Coto Events in April 2017

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Monthly Events at Coto

We are planning the following events in April 2017. Please send your request for participation to [email protected]!

Ohanami party in Kitanomaru park

Sunday, April 2

Let’s enjoy the beginning of Spring together and have fun in Kitanomaru park, one of the most beautiful parks in Tokyo! Bring your own food and drinks to share a snack with Coto staff and students under the cherry blossoms. Games will be organized to even practice Japanese! Join us!

Book Appointment from Coubic

  • Date: Sunday, April 2
  • Time: 12:00-16:30
  • Place: Kitanomaru park (8 min from station Kudanshita exit 2)
  • Fee: No fee, please bring your own food and drinks!

It might be a little bit cold, make sure to bring a jacket ! In accordance to the theme, let’s all wear something PINK for the day! It could anything from a backpack to your top.

Lunch Tour in Kagurazaka

Thursday, April 6

Have you ever been to Kagurazaka? It is an enchanting neighborhood located 5 minutes walking from the Coto Japanese Academy, where you can find many shops, fancy cafés, traditional and modern restaurants. Every month, we organize a lunch tour in one of the many delicious restaurants around this place. If you want to join the September tour and discover Kagurazaka, mail us and make your reservation now!

Book Appointment from Coubic

  • Date: Thursday, April 6
  • Time: 12:30~13:50
  • Meeting place: 12:30 at the 1F of the Coto Japanese Academy
  • Place: Torijaya
  • Fee: around 1500 yen
  • Number of participants: 16 people

Cooking class! 

Wednesday, April 12


Did you know that there are various different ways to make sushi? In this event, we will create an oshi-zushi design that is a real eye-pleaser. Once you’ve learned how to make it, it is easy to make this dish at home too. We can create interesting designs based on your ideas! We look forward to seeing you at this event.
Book Appointment from Coubic

  • Date: Wednesday, April 12
  • Time: 12:40 – 13:55
  • Place: Coto Japanese Academy 1F
  • Fee: 2500 yen
  • Number of participants: up to 9 people
  • Instructor: Emiko Shimizu (teacher from Coto)

Zazen Experience

Sunday, April 16


Wanting to take a short break from the bustling city life? If yes, you should try the Zazen meditation in a Japanese Temple.
Ijima sensei, who is from the family of the temple master at temple “Souseiji”, kindly offered to open her home to Coto Japanese Academy students! Not only will she give us the chance to experience zen meditation, but Ijima sensei will also show us around the inside of the temple. Do not miss this great opportunity to meet her father, the chief priest of Souseiji Temple, and to ask him everything you have ever wanted to know about the temple’s lifestyle, Japanese zen, Buddhism, Japanese history…

Book Appointment from Coubic

  • Date: Sunday, April 16
  • Time: 14:00~17:00 (Meeting at 13:30 at Higashinakano Station, west exit)
  • Place: Souseiji Temple (宗清寺) Higashi Nakano
  • Transport: Higashinakano Station (JR or Toei Oedo Line)
  • Fee: 1500yen (with tea and sweet)
  • Participants: 20 people maximum

Calligraphy Class 

Wednesday, April 19

If you are interested in learning how to draw each and every stroke in the Japanese Kanji character, this event is for you! Every month, Coto Japanese Academy will hold a calligraphy class. Learn the basics of calligraphy along with the artistic way of writing kanji, you will be practicing on three characters as shown below. The instructor, Wakana Shingae, is a professional calligrapher. Grab this opportunity to experience the traditions of Japan and participate in our calligraphy class! Booking available at the reception (3F).

This month’s kanji: 花 輝 桜

Book Appointment from Coubic

  • Day: Wednesday, April 19
  • Time: 12:40 – 13:55
  • Place: Coto Japanese Academy 1F
  • Fee: 2500 yen
  • Number of participants: up to 1o people
  • Instructor: Wakana Shingae

Japanese Sword Experience

Thursday, April 20

A life-time opportunity to experience cutting with a real Japanese sword! Do you know Iaido? Iaido is a Japanese martial art that “assumes” that you’re in front of a dangerous enemy. This martial art teaches you to be aware, capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack along with the correct etiquette and postures to do it smoothly. This kind of dojos rarely allows beginners to use a Japanese sword 真剣 (Shinken). Join us to hold and use a real traditional katana!

Book Appointment from Coubic

  • Date: Thursday, April 20
  • Time: 18:30~21:15
  • Meeting point: 18:20 at Coto Japanese Academy 3F or 18:30 at the Ryuseikan Dojo (10 minutes from Coto; 2 minutes from Kudanshita station)
  • Fee: 5000 yen
  • Number of participants: 15

Japanese Ink Painting Class

Wednesday, April 26

Take a brush and a piece of washi paper and learn how to draw the typical Japanese ink paintings called Sumi-e! Practice this ancient art in the studio of the instructor Honda Yuta-san, whose father was a recognized Sumi-e painter, Honda Toyokuni. Don’t worry if you have never painted with ink and a brush before, the technique of the Sumi-e is easy to familiarize with and you will be able to draw cool paintings on that day! This May, we will practice how to draw bamboo, one of the most basic of Sumi-e painting.

Book Appointment from Coubic

  • Date: Wednesday, April 26
  • Time: 12:40 13:55
  • Place: Coto Japanese Academy 1F
  • Fee: 2500円
  • Number of people:Max. 10 people

Apply quickly at [email protected]!

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