In another of our exclusive collaborations, we're very honoured to have Okada Yoshiko sensei, founder of Okada Coffee & Sweets, to personally conduct a Japanese hand drip coffee workshop for us! For those in the know, Okada Coffee & Sweets hails from Kumamoto prefecture in Japan and is especially well known for producing speciality coffee. They, for one, truly embodies the spirit of 'handcrafting', by roasting their coffee beans in-store and preparing every cup of coffee with professionally trained baristas.
If anyone knows coffee well, it's Okada sensei, who also happens to be the sensei of Japan's 2017 Hand Drip Championship champion Kubota Yohei. Honestly, you can't reach more expert level than this. Check out Yohei-san's winning performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ird4ewLElrk
So in celebration of their new store in the chic Joo Chiat area, Okada sensei is emerging from behind the scenes to immerse coffee lovers in a hands-on hand drip coffee workshop!
- Upon arrival, attendees will first enjoy Okada Coffee's signature Maccha Warabi Mochi set - in all its Japanese tradition.
- Next, Okada sensei will demonstrate to us how professional hand drip coffee is done, followed up a guided hands-on session for all attendees!
- After a fun session, we'll all enjoy an exclusive Pillow Cake set while we revel in our own hand dripped coffee, rounding out an afternoon of pleasure with fellow coffee (and dessert) lovers.
- BONUS: check out their in house coffee roasting machine to discover how they've been serving amazing coffee over the years!
If you're up for this exclusive session, just:
1. RSVP 'Yes'.
2. Make a transfer of $19 to POSB savings a/c[masked] by 23 February, Friday, 2359h. This fee includes: a demonstration of hand drip coffee making by Okada sensei, hand dripping your own coffee!, a Maccha Warabi Mochi set, and a Pillow Cake set!
3. Notify Miyavi @[masked] of your meetup name, time and mode of transfer.
4. Meet up with everyone at Okada Coffee & Sweets on the actual day! :D
Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments section here.
For fans of board gaming and Japanese culture, this is not to be missed. With unrivalled setting and aesthetics, TOKAIDO transports you to Edo-era Japan. Chub happens to own a collector's edition of the game, and is extremely generous in letting us play with it!
TOKAIDO is a game for 2 to 5 players, with unique atmosphere and aesthetics, in which the players are pilgrims on a journey along the legendary East Sea Road of Japan. It is extremely easy to get started, thanks to its fluid, simple, and tactical rules. Along the way, you will try to collect beautiful souvenirs, discover glorious vistas, enjoy enriching encounters, soak in soothing hot springs, sample sumptuous cuisine, and much more.
The video below should be useful for those who want to know how to play the base game. Else don't worry, everyone will be briefed on the game on the actual day ;)
Aside from this feature game, we'll also be playing other Japanese-themed games like MaiStar, Hanamokiji, Ninjato, Sushi Go, and many more!
IMPORTANT MEETUP DETAILS
- With the multitude of games to play, there'll only be a small fee of $5 per person to cover the costs of setting up this meetup! - payable on the actual day.
- Before the games, we'll meet at 6pm at Yorimichi Yakitori @ Golden Mile Tower #01-02 for dinner. Yorimichi Yakitori is a very cosy Izakaya-style restaurant that serves a variety of yakitori dishes (obviously ;p) and also some niche dishes that you may not see in other such restaurants! Also, take this chance to feel out your potential opponents in the games to come :pp
- After we're done with dinner, we'll proceed to the studio upstairs at #02-55 for the games!
If you have any questions regarding this meetup, please feel free to post a comment here or PM any of the organizers! :D
Update: 6 Nov 2017
Dressed Winners of the Tokaido Collector Edition stands to win a special souvenir
known as the Ginbuta (銀豚). That means you have to win while draped in the glory of traditional Japanese Garb. (Yes, yukata and masks counts).
The TKG Comic Circle
6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #02-55 · Singapore
Time leap into a parallel universe with us and experience high school like you never had, at the only Japanese senior high school in Singapore! Once a year at this annual festival, we take a peak at what students are up to as they transform their classrooms into mini theme parks, haunted houses, and maid cafes *gasp* And be amazed by how colorful their high school lives can be!
