Japanese Comedy Night Series: Impulse

Thursday, June 18, 20206:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT Japanese short comedy stories are called “conte” (コント) borrowed from a French word. Let’s enjoy conte with English subtitles by a Japanese comedy duo, Impulse(インパルス). They are good at making laugh by creating strange situations and characters that might happen in ordinary life. Conte #1: Convenience Store BurglarA…

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Tuesday Evening Riichi Mah Jong Online

Tuesday, June 9, 20205:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT Join us for Japanese-style Mahjong online using https://mahjongsoul.yo-star.com/ We are going to try using the site Mahjong Soul to play Riichi. It’s actually a pretty fun site, and you can use it to learn how to play. We’re going to have a tournament page set up for this group,…

Mayumido Breathwork and Movement Online

Saturday, May 30, 20207:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT ** Sunday, May 31, 11 AM JST (Japan Standard Time) Mayumi has started live online classes in Japanese! Her classes focus on breathing and movement exercises based on kokyuho, qigong, yoga, and aikido. For now, she will be teaching in Japanese, and will continue on a weekly basis.…

Introduction to Manzai and Osaka-ben

Thursday, May 28, 20206:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and known for its distinct culture. The contrast between Tokyo and Osaka is always a hot topic. The stereotype says Tokyo is serious and Osaka is funny. In fact, Osaka is recognized as a “comedy city” and many comedians…

Japanese Comedy Night Series: Tokyo 03

Thursday, May 14, 20206:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT Tokyo 03 (東京03) is a Japanese comedy trio known for their elaborated scenarios. Their plots deeply describe the contemporary Japanese “Salary-man” (white-caller worker)’s sorrow. They are excellent about making fun of ordinary men’s trifle pride and unnecessary considerations. They are so popular especially among Japanese Millennial that their…

Online Movie: Kinji Fukasaku’s Black Lizard

Wednesday, April 22, 20207:00 PM to 9:00 PM PDT **We will send out the link to join the movie on the day of the event** From the director that brought you Battle Royale! Kinji Fukasaku’s Black Lizard is a zany jewel heist film from 1968 featuring a spectacular female jewel thief and her battle of wits with…

Virtual Japanese Culture Happy Hour: Tribute to Ken Shimura

Thursday, April 30, 20206:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT Tribute to the great Japanese comedian, Ken Shimura, who passed away from coronavirus. Let’s watch his short comedies with English subtitle. Feel free to grab a beer or your favorite drink. His slapstick humor, physical comedy and naïve persona made him a household name in the country for…

Wild Goose Qigong Practice

Every Friday 11 am to noon **This practice is now meeting either outdoors at Holladay Park or inside Lloyd Center, depending on the weather: If the temperature is in the mid-60s and not raining, look for us outdoors in Holladay Park, behind Lloyd Center Mall If the weather is cooler or rainy, we will meet…

Mayumido: Japanese Breathwork and Movement Exercise

Tuesday, March 10, 20206:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday, March 24, 20206:00 PM to 7:00 PM POSTPONED–DATE TBA Blending techniques from Aikido, Qigong, and Yoga, this class includes light stretching, self-massage, and guided breathing. Relax your body, improve balance, and increase function. This is low-impact exercise for all ability levels and ages. The core focus of this practice is…

Needle Felting Animals for Beginners

Afternoon Session Thursday, March 12, 20201:00 PM to 3:00 PM Evening Session Thursday, March 26, 20206:00 PM to 8:00 PM POSTPONED–DATE TBA The Encorepreneur Cafe 1548 NE 15th Ave. Portland Needle felting is a technique to make sculptures from wool using a barbed needle. In this meetup, we will have workshops to learn and enjoy needle felting. Beginners are…