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Origami workshop

Origami — ori meaning “to fold” and gami meaning “paper” — is the art of paper folding. In addition to being a creative outlet and doorway to exploring Japanese culture, origami is a great brain exercise. An origami session can help learners improve spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking.

・Ages: 4+

・Duration: 30 minutes to 1.5 hours

・Materials: Paper squares


Calligraphy workshop

Japanese calligraphy, or shodo, has a long history. Calligraphy sessions begin with a brief lecture on the history of the Japanese writing system, followed by hands-on instruction in calligraphy basics. This session may introduce learners to an aspect of Japanese culture which is seldom explored in the U.S. For young learners, it may also be beneficial in developing fine motor skills.

・Ages: 6+

・Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours

・Materials: Brushes, ink, paper, newspaper 

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Japanese cooking class

Sushi and ramen are beloved around the world, but what else do you know about Japanese cuisine? Learn how to make authentic Japanese food using ingredients you can buy in Chattanooga.  

・Ages: 6+ (Adult supervision may be required.)

・Duration: 1 to 2 hours

・Materials: Varies by recipe

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Doing business in Japan

Did you know Japanese people sign off on official business using a unique personal, family, or company seal? This session provides an overview of Japanese economics, politics and business. Learn the cultural values and attitudes most common in the Japanese workplace. Receive an introduction to communication styles when doing business in Japan.

・Ages: 18+

・45 minutes to 1 hour

・Components: PowerPoint presentation and interactive activities

Japanese Students

Seasonal events in Japan

Learn about traditional Japanese festivals and other celebrations, and compare them to U.S. events.

・Ages: 4+

・Duration: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours

・Components: PowerPoint presentation and interactive activities

Study Abroad

Study abroad in Japan

Learn about the many study abroad opportunities offered by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which partners with several Japanese universities.

・Available to high school and college students

Japanese Language

Japanese culture and language

Learn about general Japanese culture, such as how people behave at work, at school, and in social situations. Practice some Japanese greetings. 

・Ages: 4+

・30 minutes to 1.5 hours

・Components: PowerPoint presentation and interactive activities

Japanese Presentation

Education in Japan

Have you ever thought about what school might be like in another country? Japanese students clean their own classrooms — even the bathrooms! — and serve their classmates’ meals in the cafeteria. Learn more interesting facts about Japanese schools and compare them to your own experiences in a session about education in Japan.

・Ages: 4+

・Duration: 30 minutes to 1.5 hours

・Components: PowerPoint presentation and interactive activities

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Other presentations

Sessions relating to anything else Japan-related are available upon request.

Center for Global Education

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