Let's gather at 10.30am at the school entrance, then have our high school brunch at the canteen before we rampage the school for cheap thrills.
After we've been thoroughly entertained, we'll move to somewhere nearby for dinner! Seiransai is expected to end around 4pm.
THINGS TO NOTE
Wear light clothing and be properly hydrated as the school compound can be rather warm and humid at times due to the huge amount of people attending this event.
Entrance to the school is free of charge. Food and drinks are sold through coupons in limited quantities.
Buses 30, 51, 143, and 201 stop just outside the school. Parking is not available, so don't drive!
We'll be having dinner at Jcube's NEW japanese restaurant Toriki! Toriki is setup by a couple of people who've lived in Japan for years, and wants to bring authentic Japanese food to Singaporeans. Let's see if they've done a good job!
お待たせしました! Thank you for waiting! It's the time of the year again for THE most anticipated event of the summer - natsu matsuri! We're posting this meetup a lil late this year as we unfortunately couldn't get advance tickets :(
But daijyobu! We can still get tickets onsite on the actual day! Based on last year's observation, the queue is expected to be short!
Pic above: Last year meetup!
For everyone who's joining us, we'll be meeting at 5pm in front of the main entrance of Japanese Primary School, then proceed to queue up for tickets together!
Do note that we'll only be able to wait for a short amount of time at the entrance, else it won't be fair to those who come early, so please be punctual ;)
Once we're inside, we won't be going out again to pick you up ;p
For those who have, or would like to get tickets on your own, feel free to join us inside too!
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE
- Do allow more time for traveling as the roads there are expected to be congested.
- Entrance tickets are $2 each.
- If you need help to wear your yukatas, there'll be assistants at the event to help you do so. Expect a queue though!
- If you're not wearing a yukata, you might wanna dress in light clothing as some areas of the event can be pretty warm.
- Bring enough cash to purchase food, drinks, and game coupons (or donate to us haha) cus nobody accepts credit cards or NETS over there.
- The whole event is expected to end at 9pm, so if you'd like to arrive at a later time, keep this in mind or you'll end up missing out on a lot of juice.
- If you can't find any of us during the actual day, please call Miyavi @[masked], and he'll provide you personalized pickup services for a small fee. I'm kidding, but please do call and not text :)
If you have any questions regarding this meetup or natsu matsuri, please feel free to post them in the comments section!
What can you do with erasers? If you answer 'erasing, duh!', you get -10 points ;pp Keeping up with our custom of introducing Japanophiles to unique aspects Japanese culture, we'll be diving into the Japanese craft of 消しゴムはんこ (keshigomu hanko) this time! Keshigomu hanko is the craft of making creative eraser stamps!
Eraser stamp-making is a timeless craft, and practiced by many hobbyists who even sell their creations for profit. With a lil bit of creativity and tutorial, you'll be able to create anything from kawaii neko🦁 to kowai demons👹 !
Totemo Japan will be collaborating with Dawn, who've lived in Japan and an active practitioner of eraser stamp-making, to guide us on discovering this unique craft! Oshiette kudasai, sensei!
Check out some of Dawn's works Here (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007271145362)
In this workshop, you'll get hands-on practice and a live cheatsheet on:
- Working with carving tools and materials
- Understanding ink and surfaces
- Working with images and transferring them
- Mounting a handle
- Cleaning and storage
In this private workshop, Dawn will also be offering Japanophiles here a discounted price of $79 instead of her usual $85 :D
+ Each participant will get an eraser stamp-making kit to kick-start your new hobby!
+ We'll be learning how to make an iconic character from Japanese anime such as Totoro, or Kaonashi from Spirited Away (feel free to vote in the comments) ;)
+ Bring a 2B pencil and a regular penknife with you for the workshop :D
+ If you're up for this, rsvp 'Yes' and transfer the fee of $79 to Dawn at POSB Savings a/c[masked], and inform her of your name and mode of transfer @[masked] after which. Do so by 13 July, thursday, 1200h to secure your slot ;)
Venue & Dinner Plans
- We'll be hosting this meetup at the really beautiful, retro-themed C.A.N. Cafe! A truly instagram-worthy place, C.A.N Cafe has gladly allowed us to use their location for this workshop if everyone just orders a drink! :D
- We'll also be having our dinner at C.A.N. Cafe after the workshop!
