Sumi-E Brush Painting at the Anderson Japanese Gardens

The Anderson Japanese Gardens are hosting a series of workshops dedicated to sumi-e brush painting. Some of these classes include youth workshops. Sumi-e means black ink painting in Japanese.

Participants will use the beauty of the Gardens to inspire their art works as National Watercolor Society Signature Instructor, Stella Dobbins, demonstrates a new painting from nature each week. Subjects will include flowers, fish, birds and landscape plants. Ms. Dobbins will also demonstrate calligraphy and different water color techniques. Access to the Gardens prior to class is included in the class fee. Classes are held outdoors under the Anderson Japanese Gardens Pavilion.

$20 per Class | $25 Supply Kit (purchased through the instructor)

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JASC Presents “Memories Of Now”

The JASC Legacy Center Presents A “Memories of Now” Seminar Series Presentation which is Co-sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) and JACL Chicago.  There is a special lecture event about  Japanese War Brides In Post World War II America later this month, the featured speaker is Featured Speaker: Sonia Gomez, PhD. This event will be held on July 24th, 2018 at 6:30 pm. The JASC is located at 4427 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640.

The full details of this event are below.

During the Allied Occupation of Japan and the Korean War, approximately 13,000 Japanese women immigrated to the United States as brides to American servicemen. Although U.S. immigration law excluded the Japanese from entering the country, a series of Congressional acts eventually allowed Japanese women to enter the U.S. in much the same way as the so called “picture brides,” though this time they entered as wives to American men.

This presentation looks at the marriages of Japanese women and American servicemen, beginning with a discussion of the American Red Cross Bride Schools that sought to mold Japanese women into good American housewives. Second, it looks at Japanese war bride clubs in the United States, such as the Cosmo Club, which was founded in Chicago in 1952 under the auspices of the Chicago Resettlers Committee.

Sonia Gomez is a historian of the modern United States. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of race, gender, and immigration. Sonia earned a PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 2018, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.

Her book project, “Good Wives, Wise Mothers: Race, Gender, and Belonging in the Making of Japanese America,” investigates the ways in which marriage, the nuclear family, and female domesticity facilitated Japanese immigration and settlement, and constructed specific roles for Japanese women in the United States. Sonia is the granddaughter of Michiko Ikeda, a Japanese war bride who immigrated to the U.S. in 1952.

If possible, please RSVP with Ryan Yokota by calling or emailing at:
773-275-0097, ext. 222 or by email at

Chicago – Taiko Summer Camp 2018

JASC – Japanese American Service Committee is hosting a Taiko Summer Camp! Taiko is a style of Japanese drumming that is wildly popular, and known for its deep bass. Taiko drumming is gaining popularity world wide, and is seen at many Japanese Festivals in the USA and abroad.

The Taiko Summer Camp presented by resident artists from Tsukasa Taiko, one of the Midwest’s largest community ensembles managed by professionals. During the Taiko Summer Camp, you will be introduced to the history and basics of authentic Japanese Taiko drumming, learn a new song, get a unique workout, and most importantly, have fun throughout the whole experience!