Next Meetup

Japanese/English Study Group -reading novel Wings of Love - natives welcomed!
If you want to join the group, please l message me with your email IN ADVANCE and I will send you the scan. Bring your device or a printout. We started chapter 3 on March 17. Bring your printouts or electronic device! Alewife Panera is in the Fresh Pond Mall across the bridge from the Alewife T, with plenty of free parking. Please RSVP if you plan to come - if few RSVPS it could be cancelled OR MOVED. And if your plans change, please remember to cancel. Story so far: Saori, the princess-type daughter of a rich businessman and Shuichi, the son of another rich businessman who is an old friend of Saori's father, have been informally engaged to each other by their fathers. Story opens with them at the beach and Shuichi fussing that they need to get home to make the 10 PM curfew set by Saori's father, and Saori wanting to stay longer. When they return to his car, a biker gang is waiting for him and the head guy announces he is Shinobu's younger brother (implication being that Shuichi dumped Shinobu in the past). They start to run away and Saori breaks her heel. Then security and the police come and the bikers run away. Shuichi refuses to fill out an incident report, saying he doesn't have time, and refuses to tell Saori what happened. Saori thinks of her mother, who left the home suddenly without explanation when Saori was in high school; later rumor had it she ran away with a younger man. Ch, 2 opens with Saori's father giving them the third degree for coming back so late and Shuichi lying about having been accosted by the bikers at random and having taken a while to fill out the accident report. Saori goes to her room to change, then comes back downstairs and hears them talking through the parlor door. She stops to listen. Her father is telling Shuichi that he had a background check done on him and he needs to take care of the Shinobu problem by paying her off. Shuichi objects saying their breakup was mutual. Saori's father points out that Shinobu got pregnant and Shuichi says he paid for the abortion and she readily agreed because the pregnancy was due to her miscalculation. Saori is shocked to hear this and marches into the parlor. Her father attempts to mediate but she is having none of it. A heated argument follows and Saori runs outside barefoot, where Natsuki passes by on his motorcycle and stops. They talk and she asks for a ride on his bike. They set off and then stop by a run down playground behind an apartment building which turns out to be where he used to wait when Shuuichi was visiting Shinobu's apartment. Saori picks up a lost shovel with a child's name written on it, and realizes that she had all her own toys in her backyard so nothing even needed to be labeled, and she can't remember what her mother's handwriting looked like.


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Public Group

Welcome to Boston Japanese and English Language Club! (日本語はこちら) (

We connect language learners with native speakers of Japanese or English. Practice speaking, find out about cultures, styles, history, current events, and meet new friends!

People who want to speak (or hear) Japanese or English can join. It is open to all ages, and all levels of skill. Generally speaking, all people are welcome to join this club, however it is expected that everyone abide by the following basic guidelines:

Individuals must respect one another.

Let's keep a positive attitude about things!

Let's have a really great time!

We meet in a casual environment such as a restaurant, and people just form natural conversations or practice groups. And if you are looking for a language exchange partner, you are likely to find one here. But we are not a class - please don't show up and expect one. If you have specific questions, you can get answers here.

Please fill your application/profile as much as possible. On the language question, for example, you could say "English - Native, Japanese - Beginner" or vice versa. We will decline blank applications.

We are not a dating club. Unfortunately, there have been a number of cases where male members have been making passes at female members, asking for dates, emailing women and asking to meet up, asking women for their phone numbers or pestering them to be added to their Facebook friends. In the past we have had female members who stopped coming to meetups because they were made uncomfortable by some of our members' behavior. We will not tolerate this type of behavior. You should assume that our members are there to discuss culture and ask and answer questions about language and are not looking for dates, and should not initiate any request for dates without very clear signals that these requests are welcome. If a woman offers you to make you her Facebook friend, that is fine to accept, but be very cautious about asking for hers. Also, do not message through Meetup looking for dates under any circumstances. If you make other members uncomfortable you will either be banned immediately or given a warning depending on the seriousness. If you get a warning and if there are any further concerns with respect to your behavior after the warning, you will be banned at that point. We have done this before and we will not hesitate to do so in future.

To our female members: please do not hesitate to message or call me (my number is generally listed on the Saturday meetup) if anyone bothers you, emails you or otherwise pesters you or makes you uncomfortable. This type of activity happens when no one talks about it. I am more than happy to talk to any members about any issues, and to warn or ban them if appropriate. But I can only do that if I either see it personally (which rarely happens) or if someone tells me about it.

Dues are currently suspended. At some point I may start asking for people to pay $1 per meetup of $5 for the year, but at the moment I am not bothering. Member dues are mainly used for the Meetup website cost which is $180 per year.



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