Please feel free to post a comment here if you have any questions regarding this meetup!
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730 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-01, Yeley Building · Singapore 534613
For those in the know, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the world's most influential in the modern era (think Andy Warhol). Known for her dots and other eccentric works, her expressions can also be seen in collaborations with popular brands such as Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Lancome. Her obsession with dots has also culminated in almost 7 decades of related works! Hmm. I wonder what she thinks of our little red DOT!
We shall infer! This curatorial roundtable explores the beginnings of Yayoi Kusama and why she is so relevant today. What's with the dazzling popularity of her art, both in the art world and beyond? Let's find out!
- This talk, the only session available, runs from 3pm-4.30pm, and is free. But tickets are required, and will be distributed on the day itself by National Gallery.
- Tickets will be distributed at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium on a first come, first served basis from 2.30pm onward.
- Let's meet at 2.15pm at the entrance of the Auditorium just to be sure we can all get tickets! Everyone has to get their own tickets though, so don't be late! :D
- Contact Miyavi at[masked] if you can't find us!
National Gallery also has a parallel exhibition of Yayoi Kusama's works on display at the same time as part of their special exhibition series titled YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow. This is the first major survey of her work held in Southeast Asia, featuring over 120 works across different media through 7 decades of art!
This special exhibition is ticketed at $15 for Singaporeans and $25 for foreigners. We'll decide whether to visit this on the day itself!
For more details on this exhibition, check out http://www.nationalgallery.sg
After being stupefied by the creative force of Yayoi Kusama, we'll take a short walk to Liang Court's Nirai Kanai Okinawan Restaurant for our dinner! Nirai Kanai is literally a rare gem, being one of the extremely few Okinawan restaurants in Singapore. On top of that, they serve authentic Okinawan cuisine at reasonable prices!
Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments section ;)
Doreen SC W.
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The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium @ National Gallery (City Hall Wing, level B1)
Failing the JLPT is common, even after taking Japanese classes or self-studying with books. Sometimes, these very classes and books are the causes of your failure. The JLPT is actually not hard at all!
Kelvin of Totemo Japan, who holds JLPT N1 and uses Japanese in business and casual contexts, will be unraveling the tricks of passing this exam!
Come join our session to find out:
- why people fail the JLPT
- what books to use (hint: not the official ones)
- what's the use of the certificate
- how long you should spend revising
- how to survive the test
- We will first split everyone up according to your current level of JLPT.
- Following which, Kelvin-sensei will lecture on the tips mentioned above.
- Lastly, a short Q&A session for whatever difficulties you might have encountered while studying for the JLPT.
1) Please RSVP "Yes" by May 19, Friday 2359.
2) Indicate the current level of JLPT you are studying for. If you're unsure of your level, please check http://www.mlcjapanese.co.jp/level_check.html
3) This session is FREE :)
**Feel free to ask any questions at the comments section! For urgent matters, please contact the meetup hosts, Kelvin or Charmaine.
Venue: KOPITIAM (Suntec City Mall, East Wing) - Innermost area with purple chairs, near the Indian stall (see picture below) (NOT the basement 'Food Republic'!)
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-367/368/369/370 Suntec City Mall
It's extremely easy to get to the destination. Get out the Suntec City Exit C from Promenade MRT Station (on the orange circle line or blue downtown line) and go up to the 3rd floor, and you will see KOPITIAM food court easily.
Taiko (太鼓) is a traditional type of drum native to Japan. In warring eras, the moving thump of the drum was used to bolster warriors' morales, set marching paces and relay orders. Taiko drums have also been used in traditional arts like Noh and Gagaku, as well as in festivals in Japan!
