Culture Craft Classes
These fun and interesting classes are offered on a recurring basis throughout the year at the library. Costs are $10 per class (except for the "Sado" class, which is $30), paid to the library; plus a supplies fee for each project that is paid directly to the instructor. See the information below for class descriptions and costs for supplies.
2nd and 4th Mondays, 10:30 a.m. — noon
Japanese fresh flower arranging strives to showcase the natural beauty of each element without distraction. Ikebana dates from around the seventh century when the custom of offering flowers to Buddha entered Japan from China and Korea. The fee for flowers is ¥1,000 or $9 per class.
2nd and 4th Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.
Carefully torn pieces of handmade paper are used to create images that resemble watercolor paintings. The technique dates from the Heian period of Japanese history when it was often used in conjunction with calligraphy. Kits are ¥500-1,500. Frames are ¥100.
3rd Friday, 10 a.m. — noon
The art of oshi-e was created out of a desire not to waste small scraps of kimono fabric. Cotton is wrapped in beautiful cloth and applied to a board to create soft, 3-D pictures of people, flowers, birds and more. Basic kits are $14. Frames are ¥450. The instructor brings a catalog to class for students to order additional kits.
Last two Wednesdays of the month, 4:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Sado is the "way of the tea" and it is the art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. There are several schools of Sado, or Japanese tea ceremony. Tea has been integral to the culture of Japan, and the tea ceremony changes throughout the year with the seasons. It is still considered part of the proper education of any aspiring young lady and is also a popular hobby for many Japanese who are interested in their own culture. There are no supply fees for this class.
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