No matter the season, Japan House provides spaces for quiet contemplation.
Nick Offerman—Illinois Theatre alumnus, actor, comedian, writer, and producer best known for his roles on Parks and Recreation and Fargo—is also a carpenter and mentee of Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato. Offerman credits Sato with the discipline, mindfulness practice, and training in kabuki theatre that have enabled him to thrive as a creator and performer. In 2013 he constructed a gazebo (azumaya) on the grounds of Japan House to honor his mentor.
Cooking classes offered at Japan House emphasize that a beautiful presentation is integral to a successful dish.
Each summer Japan House hosts Matsuri, a festival highlighting culture, food, arts, and traditions plus—of course—fun for everyone.