Japanese Art & Cultural Center
A Learning Place for Traditional Martial Arts and Fine Arts

Our Mission
The mission of the Japanese Art & Culture Center (JACC) is to foster, develop and promote the traditional Japanese arts and culture, within the scope of the greater Asian culture.

The Center provides venues to research, train and exchange knowledge and experience in Zen, including all arts, sports and cultural activities derived from it, as an educational tool to enhance individual integrity, compassionate character, profound awareness and self-actualization.

The Center hosts various Budo (See below) and cultural classes and seminars.  Such training and studies are conducted to develop each participant's body, mind and spirit in order to cultivate well-balanced, decent individuals capable of making correct judgments and thereby constructing a civil, prosperous and peaceful society.

The Center encourages, supports and aids public participation on behalf of all individuals regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

Zen, Budo and Fine Arts
The Zen training at the Center is geared towards personal, physical and psychological growth and development of each individual, empowering him/her to live a happier and fuller life.

The Center defines Zen as a practical philosophy born in ancient India, developed largely in China, and then transmitted to Japan, where it was studied, practiced and financed mostly by the Samurai-classZen is comprised of static and moving meditations guiding individuals to attain enhanced levels of awareness, or enlightenment, without any specific religious connotations.  Defining and practicing Zen as a non-religious activity carries a significant importance when we attempt to utilize the concept and methodology in the context of general education.

Budo is a Japanese term meaning "martial way" signifying that it is a way (passage) to attain enhanced awareness and character development.  Budo differs from other so-called "martial arts" in that it is not designed to defeat external enemies in combat but rather to develop each student's character by defeating the enemies within.

Budo, originated in the arts called Bugei, or martial performance, and
Bujutsu, or martial skills, developed by the Samurai of the ancient Japan.  Whereas Bugei were developed during Japan's extensive period of civil war, Bujutsu were developed during a relatively peaceful era, and practiced as supplemental to the Samurai's Zen trainings.  Sporting elements, including competition, to make practices safer and more enjoyable, were introduced into Bujutsu in the late 1800's, during the Meiji period, giving the birth to what is now known as Budo.  Major Budo disciplines include kendo (fencing), judo, karate-do, aikido, iaido (sword draw) and kyudo (archery).

Profound arts and crafts, developed by the Samurai in ancient Japan, are manifestations of their Zen and Bujutsu (Budo) training.  Examples of such arts are shodo (calligraphy), kado (flower arrangement), sado (tea ceremony), Nihon-ga (Japanese painting) and shakuhachi (bamboo flute).

The Center attempts to invite
as many members of our extended communities to participate and share the virtues of such arts by continuing the research, study and practice of Zen and Budo, which were very much an integral part of the Samurai's lifestyle, hoping that our ancestors' arts would benefit each individual as well as our communities as a whole.
Akihiro Omi, Chair of the Board
理事長  大美明広
Tsuyoshi Taira, Vice Chair of the Board
副理事長  平  強