Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht

OUR PHILOSHOPY

Have you ever been to Japan? Can you imagine stepping into a space shaped by the cultural trait of resilience, the spirit of community and fellowship? Imagine… Imagine a place where you can feel the atmosphere of respect, the honour of being present, and the energy to nourish your dreams and accomplish them with wisdom. Make yourself at home, take this opportunity to gather with unique people and enhance your authenticity, sharing amazing experiences and “just” being together. Feel this vibe and be welcome to join us at JACCU, the Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht in the heart of the Netherlands.

JACCU is a community for Japanese art and culture enthusiasts to share and gain knowledge and experience. As a pioneer non-profit cultural organisation based in Utrecht, we offer a centre for gathering, practice, research and continuous learning, where we welcome both Japanese and non-Japanese art & culture enthusiasts.

MISSION

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JACCU provides a central hub in Utrecht where we invite, unite and endorse all those interested in Japanese art, culture and society, and feel part of a community. From artists to teachers, from private people to organisations in the Netherlands and beyond, everybody is welcome to join JACCU to learn, teach, share, nourish and enjoy the art, culture and society of Japan by participating in our programs that cover a wide spectrum of authentic Japanese disciplines and traditions.

VISION

JACCU is committed to becoming the favourite home for experiencing high-quality, authentic Japanese art and culture not only in the Netherlands but also in Europe. We are building a network that is bridging Japan and the Netherlands that enriches the cultural climate of Utrecht and beyond.

We are offering an inspiring space where everybody can breathe the Japanese spirit and feel at home. A space for learning, sharing, creating new knowledge and evolving in a diverse setting, feeling included as part of a great community.

A central hub

  • Community events for cultural engagement and exchange where traditional Japanese drinks and treats are enjoyed
  • Language classes: Japanese lessons for Dutch and English speakers and Dutch classes for Japanese natives
  • Arts & crafts classes and workshops such as taiko, shodô, sumi-e, chadô, ikebana, origami, hanga, ukiyo-e, haiku, tanka, waka, kabuki and more
  • Art exhibitions to show artworks from or related to Japanese culture & traditions
  • Residency programmes for artists, masters and budoka
  • Public lectures and performances to divulge Japanese culture, linguistics and history
  • Culinary and cooking classes
  • Music classes such as Taiko, Koto, Shamisen etc.
  • Pop culture gatherings and classes such as anime, manga, shogi, go, online games, cosplay, karaoke, tattoo art
  • Healing traditions and health-related workshops
  • Endorsement, fundraising and marketing support for independent artists, researchers and organisations with projects that are in line with JACCU’s mission
  • Providing a traditional dojo for Japanese martial arts classes such as kendo, iaido, jodo, judo, aikido, karate, kyudo, naginata
  • Partnerships with cultural institutions in the Netherlands and Japan for potential projects development

Make yourself at home

JACCU is here to inspire people to share the values of the Japanese culture and the philosophy behind it. We believe that creating a space where people can easily step in will help to connect to this community we are building. Gathering and having fun is our working mode to leave a legacy that uplifts future generations. “Approachability”, “fellowship”, and “mastery” are our core values. We welcome all that are interested in Japanese art and culture.

ORGANISATION

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Stichting Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht

President: Taciser Sevinc
Secretary: Nadia Polosina
Treasurer: Vera Belderbos
Artistic Committee: Hiroko Matsushita
Board member: Cindy Agterberg

KVK: 862830175
BTW: NL862830175B01
IBAN: NL78 ABNA 0105 8907 58

TEAM

“Creating a big house for Japanese art & culture, where I can support artists and craftsmen, learn more about Japanese arts & crafts, and practise kendo everyday was my dream.”

Taciser Sevinc

Artist & Designer

“Art and design are my passion and I would like to connect Japan and the Netherlands through them. I would like people to know not only typical Japanese culture, but also contemporary design, art and craft.”

Hiroko Matsushita

Artist & Designer

“Having lived in Japan for 5 years, I want to have a part of real Japan back in my life, to be able to speak the language, attend a lecture, purchase Japanese goods and meet those who have been in Japan.”

Nadia Polosina

Webmaster

“My strength as a professional is to look at financial details with an honest view. I would like for JACCU to be a financially healthy organisation where Japanese culture can be explored and practised without limitation.”

Vera Belderbos

Financial Administrator

“I have a lot of Japanese musicians as friends. I host them in the Netherlands, and bring them on stage. My future dream is that every Japanese musician knows JACCU and wants to perform here.”

Cindy Agterberg

Matchmaker & Musician

“When I visited Japan, I was blown away by their impeccable hospitality, impressive architecture, unique art & culture, sublime nature and culinary traditions. I want to promote JACCU’s growth and I’m very excited to contribute with my experience in marketing and communication.”

Eleonora Milano

Marketing Manager & Jewellery Designer

“I am very passionate about developing networks between Japanese and Dutch arts, design and culture. I hope JACCU will be the place for everyone to share artistic skills and exchange cultural experiences.”

Yoshi Noda

PR Consultant & Language Teacher

“Being creative in teaching the language & the taiko art helps me keep life fresh and helps me to get people more in touch with their feeling through drumming. I hope to explore this further through JACCU.”

Jim Gubbels

Language Teacher & Musician

“Hope to understand art, culture and language of each other through JACCU.”

Hanae Sasaoka

Artist & Language Teacher

“I have always had a love for the cultures of Asia, and the Japanese language and arts specifically spoke to me because of the elegance that is found in their seeming simplicity. I want to help convey the elegance I see in Japanese culture to others who may not know all that it includes.”

Roos-Marijn Borst

Social Media Editor

“Ikebana was long a practice of mine that I’ve been looking to renew. As a contemplative art based in the life of flowers, I hope it will naturally find a home in Utrecht.”

Susan Jenkins

Content Editor

Being a Japanese Studies student, I see my activity at JACCU as a great way to stay in touch with the Japanese Culture and learn new things. I wish to spread awareness and stimulate interest in Japanese Culture by writing content.

Jessica Boentges

Content Writer

In 2018, I traveled across Japan for several months during an art residency. It was a life-changing experience; Japanese art and culture have become a significant part of my life. With JACCU, I want to contribute to the promotion of Japanese arts, crafts and techniques in the Netherlands. Creating and supporting opportunities where people can exchange knowledge and ideas.

Marina Višić

Visual Artist

“A way with words and an ear for languages. Living abroad made me realise the importance of a way of communication, and helped me dive into the world of online content creation and localisation. Through JACCU, I’m hoping to follow my passion to create educational and visually appealing content that everyone enjoys.”

Yohei Ishiguro

Content Editor

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PARTNERS & SPONSORS

Japanese Embassy in the Netherlands
Gemeente Utrecht
Cultuur+Ondernemen
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
de bibliotheek utrecht
Leiden University Research Project
Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis
JWC - The Japan Women's Club
Haiku Kring
JACOP - Japanese Communities Platform
NIV - Nederlandse Ikebana Vereniging
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Taka's Kitchen logo
SHOKUDO Japanese Food & Design
Kakunosuke - Japanese Launge
Kounosuke - Don Dining
JAPAN CULINAIR - Jeannette Stakenburg
Haiku Kring
TACISER.S ART AND DESIGN
Yoshi Noda - Japanese Consultancy
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DISC - Dutch International Storytelling Centre
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