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East Asia season

East Asia Season

City Lit’s East Asia season brings together a unique collection of courses in language, history, art and culture from China, Japan, Mongolia and South Korea.

Whether you want to learn about Japanese Anime, eastern relaxation techniques or the Korean language, come and join us for some interactive classes and lively discussions and learn something new from this fascinating part of the world. 

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Chi Kung for balance and relaxation
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 28 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is Chi Kung and what are the benefits? Who is it suitable for? Chi Kung is suitable for all ages and is generally practised in standing position but it can also be done seated. It is a simple and easy to learn form of gentle exercise, harmonising breath and movement.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  2. Japanese through Origami
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 28 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and learn origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into a sculpture without using glue or scissors.



    Origami allows you to create your own piece of art anytime, anywhere even in a busy schedule. This is a relaxing Sunday morning course you can do with tea, coffee and biscuits, so time to be hands on! The instructions will be given in Japanese and English.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  3. Reiki: taster workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 29 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KWC - Kean Street Wellbeing Centre

    Reiki means 'universal energy'. Learn the basic philosophy this gentle system of healing, according to the tradition of Dr Usui.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  4. Shiatsu: taster workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KWC - Kean Street Wellbeing Centre

    Shiatsu is a Japanese healing art, deeply rooted in the philosophy and practices of traditional Chinese medicine. This therapeutic form of body work involves applying pressure to the body using a practitioner’s thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet. Discover the basics of how to give this relaxing and therapeutic pressure point massage.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  5. A taste of Japanese
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Get a flavour of a new language and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. A taste of Chinese
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a flavour of a new language and its basic sentence structure. Learn some useful phrases and some pronunciation guidelines. A fascinating introduction for complete beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  7. Being and beauty: the philosophy of Japanese aesthetics
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Not something apart from everyday life but intrinsic to it, beauty in Japanese thought does not entail perfection but the surprise of imperfect and transient being.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £30.00
  8. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau were freed from the conventions of their cultural and artistic restraints by the motifs and philosophy of Japanese art.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. The Complete Ishiguro Part Two: 2000-2021
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the world of Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro as we focus on the second twenty years of his writing career. Books include When We Were Orphans, Never Let Me Go, The Buried Giant and Klara and the Sun. We also take a look at his ventures into song lyrics and film screenplays.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  10. Japanese Feminist Literature
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Japanese literature in translation has often been dominated by male writers such as Haruki Murakami. Increasingly, however, books written by female authors are now receiving English-language translations and critical acclaim, as seen with the publication and success of Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman last year. This 6-week online course explores some of the most exciting literature translated in the last few years, which give an insight into the experiences of women in modern Japan.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Trade routes that shaped the world: From the Vikings to the Silk Road
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the rich and diverse history of the trade routes that shaped our world. Learn how trade connected societies scattered across distant corners of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £88.00
  12. World cinema
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you ever wondered what lies beyond Hollywood? Are you interested in films from across the globe? Then this six-week introductory course is for you. We will consider alternative cinemas to the dominant North American industry and will focus each week on a selection of illustrative films from movie producing continents such as India, Asia, South America and Africa.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  13. Chinese Calligraphy
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This fascinating workshop offers complete beginners the opportunity to discover the characters of Mandarin Chinese through brush stroke calligraphy.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  14. Chinese beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Learn to speak Chinese, with the emphasis on developing your speaking and listening skills. You will also learn to read and write Chinese characters.Suitable for complete beginners.







    Please note: we are offering an online Chinese taster class in December (course code LXDLC1) if you would like to try out Chinese before you enrol.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £127.00
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  15. Tai Chi: beginners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the gentle, graceful movements of Yang style T'ai Chi in classes designed to introduce you to the T'ai Chi and Qi Gongbasics. Learn and develop clear, powerful and effective practice designed to give you a good basic grounding in T'ai Chi and Qi Gong and an insight into their wonderful possibilities.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £74.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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