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Shamisen workshop with Jacinthe Marcil

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At this workshop guided by Jacinthe, you can hear, touch and play the shamisen. The meaning of this instrument’s kanjis is three flavoured strings. As for the sound of the instrument and it’s playing techniques, they are unique compared to other stringed instruments around the world as it combines both a string vibration and percussive sound.
Jacinthe started studied classical guitar at the Cegep de Drummondville at the age of seventeen and discovered her interest in the shamisen during a trip to Japan in 2014. She created the MTL Shamisen Project (click here to the MTL Shamisen Project FaceBook page) two years later, a platform for promoting events related to the Japanese shamisen and also other Japanese music projects in Montreal. Her goal is to share her knowledge about anything related to the instrument, the Japanese culture linked to it and, the new ideas brought by Westerners.

You can borrow a shamisen at the workshop.

  • Date: Saturday 2pm-3:30pm 
  • Fees:$40/workshop (1h30) or $120/4 workshops (1h30 each)
    (you need to be a JCCCM member. For the membership info, click here.)
  • Contact Jacinthe Marcil ( for registration and more info.

Kimono workshop

Next workshop will be on Mon. August 20 & 27, 2018, 10-noon.

Fee: $10/class (JCCCM member), $15 (non-member)

Bring own kimono and accessories:

-Kimono or Yukata
-Obi (Nagoya –obi or Hanhaba-obi for yukata)
-Obi-makura, Obi-age, Obi-jime, Obi-ita
-Nagajuban , Date-jime, 3 Koshi-himo, Tabi
-Something spread on the floor, like furoshiki

Contact Yoko Horimitsu ( for registration and more info.

Natto, Koji & Miso Workshop by Masaki Endo

***Should you’d like to receive info letter about the next workshops, please send a mail to Mr. Masaki Endo <>.***

Natto workshop: Wednesday, Feb.14, 2018 from 10-11am & Sunday, Feb.18, 2018 from 2-3pm

Natto is fermented soy beans that is very healthy and popular food in Japan. In this workshop, important tips in natto making are taught. Nothing to bring. Fee is $15 that includes a pack of natto (200g), recipe, and small amount of starter yeast. Choose one of two days.

Koji workshop(supplementary to Miso workshop*): Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 from 9:30 – 11am

Koji is fermented rice that is used for miso making and also for sake making too. In this workshop, how to start the fermentation is demonstrated. Nothing to bring. *Fee is included in the miso workshop.

Miso workshop: Wednesday, Feb. 21. 15, 2018 from 10-11 am & Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 from 2-3pm

Miso is a bean paste made from soy beans and koji and used in Japanese cooking. Fee is $20 that includes a pack of koji. Some items to bring to the workshop shown below. Choose one of two days.

Please contact Masaki Endo for registration and more information:

What to bring (Koji is provided):
Soy beans: cook soft after soaking in water overnight and drain the broth (do not throw away), then mashed with masher or handheld mixer
salt: for amount, please refer to the table below, table salt is OK.
broth: one cup* (6oz)
container: 2L of jar, preferably made of ceramic or pottery and cylindrical with a large mouth so that hand can be put in.
bowl: ~5L for mixing koji and beans

*note: 1 Japanese cup = 180 mL = 6 oz

  white miso
 rose miso
red miso
koji(be provided) 8 cups (rice 4 cups) 8 cups (rice 4 cups) 8 cups (rice 4 cups)
dry soy beans 2 cups 3 cups 4 cups
salt 0.4 cup=~72 mL 0.8 cups=~144 mL 1.2 cups=~216 mL
broth ~1 cup=180 mL ~1 cup=180 mL 1 cup=180 mL
container 2 L 2 L 2 L
aging time 2 months 5-6 months 10-12 months




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