The ancient art of paperfolding, origami, is believed to have its origins in China. Origami takes its name from “oru” meaning to fold, and “kami” meaning paper. For centuries, in Japan, origami design was handed down generation to generation. This form of art became part of the cultural heritage of the Japanese people.
Learn this ancient art from an expert! FALL 2013 Origami workshops are scheduled for Saturdays, September 28, October 12 & 26, and November 9 & 23 with Christmas workshops on December 7 & 21. Classes are 1-4 p.m. Reserve a seat in the workshop(s) of your choice by contacting the Japan Center at 850-474-3363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 1000 Cranes by 1000 People project began in November 2006 as part of ongoing origami workshops conducted by the UWF Japan House. The project was completed in September 2008. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 1000 Cranes by 1000 People project. The streamers of 1000 cranes were delivered to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on October 10, 2008 by Mrs. Columba Bush, former First Lady of Florida. Learn more about the project.
Thousand Cranes Project 2010
Five UWF students and one UWF professor participating in the 2010 Summer Semester in Japan Program accompanied Shigeko Honda, director, UWF Japan Center/Japan House to deliver 1000 cranes to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Monday, June 28, 2010. While visiting the park, the students met with Mr. Steven Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. Among the contributors to the 1000 Cranes Project 2010 were Mrs. Columba Bush, former First Lady of Florida, Dr. Kunihiko Ukifune, Chairman, Jikei Group of Colleges, origami workshop participants, and local Japanese volunteers.
We are now working on the third 1000 Cranes project! Join Mrs. Gunn in an origami workshop and make a crane for the project!
The UWF Japan House invites area students and organizations to visit the Japan House for hands-on culture. A tour of Japan House, geography and culture, origami, music and dance, calligraphy, and tea ceremony demonstrations are just a few of the activities that are enjoyed on a field trip excursion. Field trips can be customized by school grade level or your group’s interest. For more information, contact the Japan Center at (850) 474-3363 or email@example.com
Summer Semester in Japan
The Summer Semester in Japan program provides UWF students the opportunity to study Japanese language and culture and a related academic discipline in the Japanese environment. The program seeks to provide a multifaceted international educational experience which will help American students better understand the Japanese people and their culture.
The 2013 Summer Semester in Japan program was hosted by Tokyo College of Sports and Recreation, a member of the Jikei Group of Colleges in Japan.
More information about the Summer Semester in Japan program can be found on the Japan Center Programs webpage.
Chado, the Way of Tea
“Chado, the Way of Tea, is based on the simple act of boiling water, making tea, offering it to others, and drinking of it ourselves. Served with a respectful heart and received with gratitude a bowl of tea satisfies both physical and spiritual thirst.”
Soshitsu Sen, Urasenke Grand Tea Master XV
Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations and workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Call the Japan Center at at 850-474-3363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about an up-coming session.