcase how the idea of Cool Japan has evolved and transformed, even if the pop culture seems not to.
Charles Dunbar Fantastic Beasts and Where to Fight Them: Pokemon and Storytelling
(1 hr)
Pokemon is, without a doubt, the most influential and dominant JRPG every released. In the 20+ years since its arrival on scene, it has touched millions around the world, and set off a global addiction that never seems to fade. But it is only part of the story, one which goes back a lot longer than the games themselves. This panel explores how Pokemon draws on centuries of Japanese folklore and stories to bring an age-old Japanese concept into a digital medium.
Charles Dunbar Answering the Call to Adventure: The Road to Becoming a Magical Girl
(1 hr)
The hero goes forth from her home, and enters into the great unknown. But how does this story impact the magical girl on her journey? This panel explores goddess culture, classical mythology, and magic in the mahou shoujo
Charles Dunbar/Katriel Paige Manga Book Club (1 hr) It started out as a fascination with epic stories. Then proceeded to visual mediums. And fandom took over. And now this: come explore how to discover Japan via manga and literature, discuss Nausicaa’s manga experience, and discover new titles for your reading list.
Charles Dunbar Romance and Decay (1 hr) Mysterious evils, decay, and lurking fears are part of the horror experience. Think about abandoned town or crumbling facades, about vibrancy that has been lost, or people clinging to a disappearing life. This panel explores notions of decaying horror as they have been portrayed in games, films, television, literature, and campfire stories for all to see, and shiver through
Charles Dunbar Mononoke no Ghibli: The Spiritual and Sacred Realms of Studio Ghibli (1 hr) The Spiritual and Sacred Realms of Studio Ghibli: Miyazaki was fond of saying he liked to build his worlds before his stories, and it shows. They have this mysterious and sacred aspects that often define them, and their characters. But how he creates them is an interesting blend of folklore and pop thought, among so many other things. This panel explores some of the ways in which mononoke- mystery- can be depicted and transformed through his works.
Charles Dunbar The First Anime: Its Astro Boy, right? (1 hr) That series from 1963 that brought television animation to life and would go on to start the medium we call anime. Wait, it’s NOT? This panel explores animation in Japan from 1917 to 1963, when the first commercial productions appeared, tested the boundaries of the medium, were thrown back after the war, and evolved into the landmark shows of that first groundbreaking year.
Christine Perry Japanese 101 (2 hrs) A crash course in basic Japanese for beginners. Includes starter lists of useful vocabulary, sentence construction, greetings, basic phrases, and resources for pursuing your education in Japanese language.
Christine Perry Japanese 101 (2 hrs) A crash course in basic Japanese for beginners. Includes starter lists of useful vocabulary, sentence construction, greetings, basic phrases, and resources for pursuing your education in Japanese language.
Christine Perry How to Japan (2 hrs) We’ll talk about some very important topics, ranging from basics such as train riding and public restrooms, to how to go to a public bath house and not get pegged as the awkward foreigner. We will also discuss getting around and orienting yourself using a train map and we’ll go over a potential packing list. A must-see for first timers in Japan.
Christine Perry Japanese Etiquette and Customs for Everyday (1h) From gift-giving customs and exchanging business cards, to after work drinking parties and what to do with a ninety dollar melon, we’ll discuss the basics of etiquette and everyday customs for your everyday life in Japan.
Christine Perry The Japanese Table (1h) A mouthwatering hour of discussion regarding what there is for eating in Japan. We’ll go over types of restaurants, regional specialties, and a little of the history and anatomy of the elaborate multi-course Japanese meal called kaiseki ryouri. Come prepared to view lots of pictures of food and feel sad that you aren’t eating it.
The Comiku Girls Asian Brush Painting (1 hr) Calligraphy and Asian Brush Painting (in Japan, Sumi-e). We will relate painting to the meditation process and the history of these techniques, the roots of which originated in China. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create their own brush paintings.
