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    • 13 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • 18 Nov 2021
    • 8:30 PM
    • Online
    • 68
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    FALL JAPANESE GROUP LESSONS 


    Small class sizes (never more than 8 people per class)

    taught by native professional instructors


    Starting Monday, September 13, 2021

    Classes are $300 for 10 weeks online 

    JSB members enjoy a 15% discount!


    Fall 2021

    Course Offerings

    Day/Time

    Textbook

    Chapters covered

    Introductory Japanese  (A.1)

        Nagai sensei

    Monday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Materials provided by instructor

    Hiragana & Katakana

    Beginner 1 (B.2) 

        Cook sensei

    Monday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 1

    (Published Version)

    0, 1, 2

    Beginner 1 (C.3) 

        Cook sensei

    Tuesday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 1

    (Published Version)

    0, 1, 2

    Beginner 2 (D.4) 

        Gokita sensei

    Tuesday

    7:00-8:30pm 

    Tobira Book 1

    (Pilot Version)

    3, 4

    Beginner 2 (E.5)

        Gokita sensei

    Wednesday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 1

    (Pilot Version)

    3, 4

    Beginner 3 (F.6)

        Takai sensei

    Wednesday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 1

    (Pilot Version)

    5. 6

    Advanced Beginner 2 (J.10)

    Hotta sensei

    Thursday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 1

    (Pilot Version)

    9, 10

    Intermediate 1 (K.11)  

        Gokita sensei

    Thursday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 2

    (Pilot Version)

    11, 12

    Intermediate 2 (L.12)  

        Minagawa sensei

    Monday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 2

    (Pilot Version)

    13, 14

    Intermediate 3 (M.13)

       Minagawa sensei

    Tuesday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 2

    (Pilot Version)

    15, 16

    Advanced Intermediate 2 (N.14)

    Minagawa sensei

    Thursday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 2

    (Pilot Version)

    19, 20

    Pre Advanced  (O.15)

        Gokita sensei

    Monday

    7:00-8:30pm

    ロールプレイで学ぶ - 中級から上級への日本語会話*

    *Purchase not required

    N/A



    Please note that a minimum of 4 students is required for the class to open.


    For advanced levels, we offer private/semi-private lessons.  Please inquire at language@japansocietyboston.org.


    Textbooks:

    • Beginner 1 classes will use the "TOBIRA BEGINNING JAPANESE " volume 1.  Please purchase your book from: https://united-states.kinokuniya.com/bw/9784874248706

    • Beginner 2 – Advanced Beginner 2 classes will continue to use the pilot version of the “TOBIRA BEGINNING JAPANESE” volume 1.  If you are joining these levels in fall 2021, we can provide you with the pilot version free of charge while supply lasts.  Please let us know your mailing address at the time of registration.  

    • Intermediate 1 – Advanced Intermediate 2 will use the pilot version of "TOBIRA BEGINNING JAPANESE" volume 2 and we will mail you a copy free of charge.  Please let us know your mailing address at the time of registration.

    • For Pre-Advanced Conversation class, textbook purchase is not required. If you would like to purchase the textbook, please use this link: ロールプレイで学ぶ中級から上級への日本語会話

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    Policies:

    1. Tuition

    - Tuition is payable by credit card on the registration website.

    - Tuition is non-refundable for any reason after classes begin.  

    - You are welcome to try out different levels during the first two weeks for free.

    - To receive the membership tuition rate, students must be members at the time of registration. Please note that JSB membership fees paid at the time of registration are non-refundable. 

    2. Class

    - Class size is minimum 4 students and maximum 8 students.

    - Classes cancelled due to inclement weather and other emergency situations will be rescheduled after the 10-week session.

    - Students must be at least 16 years old to be able to attend group classes. If you are younger than 16, we may be able to offer you private lessons.

    - Student contact information will be shared with our instructors for teaching and emergency purposes.  

    - Please contact language@japansocietyboston.org if you experience any technical difficulties with Zoom.

    - The language school and its instructors will not record the lesson on Zoom.


    Any questions? Please email language@japansocietyboston.org


    Disclaimer:

    Completion of these courses does not grant equivalence of the Japan Language Proficiency Test or any other test of Japanese skill. Parties interested in taking a proficiency test should refer to https://www.aatj.org/jlpt-us.

    • 22 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
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    The Housekeeper and the Professor: Vintage Classics Japanese Series (Vintage Classic Japanese Series): Ogawa, Yoko: 9781784875442: Amazon.com: Books

    Japan Society of Boston Book Club

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (Zoom link will be sent before the event)


    Do you love Japanese literature? The JSB Book Club will be meeting to discuss The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. The purpose of the JSB Book Club is to strengthen the Boston community of Japan enthusiasts by coming together to discuss Japanese literature.

    Find a copy of The Housekeeper and the Professor here.

    The club is limited to Japan Society of Boston Members. Interested in joining but not yet a Member of the Japan Society of Boston? Consider becoming a Member today! If you are already a Member and interested in the group, please contact us to have your name added to the club mailing list

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
    • 169
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    Bridging the US and Japan: The Story of John Manjiro and Capt. William Whitfield

    co-hosted with

    the Japan America Society of Chicago


    Thursday, September 23, 2021

    7:00 - 8:00 PM EDT (6:00 - 7:00 PM CDT)

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (Zoom link is in your registration confirmation e-mail)


    On May 6, 1843, a young Japanese boy named Manjiro sailed into New Bedford harbor, setting his eyes on the U.S for the first time and getting a glimpse of what would become his second home. After being shipwrecked on a deserted island during a fishing expedition, Manjiro and his crew were rescued by American whaling ship captain William Whitfield and taken aboard the John Howland. Because of Japan's closed-door policy, Manjiro and his crew were not allowed to return home to Japan. After sailing together for several months, Capt. Whitfield brought the crew members to safety in Hawaii, but he wished to take Manjiro back with him to his home in Fairhaven, MA, where he educated young Manjiro and welcomed him as a son. Years later, Manjiro returned to Japan as a fluent English Speaker and was critical to future U.S.-Japan relations.

