Learn about Japanese Culture at Family Camp!

Japanese Culture Sharing workshops highlighting different Japanese art forms have been held for over 20 years 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.


Japanese Themed Polymer Clay Accessories with Ms. Elissa Hishikawa of NYC

Mon, Aug 27, 2018: 
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM     

Tues, Aug 28, 2018: 
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

• $10 per person
• Minimum age 12
Maximum 16 people per class
Longer than usual class hours

In this workshop, we will be making polymer clay accessories using Japanese themed patterns. Designs consist of flowers, plants, traditional patterns and kanji (Japanese calligraphy). These patterns are used in a variety of everyday items from kimono fabrics to dishes and pottery in Japan. There are seasonal designs used to celebrate the arrival of each of the 4 seasons. Some patterns are used as good luck charms.

Polymer clay is a versatile medium that’s easy to shape. Anyone can enjoy making one-of-a-kind items with a taste of Japan.

Elissa has participated many years as a camp counselor at the Tokyo-Frost Valley YMCA partnership in the past. Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, she has been a graphic designer, textile designer, web designer, and now a system engineer. Recently, her passion has been creating jewelry and sculptures from polymer clay.


with Mr. Kenichi Yoshida of NYC

Tues, Aug 28, 2018: 
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Wed, Aug 29, 2018:  
10:45 AM –  12:15 PM

• $5 per person
Minimum age 12 
• Maximum 16 people per class

Manga is a Japanese cartoon. It originated from “Choju-jinbutsu-giga,” which are the illustrated picture scrolls of frolicking animals and humans in the medieval age. After that, Manga underwent a unique evolution in Japan. Osamu Tezuka drew it in an advanced literary style and it became world famous. Currently, animation characters are attracting children all over the world.

This lesson will give you practical techniques of manga drawing, such as adding strength on the line with a calligraphy pen or pasting a screen tone to broaden the range of expressions. After presenting some samples of characters and frame manga, the instructor will help participants draw their own.

Kenichi Yoshida grew up surrounded by animations in Japan. He learned painting at an art university, graduating with several awards for his character design, illustration, and paintings. While attending, he also taught drawing to his university’s manga department as a teaching assistant. After graduating, he drew manga and gained experience by participating in the well-known manga convention, Comic Market. He continues to create new vibrant illustrations today.