2012 Enrichment Programs

Wakamatsu Silk and Tea Colony

Saturday, May 19, 8:15 am – 3:00 pm:


Join us on a bus trip to Wakamatsu Silk and Tea Colony, located in Gold Hill, California, the site of the first Japanese settlers to North America in the 1800’s. Learn of their stories of endurance and the legacy they left behind. Leaving Grass Valley at 8:15 a.m.

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Saturday, July 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon:


Experience tranquility in “peace in a bowl of tea” by a trained Tea Master Sumie (Soju) Ward in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony amidst a traditional Japanese teahouse and garden in Penryn, California. Drive your own car and “meet us at the teahouse.”

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Japanese Ghost Stories

Sunday, August 26, 2:00 pm
Nevada Theatre


August is Halloween in Japan. What greater way to experience Japanese Halloween than to spend an afternoon listening to Japanese Ghost Stories come to life by three-time National Endowment of the Arts Theatre Fellow, Brenda Wong Aoki? Brenda Wong Aoki…is arguably one of the most influential performance artists of her generation” – Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Winter 2011.

Tickets available at the Nevada City Box Office at the Miners Foundry (530-265-5462), Briar Patch Coop and the Book Seller in Grass Valley

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Diamonds in the Rough and American Past Time

Two Films on Japanese-American History and Baseball
Sunday, September 23, 2pm
Nevada Theatre


Did you know that the old American game of baseball kept many Japanese internees sane during WWII? See the movie, American Past Time, and meet associate producer, Kerry Yo Nakagawa. Kerry will also show the documentary, Diamonds in the Rough, about the hidden stories of famous Japanese players who played professional ball with American greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. More than an afternoon about baseball.

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Sushi-making, Sake Tour & Tasting

Gekkeikan Sake Brewery
Sunday, October 14 8:30 am – 4:00 pm


We are reviving the ever-popular Sushi-making, Sake Tour and Tasting at Geikkekan Sake Brewery in Folsom. Geikkekan has deep roots in Japan, with its parent company going back thousands of years. Learn how sake is brewed. Try your hand out at making sushi, as you sample a variety of sake and plum wine. Take our bus and leave the driving to us!

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Sunday, December 9, 2012


A poignant and intimate film presented by Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) and the Nevada Theatre Film Series, benefiting CATS and Xiao Mao (Little CATS) Culture Club. Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989 – a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy – the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years, yet typical American teens, reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?” They meet and bond with other adoptees, some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind.

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