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About Our Destination Series

The VCAC created the Destination Series in 2016 to immerse southern Kalamazoo county in another culture through arts, tradition, storytelling, and food, increasing global awareness and understanding. Our audiences have "visited" Ukraine, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, rural America, Scandinavia, and most recently, Venezuela.

Various art exhibits, cooking demonstrations, hands-on crafts, games, literary works, authentic meals, live music, and panel discussions have infused the community with knowledge and a deeper appreciation for these cultures.

Our next Destination, planned for the Fall of 2022, is the fascinating country of Japan. We hope you can join us on this next journey!

Destination Japan Events

Theatre Nohgaku Tickets

Bonsai Tree Demonstration

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Noon – 1 pm

Vicksburg District Library, 215 S. Michigan Avenue, Vicksburg


Eric Newton from the Bonsai Society of Kalamazoo has been creating bonsai since 2002. Join him for this workshop to learn how bonsai are made. Some trees will be available for purchase at the demonstration.

Japanese Woodblock Printmaking Demonstration

Saturday, September 17, 2022

1:30 – 2:45 pm

101 S. Main Street, Vicksburg

Charles Woodruff Coates, Block Paper Print


Join us for a demonstration of the Japanese woodblock printing process with Charles Woodruff Coates, owner of Block Paper Print, LLC. Charles has taught since 2006 and holds an MFA in Printmaking and a Japanese Woodblock Instructor Certificate from MI-LAB in Tokyo.

Learn How to Play “Go” – an Asian Strategy Game

Saturday, September 17, 2022

 2– 5 pm (drop-in hours)

107 S. Main Street, Vicksburg


Want to learn how to play Go—an Asian strategy game invented more than 2500 years ago? Members of the Kalamazoo Go Club will be on hand to teach anyone of all ages how to play.

Claudio Mendoza, Kalamazoo Go Club.

Manga Drawing Workshops

Saturday, September 17, 2022

3 – 4 pm

4:15 – 5:15 pm

Gilbert and Ivy Bookstore, 111 W. Prairie, Vicksburg


Space is limited to 10 per session.

Relax and explore drawing in the manga style found in Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Graphic Designer Amelia Brown (Schoolcraft) will lead the class. You can see examples of her work at

Register Here

How to Make Sushi Workshops

Saturday, September 17, 2022

4:30 – 5:15 pm

5:30 – 6:15 pm

101 S. Main Street, Vicksburg

$5 to make sushi; FREE to watch in the audience

Michiko Yoshimoto, the Japan Program manager at WMU’s Soga Japan Center will teach you how to roll sushi. (We’ll use vegetable-based sushi for this program.)

*Registration is required to make sushi because the hands-on portion of this class is limited to 10.

Register Here

Theatre Nohgaku: An Introduction to Japanese Noh Theater

Friday, September 30, 2022

7 pm (Doors open at 6:30)

Schoolcraft High School Auditorium, 551 E. Lyons Street, Schoolcraft


*Buy tickets online to guarantee yourself a seat.

Tickets are also available at the door.

To learn more about the performance, click HERE

Buy Tickets

Regional Go Tournament

Hosted by the Kalamazoo Go Club

Saturday, October 1, 2022

9 am to 6 pm

101 S. Main Street, Vicksburg


If you would like to participate in this AGA-sanctioned tournament, register at the link below.

Register Here

Destination Japan Sponsors

Thank you for your support!