As the only formal Taiko school in Singapore, Hibikiya (http://hibikiya.com.sg/) was founded by Namiko Sakai with the purpose of diffusing traditional Japanese culture to a wider audience. With over 20 years of experience in Taiko, Namiko Sakai has grown Hibikiya into a top Taiko school, receiving a multitude of invitations to perform at grand scale events, such as this one at Gardens by the Bay:
Totemo Japan is collaborating with Hibikiya to present you "Fun with Taiko Basic!", a beginner workshop for everyone who wanted to experience this unique local Japan traditional culture in first hand. This is an exclusive session only for Totemo's members, and comes with a promotional price of S$29 (normal price S$35). We have limited seats available, so if you're up for this, RSVP 'Yes', AND purchase a ticket on our Peatix Page (http://hibikiya-totemojapan-fun-with-taiko-basic.peatix.com/) before they run out!
After 2 hours of hard drumming, we'll proceed for dinner together at nearby Meld Grilled Kitchen to replenish our energy!
Directions to Hibikiya:
Note: This session is mainly for adults. Children above 10 years old can join, but must be accompanied by a guardian if they are below 15. Please come in sports attire and bring your water bottle since Taiko is a good exercise!
Ho Ying S.
Pemimpin Industrial Building
#01-02 Pemimpin Industrial Building, 63 Jalan Pemimpin, Singapore 577219 · Singapore
For this exclusive event, we have something really really interesting. We'll be delving into a lil mysterious, slightly spiritual, and very niche part of Japanese culture called Reiki!
Reiki, or 霊気 in Japanese, is a form of alternative healing technique developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which 'vital energy' is allegedly transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the receiver in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. During the healing process, it is possible for both the healer and receiver to feel this transfer of energy.
As mysterious as this may sound, the first recorded instance of 霊気 actually dates back to Taoist meditation scrolls in 320BCE China. The Reiki of today, although considered pseudoscience, has planted its roots worldwide, with a significant number of practitioners in Singapore too.
For this meetup, we'll have Yng and Uma, both masters in this Japanese healing technique, to enlighten us on the history of Reiki, followed by a live demonstration of how Reiki works for each of us, and even how we can heal others as practitioners!
Anyone can use Reiki to heal people - according to Reiki practitioners
Sakura (pic) from the Naruto series could be a Reiki practitioner
After we've been thoroughly healed, refreshed, and ready to take on the world, we'll launch ourselves to nearby 'Raku Raku Japanese Dining' for dinner. Raku Raku defines itself as an izakaya style establishment, with a mix of contemporary and traditional Japanese dishes on offer. Expect yakitori, salmon chirashi don, oden, and the likes!
3pm-3.40pm: Introduction of Reiki
4.10pm-5pm: Healing practice
5pm-7pm: Dinner (at your own cost)
This Reiki workshop is only at $13 per person exclusively for the members of Totemo Japan. If you'd like to experience Reiki with other Japanophiles, just RSVP 'Yes' and get a ticket on our Peatix Page (http://reiki-energy-healing-totemojapan.peatix.com) :)
If you have any questions about this meetup, feel free to post them in the comments section! :D
Nyaaaann! The cats at The Cat Cafe says Hi to us! It's been a year since we last molested... I mean petted cats, and due to popular demand, we're bringing back our cat cafe meetup!
The Cat Cafe never takes reservations, but thanks to our Xiao Xuan, we'll have exclusive use of their space for 2 hours! Yay! :D On top of that, they're also offering us a special discount of only $13 per person + free flow soft drinks! How cool is that (the usual price is $15 with 1 drink only).
So fellow cat loving Japanophiles, let's nyan nyan!
For more information on The Cat Cafe, visit http://www.catcafe.sg
Some of the cats at The Cat Cafe (above)
IMPORTANT MEETUP DETAILS
We'll first be meeting for dinner at MOF at Bugis Junction between 6 and 7.45pm. MOF is a restaurant that serves contemporary Japanese food. They also have some really good desserts that are difficult to find elsewhere. Be sure to try them!
After dinner, we'll move to The Cat Cafe just across the street! And we'll have exclusive use of their space between 8 and 10pm. If you're up for this, just:
1. Make a transfer of $13 to POSB savings a/c[masked] by 22 March, Wednesday, 2359h.
2. Notify Miyavi @[masked] of your name, time and mode of transfer.
3. Meet up with everyone at MOF on the actual day!
qiao xuan j.
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200 Victoria Street #02-45 Bugis Junction · Singapore