The Comiku Girls Asian Brush Painting (1 hr) Calligraphy and Asian Brush Painting (in Japan, Sumi-e). We will relate painting to the meditation process and the history of these techniques, the roots of which originated in China. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create their own brush paintings.
The Comiku Girls Asian Brush Painting (1 hr) Calligraphy and Asian Brush Painting (in Japan, Sumi-e). We will relate painting to the meditation process and the history of these techniques, the roots of which originated in China. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create their own brush paintings.
The Comiku Girls Japanese Tea Ceremony (1 hr) The Japanese Tea Ceremony panel is a demonstration of the Ryakubon ceremony, a traditional Japanese thin tea ceremony. The panel will also include a discussion on the history of tea in Japan, and the origins of the ceremony, its symbolism, and its roots in Zen. Li Izumi studied the tea ceremony in Akita, Japan and has been hosting the Japanese Tea Ceremony panel with Akiko at various conventions since 2004.
The Comiku Girls Japanese Tea Ceremony (1 hr) The Japanese Tea Ceremony panel is a demonstration of the Ryakubon ceremony, a traditional Japanese thin tea ceremony. The panel will also include a discussion on the history of tea in Japan, and the origins of the ceremony, its symbolism, and its roots in Zen. Li Izumi studied the tea ceremony in Akita, Japan and has been hosting the Japanese Tea Ceremony panel with Akiko at various conventions since 2004.
The Comiku Girls A Taste of Tea (1 hr) Learn about the different types of tea. Discover tips for the best brewing, and take the opportunity to taste-test the teas discussed.
The Comiku Girls A Taste of Tea (Sunday am) (1 hr) Learn about the different types of tea. Discover tips for the best brewing, and take the opportunity to taste-test the teas discussed.
The Comiku Girls Intro to BJD: Ball Jointed Dolls (1 hr) Either unbelievably beautiful, or unbelievably creepy (and sometimes both at once), increasingly, you see these dolls at conventions, but may not know much about them. This panel is an introduction to BJDs. We will talk about some of the different types of ball joined dolls, where you can get them, and how you can customize the dolls to make them your own.
The Comiku Girls Intro to Jrock (2h) An introduction to some of the big names in Japanese rock music. We will discuss and watch promotional videos and interviews from artists such as Gackt, L’arc en Ciel, Buck-tick, Pierrot, Penicillin, Malice Mizer, and more. Li Izumi has been interested in, and following the rock scene from Japan for more years than we will admit.
The Comiku Girls Translating Anime and Manga (1 hr) What gets lost in translation when anime and manga are released in America? Translating is an artform, a fine balancing act between the literal and the concept of each line.
The Comiku Girls Asian Influences in Star Wars (1 hr) Star Wars was George Lucas’ take on the pulpy serials of the early 20th century, but old Hollywood wasn’t George’s only influence. From the Zen of the Force to costumes to possible casting choices, come hear about and discuss the many Asian influences to the look and story of Star Wars.
Salina Burke Japanese Playground Games: Jan-Ken-Run (1 hr) A fun playground game. Two players start at opposite ends of a line and run towards each other. In the middle they play janken (aka rock, paper, scissors). The loser runs back to the beginning and the winner continues to advance. When they meet again they play janken and the loser runs back to the beginning. Play continues until one player reaches the other player’s starting point.
Salina Burke Japanese Playground Games: Gomutobi (1 hr) Gomutobi is a game you play with a long loop of rubberbands. This is a fun playground game for three or more players. A large elastic loop is stretched taut between two players’ ankles and the third player must complete a series of increasingly complicated moves with their feet. The rope moves to higher positions as each level is completed. We will sing and count in Japanese while playing this game. There is jumping involved in this game. And possibly cartwheels!
Salina Burke Japanese Rainy Day Games: Ohajiki (1 hr) A traditional game of hand-eye coordination. It can be played alone or with others. The players scatter a handful of flat ohajiki marbles on a table. Player 1 selects two marbles and draws a line with a finger between the marbles and then flicks one marble towards the other. If he hits the target marble he gets to keep it. If other marbles are hit, it is considered a “miss”. One flick per player. Play continues until all of the marbles have been collected by players. The player with the most marbles wins.
