Enrichment Programs

The Women's Group offers a wide range of dynamic, engaging enrichment programs to all Club Members.

Running the gamut from Japanese culture and photography to cooking and art, the classes cover a broad range of subjects and are taught by experienced instructors.
Enrichment programs are open to ages 18 and over, and non-Women's Group members are charged an additional ¥3,500 per class.
Explore the possibilities from the programs below.

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Art and Antiquing in Tokyo

Tue Nov 05

Dive into the world of Japanese art with an introduction to its history and aesthetics as well guided tours of galleries and antiques markets.

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Chef’s Table with Marybeth Boller: Session 1

Wed Sep 25 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Join celebrity chief Marybeth Boller as she combines Japanese and Western ingredients for an unforgettable culinary experience.

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Chef’s Table with Marybeth Boller: Session 2

Wed Oct 16 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Join celebrity chief Marybeth Boller as she combines Japanese and Western ingredients for an unforgettable culinary experience.

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Chef’s Table with Marybeth Boller: Session 3

Wed Nov 06 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Join celebrity chief Marybeth Boller as she combines Japanese and Western ingredients for an unforgettable culinary experience.

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Chef’s Table with Marybeth Boller: Session 4

Wed Dec 11 | 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Join celebrity chief Marybeth Boller as she combines Japanese and Western ingredients for an unforgettable culinary experience.

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Choir

Wed Oct 02 | 2pm to 3:30pm

Experience the joy of singing in a group with jazz vocalist Naomi Grace and pianist Haruno Akiyama.

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Cooking with the Club

Mon Sep 30 | 10am to 12pm

Learn the secrets of the kitchen with the culinary masterminds behind the Club’s award-winning restaurants.

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Drawing and Oil Painting

Wed Sep 25 | 10am to 1pm

Learn how to draw using a plaster head mold.

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Elementary Japanese

Mon Sep 30 | 1pm to 2:30pm

Study Japanese with a clear goal in 2019.

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Exploring Japanese Tea Ceremony Traditions

Wed Nov 06 | 10am to 12pm

Visit a private teahouse in Bunkyo Ward for an exclusive insight into Japanese chanoyu tea ceremony traditions with a master of the art.

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Exploring Tokyo’s Architecture

Fri Nov 15

This series of three tours and capstone lecture traces the main events that have formed Tokyo’s architectural movements and links cultural phenomena and historical affairs to physical spaces.

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Finding Your Ikigai

Tue Oct 01

Explore the Japanese concept of ikigai at this multi-part workshop designed to help you find purpose during your time in Japan.

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Flavors of North India

Fri Sep 27 | 10:30am to 1pm

Dive into the rich variety of flavors that define the cuisine of northern India.

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Flower Arrangement: Champêtre Bouquet

Wed Oct 16 | 10:30am to 12pm

Learn to craft your own French country-style bouquet of vibrant blooms reminiscent of auburn sunsets and crisp, moonlit nights, fragrant with the scent of autumn blossoms.

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Flower Arrangement: Winter Holiday

Wed Dec 04 | 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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Gems and Jewelry: An Insider’s View

Tue Nov 05 | 10am to 2pm

Tour the wholesale jewelry area of Tokyo, where you can find everything from South Pacific pearls to precious and semiprecious stones, beads, gold coins and more.

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Home Solutions: Decluttering the Kitchen

Thu Oct 03 | 9:30am to 12pm

Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily find what you need, your pantry made sense to you and cleaning was effortless and easy?

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How to Save a Life: CPR and AED

Tue Oct 01 | 10am to 11:30am

Learn essential first aid skills at this workshop designed to prepare you to respond effectively in an emergency.

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Ikkanbari Basket making

Tue Oct 15 | 2pm to 5pm

Ikkanbari basketmaking is a Japanese folk art in which several layers of washi paper are applied to handmade bamboo baskets.

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Indian Party Food

Wed Oct 30 | 10:30am to 1pm

Learn to cook for a crowd at this workshop of the favorite party foods of India.

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Intermediate English

Wed Sep 25 | 1pm to 2:30pm

Understand and participate in more in-depth, interesting conversations with your English-speaking friends.

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Japanese Garden Walk: Lunch on the Pond

Wed Sep 25 | 9am to 12:30pm

Learn about traditional Japanese gardens in Kiyosumi Teien, one of the most beautiful strolling and pond gardens in the country, and enjoy a Japanese lunch at its stunning teahouse that appears to float on the water.

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Japanese Garden Walks: Daimyo Garden and Kagurazaka

Thu Nov 21 | 9am to 1pm

Next to the Tokyo Dome sits Koishikawa-Korakuen, one of Tokyo’s oldest surviving landscape gardens created by feudal era daimyo lords.

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Japanese Garden Walks: Kita Kamakura Zen Gardens

Wed Dec 04 | 8:30am to 1pm

Marvelat the fall color in the grounds of three stunning Zen temples in Kita Kamakura.

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Japanese Garden Walks: Mitake Valley Stone Garden

Wed Oct 02 | 7:45am to 1pm

Explore the paintings of Kawai Gyokudo and stone garden designed by landscape architect Ken Nakajima at the Gyokudo Museum in the beautiful Mitake Valley.

