Donguri Kai New Year Kids Camp

Donguri Kai New Year Kids Camp

JASC’s Children’s Program Donguri Kai invites 1st through 6th graders to a day camp celebrating Japanese New Year traditions. Campers will learn the basics of calligraphy (kakizome) and flower arranging (ikebana) and the cultural significance of these practicing arts at the new year. Everyone will showcase their creations at the end of camp.

42nd Annual Holiday Delight & Kodomo Matsuri

42nd Annual Holiday Delight & Kodomo Matsuri

Family fun for all ages at the 42nd annual Holiday Delight. The festival hosts a wide variety of vendors selling one-of-a-kind goods such as fine art, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, and Japanese collectible items. Homemade baked goods donated by community bakers will be for sale as well as craft kits, raffle tickets, and a silent auction.

Cultural performances include Tsukasa Taiko (traditional Japanese drumming at 11:30 am and 3 pm), Toyoaki Shamisen (Japanese lute at 2:30 pm), and Shubukai (Japanese classical dance at noon). Official Welcome followed by Visit with Santa at 12:30 pm

Learn to make Japanese Sweets – Autumn Nerikiri

Learn to make Japanese Sweets – Autumn Nerikiri

Learn how to make Autumn-themed Nerikiri with Wagashi Master, Toshiko Sugii Steffes.

Attendees will make colorful Chrysanthemum designs of Nerikiri sweets.

This design is called “Kisewata(着せ綿)” and is a special design for “Chō yō no sekku(重陽の節句)” which means chrysanthemums celebrations or longevity celebration on September 9th. Chrysanthemums are believed to have the power to purge evil spirits and bring longevity in Japan.

Nerikiri was originally made to be served in the Japanese tea ceremony. Nerikiri is made by mixing and kneading the ingredients white butter bean paste and mochi rice cake.

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm CS

Fee: $65 for JASC Members, $75 for Non-members


Materials will be available for pick up at the JASC office weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at 4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago or mailed directly to your home (Continental U.S. only, please). Please indicate on the registration form your preference.

Attendees will need to prepare the following:
food color (any brand)
towel for wiping your hands
plastic wrap
tea strainer


Presented by Toshiko Sugii Steffes, a Japanese sweets (WAGASHI) designer.Cup of green tea on wooden tray with traditional Japanese tea whisk and spoon with a red lacquered macha tea container.

“I am fascinated by the beauty of WAGASHI, which is expressive of the four seasons and nature. My creations are boundless as there is so much variety and sophistication in WAGASHI techniques. I have been trained in traditional WAGASHI with a renowned teacher, and contemporary WAGASHI with a rising star teacher. I am a certified master in making WAGASHI. I make custom order sweets, offer demonstrations, exhibit, and also teach WAGASHI making in the USA and Japan.


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Register for Autumn Nerikiri Online Workshop Here

For additional information please contact Jenn Trautvetter at [email protected] or 773.275.0097 x228