    As the first Japanese man to live in the U.S., Manjiro was the first bridge between American and Japanese cultures. His bond with Captain Whitfield has spanned generations, and in 1987, a delegation from New Bedford/Fairhaven traveled to Tosashimizu (Manjiro's hometown) and signed a Sister City Agreement which has been active ever since.

    Please join us in honoring the history of this powerful, lasting friendship in our online event with the Japan America Society of Chicago. We will hear from Gerald P. Rooney, President and CEO of the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, who is central to keeping the Manjiro-Whitfield legacy alive.


            

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    As part of registering, we ask for your email address. Your email address will not be sold or given to third parties without your permission. By registering with your email address, you may receive emails from the Japan Society of Boston, including updates about event details , announcements about other upcoming events, and special offers.  Please be in touch with us anytime to change your email preferences.
    • 24 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
    • 36
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    THE JAPAN SOCIETY of BOSTON

    Language Room

    (Virtual Language Exchange)

    Theme: Cooking

    Friday, September 24, 2021

    6:00 to 8:00 PM EDT

    日本時間では9月25日土曜日午前7時-9時

    Registration closes at 12 pm on the day of the event.

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (you will be sent the meeting code after registering)


    Stuck in the house and need a healthy way to socialize? JSB has you covered!  Practice your Japanese (or your English) at our next online Japanese / English language exchange.

    The Japanese/ English Language Room is able to continue thanks to our members and donations. We ask that you may consider making a donation or becoming a member to help us provide free events!

    [Join us] ・ [Donate]

    We will begin with a half an hour of speaking in Japanese, followed by a half an hour of speaking in English. We will conclude the meeting with free casual conversation in Japanese and/or English until we hit 8 PM.

    Registration is set up so registrants can designate your current Japanese proficiency level and join groups based on your level.  Please use the following rough guidelines when designating your level:


    [Advanced Japanese Level]- JLPT N3 and up.  You are comfortable holding full conversations in Japanese.

    [Intermediate Japanese Level] - JLPT N5 to N3.  You are comfortable holding some or most conversations in Japanese.  

    [Beginner Japanese Level]- You may know some words and phrases in Japanese and even say a few simple sentences but your curiosity and passion for the Japanese language is as strong as those in the Intermediate and the Advanced levels!  

    [Native Japanese Speakers -日本人  - 日本人/日本語ネイティブの方はこちらにご登録下さい。


    Please note that we will adjust the maximum number of participants for each level based on how many native Japanese speakers registered. Be sure to still sign up for waitlist at the time of your registration.

    Come with a friendly disposition to practice your Japanese / English and help others learn!  Meet people and find new paths for improving and enjoying your Japanese and English language skills!

    *Please make sure that the name you use to register will match the name you will be using when you first sign onto the Zoom session!



    Please note that we often take photographs at events for our records and sometimes for use in public media such as Facebook and blog posts. Registering for an event generally signifies acknowledgment that your likeness may be used in these ways. If you are not comfortable with this, please let us know and we can accommodate you.

    As part of registering, we may ask for your email address. You may register for an event without providing your email address. Your email address will not be sold or given to third parties without your permission. By registering with your email address, you may receive emails from the Japan Society of Boston, including updates about event details (e.g., location), announcements about other upcoming events, and special offers.  Please be in touch with us anytime to change your email preferences.
    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • Online
    • 298
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    Coffee Life in Japan

    in partnership with the Japan Society of Northern California


    Thursday, October 28, 2021

    6:00 PM EDT

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (Zoom link is in your registration confirmation e-mail)



    Life in Japan over the past almost two hundred years can be measured in coffee cups and experienced in the spaces that coffee has created – the koohiihausu, the café, the kissaten. A trip through Japan’s coffee history and contemporary places demonstrates the ways in which an artifact, a material object – often coming originally from somewhere else – becomes Japanese, and then travels the world to be appreciated and emulated. A cup of coffee, Japanese style, has become a world standard. In these times when travel to Japan has been limited, making yourself a cup of Japanese coffee might just take you back to that kissaten you miss so much.


    About the Speaker:

     

    Merry White is Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. From her first trip to Japan in 1963 to the present, her sojourns in Japan have been flavored by coffee. Her work on Japanese education, family and social change, adolescence and Japanese food culture was honored by the Japan Society of Boston’s John E. Thayer III Award and by the conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan. Her book on coffee, Coffee Life in Japan, received several awards. Her current research and writing focuses on food workers in Japan.



    In partnership with



    Please note that we often take photographs at events for our records and sometimes for use in public media such as Facebook and blog posts. Registering for an event generally signifies acknowledgment that your likeness may be used in these ways. If you are not comfortable with this, please let us know and we can accommodate you.


    As part of registering, we ask for your email address. Your email address will not be sold or given to third parties without your permission. By registering with your email address, you may receive emails from the Japan Society of Boston, including updates about event details , announcements about other upcoming events, and special offers.  Please be in touch with us anytime to change your email preferences.

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