Learn about Japanese Culture at Family Camp!

In 2017, Japanese Culture Sharing included three workshops highlighting different Japanese art forms. These workshops always take place in our Friendship House, built in honor of our friendship with the Tokyo YMCA. This house is a traditional Japanese building decorated by the Honma family, founders of the Tokyo-Frost Valley YMCA partnership. Many of the Japanese traditions that are a part of Frost Valley today are thanks to the Honma family’s contributions.

by Kumiko Kanayama of NYC

2018 Dates coming soon!
$5 per person|Max 16 people per class and no age limit

Shiatsu is a form of acupressure developed in Japan and commonly passed down from mothers to their children. By tuning in to the energy flow (referred to as ki or chi), both the shiatsu giver and receiver benefit together. Join us for a cozy, meditative dose of shiatsu. Bring a partner with you; it can be a friend, a spouse or your children! No experience needed. Wear comfortable clothes.

Once we are warmed up, we see how easy it is to find the energy channels in the body called meridians. By following Kumiko’s gentle, simple instructions, we can all give – and receive – shiatsu Kumiko established the Five Lights Center (Go Shiki Kan) in 2012. Go means “Five;” “Shiki” means “light;” “Kan” means “Center.” In modern shiatsu teachings, Go Shiki refers to the heat and energy in our hands and their five fingers. Kumiko has been building and refining her ability to share and direct this energy for close to 30 years in NYC.

by Tadashi Honda of Fukushima, Japan

2018 Dates Coming Soon!
$10 per person|Max 8 people per class and 15 years and older
Ikkanbari is the art of placing and layering special paper on a wooden core. Specifically, Tadashi Honda will be presenting the “rittaitakuhon,” (three-dimensional rubbings) one of the many artworks learned from a grand master in Kyoto. We will be using traditionally made kata (wooden cores). You will be able to make your own memorable piece.
Tadashi was born in 1944, in Date City of Fukushima Prefecture in Japan. Ever since he was young, he has had a passion for creating things. In particular, he has experience in making furniture and hanging scrolls.

Bags and Wall Decor from OBI
by Mayumi Yamauchi of Kamakura, Japan

2018 Dates Coming Soon!
$10 per person| Max 16 people per class- 18 years and older for bags, 6 years and older for wall decor
Kimono is a Japanese traditional clothing. Kimonos are worn with Obi sash and strings. There are no buttons or zippers. The Obi is especially important when wearing kimono since it’s worn on the outer layer. Obi is chosen according to the kimono patterns and occasions. The Obi we are using for this workshop are almost all from kimonos worn by brides at weddings. All the patterns on these sashes have meanings and they are very festive. These sashes will be transformed into bags and wall decors. We would like to introduce you to the wonderful world of Japanese texture design!
Mayumi lives in Kamakura, the old capital of Japan. She was fascinated by Obi which is a proud Japanese traditional craft and she wanted to spread the art not only in Japan but to the people in the rest of the world and began making bags. Forty years ago, she worked at the YMCA in Japan. At that time, the founder of the Tokyo Frost Valley YMCA Partnership, Mr. Honma was the director of the Tokyo YMCA gymnasium in Japan. She visited Frost Valley three years ago and was connected to this workshop.