Enrichment Programs

Connections offers dozens of stimulating enrichment programs to all Club Members.

From Japanese culture and cooking to art, the classes cover a broad range of subjects and are taught by experienced instructors.

Enrichment programs are open to adults. The ¥3,500 registration fee per class is waived for Connections members. Class and material fees vary.

Explore the possibilities from the programs below.

All Material fees are paid to the instructor directly in cash, unless stated otherwise.

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All About Sake (Online)

Thu Nov 04 | 6:30pm to 8pm

Dive into the wide (and delicious) world of Japanese sake in this virtual tasting.

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Alpine Getaway

Thu Jan 27

Just 90 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train sits the Gala Yuzawa snow resort, a perfect escape for a day on the slopes.

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Ancient Culture, Art and Mikan Picking

Wed Nov 17

Escape the city for a day experience the best Japan's countryside has to offer.

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Art & Antiquing in Tokyo

Wed Nov 17 | 10am to 12pm

Become a more informed buyer while honing skills to hunt for your own treasures!

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Atami Baien Plum Garden

Tue Feb 08

Travel to the popular resort town of Atami to stroll among hundreds of different species of plum tree in historic Atami Plum Garden.

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Baking: German Christmas Cookies

Mon Nov 15 | 11am to 1:30pm

Just in time for Christmas.

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Baking: Linzer Torte & Lebkuchen

Tue Nov 30 | 11am to 1:30pm

Tips and tricks for crafting two delectable German holiday treats.

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Chichibu Night Festival

Thu Dec 02

Bright lights, massive floats and fireworks displays: this traditional Japanese festival has it all.

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Cocktail Connections

Tue Nov 09 | 5pm to 7pm

Connections hosts a fun, informal evening of drinks and chat.

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Cocktail Connections

Tue Dec 14 | 5pm to 7pm

Connections hosts a fun, informal evening of drinks and chat.

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Coffee Connections

Mon Oct 25 | 10am

Expand your horizons and your social circle at this monthly gathering.

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Coffee Connections

Mon Nov 29 | 10am

Expand your horizons and your social circle at this monthly gathering.

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Culture Connections

Mon Nov 01 | 10am

Learn about the food, culture and travel spots of Vietnam at this monthly culture exchange.

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Culture Connections

Mon Dec 06 | 10am

Mingle with friends and new acquaintances while learning about the culture, history and cuisine of one another's home countries.

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Dancing in the Rain

Sat Nov 20 | 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Prepare to party up a storm at an evening of live music, drinks, raffle prizes and mingling.

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Drawing and Oil Painting (Series)

Wed Sep 15 | 10am to 1pm

Explore the possibilities of the brush and canvas in this wide-ranging class.

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Exploring Architecture: East Tokyo

Tue Oct 26 | 9:30am to 1:30pm

An up-close-and-personal exploration of Tokyo’s most interesting structures.

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Exploring Architecture: Lecture (Online)

Tue Nov 09 | 9:30am to 11:30am

A digital conclusion to the popular, multipart series on Tokyo’s most interesting structures.

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Exploring Architecture: West Tokyo

Tue Nov 02 | 9:30am to 1:30pm

An up-close-and-personal exploration of Tokyo’s most interesting structures.

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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Tue May 10

Marvel at one of Japan’s most unique views as a sprawling lawn of 800,000 pink, purple and white shibazakura flowers carpets the ground before Mt Fuji in the background.

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Hondoji: Chiba’s Secret Garden

Wed Jun 08

Discover Hondoji Temple and its gardens of thousands of hydrangeas and irises.

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International Bazaar: Holiday Marketplace

Sun Nov 07 | 5:30pm to 8pm

Just in time for the holiday season, Connections’ three-day shopping extravaganza returns with a spectacular selection of gift ideas, home enhancements and keepsakes.

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International Bazaar: Holiday Marketplace

Mon Nov 08 | 11am to 7pm

Just in time for the holiday season, Connections’ three-day shopping extravaganza returns with a spectacular selection of gift ideas, home enhancements and keepsakes.

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International Bazaar: Holiday Marketplace

Tue Nov 09 | 10am to 2pm

Just in time for the holiday season, Connections’ three-day shopping extravaganza returns with a spectacular selection of gift ideas, home enhancements and keepsakes.

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Japanese Garden Walk: Autumn Evening Stroll

Wed Dec 01 | 6:30pm to 8pm

A trip through a landscape inspired by poetry.

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Japanese Garden Walk: Urban Escape

Thu Nov 11 | 9am to 1pm

Visit one of Tokyo’s oldest surviving landscape gardens set in the city center.

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Japanese Grocery Shopping: Session 3

Tue Nov 16 | 9am to 11am

Ever felt lost navigating your neighborhood grocery store?

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Japanese Grocery Shopping: Session 4

Tue Dec 14 | 9am to 11am

Ever felt lost navigating your neighborhood grocery store?