Salina Burke Yukata and Jinbei Dress-Up Time!
(1 hr)
(Dress-up panel for girls 8 and under) Dreaming of summer? Dress up as Japanese children in casual summer yukata (kimono) and traditional jinbei (top and shorts or pants)
Robert Aldrich Intro to Martial Arts Ever wanted to try out martial arts but not sure where to begin, not sure what it’s really like, or just never had the chance? Now you do. Come for a quick introductory class in Kajukembo, which include basic stances, striking, and calisthenics. No special clothing, footwear, or experience required. Novices welcome and encouraged.
Robert Aldrich Intro to Martial Arts for kids Little tykes are a bundle of energy. Bring them by for some fun, low-intensity but high energy exercise as they learn the basics of martial arts, including stances and simple calisthenics. Parents encouraged to join along.
Robert Aldrich Japanese Self-Study: Language Hacking for Beginners Hard-earned lessons on self-study via the Burton Method, adjusted a bit with the lessons of Tim Ferriss.
Robert Aldrich Transformers: Cultural Differences in Japanese vs American Series Comparing the three Japanese-only series (Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory) to the American Gen-1 series
Robert Aldrich The Japanese-American Internment Camps in WWII In 1942, a huge chunk of the American population was imprisoned without charges or trial, and held for years. Join RVA for a sobering look at one of the darkest chapters in WWII history as we discuss the beginnings, implementation, and aftermath of the interment of the Japanese-Americans.
Robert Aldrich Japan’s Most Famous Badass, Miyamoto Musashi With a fight record of 63-0-0, Miyamoto Musashi is Japan’s most famous samurai, and possibly the most famous swordfighter of all time, yet elements of his life are shrouded in mystery. Join us as we explore the life of the man behind the legend.
Robert Aldrich Tale of Genji: The world’s first novel was self-insertion fanfiction Arguably the world’s first novel, Tale of Genji is an elaborate and rich story written by the mysterious Murasaki Shikibu, in the blossoming Japanese language meant only for women. Join us as we discuss the book’s development, narrative, and how it’s essentially fan fiction for bored aristocratic housewives
Robert Aldrich Legendary Swords of Japan We all know the katana can cut through a bullet, a tank, and the earth if dropped point-down. But that’s the ordinary katanas. What about the GOOD katanas? Gather ’round for some fun tales about Japan’s legendary swords including Masamune, Murasama, and more.
Katie Chaplin Traditional Sashiko Stitching
(90 mins)
Embroider cloth with two traditional Japanese designs. In bygone days, sashiko stitching was used on clothing and household goods to provide warmth, protection and durability. Now, we can enjoy the patterns made by soft thread on cotton fabric. I’ll explain some of the history of sashiko, then you will learn how to transfer a pattern onto fabric and stitch in the traditional way.
Katie Chaplin Kimekomi
(2 hours)
Learn an ancient Japanese technique of ‘tucking in’ fabric to make gorgeous decorated balls. We will use precious vintage kimono fabrics for an authentic look. You can choose an ‘easy’ design, or go for something a little more challenging if you prefer.
Katie Chaplin Needle Felted Pokeball
(1 hour)
Gotta felt them all! Needle felting is popular in Japan, and it’s so much fun I couldn’t resist sharing the joy of needle felting! No water, no soap, no mess, but tons of fun and very easy to pick up. Use a special needle to stab soft, coloured merino wool repeatedly to make an adorable Pokeball!
Katie Chaplin Mini Rice Bag (2 hours) Hand-sew a lovely, practical square-bottomed drawstring bag in this workshop. These bags were traditionally used in Japan to give offerings of uncooked rice at the temple.
Katie Chaplin Kumihimo Braiding
(1 hour)
The Japanese have been using these kind of braids for about 1,200 years, on bag ties, kimono and samurai armour. After learning about the traditional way of making braids, you will use your own hand-held braiding disc, which is much simpler! You’ll also get instructions for several different braids, and you can choose from beautiful coloured cords to use.
