Tampopo Kai

Tampopo8This unique program has the goal of exposing children to the richness and wonder of the Japanese language and culture through songs, stories, games, arts and crafts, and other activities. The program is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers with three sessions that last approximately 12 weeks each, and a summer session of approximately four weeks.

Monday class is for children under 5 years of age. Through physical activities, children will learn about the Japanese culture, annual cultural events and holidays, and Japanese words. Colors, numbers, shapes, sizes, family members, greetings, seasons, weather, and body parts are introduced in the class as part of their exposure to Japanese vocabulary. Activities include songs, plays, games, exercises, stories, and arts and crafts.

Wednesday class introduces Hiragana, or beginning Japanese writing, and has a more formal classroom structure. The weekly routine includes traditional Japanese games and play, story time, Hiragana study, and arts and crafts.  The class best suits children who show an interest in writing and are at least 3 years old.

*Mondays (under 5 years old) : 9:30 am – 12 pm

*Wednesdays ( 3, 4, & 5 years old) : 12:30 pm – 3 pm

Click here for 2016-2017 Registration Packet and please read the Information Packet.

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2016/17 Session starts in early September, but you can enroll your child at any time.  Please contact us if you would like to visit for a free session to see if Tampopo Kai is the place for your family!

As a special treat and honor, since 1989, it has been a tradition for Tampopo Kai kids to trim the Japan tree at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Christmas Around the World.


For additional information about our classes, call JASC at 773-275-0097 or email tampopo@jasc-chicago.org.


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