What we're about
We're the area's most active Japanese Meetup, with a lively group of people who speak or are learning Japanese. We have regular, casual meetings to socialize in Japanese and English, usually over dinner. Native speakers are welcomed, intermediate Japanese speakers get lots of practice, and beginners are encouraged to ask questions to learn more.
We rarely set an agenda. This isn't a classroom; it's primary an opportunity to get to know people who are connected to Japan in some way. Most of the time we go somewhere for dinner, but members sometimes plan coffee gatherings, local adventures, happy hours, or occasionally, structured events. This is not a dating service, nor do we plan any singles-focused events. All of our events are open to all who wish to learn, retain, or use their Japanese language skills or who are looking to experience a little Japanese culture. So, if you're trying to learn something specific, please feel free to bring materials or books that cover your topic and feel free to ask for help. We don't have any formal lesson plans, but many people will be glad to help you out on something with which you're struggling.
Come find us at any of our recurring meetups: in Seattle, 1st Thursdays at Ten Sushi and 3rd Thursdays at Hurry Curry of Tokyo. On the eastside, 2nd Friday dinners and 4th Friday board games (in Japanese). Other meetups occur regularly but are related to special events: ohanami, bon odori, Japanese movies playing during SIFF, and the Hiroshima lantern memorial.
Occasionally there are other, more random meetups: cafe meetups and conversation exchange, karaoke and/or happy hour, outdoor adventures, northend/southend events, and private home parties. These are usually in-city but occur infrequently.
Please sign up to keep informed! Suggestions? Contact Jason, Chigako, or Daniel.
More about our group + Frequently asked questions (http://www.meetup.com/JapaneseSeattle/about/)