Katie Chaplin Vintage Kimono Owl (90 mins) Use precious, vintage kimono silk to make a super cute owl ornament! This little owl is sewn by hand but simple to do!
Katie Chaplin Koginzashi Stitching
(1 hour)
Koginzashi is a type of Japanese embroidery where you follow a stitching pattern to make a beautiful design on fabric. You can choose from a selection of different colours and patterns. NOTE: although it’s easy when you know how, this technique is quite intricate and more suited to those with previous experience of sewing (and lots of patience!)
Katie Chaplin Japanese Lino Cutting and Printing
(2 hours)
Let’s be inspired by Japanese ‘ukiyo-e’ woodblock prints! In this class, you can choose a design, transfer it to a wood-mounted lino block, carve using a Japanese tool and then finally print in the traditional Japanese way onto paper. You can take your block and prints home with you.
Katie Chaplin Felt Sushi
(2 hours)
Mmmmmmm, sushi!!! Make your own bento box of realistic-looking sushi by sewing and stuffing pieces of felt.
Katie Chaplin Vintage Kimono Flower Corsage and Sakura Phone Strap
(2 hours)
Sew 2 lovely items using a similar technique – a large flower which can be used as a corsage or pin cushion, and a small, decorative strap for your phone/bag. We will use vintage kimono fabric in this class, so your items will be unique!
Aeric Holbrook A Day in the Life of a Japanese Student (1 hour) From senpai and bento to cram school and the sports clubs. You’ve seen Japanese students featured throughout a number of popular series. In this panel you can learn all about their daily lives and experiences.
Aeric Holbrook Everything You Should Know Before You Go To Japan (1hour) What does ‘this’ gesture mean? Where can I study manga? What’s in Nagoya? Does everyone watch Naruto in Japan? When you say the centipedes are deadly, how deadly are we talking about? Just a few things you may want to know before you go to Japan.
Aeric Holbrook Homosexuality in Japanese Media PART 1 (18+) (1 hour) This is part one of two panels, thoroughly exploring all portrayals of male/male homosexuality in Japanese history, the arts, contemporary society, and pop culture. We’re packing in more information than ever!
Aeric Holbrook Homosexuality in Japanese Media PART 2 (18+)
(1 hour)
Continuing to take a thorough look at all portrayals of Japanese male/male homosexuality in history, the arts, contemporary society, and pop culture. Come check out part two of the bigger and longer panel series!
Aeric Holbrook Digitalization: Connecting Us to Japan (1hour) Japanese pop culture has developed a major presence globally. What can we learn from it? This panel shows how to strengthen your knowledge on Japan through digital means. We will review popular study texts, educational resources, and media outlets to round out your knowledge on everything Japan!
Aeric Holbrook A Guide to Study Abroad in Japan
(1 hour)
Want to study abroad in Japan? Before you hop a plane to the island nation, make sure you’re prepared! This panel offers valuable tips on everything you need to know from applying to daily life to making the most of your experience.
Aeric Holbrook Fandom: Changing Society
(1 hour)
Fandom is regarded as a subculture and community. It has changed how we socialize, identify, and connect. This panel walks through the entire cycle, discussing how fandom is evolving and shaping the media consumed, the process of consumption, and the consumers.
Aeric Holbrook A Career in Japan
(1 hour)
You’ve considered working in Japan, but what all does that entail? This panel guides you through finding the jobs, preparing for the move, life as a foreign resident, ways to build a career there, plus numerous resources.
Chin Hamaya The differences of Japanese Taiko and Okinawa Eisa The difference between Japanese Taiko and Okinawa Eisa (Okinawa Taiko Drumming).
Chin Hamaya What is Okinawa Eisa (Okinawa Taiko Drumming) All about Okinawa Eisa (Okinawa Taiko Drumming)
Chin Hamaya History of the Dragon & Shisa The history of the Dragon and the Shisa. Learn how they are made, get the chance to try on the dragon and the shisa, and learn some basic movements.
