Japanese Cultural Experience: Igo 囲碁 Workshop

We have a special guest from Japan on February 6th.  Mrs.Yasuko Imamura of Kansai Go Association, an amateur 6th Dan Go instructor, will visit San Francisco and is pleased to offer an exclusive introductory Go lesson for beginners.  This will be an unique hands-on Go workshop by a Japanese instructor.  Please take this special opportunity to learn about the history and challenge of ancient Japanese game.  No previous Go experience nor Japanese language skills are required to participate in this workshop.

What is Go?

Go, or igo 囲碁 in Japanese, is a two player board game that originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. It is believed to have been introduced to Japan by the scholar Kibi Makibi in the beginning of the 8th century. Go was actively played during the Nara period (710-794) and the Heian period (794-1185) as a game of the aristocracy. Go soon found its way to public popularity and has been enjoyed by people of all ages and levels as a game of skill and strategy. 

Yasuko Imamura

Yasuko Imamura was born in Kyoto and graduated from Ryukoku University College of Buddhist Studies.  Originally of the Kansai Ki-in, as an instructor, she has commentated on professional matches, organized and chaired events, and contributed to the spread of Go.  She has appeared on NHK television shows explaining Go and has made Go fans out of all ages of viewers through her excellent explanation style.  She is a Heian Women’s College guest lecturer.  Her husband, Toshiya Imamura, is a 9 Dan Go master and Executive Director of the Kansai Ki-in.

Her titles include:

51st All Japan Women’s Amateur Go Championships: Best 4
27th Asahi Kansai Women’s Amateur Go Masters (Meijin) Tournament: Meijin
15th Kansai Queen’s Cup Go Tournament:Champion
All-Japan Women’s Amateru Championship: Kyoto Representative

**This event has limited space and registration is first come first served. Please register early to ensure your spot in this event.

Date & Time:
Friday, 2/6  6:00-7:45pm
5:45 – 6:00 pm Registration
6:00 – 6:15 pm History and sportsmanship of Go
6:15 – 7:00 pm Rules of Go (positioning, winning and losing)
7:00 – 7:15 pm Simple game(ishi-tori game)
7:15 – 7:45 pm Full games 

Japan Society of Northern California
500 Washington St., #300
San Francisco, CA 94111

$5 Japan Society members
$8 Non-members

Please click here to register!
 *The deadline to RSVP for this event is Thursdays, February 5, 2015.  Refunds will not be made after this date.

This workshop is a collaboration with the Japanese Consulate and the Japan Society of Northern California.

Cultural Workshop: Japanese Tea Tasting

Would you like a cup of tea?  お茶はいかがですか。

Nihon-cha 日本茶, Japanese tea, referred to as green tea, is the most common beverage in Japan. Japanese enjoy various kinds of green tea, hot and cold, throughout the year. Even after western food has highly influenced Japanese cuisine, green tea remains essential to the Japanese food culture.

In cooperation with LUPICIA Fresh Tea, the Japan Society is proud to present our Cultural Experience Workshop: Japanese Tea Tasting (Introductory Course) This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about Japanese tea in a friendly atmosphere.

Ms. Kyoko Hori Tieu, Regional Manager of LUPICIA Fresh Tea, will give us a brief lecture of Nihon-cha, followed by tasting of five different types of green tea: Sencha (medium quality green tea), Gyokuro (refined green tea), Hojicha (roasted green tea)  Genmaicha (tea mixed with roasted brown rice) and Matcha (powdered green tea) At the end of the evening, participants can enjoy conversation over sweets and a cup of tea.

This event has limited space and registration is first come first served. Please register early to ensure your spot in the workshop.

Japan Society of Northern California
500 Washington St., #300
San Francisco, CA 94111

Date & Time
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
6:00 – 6:15 pm  Check-in
6:15 – 6:30 pm  Introduction
6:30 – 7:30 pm Lecture and Tasting
7:30 – 7:45 pm Q & A

$7    2013 Japan Society Japanese Language Class Student
$10  Japan Society Member
$15   Non-Member

To register, please click here

The deadline to RSVP for this event is Sunday, November 3rd.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after this date.

Ms. Kyoko Hori Tieu
Kyoko is a Regional Manager at LUPICIA Fresh Tea, also supervising San Francisco Centre Store since 2005. She has a certificate as a Japanese Green Tea Advisor by the Nihoncha Instructor Association. Born in Japan and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia, Japan and North America, she experienced the different ways tea is enjoyed in various cultures.

Lupicia started out in Japan in 1994 and actually began as two separate tea stores. First as a black tea specialty store called “L’epicier”, meaning grocery store in French. Then a few years later a specialty tea store offering green teas from China and Japan called “緑碧茶園Lu Pi Cha En”, meaning jade green tea garden in Chinese, was opened.

In 2005 the company decided to become a purveyor of world teas and combined the two stores and the two names resulting in the name “LUPICIA”. In a sense, it is a blending of cultures that envisions the hope to spread the wonderful flavors of tea and a tea drinking culture throughout the world. There are three store locations in the Bay Area: San Francisco Centre, Valley Fair (Santa Clara) and Mitsuwa Marketplace (San Jose)