母の日 – Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day actually started in West Virginia.  When the person named Ann Jarvis, who was a social activist during the American Civil …

Practice Session

Beginners welcome!!!  $10 for the first timer, $5 for the current students, $15 for others.  We practice speaking Japanese phrases.  Contact me …

飴細工 – Candy Art

This video is about a candy craftsman, Shinri Tezuka, who owns a traditional style candy shop, Ameshin, in Asakusa, Tokyo.  Unlike most …

令和 – Reiwa Era

The Chief Cabinet Secretary just announced the name of new era.  It will be Reiwa (令和: pronounce “ray-wa”).  It means auspicious and …

平成 – Heisei Era

In Japan besides the Western Calendar (西暦) we often use Japanese imperial year (和暦).  Currently the imperial year is Heisei (平成) 31 …

Kids Class

Kids classes are about to start!  Please join us!  Click here for details.

桜 – Cherry Blossoms 2019

It’s time for cherry blossoms again!  In Tokyo it was already at its peak on 3/21/19 and in Washington DC blossoms will …

ムーミン – Moomins

The anime Moomins is very popular in Japan.  The original story “Moomins” was written by Tove Jansson from Finland.  A Japanese production …

菱餅 – Hishi Mochi

For hina-matsuri we display beautiful dolls and offer food and drink.  Normally the drink is shirozake or Japanese white wine, and the …

美人姫 – Bijin-Hime

Bijin-hime is the name of a special strawberry that is produced by a farm in Gifu, Japan.  Bijin-hime literally means “beautiful princess”. …