Summer Japanese Arts & Crafts Camp

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Welcome to the Summer Japanese Arts & Crafts Camp 2017!

I started this camp out of my love for Japanese Culture. I have traveled to Japan twice and every time I visit, I fall a little more in love. I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned about Japanese art and culture with your children and explore different mediums with them.

Every Japan Camp is different. This year will be not different. We will learn and experience activities like fabric and textile art, plants and flower arranging, and traditional and not so traditional crafts that I have had a fun time coming up with. For previous camp photos click here and here

I love to inspire children to create! Please join us! Please visit www.greenwoodaikido.com/japancamp/ to register.

p.s Don’t forget to tell your friends about our camp!

DOMO ARIGATOU!

Heather Greenwood

Japan Adventures: Tama

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Hello Kitty in Tama Train Station

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Onward!

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Behold the Gudetama egg!

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These games were impossible to win

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Olivia trying for a shiba inu

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Lights in Tama

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Tunnel of lights

After leaving Kyoto, we headed back to Tokyo as we had one last day in Japan and didn’t want a super heavy travel day on our last day traveling back home. We enjoyed the train ride, getting a glimpse of Mt. Fuji as we passed through Shizuoka! Hiking Mt. Fuji is something I would love to do someday.

We stayed at the Keio Plaza Hotel and enjoyed our stay very much! Near the hotel was a shopping mall, restaurants, a fun arcade and Sanrio Puroland. Decorations and lights were everywhere to celebrate Christmas. The Japanese love Christmas! One of the things they do for the Christmas holiday is eat Japanese cheesecake and Kentucky Fried Chicken! Puroland was closed the day we were visiting, but it looked like it would be super fun to visit. Next time!

Japan is a place of deep inspiration for me. I love it for the raw beauty, fascinating culture and hospitable people. There is an ease about the Japanese people, their humble character, often confused with shyness. They are a people of order, they all know their place and where they fit it. They are extremely hardworking in everything they do. Maybe that for me is what I love most. The artists of Japan spend an entire lifetime refining and continually growing in their craft or trade. I have watched countless videos on anything from wood block printing to sumo to sushi chefs- they all take great pride in their work and that for me is something I continually strive for. I want to be the best version of myself and the Japanese inspire me to do that.

Dewa, mata ne,

See you next time Japan!

Japan Adventures: Osaka

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Philip and Simeon

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Artists painting Osaka Castle off in the distance

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Golden Ginkyo leaves

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Osaka

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Osaka Castle moat and stone walls

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Natalie at Osaka Castle

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Beautiful!

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View from the top of Osaka Castle

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Philip

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Me!

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Dotonbori

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Silly statues in Osaka

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Olivia at the cat cafe

 

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So cute!

Our first stop was in Osaka- the second largest city in Japan.

After the 30 minute train ride from Kyoto Station we arrived in Osaka. The train drops you off nearly at the entrance to Osaka Castle, so it was just a short walk to the castle park grounds, nearly 80 acres to explore. I was so impressed with the moat and stone walls, made for protecting the castle. I can’t believe what a fortress this once was and the history behind it, the battles fought literally where we stood. Japan has so much history and you can see that the Japanese are equally impressed with the history.

After a few hours at Osaka castle, our daughter begged us to find the Neko no Jikan cat cafe. How fun! We paid the fee, received a coffee and petted sweet kitties for an hour. Most cats used to the attention so mostly they’re just sleeping or wandering among their play area. It was a nice place to slow down for a bit and rest. This was day seven of our trip and we were definitely feeling tired with all the traveling up to that point.

Later we met up with some friends and had some beers and ramen, did some yukata shopping and headed back to the house until the next adventure…

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Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving 2015

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We are responsible for the tenor we bring to one another and the world.” Victor Villasenor

From it’s humble beginnings in 1992, noted author Victor Villasenor began the yearly tradition of celebrating and promoting peace and harmony by holding the Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving.

Scheduled each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, it is a day for people to put aside their differences and join together as a global community of people, all with the same goal in mind, Peace.

This event is open to all. Participants are asked to bring a food dish to share with others. The Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving serves as a kickoff to the holiday season of sharing. For more information you may visit http://snowgoose.org

Please join us!

