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Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed figures that has been gaining popularity in recent years.

We'll be offering 6-week beginner and intermediate courses starting in April.



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Bonsai is a Japanese art form using trees grown in containers. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower). Bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.



2nd Tuesday/Month
7PM Dining Room


ESGVJCC Karaoke Club

The ESGVJCC Karaoke Club is comprised of adults who love to sing both Japanese and English songs. It is a very casual atmosphere where members can choose songs from a list of over 1,000 songs.

3rd Saturday of the month
7PM in Upstairs Classroom



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Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature..
Learn both traditional and modern Japanese Ikebana.
1st Thursday of every month
10AM Dining Room

Introduction to Tea Ceremony

Join us and learn about Japanese tea ceremony! The workshop is led by Mari Robinson, who has 35 years of experience in the Urasenke School of Tea.

In this one-time workshop*, experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and learn how to properly whisk and drink matcha.

Every 3rd Saturday of the month
1 pm - 2 pm
Cost: $10
All materials included
*Same material will be covered every month
To RSVP please contact Yuhki Fukusumi, Programs Associate, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (626) 960-2566.

Kishin Daiko (Japanese drumming)

img_2918Since the group’s establishment at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center in June of 1981,Kishin Daiko has continued to entertain, educate and enlighten audiences with the dynamic, powerful and heart stopping sounds of taiko (Japanese drumming).



photo6Koto is the art of Japanese Harp. The koto is one of the most popular traditional instruments in Japan. 

2nd and 4th Saturday
1:30PM and 2:30PM Classroom 3

$20/month for ESGVJCC Members
$30 for Non-members 

For more information, please call the ESGVJCC Office at (626) 960-2566 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our Stories

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Our Stories is a 6-week workshop conducted by award-winning playwright Tim Toyama.
Write short stories about yourself, your family, and friends.
The goal of the class is for participants to memorialize these stories in writing so that they can be shared with future generations.
Every Thursday
May 4 - June 8
10 AM - 12 PM
In Classroom 6
Course Fee: $35
To RSVP, contact Yuhki Fukusumi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (626) 960-2566

Samurai Movie Screenings

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All movies will be presented in the Sugimoto Social Hall


Kei Kumai's LOVE and FAITH (orginally Ogin-sama)
Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 1:00PM



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East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center, Inc.

1203 West Puente Avenue • West Covina, CA 91790