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Samurai Camp for Kids in San Francisco! June 22-26, 2015 – register now!

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Shibori Indigo Dyeing at Camp Japan

Artist and Museum Educator Julia Sackett shows campers how to use Shibori techniques to fold, bind and immerse the cloth into the indigo dye bath at Camp Japan. Camp Japan is a San Francisco summer camp combining art, music, culture and martial arts at Suginami Aikikai SF. The camp returns this summer in June, 2015: […]

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Excellent Test by Our Youngest Thursday Aikido Student!

I am so proud! Our new, youngest student has worked very hard to earn all of her stripes for yellow, studied seriously to advance, and just aced her yellow belt test. She is an example of effort, enthusiasm and humility; she also had the benefit of wonderful ukemi provided by our advanced red belt student. […]

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Tigers & Pandas * Japanese Brush Paintings * 3rd Grade

Here are brush paintings by some of my young students from John Yehall Chin School. This is only a small section of hundreds of works in the culminating exhibition; every child was represented. The kids in all of the K-5th classes learned about Japanese brush painting (and many other art techniques!). I worked as an artist-in-residence […]

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Action-Packed Red Belt Tests

These orange belts – now red belts – worked very hard practicing for their tests and it shows! High energy with excellent focus! Many congratulations.

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Kids Aikido Classes at Suginami Aikikai

I teach on Thursdays! Drop by and check it out! 🙂

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Camp Japan

Who says you can’t be a fierce warrior AND a skilled artist?! Not the Samurai! Camp Japan is a unique day camp combining martial arts, art and culture. Taught by black belts, artists, musicians, professional educators and more, we offer hands-on experiences for all the five senses. Hosted at a state-of-the-art martial arts dojo, we […]

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Japanese Noh-Inspired Puppets * First Grade

All of these fantastic creatures make me smile! For this project, kids learned a little bit about Japanese culture, arts and theater.  We created the puppets by: 1. Forming colored clay faces inspired by Japanese folklore characters, demons and tricksters, such as Hannya, Kitsune and others. 2. Folding, dipping and dyeing paper and filters, creating symbolic […]

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CAMP JAPAN, August 2013!!

This will be a most unusual, cultural, active, creative summer camp experience, right here in San Francisco! Feel free to email me with any questions!!

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CAMP JAPAN this summer at Suginami Aikikai & The Asian Art Museum

I’m so excited! I just met with educators from the Asian Art Museum and they’ve confirmed two full afternoon field trips as part of this one-week day camp, August 18-23rd. We’re going to see and touch Samurai warrior armor, explore the Tea Ceremony, learn brush painting, see Japanese ghost prints and have a story performed […]

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