When: Sunday, November 22, 2015 2-5pm

Where: Greenwood Home at 27479 Lock Haven Court Temecula, CA 92591

What to bring: Appetizer, salad, main dish, or dessert

Art Cosplay Expo 2015

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3rd Annual Japanese Traditional and Pop Culture Event here in beautiful Temecula, California

Together, Art Cosplay Expo and The Temecula Sister City Association  present a two day event celebrating Japanese traditional and pop-culture September 11 – 12, 2015 at the Old Town Temecula Civic Center, Town Square Park and Civic Quad. This is Art Cosplay Expo’s (ACE) third year and event organizers are excited about the fusion of partnering with the Temecula Sister City Association to add the traditional Japanese cultural component to this years event. Temecula City Council Member Maryann Edwards states “We are pleased  that the Temecula Sister City Association and ACE have partnered to bring an exciting event for our youth and young at heart that will promote cultural and artistic exchanges in Temecula”.

On day one of the event, organizers will conduct an Obon Ceremony in remembrance of 9/11 on Friday September 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The brief remembrance ceremony is open to the public and will be held at the City Hall fountain. New this year, a Masquerade Cosplay Ball will be held at the Temecula Civic Center. This is an exciting evening of dancing and entertainment provided by featured guest cosplayers and other VIP activities. There are limited tickets available to the VIP Masquerade ball. The VIP Two-Day tickets include admittance to the Saturday All-Day event on September 12 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

On day two, event activities will fill the Civic Center, Chambers, Halls,  Town Square and Main Stage in the Civic Quad.  The majority of the Pop-Culture activities will take place indoors. This years Pop-Culture entertainment and panel line up feature world’s best-selling author of How-To-Draw books Christopher Hart, award winning writer, producer and director Kirk Kushin, graphic novel author Xinophin, vocaloid performer Yukie Dong, Temecula’s resident Improv Troup Pseudo Random Noise (PRN), Block Party Gaming, and more! This years event has many returning vendors including Tokyo Lifestyles, Anime Coast, Manga Mania and So-Cal Games and Comics to name a few.

The Japanese traditional entertainment and demonstrations throughout the festival will include Bun Raku Puppet Show, Japanese Taiko Drummers, Kendama Tournament (Kenama 951), a martial arts and Iaido swordsmanship demonstrations and Japanese food, crafts and activities (Greenwood Aikido). Cultural displays will showcase the cultural exchanges that have taken place between the City of Temecula and sister city Daisen in Japan.

A highlight of the ACE Japanese Festival and new this year is the inaugural crowning of Miss Cherry Blossom Temecula. The title holders will represent the Temecula Sister City Association as cultural ambassadors.

VIP Two-day admission tickets are $35.00 (Limited availability). The One-day admission tickets for SATURDAY ONLY is $20.00 there is a discounted ticket of $12.00 for attendees 12 and under.   For more information on the event and TICKETS, visit http://www.ArtCosplayExpo.com or http://www.ACETemecula.org.

Series: 5 On The Radar

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furoshiki c/o kirikomade.com

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The most clever beer can designs by Yo Ho Brewing

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Hotel Okura Tokyo: Beautiful Japanese hotel and design landmark

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Kokedama: hanging gardens c/o Design Sponge

obsessed 4 naka

Naka Los Angeles: Discovered after watching the Netflix show Chef’s Table. New take on kaiseki art

 

Craft: Kawaii flower planter

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After cleaning with soap, I just cut the top off

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Next, I draw the design

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Prime and Paint

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Meow!

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Add “kawaii” features

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After visiting the nursery, we added our flowers

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Kitty planter gets some wild, spiky grass

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Little bear and pig

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All three done!

This was a fun craft! The best part was getting to reuse something I would normally just toss in the recycle bin. We used old Silk Almond Milk and Horizon Half and Half half gallon cartons (water tight, no leaking). First, I cut off the tops and washed out with soap and set aside to let dry.

Next, we primed them using Premium Gesso Canvas Primer. It absorbs well to accept oil and acrylic colors, pastels, charcoal, pencil, and crayon. You can use it on a wide variety of surfaces besides just canvas. This acrylic Gesso primer is non-toxic as well. I would highly recommend using a primer. If you don’t, your paint may not stick to the material. We used two thin coats of primer before painting.

After the paint was dry we took a trip to our local Armstrong Nursery and picked out some colorful flowers and wild, spiky grass. You could also fill the planters with potting soil and plant seeds (wheat grass or catnip) or herbs.

 

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