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Japanese Garden Walks: Oiso Seaside Gardens

Fri Oct 25 | 9am to 2pm

Two hours south of Tokyo, the coastal town of Oiso holds several seaside gardens perfect for an escape from the city.

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Japanese Home Cooking: Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu

Fri Nov 08 | 10:30am to 12:30pm

Prepare your own healthy Japanese recipes with fresh, local ingredients.

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Japanese Home Cooking: Teriyaki Chicken and Miso Soup

Thu Oct 10 | 10:30am to 12:30pm

Prepare your own healthy Japanese recipes with fresh, local ingredients.

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Japanese Home Cooking: Yakisoba and Okonomiyaki

Thu Nov 21 | 10:30am to 12:30pm

Prepare your own healthy Japanese recipes with fresh, local ingredients.

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Kimono 101

Thu Oct 10 | 1pm to 3pm

Learn the differences in function and form between kimono styles such as the light-weight yukata and the casual komon.

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Knitting Circle: Handbag

Thu Oct 03 | 11am to 12:30pm

Craft a handbag from scratch over four classes using t-shirt yarn and plenty of imagination.

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Make Your Own Jewelry: Bracelet & Brooch

Thu Oct 31 | 10:30am to 12:30pm

Craft a bracelet using freshwater pearls and a brooch with imitation Japanese pearls and Swarovski accent beads.

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Make Your Own Jewelry: Double Ring & Necklace

Thu Dec 12 | 10:30am to 12:30pm

Create an artificial pearl jewelry double ring with Swarovski accent beads and a necklace using quality Japanese products.

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Make Your Own Jewelry: Ring, Necklace & Earrings

Thu Sep 26 | 10:30am to 12:30pm

In this class, you will create an artificial pearl jewelry set including a ring, necklace and pierced and non-pierced earrings using quality Japanese products.

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Mizuhiki Knot Workshop: Earrings

Fri Oct 04 | 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Learn how to create a pair of mizuhiki knot earrings using a traditional Japanese art form.

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Mizuhiki Knot Workshop: Hair Decoration

Fri Nov 08 | 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Explore various mizuhiki knot-making techniques as you craft your own hair decoration.

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Nantucket Basket Weaving

Fri Nov 15 | 10:30am to 12:30pm

Weave your very own Nantucket-style candy basket complete with decorative lid.

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Noodles of Asia

Tue Oct 08 | 10:30am to 1pm

Noodles make for the perfect one-dish meal, especially when paired with delicious vegetables and tofu!

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Photography 101: Camera Setup

Fri Oct 04 | 10:30am to 12pm

Take more control over your photography by learning how to set up your camera for the best possible shot.

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Photography 101: iPhone

Fri Nov 01 | 10:30am to 12pm

Turn your iPhone into a professional photo studio.

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Photography 101: Shooting Tokyo

Fri Nov 15 | 10:30am to 12pm

Tokyo Tower is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

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Porcelarts: Herend Teacup and Saucer

Wed Oct 02 | 1:30pm to 3:30pm

This advanced three-day course has participants paint and utilize decal transfers to decorate a teacup and saucer set inspired by the world-famous Herend Porcelain school and chinoiserie motif.

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Porcelarts: Teapot, Teacup and Saucer

Thu Oct 03 | 2pm to 3:30pm

Decorate a ceramic teapot, teacup and saucer from a choice of two different motifs.

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Pre-Intermediate Japanese

Tue Sep 24 | 1pm to 2:30pm

This class is intended for students who have completed Japanese study at the beginner or elementary level.

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Preserving Japanese Culture: Kuhonbutsu

Tue Oct 29 | 9:30am to 12pm

A historically significant temple located in western Tokyo, Kuhonbutsu was first established in 1678.

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Preserving Japanese Culture: The Afterlife

Tue Dec 10 | 10:30am to 11:30am

When art conservationists restore Buddhist artifacts, it’s not uncommon to discover messages left behind by their former owners.

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Preserving Japanese Culture: Zojoji Temple

Fri Nov 15 | 9:30am to 12pm

Ieyasu Tokugawa, the 16th-century feudal lord and unifier of Japan, lies enshrined at Minato Ward’s Zojoji Temple.

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Sketch Your Travel Memories

Thu Sep 26 | 9:30am to 12pm

Learn a unique way to preserve travel memories or scenes from day-to-day life.

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Sogetsu Ikebana Flower Arrangement

Thu Sep 26 | 10am 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

Tue Sep 24

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

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Thriving in Japan

Wed Oct 16 | 9:30am to 11am

Designed for anyone whose move across the world has thrown their personal or professional life off track, this multi-step workshop will get you your expat life back on course.

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Ukulele Aloha: Happy Holidays

Wed Nov 20 | 10am to 12pm

Practice Christmas songs and get ready for the annual Mele Kalikimaka Party in December.

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Ukulele Aloha: Let's Mingle

Fri Oct 18 | 10am to 12pm

Learn new chords and songs while mingling with your ukulele buddies.

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Ukulele Aloha: Mele Kalikimaka

Wed Dec 11 | 10am to 12pm

Celebrate the holiday season with happy ukulele tunes.

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Ukulele Aloha: Welcome Back

Fri Sep 27 | 10am to 12pm

Get back into the swing of things by reviewing chords review the chords playing summery songs together!

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