DŌ (THE WAY): Traditional Japanese Arts for Young Adults

Attention young adults (ages 18-24) interested in traditional Japanese arts!


July 1, 2023–March 31, 2025
Meets twice a month on weekends
Student stipend: $500 per year
Are you ready to immerse yourself in the timeless beauty and discipline of calligraphy, ikebana, tea ceremony, and origami? If so, we invite you to join DŌ (THE WAY), a free series of classes taught by teachers of these arts in the heart of Little Tokyo.

Through DŌ (THE WAY), you will not only learn the fundamentals of these art forms but also gain insight into their cultural and spiritual significance. You will discover the power of simplicity and grace, and how to cultivate a deep sense of presence and mindfulness in your daily life.

As a student of DŌ (THE WAY), you will also receive a modest stipend ($500 per year) for your dedication and hard work. This is a rare opportunity to learn from the best while also being rewarded for your commitment.

Our experienced and passionate instructors will guide you every step of the way, offering personalized instruction and mentorship in an inter-generational setting. No prior experience is necessary, only a desire to learn and grow.

Don't miss this chance to deepen your connection to Japanese culture and to yourself. Join us for DŌ (THE WAY) and discover the transformative power of traditional Japanese arts.


You must be 18-24 years old
Interested in traditional Japanese art forms
Can commit to attending the whole program
This project is supported, in part, by the L.L. Foundation for Youth and the California Arts Council and co-sponsored by UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Aratani C.A.R.E. Award.

Class Schedule

July 1, 2023–March 31, 2025
Meets twice a month on weekends



Classroom Location

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Application Requirements

Submit your resume and a short essay (no more than 1,000 words) including your reason for participating, your interest, your learning objectives for the two years, etc.

Organization contact info: Hirokazu Kosaka: kosaka@jaccc.org or Julie Zhu: lzhu@jaccc.org

Applications are due by Monday, June 26 at 5 pm PST.
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