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Tampopo Kai

Tampopo Kai is an online Japanese cultural program for preschoolers. Through various engaging activities such as singing, storytelling, and arts & crafts, children and their parents are exposed to the richness of the Japanese language and culture.

Topics that will be covered in Tampopo Kai classes are, but not limited to: Japanese holidays, customs, traditions; Japanese vocabulary words (e.g. colors, numbers, shapes, sizes, family members, greetings, seasons, weather, body parts); Japanese arts (songs, kamishibai-style Japanese storyboards, origami).

The program is organized around three main ideas:

  1. Continue to present an impactful program that is responsive to the developmental needs of infants and toddlers.
  2. Encourage the appreciation of the Japanese language and culture through fun activities.
  3. Create an environment that nurtures positive self-identity by connecting participants to their ethnic heritage.

Who would be a good fit?

  • Children 5 years old and younger
  • Families interested in exposing their children to Japanese language, culture, and/or arts
  • Parents who want their children to develop and maintain a connection to their Japanese heritage
  • Parents who are looking for a tight-knit community of families raising multilingual children in the U.S. 

Tampopo Class Information

New!  Online & In-person bundle package is available. Take both classes at a discounted price.

Register for both online and in-person classes:
JASC Members: $135 per session
Non-Members:   $185 per session

*For siblings: Sign up each sibling who is two years and older for in-person class only. Siblings under 2 years old are free.

ONLINE class: Mondays, 10 am – 11 am (Central Time)

Class meets virtually via Zoom with the following schedule:

Fall Session II: 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14
Winter Session I: 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, *12/22 (Thur.)
Winter Session II: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6
Spring Session I: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/27
Spring Session II: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1
Spring Session III: 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5

Tuition: Fee per session (5 classes). Register one time for the entire family.
JASC Members – $90 / session per family
Non JASC Members – $115 / session per family

If you miss a class, you will receive a recorded class to watch at your convenience.

For additional information about ONLINE classes, email Naomi Sensei (English or Japanese) at tampopo@jasc-chicago.org.

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どうぞ、tampopo@jasc-chicago.org まで日本語でお問い合わせください。
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IN-PERSON class: Saturdays, 11 am – 12 pm (Central Time)

Class meets in-person at JASC with the following schedule:
Fall Session II: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19
Winter Session I: 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7,
Winter Session II: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11
Spring Session I: 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18
Spring Session II: 4/1, 4/8, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6
Spring Session III: 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10

Tuition: Pay per session (5 classes). Register each child 2 years old and older. Siblings under two years old are FREE.
JASC Members – $90 / session per child
Non JASC Members – $115 / session per child

If you miss a class, you will receive a recorded class of the Monday online class from that week.

Safety guidelines for in-person class:

  • Mask wearing is required for both parents and children (for children under two years old masks are optional).
  • Anyone (child, parents, guardians who attend the class) with symptoms of fever, runny nose, sore throat, or cough must stay home.
  • Disinfect hands with sanitizer as you enter a class.

For additional information about IN-PERSON classes, email Kaori Tabion (English or Japanese) at dongurikai@jasc-chicago.org.

The registration form is at the end of this page. Please scroll down after the photo gallery.

Q&A

Frequently asked questions about the Tampopo Kai Program

  • Are all classes held online?
    Tampopo Kai offers both ONLINE and IN-PERSON classes in the Fall Sessions I & II.
  • Are infants too young to attend classes?
    Not at all! We encourage parents to bring their babies to let them hear spoken Japanese. We sing many Japanese children’s songs and read Japanese stories alongside simultaneous English translation. It is a great opportunity to immerse the child in the Japanese language.
  • Do parents need to participate in the class, too?
    Because Tampopo Kai is geared towards children 5 years old and younger, a parent or guardian must attend alongside their children. For online class, we ask parents to assist with accessing the Zoom link and managing the on/off of microphones. 
  • Is Tampopo Kai a Japanese language class? Tampopo Kai exposes children to the Japanese language, but it is not explicitly a language class. Basic Japanese vocabulary words are taught with supplemental explanations in English. Tampopo Kai is more of a cultural program rather than a language program.

Trimming the Japan tree at the Museum of Science and Industry is a time-honored tradition for Tampopo-Kai families. Tampopo has been decorating the Japan tree with joy and pride for the Christmas Around the World exhibit since 1989.

About Naomi Negi, Instructor of Tampopo Kai

Originally from Osaka, Japan, “Naomi Sensei,” as she’s known by the community, has been involved with Tampopo Kai as its instructor since 1987. She first became involved with Tampopo Kai due to her strong desire for her three children, who were all born and raised in the US, to build and maintain a connection to their Japanese heritage. She has dedicated 30+ years of her life to creating engaging lesson plans for multiple generations of multicultural children. Outside of instructing Tampopo Kai, she keeps busy as a cultural artist visiting schools, libraries, and museums running workshops and demonstrations of Japanese cultural arts, and remaining connected with the Tampopo alumni community.

 

 

 

Tampopo Kai Registration Form

Konnichi wa, Welcome to Tampopo Kai registration! Please fill out all fields on the registration form and photo release waiver below. Only one registration and payment are necessary per family for online classes. In-person classes require a fee for each child who is 2 years old and older. Siblings under 2 years old are free at in-person classes. Your registration is complete once payment has been received, so please don't forget to make your payment. We are looking forward to seeing you for a fun time in Tampopo Kai!
  • If you are currently a JASC Member please, your should select discounted member prices below. To become a member, click the red "Become a Member" link at the top of the page in the header.
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    9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 Note: Session payment is for current session's five classes only. Classes do not carry over to the next session. Unable to join a class? A recording of the missed class will be sent to you for viewing at your convenience. For any questions, please contact: tampopo@jasc-chicago.org.
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    9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8 Note: Session payment is for current session's five classes only. Classes do not carry over to the next session. Unable to join a class? A recording of the Monday online class will be sent to you for viewing at your convenience. For any questions, please contact: dongurikai@jasc-chicago.org.
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    Second child 2 years old and older must register. Children under 2 years old are free to attend with family members. 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8 Note: Session payment is for current session's five classes only. Classes do not carry over to the next session. Unable to join a class? A recording of the Monday online class will be sent to you for viewing at your convenience. For any questions, please contact: dongurikai@jasc-chicago.org.
  • 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 Note: Session payment is for current session's five classes only. Classes do not carry over to the next session. Unable to join a class? A recording of the missed class will be sent to you for viewing at your convenience. For any questions, please contact: tampopo@jasc-chicago.org.
  • Your child attends both Monday online AND Saturday In-person classes. If you sign up sibling(s), please do the following: 1. Only one child signs up for the bundle discount choice here, AND 2. Sign up each sibling if they are older than 2 years old for in-person class in the last registration choice below..
  • 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19 Note: Session payment is for current session's five classes only. Classes do not carry over to the next session. Unable to join a class? A recording of the Monday online class will be sent to you for viewing at your convenience. For any questions, please contact: dongurikai@jasc-chicago.org.
  • Second child 2 years old and older must register. Children under 2 years old are free to attend with family members. 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19 Note: Session payment is for current session's five classes only. Classes do not carry over to the next session. Unable to join a class? A recording of the Monday online class will be sent to you for viewing at your convenience. For any questions, please contact: dongurikai@jasc-chicago.org.
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