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.

Please see policies and procedures.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Woodblock Printing (Series)

Mon Sep 27 | 11am to 1pm

Produce your own stunning example of this essential Japanese art.

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