Chin Hamaya Chin Hamaya’s Main Performance A taiko drumming performance by Chin Hamaya.
Chin Hamaya Chin Hamaya’s Main Performance A taiko drumming performance by Chin Hamaya.
Chin Hamaya Soran Bushi (Folk Dance) Please join Chin Hayama as they present the art and technique of Soran Bushi, traditional Japanese Folk Dancing. You will learn history of this art and also be able to try your hand at various steps and techniques.
Chin Hamaya Taiko Drumming For Children Each child will have the opportunity to learn a taiko song and play the taiko drums.
Chin Hamaya Taiko Drumming For Children Each child will have the opportunity to learn a taiko song and play the taiko drums.
Kass McGann Geisha Make-up How-to Why they wear it. Where to buy it. What to buy. What you can do without. What to buy if you can’t get the real stuff. How to put it on. How not to mess it up once you have it on.
Kass McGann Before the Obi 8th century (Nara period) through 17th century (Edo period).
Kass McGann Ancient Japanese Costuming The earliest evidence of clothing through the 8th century (Nara period)
Kass McGann When Ki-Mono Became the Kimono 10th century (Heian period) through modern
Kass McGann Men’s Japanese Historical Dress 8th century (Nara period) through modern
Kass McGann The History of Cross-Cultural Fashion Borrowing A special version of this panel with an emphasis of Japanese borrowing of Chinese and European culture from the earliest times through the 19th century (Meiji period).
Kass McGann The Beauty of Japanese Armour Oyoroi and domaru from an artistic perspective
Kass McGann Daily Life in Heian-kyo A virtual tour and discussion of life in the ancient capital of Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon.
Kass McGann The First Novelists A survey of Murasaki Shikibu, Lady Nijo, Sei Shonagon, and other ladies whose diaries and stories gave the world its first novels in the 10th century.
Kass McGann Traditional Japanese Fabrics and Dyes From indigo-dyed hemp to brocaded silks dyed the forbidden colour (kurenai), this is a survey of the textile traditions of Japan from ancient times
Kuniko Kanawa JCI OPENING SHINTO CEREMONY: Friday 13:30-14:00 Shinto Priestess Kuniko Kanawa demonstrates a traditional Shinto ceremony for Katsucon’s success; prosperity; and friendship between the US and Japan. All participants will receive Oharai (purification) and blessing bells from the stage. In addition, the audience will get to learn how to visit Jinja (shrine) when traveling in Japan. (No videotaping unless official press who was approved in advance. Photographing is accepted from your own seat, when you are not bowing or clapping. Participants are to stay the entire time during the ceremony. Any masks covering their faces must be removed. Weapon type of props must be set at the corner of the room.)
Kuniko Kanawa SHINTO LECTURE: Friday 14:00-15:00 Lecture about the basics of Shinto. Ritual descriptions from opening ceremony. All the audience participants will get to learn how to visit Jinja in Japan.
Kuniko Kanawa PRIVATE SHINTO BLESSING / PRAYER: Friday 15:30~18:00 15 minutes minimum to serve one blessing
10 groups maximum
Select from what you wish for from below:
Kanai-anzen: House hold happiness and prosperity
En-musubi: Good special relationship between male and female
Shoubai-hanjou: Success and prosperity of business
Koutsuu-anzen: Traveling safely
Gakugyou-jouju: Achieving academic/special training
Yaku-barai: Purification of back luck year
Kuniko Kanawa Edo Tsumami Kanzashi workshop: Friday 20:00 ~22:30 Learn how to make Edo Tsumami Kanzashi from the only authentic Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan in the U.S! Kanzashi is an ornamental hairpin and it’s history goes back as far as 3,000 years. The Edo Tsumami Kanzashi style was formed during the Edo period and it was mainly worn in a maiden’s hair for celebrations.
