Kizuna: Japanese Culture


Yoriko Gillard



Date & Time

Tuesday evenings (no classes July 9, 23)

5:30-6:45pm (arts and culture)

7:00-8:15pm (Japanese conversation)

+ monthly Saturday workshops

See individual program pages (linked on the right) for topics and details.

Fee & Registration

$20 per session

Reduced rates available for multiple sessions.

Program Description

Kizuna is a Japanese word meaning "affectionate and respectful relationships". Join instructor Yoriko Gillard to connect with Japanese culture through arts and language through learning, activities, and discussion.

Kizuna 2019 programs run weekly on Tuesday evenings, and monthly on Saturdays during the day. Mix and match classes based on your schedule and interests! See a list of topics here, or explore individual pages below.

Kizuna: arts and culture returns in July. Free trial session: Tuesday July 2, 5:30-6:45pm

Kizuna: Japanese language

Kizuna: monthly Saturday workshops

About Yoriko
Yoriko is an artist, poet, researcher, and teacher. She is a PhD Candidate in Language and Literacy Education at UBC who believes in the importance of narratives in education. She is trying to connect with people in the Kizuna way, which she defines as "respectful, affectionate, and trustful reciprocal relationships". 絆 (きずな: Kizuna) is a Japanese cultural concept which connotes a strong feeling of belonging to one’s communities, people, lands, and nature. The concept is well known in Japan especially since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck the country in March 11, 2011. Yoriko says, "I am learning to be an educational storyteller using every creative skill I learned since my childhood that allows me to connect with other people especially those in pain...I wish my sincere contemplation in service of society can be a poetic reflection of who I am becoming in each step of my life."

For more information, contact: ygillard.nikkeiplace[at]