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Jindaiji Daruma Festival

Thu Mar 03

Make a wish with a traditional daruma doll sold from one of the 300 stalls on the grounds of one of Tokyo’s oldest temples.

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Knitting Circle: Hat, Cowl, Scarf & Vest (Series)

Wed Oct 20 | 1:30pm to 3pm

A handmade item of your own design.

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Lotus Leaves Painting: Session 2

Fri Nov 05 | 10am to 1pm

Lotus leaves paintings have spread across the globe from Thailand on the back of their natural beauty and meditative process.

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Lotus Leaves Painting: Session 3

Fri Dec 10 | 10am to 1pm

Lotus leaves paintings have spread across the globe from Thailand on the back of their natural beauty and meditative process.

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Mashiko Pottery Tour

Tue Nov 02 | 8am to 6pm

Travel to Mashiko, a famous pottery town tucked away in the hills of Tochigi Prefecture.

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Nokogiriyama Hike

Thu Apr 21 | 8:30am to 6pm

Hike to a sprawling Buddhist temple site cut into sheer cliffs in southern Chiba Prefecture.

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One-Day Ceramics: Session 1

Thu Oct 28 | 11am to 1pm

Go from unformed clay to ready-to-fire piece in an afternoon.

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One-Day Ceramics: Session 2

Thu Dec 09 | 11am to 1pm

Go from unformed clay to ready-to-fire piece in an afternoon.

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Pearl Academy: Bracelet

Tue Oct 26 | 2pm to 4pm

Ever wonder what makes pearls so precious?

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Pearl Academy: Earrings & Pendants

Tue Nov 16 | 2pm to 4pm

Ever wonder what makes pearls so precious?

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Photographing Foliage

Mon Nov 29 | 9am to 2pm

Tips on shooting Japan’s famous cornucopia of fall colors.

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Sanyukai Charity Drive

Fri Nov 19

Extend a helping hand to Tokyo’s homeless this Thanksgiving season.

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Shikoku Pilgrimage Preparation

Mon Oct 25 | 10:30am to 12pm

Practical tips and tricks for completing Japan’s most historic temple trek.

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Showa Memorial Park

Tue May 17

Tokyo’s largest park spanning about 300 football fields, Showa Memorial Park is a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Sogetsu Ikebana (Series)

Thu Sep 16 | 9am to 11:30am

Established in 1927, the Sogestu school of ikebana flower arrangement features both standard and freeform styles.

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Sumi-e Japanese Ink Painting (Series)

Tue Sep 14

Learn the traditional Japanese art of sumi-e brush and ink painting.

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Tastes of Taiwan: Chive Dumplings & Braised Pork Bowl

Thu Nov 04 | 10:30am to 1pm

Traditional dishes from the island nation.

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Tastes of Taiwan: Sticky Rice Meatballs & Fried Rice Noodles

Fri Nov 19 | 10:30am to 1pm

Traditional dishes from the island nation.

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Tastes of Taiwan: Turnip Cakes & Danzi Noodles

Fri Oct 29 | 10:30am to 1pm

Traditional dishes from the island nation.

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Temari Ball Workshop (Series)

Thu Oct 28 | 10:30am to 1pm

Delicate and detailed, traditional temari toy balls have been prized in Japan for more than a millennium.

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The Art of Furoshiki Wrapping

Tue Oct 26 | 10am to 11:30am

Explore the art and culture of Japan through traditional furoshiki wrapping.

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The Japanese Chef's Knife: Session 1

Mon Dec 06 | 10am to 12pm

Learn the secrets behind some of the best kitchen knives in the world.

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The Japanese Chef's Knife: Session 2

Wed Dec 08 | 6pm to 8pm

Learn the secrets behind some of the best kitchen knives in the world.

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The Japanese Tea Box (Series)

Fri Nov 05 | 10am to 2:30pm

Dive into the world of the chabako tea box.

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Tokyo Night Photography

Sat Dec 04 | 4pm to 8pm

Capture everything from lanterns to neon to Christmas lights.

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Warabi Hadaka Festival

Fri Feb 25

At this unique festival, watch loincloth-clad men bless newborns with mud and wrestle in the muck to wish for health, wealth and good luck.

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Winter Holiday Arrangement

Wed Dec 01 | 10:30am to 12pm

Create a festive centerpiece with candles, various shades of green, berries, pine cones and other decorative elements.

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Wisteria: Ashikaga Flower Park

Thu Apr 28

Take in Ashikaga Flower Park’s breathtaking, 130-year-old wisteria during this outing to Tochigi Prefecture, which also includes visiting Carp Streamer Festival in Tatebayashi and shopping at Sano Premium Outlet Mall.

Woodblock Printing (Series)

Mon Sep 27 | 11am to 1pm

Produce your own stunning example of this essential Japanese art.

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Yamanashi Winery & Peach Blossoms

Wed Apr 06

After the cherry blossoms fall, Yamanashi Prefecture’s peach trees bloom.

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Yanaka Edo District

Wed Mar 30

Walk through the city’s historic Yanaka district.

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