Demonstrations, workshops, and performances will be given at different times throughout the day by each instructor and their students. You can stay the whole day, or only come for the demonstrations you want to see; it’s up to you!
There will be lots of fun activities and chances to try out some of our classes throughout the day!
Each attendant will receive a coupon to try one session in any class we offer for FREE, and the first ten children will receive special Japanese gifts from RESOBOX!
About The Location: RESOBOX Studio
Our new studio space holds some of our classes and is available to rent for your own private parties and events!
Resobox offers this studio location for private parties, corporate mixers, birthday celebrations, cocktail receptions, seminars, concerts, fund-raisers, and company holiday parties. Resobox Studio is also available to rent for your own weekly classes and/or workshops (does not need to be Japanese culture related).
RESOBOX Studio is in a convenient location at the LIC Arts Center in Long Island City, Queens, accessible to both Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is a 3 minute walk from the Court Square subway station – with access to the E, M, G, and 7 lines. From the Queensboro Plaza Station (N, Q, 7 lines), it is a 7 minute walk, and from our gallery space (41-26 27th Street), it’s only an 8 minute walk.
Our studio is located on the second floor of the LIC Arts Building, and you can easily get to it using either the stairs or elevator inside.
About Our Featured Classes
NIHON-BUYO (JAPANESE CLASSICAL DANCE) | Helen Moss
The style of Japanese classical dance taught at RESOBOX is the elegant Sōke Fujima style. In Japanese classical dance, the dancer interprets the poetry being sung in addition to dancing along with the music. For instance, if the words of the song say, “It was a very hot day,” the dancer might fan herself to show how hot it is, or if the words refer to a gentle breeze, the dancer’s movements themselves could become the cool breeze.
TRADITIONAL JAPANESE KARATE | Isami Shiroma
Authentic Japanese karate is now in Queens! Isami Shiroma is a certified JKA (Japan Karate Association) instructor and judge. There is no kumite (fighting) in this class. The focus is on kata (form), which helps to build a strong mind and body. Classes meet multiple days each week, so attending is very flexible. All ages are welcome but 5 years old and up is best. Adults and teens are welcome too!
FREE CROCHETING AND AMIGURUMI GROUP | Jing Leong
Crocheters and amigurumi-lovers of all experience levels are encouraged to learn from one another and create things together in this FREE crocheting group. Jing (RESOBOX’s crochet and amigurumi instructor) will be available during the meetings to help and answer any questions. She will also be leading an amigurumi project each week for those who don’t have their own project to work on. There is no class fee to join this group! However, there is a one drink minimum.
MANGA DRAWING FOR KIDS | Ori
Our Manga Drawing and Animation class is not just a fan art drawing class, but also a place where the potential of young vivid imaginations can be expanded through anime characters. Once students make their own original characters, they will have the opportunity to “play” with them! These characters drawn on paper will be converted to a digital media file to be animated. Students will learn not only how to draw, but also the process of animation and recording!
IAIDO (SAMURAI SWORD) | Deborah Klens-Bigman
Iaido is a form of modern (way of the warrior) that is based on the traditional sword techniques of the samurai, who ruled Japan during the Tokugawa Period from 1603 to 1868. The essence of iaido is to draw the sword, defeat your opponent and re-sheathe the sword. All of iaido practice consists of kata for both solo practitioner and for partners (using wooden swords). Iaido evolved as a safe means for learning sword techniques. It is very polite and intended to cool, rather than arouse, emotion.
JODO (JAPANESE STICK FIGHTING) | Deborah Klens-Bigman
Jodo is a stick-fighting art that dates back several hundred years. Its original purpose was non-lethal control of a swordsman. Jodo developed as a law-enforcement practice during the Edo Period (1602-1868). Policemen in Japan today still practice it. Jodo consists solely of two-person kata practice, in which the swordsman attacks but is subdued by the person wielding the stick. Jodo practice includes some light contact, but no grappling or free-sparring.
SUMI-E (JAPANESE INK PAINTING) | ChiFong (Mathew) Wong
Sumi-e, also called Suiboku-ga, is the art of ink wash-painting. Characteristically, it is an East Asian art, and has been practiced there for well over a thousand years. Sumi-e depicts the spirit or essence of an object or scene rather than its outward appearance — and does so in the fewest possible strokes. Because of this simplicity, the painter’s character and personality come through in his/her work. In both viewing and creating, Sumi-e is a very contemplative form of painting.
JAPANESE LANGUAGE | Hiroko Miyashita
Come and learn basic Japanese while watching anime! In this class you will build basic Japanese conversational skills to allow you to carry on a basic dialogue with others. From greetings and introductions to asking for information and shopping, this course will provide you with necessary skills that you can use in everyday life. You will learn Japanese conversation from anime and do role playings. The class is for absolute beginners. (Please ask us about our free meetup group!)