Virtual Experiences

Japan House welcomes individuals, groups, and organizations to participate in live, virtual cultural engagement experiences such as tea ceremonies, Japanese flower arranging, wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) making workshops, and educational lectures from the comfort of their home. Experiences may be combined with Japan House Shares videos to prepare participants prior to the experience.

We ask that you either please call Japan House or email us at japanhouse@illinois.edu to arrange for your tailored virtual experience. Whether it's for a class or to celebrate a special occasion, Japan House can create customized supply kits to be mailed to individuals or groups of any size so everyone can enjoy Japanese arts and culture wherever they are!

What We Offer

Experiencing the tea ceremony virtually at Japan House does not disappoint. You still feel the welcoming presence of the staff and a professional view of the tea room and sensei that is impressive. The simultaneously calming and educational experience leaves the viewer feeling as though they’ve had an enriching experience despite not being able to drink the tea! Highly recommended!

 Prof. Mary Beth Koszut, Non-Western Art History

Bringing students to Japan House has become a highlight of my courses. Touring the gardens and learning about their history allows students to experience a planned natural environment and understand how human culture and nonhuman nature intersect. Often this initial visit results in a long-term fascination with the space, inspiring further study of Japanese culture and the environmental humanities. 

Prof. Clara Bosak-Schroeder, Classics