Workshops and Demonstrations admittance is on a first come – first serve basis. There is a limit on the number of participating attendees for most Workshops and some Demonstrations. Additional observers will be admitted into workshops or demonstrations on a space available basis. If you desire to attend a workshop, demonstration or lecture, please proceed to the workshop, demonstration or lecture room prior to the scheduled start time.

The Games of Go and Shoji — Steve Woodsmall and The Four Dragons Go Club

Come to this workshop to play actual games, see demonstrations and competition games, and hear a brief discussion of the history and rules of “go” and “shogi.”

Steve Woodsmall is an international attorney who lived and worked in Japan for 12 years. He learned to play “go” and “shogi” during that time. The Four Dragons Go Club is a Kansas City based group of go players who have been spreading the game of “go” together since 2010.

The games will be at the Regnier Center, Rm 144 from 11am-7pm.

Anime Cel Painting Workshop – Jared Presler

Come learn how anime was produced before computers took over in the animation industry. We will cover some of the history of anime and anime production, as well as learn the dying art of cel painting, by painting from actual reference doga.

Cell painting will be at the Regnier Center, Rm 175 at 2pm.

Calligraphy Workshop — Yayoi Shinoda & Naoko Nadtochiy

Try your hand at writing Japanese characters with a brush and ink with Japanese native experts.

Ms. Shinoda is a Department Assistant, East Asian Art, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Ms. Nadtochiy teaches Japanese language courses as JCCC.

Up to 25 participants per session.

Calligraphy will be at the Regnier Center, Rm 175 at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Japanese Conversation Workshop — Kazuyo Rumbach

Attend a Japanese language workshop to learn about the Japanese language, and with the aid of the instructor, learn some basics of the language. This workshop is for those who are interested in Japanese language – no previous knowledge of the language is required. You will learn basic words, everyday greetings and writing systems.

Mrs. Rumbach is a Japanese Language teacher at Johnson County Community College.

Up to 30 participants per session (Age 13 and over)

Conversation workshop will be located at Regnier Center, Rm 181 at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Introduction to Reading Japanese — Tracie Whiting Kipper

Whether you are a student or just curious in this workshop you can venture into the world of written Japanese. Explore the different writing systems, how they came to be, and fast methods to learning them.

All ages 13 and older are welcome, but all should have an interest in learning to read Japanese.

Tracie Whiting-Kipper is the Japanese Language and Culture Lecturer at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Japanese Language adjunct Instructor at the University of Central Missouri. Prior to entering academia, she was the JET program coordinator for the Consulate General of Japan at Kansas City for five years and served several years as the English manager of the Nagano Olympic Committee in Nagano, Japan, for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. She is passionate about introducing students to Japanese culture and empowering them to read Kana and Kanji.

Reading Japanese will be at the Regnier Center, Rm 181 at 3:30pm.

Kanji Made Easy — Tracie Whiting Kipper

Is it possible to learn to read Kanji in less than a year? Try out the Heisig method of Kanji acquisition in this fast-paced and fun session while exploring the written word from authentic sources. True beginners and seasoned students will all find ways to expand their reading levels from average to extraordinary.

All ages 13 and older are welcome, but all should have an interest in learning to read Japanese.

Tracie Whiting-Kipper is the Japanese Language and Culture Lecturer at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Japanese Language adjunct Instructor at the University of Central Missouri. Prior to entering academia, she was the JET program coordinator for the Consulate General of Japan at Kansas City for five years and served several years as the English manager of the Nagano Olympic Committee in Nagano, Japan, for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. She is passionate about introducing students to Japanese culture and empowering them to read Kana and Kanji.

Up to 30 Participants per session (Age 13 and over)

Kanji Made Easy will be at the Regnier Center, Rm 181 at 1:30pm.

Origami – “Unfolding the Basics” – Ms. Nagao

In this workshop you will learn how to fold various origami pieces. Suggested for children ages 10 and older as well as teachers and others interested in origami.

Ms. Nagao is a graduate student and TA at the University of Kansas.

Up to 30 participants per session.

Origami is at the Regnier Center, Rm 145 at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Japanese Garden Design and Maintenance -– Koji Morimoto

Come and hear Japanese garden master Koji Morimoto discuss the principles of Japanese garden design and maintenance.

Koji Morimoto has designed, built and maintained traditional Japanese gardens in New York, Kansas and Missouri for more than 20 years. He will show how to balance all aspects in the garden and explain the techniques and principles of making an outdoor living space.

Do you have any questions about Japanese gardens, creating them or maintaining them? Get them answered at this great workshop! Your future dream Japanese garden is “coming to your way.”
Mr. Morimoto is the owner of Japanese Landscaping Company in Kansas City. Koji Morimoto has designed, built and maintained traditional Japanese gardens in New York, Kansas and Missouri for more than 20 years.

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Up to 25 participants per session, ages 10 and up.

Garden design and maintenance will be at the Regnier Center, Rm 145 at 1:30pm and 3:30pm.