Arigatou no Kokoro

Arigatou no Kokoro means “thankful mind-heart-spirit.” And it is with a thankful kokoro that we introduce our Fall Open House 2021. At a time when we can start to carefully and respectfully come together again, it is important to remind ourselves of the colorful world in which we live. By rejoicing in music, dance, matcha, and art with one another, we can again start to communicate, educate, and ultimately celebrate us as individuals contributing to the greater whole.

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We seek your continued support for Japan House and our future. If you have ever attended an event, a past Matsuri, a class, workshop, tea ceremony, and if you believe in and enjoy what we do and share, we ask that you please consider supporting us by giving a donation online. We are truly grateful for all of you and the kindness that you share with us. We are hoping to reach our goal of 77 gifts for the day!

Our Fall Open House this year is unlike past Open House events.

First, this one will not be inside the house, but instead, we will be outside enjoying the beauty of autumn in the Arboretum. Next, we will be offering both an online, and in-person (limited, ticketed) event featuring the vibrant culture here at the University of Illinois, as well as the Urbana-Champaign community. And last, this Open House will be an opportunity to reveal our next exciting chapter, the official announcement of the Japan House Ogura-Sato Annex by the University of Illinois, and Day of Giving in support of the expansion.

Starting at 12pm, we have cultivated four individual hours of entertainment featuring a selection of martial arts, cultural arts, dance, and Japanese tea ceremonies. Each hour is unique and will feature different organizations and groups from the area. Starting each hour, a short presentation will highlight the best of Japan House, Past, Present and Future, and then go live with several activities all happening at once.

Online guests are encouraged to keep their streaming device on all afternoon to see the variety of performances and highlights going on at Japan House. Guests can watch the day’s events on this website, as well as our Facebook Live, and YouTube Live channels.

If you missed the EventBrite preorder, anyone without a ticket is encouraged to stop by the JH Tent where they can make a donation, buy a t-shirt or bowl of matcha and a sweet. For the safety and respect of others, guests are encouraged to only be here during their “hour” and wear face coverings while in the Arboretum.


Commemorative t-shirts (featuring artwork by Zenkyu Niwa!) will be available for purchase by in-person at the JH Tent or online.

Schedule of Events

Arigatou no Kokoro | 12pm - 4pm
Please note that the Japan House building will not be open to the public. All events and activities will be outside under tented areas.

Schedule and Map

Lot F-32 will be closed for dance performances. Please park at Vet Med or along Lincoln Ave.

Tea Ceremony Demonstrations | 12:30pm - 3pm
The Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association will be demonstrating a special outdoor style of tea ceremony called chabako.

Ikebana | 12pm - 1pm
The Prairie Chapter of the Ikenobo School of Ikebana will be demonstrating ikebana and making arrangements throughout the hour.

Judo | 12pm - 1pm
Kokushi Midwest Judo will be demonstrating judo featuring Grace Talusan sensei and her students.

K-Project | 1:15pm and 1:35pm

K-Project, a k-pop cover dance group at UIUC, will be performing on the grounds of Japan House.

CU Haiku Project | 1pm - 2pm
CU Poetry will talk about haiku and its history, highlight some of their favorites from the CU Haiku column in the News-Gazette, and then guide any participants through creating their own haiku.

TASC Special Ops | 2pm
Anthony Lu, from the Taiwanese American Students Club, will be demonstrating Chinese Yo-Yo (Diabolo) as he walks the grounds as a roaming performer.

Tinikling | 2pm - 3pm
Barkada, the cultural group within the Philippine Student Association, will be performing Tinikling, a traditional folk dance involving dancers hopping between sliding bamboo poles in imitation of the tikling bird.

Iaido | 2pm - 3pm
Members from Kobudokan Dojo will be demonstrating sword techniques of iaido.

Origami | 2pm - 3:30pm
Mark Hirsbrunner will be demonstrating origami.

Kendo | 3pm - 4pm
The University of Illinois Kendo and Naginata Club will be demonstrating kata (forms), basic strikes, and more!


Where can I park?

The F-32 parking lot will be barricaded as the dance performance area will be directly in the lot. Please park in Vet Med across Lincoln Avenue, F-31, or along Lincoln Ave and walk over if possible. Parking is free on Sundays.

How can I participate in-person?

If you missed the EventBrite preorder, anyone without a ticket is encouraged to stop by the JH TENT where they can make a donation, buy a t-shirt or bowl of matcha and a sweet.