Kuniko Kanawa Kimono (Yukata) photo shoot: Saturday, 11:00 – 14:00(10 people); 15:00 – 18:00(10 people); 19:00-22:00(10 people) Have you ever wanted to be photographed while wearing a gorgeous Kimono? Well, now’s your chance! Stop by to be dressed, beautifully posed, and professionally photographed by Kuniko-san. Kimono photo shoot is for Ladies, Gentlemen, and little girls. Please note, due to the limited selection of kimonos, the maximum measurements allowable are Bust, 42 inches; Waist 36 inches; and Hip, 46 inches.
Kuniko Kanawa Kimono self-dressing workshop: Sunday, 11:30-13:30 Kimono is a Japanese traditional garment. It has been formed by harmonizing with nature and social surroundings throughout Japanese history. The beauty of Kimono is very much praised worldwide, as one becomes an art when dressed in Kimono. In this workshop, you will learn the art of dressing yourself in Yukata. Yukata is a casual Summer Kimono worn after taking a bath or at summer festivals. It is extremely significant to master Yukata, as it is a foundation to wearing Kimono.You will learn a beautiful way to tie the Hanhaba (half width) Obi sash. You will also learn the refined meaning of Kimono through the lecture “Kimono, a garment of Harmony”. The workshop includes the rental of Yukata, half width Obi sash, elastic Datejime, and Koshihimo ropes, for class usage only. Please wear a tank top, spandex pants and have your hair up for the class. Limit of 15 Participants (over the age of 15). Other attendees are welcome to come and watch the class. Please note, due to the limited selection of kimonos, the maximum measurements allowable are Bust, 42 inches; Waist 36 inches; and Hip, 46 inches. Men’s Yukata and Obi will also be available!
Kuniko Kanawa Shinto Closing Ceremony: Sunday, 14:30-14:50 Shinto Priestess Kuniko Kanawa demonstrates a traditional Shinto ceremony to close out the convention.
Jennifer Vanderloop Kimono 101: Kimono basics (1 hr) Show and tell format. Learn to identify the different types of kimono and accessories. Men’s kimono from women’s kimono. Don’t get caught out in your bathrobe or undergarments!
Jennifer Vanderloop Kimono 102: Dressing basics (1 hr) Show and tell mixed with demos. This class demonstrates how to wear the different layers of kimono. What’s the difference between wearing men’s kimono and women’s kimono? A basic understanding of what types of obi bows are appropriate for which type of kimono is also discussed.
Jennifer Vanderloop Kimono 201: Silks and Decoration (1 hr) Different types of silk can help you identify how old a kimono is… so can the different decorating techniques. Come and get a look at the older kimono in a show and tell format. We’ll show you the older techniques as well as the modern shortcuts used today. Most of this won’t show up well in photographs but it is easy to spot when seen in person.
Jennifer Vanderloop Historical Costuming for Cosplay (1 hr) Emphasis on historical Japanese clothing… this is after all, a JAPANESE anime convention. Identifying the different layers you see your favorite characters wear so that you can begin to break the outfits down. Discussion of fabrics and patterns available is also discussed.
Gabriel Djinn Friday – Demo (20 min) Naginata demonstration by representatives of the East Coast Naginata Federation.
Gabriel Djinn Friday – Workshop A, Cherry Blossom Ballroom (1 hr) (Minimum age of 14) Hands-on instruction in Naginata. Involves physical activity – wear clothing you can safely and comfortably move in. Signed release form (provided) will be required; ages 14-17 will require a parent/guardian signature. Sign up early to reserve a spot, but spectators welcome without signing up!
Gabriel Djinn Friday – Workshop B, Cherry Blossom Ballroom (1 hr) (Minimum age of 14) Hands-on instruction in Naginata. Involves physical activity – wear clothing you can safely and comfortably move in. Signed release form (provided) will be required; ages 14-17 will require a parent/guardian signature. Sign up early to reserve a spot, but spectators welcome without signing up!
