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Onigiri Action Workshop

Onigiri Action Workshop

Event Type
Japan House
2000 S Lincoln Ave Urbana, IL 61802
Nov 4, 2023   1:00 - 3:30 pm  
$10 for students
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Originating Calendar
Japan House Events

Join the Japan House interns on an interactive exploration of Onigiri (Japanese rice balls) and their history, culture, and preparation methods. During this event, you will learn to make your own onigiri (all vegetarian), try out onigiri from different parts of Japan and enjoy some miso soup and tea to pair. Your presence and participation will directly support Onigiri Action, ( a campaign to give school meals to children in need around the world!

  • Session 1: 1-2pm
  • Session 2: 2:30-3:30 pm

There are two sessions available and they are both identical. Please register for one session only. Reservations are required, no walk-in’s or observers will be allowed due to limited space inside. Space is limited to 20 per session.

All guests will be asked to remove shoes upon entering, and to wear clean, white socks (we have some to lend you if you forget). We ask that attendees dress modestly and legs be covered as is traditional in Japan. Please do not be late - once the workshop begins, entry will not be permitted so as to not disrupt the experience.

All guests will be seated in the main classroom where our interns will greet you and give you a brief presentation on the history of onigiri, types of onigiri, onigiri in media and rice culture. Then you will be taught how to make ume onigiri, a pickled plum rice ball, and will have the opportunity to try two regional flavors of onigiri: Yaki onigiri and Furikake onigiri. You will also be able to enjoy our special miso soup and sencha tea.

Afterwards, interns will inform guests of the Onigiri Action campaign and take a group photo with attendees. We will also have setups for guests to take their own photos and share on their social media.

The rest of the time will be left for audience Q&A, as well as to shop from a wall of unique Japanese-inspired treasures that are part of our annual Bazaar sale. Cash and credit cards accepted.

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