Let's meetup and learn Japanese and culture: Women & Feminism (*location change)

  • November 12, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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We are Japanese natives and Hawaii locals, and are organizing a group for beginner, intermediate, advance level Japanese conversation. This is not a class; rather, it is a group for practicing conversation with fellow learners and native speakers. 

Come to practice Japanese. The group will gather informally to chat, make new friends, learn about other cultures and maybe find a language exchange partner. Come share your Japanese language skills while socializing and meeting interesting people.


Duration : 60 min (after 60 min, free café talk)

Location: Regal Bakery Cafe (in Chinatown)
      [ please note venue change for this meetup! ]
this is a new shop at the Chinese Cultural Plaza, right on Beretania Street. they replaced the furniture store that is seen in google street view.

Masahito will be wearing a red hat. Nancy is a cat.

Facilitator : nancy..?
Guests: Japanese moms

The topic : Women, their roles & identity, and feminism in Japan & USA.

Join us at the screening of the documentary Wonder Women prior to this meetup (view details here).

6:00 Opening remarks

6:02 Quick self introduction

6:10 Main topic discussion

6:55 Talk about the next meeting agenda

7:00 Closing remarks


Wikipedia on Feminism in Japan (mostly historical info, not current) 

UN Gender Equality Ad Campaign

Feminist Majority Foundation

National Organization for Women

NY Times article on Women in Science in Japan

The Guardian article on why people in Japan stopped having sex (note gender & identity issues)

Rules for this language group:

Enjoy conversation.

Let's respect and help each other.

Members are asked to use polite and proper speech desu/masu form , avoid crude and slangy expressions. And let's try to speak only Japanese for the first 60 minutes.

Beginners are welcome and are able to use English. The members who know Japanese will support the beginners.




Dividing groups

If we have many participants, an organizer will divide the group based on Japanese level.

If an organizer creates subgroups, He or she will appoint a facilitator for each subgroup.

After having a group conversation for 60 minutes, we will end the group activity. It will be free conversation time. You are free to leave or you can stay and talk about any topic you like with anyone in Japanese or English.

Note :

Anybody who wants to facilitate future meetings are welcome to do so. Please let Masahito know.

Please let Masa know if you want to talk about any particular topic.

Mahalo, Thanks, ありがとう


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  • Masahito S.

    Thank you, Nancy for planning and facilitating this meeting. It was an interesting topic. We deeply learned and thought about Japanese culture and society at this time. I like to talk about social issues and discuss these issues with people. Except Tuesday's meeting, we should hold meeting and have more time for discussing social issues in Japan.

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    interesting topic, intelligent people makes for good times

    November 12, 2013

  • Félix

    Aloha friends. Since we are meeting at Regal Bakery on Tuesday I thought I would share this online deal I found online. Groupon will provide you with a 40% discount when you purchase baked goods at Regal, http://www.groupon.com/deals/regal-bakery. Hope to see ya soon!

    November 10, 2013

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  • Félix
    DJ, Co-Organizer
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