Gabriel Djinn Saturday – Workshop C, Cherry Blossom Ballroom (1 hr) (Minimum age of 14) Hands-on instruction in Naginata. Involves physical activity – wear clothing you can safely and comfortably move in. Signed release form (provided) will be required; ages 14-17 will require a parent/guardian signature. Sign up early to reserve a spot, but spectators welcome without signing up!
Gabriel Djinn Saturday – Workshop D, Cherry Blossom Ballroom (1 hr) (Minimum age of 14) Hands-on instruction in Naginata. Involves physical activity – wear clothing you can safely and comfortably move in. Signed release form (provided) will be required; ages 14-17 will require a parent/guardian signature. Sign up early to reserve a spot, but spectators welcome without signing up!
Gabriel Djinn Saturday – Workshop E, Cherry Blossom Ballroom (1 hr) (Minimum age of 14) Hands-on instruction in Naginata. Involves physical activity – wear clothing you can safely and comfortably move in. Signed release form (provided) will be required; ages 14-17 will require a parent/guardian signature. Sign up early to reserve a spot, but spectators welcome without signing up!
Gabriel Djinn Sunday – Workshop F, Cherry Blossom Ballroom (1 hr) (Minimum age of 14) Hands-on instruction in Naginata. Involves physical activity – wear clothing you can safely and comfortably move in. Signed release form (provided) will be required; ages 14-17 will require a parent/guardian signature. Sign up early to reserve a spot, but spectators welcome without signing up!
Japan-in-a-suitcase Japan-in-a-Suitcase by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (1.25 hours long) (Aimed toward elementary and middle schoolers) Japan-in-a-Suitcase is a free program which packs a little bit of Japan in a suitcase and brings it to children at schools, libraries and festivals in the greater Washington, DC area. This program promotes understanding of Japan and Japanese culture to school children from kindergarten and up through presentations, hands-on activities, games and demonstrations. In the past, JiS has also visited the Japanese Ambassador’s residence, the U.S. Department of State, and the Library of Congress for Japanese culture-related educational programs. Presenters: Melissa Tolentino, Sunny Zhang
Japan-in-a-suitcase Japan-in-a-Suitcase by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (1.25 hours long) (Aimed toward elementary and middle schoolers) Japan-in-a-Suitcase is a free program which packs a little bit of Japan in a suitcase and brings it to children at schools, libraries and festivals in the greater Washington, DC area. This program promotes understanding of Japan and Japanese culture to school children from kindergarten and up through presentations, hands-on activities, games and demonstrations. In the past, JiS has also visited the Japanese Ambassador’s residence, the U.S. Department of State, and the Library of Congress for Japanese culture-related educational programs. Presenters: Melissa Tolentino, Sunny Zhang
JET JET – Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program Ever wonder what it would be like to live and work in Japan? Curious about what Japanese culture is really like? Enjoy being around children? The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, also known as “JET Program,” is a Japanese government initiative that brings college graduates—mostly native speakers of English—to live and work in Japan in one of three positions. The JET Program began in 1987 as a way to improve exposure to international culture and language throughout Japan. Since then, thousands of young university graduates from around the world have participated on the JET Program. Come learn more about Japan, the JET Program, and life after “JET” – the ways in which Japan has influenced Americans from their professional to personal interests. The panel will include JET Program alumni who will share stories about their time overseas and discuss how participation on the JET Program provides valuable life experience for those interested in Japan.
JET JET – Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program Ever wonder what it would be like to live and work in Japan? Curious about what Japanese culture is really like? Enjoy being around children? The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, also known as “JET Program,” is a Japanese government initiative that brings college graduates—mostly native speakers of English—to live and work in Japan in one of three positions. The JET Program began in 1987 as a way to improve exposure to international culture and language throughout Japan. Since then, thousands of young university graduates from around the world have participated on the JET Program. Come learn more about Japan, the JET Program, and life after “JET” – the ways in which Japan has influenced Americans from their professional to personal interests. The panel will include JET Program alumni who will share stories about their time overseas and discuss how participation on the JET Program provides valuable life experience for those interested in Japan.