• Structured Japanese/English Practice

    Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

    This is a new event, designed for those who wish for more structured language practice activities, similar to being in a language classroom. We will run through a series of activities designed to build fluency and learn new vocabulary, in both Japanese and English. Please note that this is not a purely "social" event; the aim is to improve language ability through structured practice. We hope to eventually hold meetings targeted toward different levels, but this first meeting is for students of intermediate ability and up (able to hold a basic conversation in Japanese/English). Of course, anyone is free to attend and just listen in to get exposure to the language! Each week, a video or article will be posted as "homework" to watch/read in advance so we can all be on the same page and discuss the same topic, use the same new vocabulary, etc. The article to preview for the first meeting is below. It's about "Hazard Maps" in Japan. Please read/listen to it, study some new words if needed, and prepare to share your thoughts. If you click "普通のニュースを読む" at the bottom, you can read the original, unsimplified article, which desribes more about the citizens' negative reaction to the government's release of the "hazard map." Interesting stuff! https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10011941501000/k10011941501000.html Here is a tentative plan for our first meeting: 1. Warmup: 10-min free chat in Japanese 2. Warmup: 10-min free chat in English (if desired) 3. Discuss the YouTube video: share new words you hear, practice using the words in sentences, etc. 4. Vocabulary eraser challenge - Which team will be the first to "use up" all of the target vocab words? 4. Vocabulary-building "taboo" activity (Secret picture on your forehead) 5. "Dictogloss" dialogue activity to build fluency (handouts will be provided) 6. Free chat, discuss topics for next time, etc. Please post any suggestions your have for activities or reading/listening materials!

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  • Speak Japanese Morning Coffee 日本語だけでお喋り会

    Let's speak only Japanese for 1 and a half hours over coffee. Please make sure you can speak Japanese for at least 20 minuets. This Panera is very close to the North Quincy T station. There is also parking available. Please make sure to buy something. 1時間半に日本語を話しましょう。 Paneraは喫茶店なので必ず何かを買うべきです。 PaneraはNorth Quincy駅近くです。駐車場もあります。

  • Back Bay Japanese Evening Table

    Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant

    This week we're meeting at Lir near the Prudential Center, from 7 pm to 10 pm. Grab a few drinks and some delicious food. Whether you're learning Japanese or English, buy a drink, join the table(s), and practice your new language in a friendly and relaxed environment. If you're a beginner or just interested in culture, you'll fit in fine! Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn and practice over a few drinks. Can't make it on time? Need to leave early? Not a problem. Just stop by if you can! We typically meet at the front of the bar, near the windows. If we’re somewhere else, I’ll say where in a comment on the event. Despite the event name, we usually have multiple tables, and we often have a mix of people both sitting at tables and standing up, so it’s easy to mingle! If you are over 21 and plan to drink, please bring a MA state issued ID or passport. Other state IDs may not be accepted. Please take care of your own tab. If you are under 21, please be aware that the bar may check IDs at the door at their own discretion. They usually only start carding at ~8 pm, but on very busy nights they may start earlier. If you are inside the bar before they start checking IDs, you can stay until the end. So if you plan on attending, I would recommend arriving by 7 and/or having a back-up plan just in case. RSVPing: Please RSVP! We do not have a limit on the amount of attendees (though you probably won’t have a seat if it’s very crowded!), but it really helps us to know who is attending. Transportation: I highly recommend using public transportation. Not only is driving while intoxicated dangerous, but there may not be any parking available in the area. A lot of the parking in the area is Residential Only in the evenings, and many of the signs indicating this are very well hidden. Also, watch out for those hidden street cleaning signs! If you insist on parking in the area, be aware that meter maids love handing out parking tickets around here. Ordering: 1) Order all your drinks and food from the server (you can get drinks at the bar too if you are not sitting down at a table). 2) Open a tab with your credit card when placing your order, or pay as you go. Lir accepts both cash & card. Don't forget to tip! See you there! ~Lindsay and Doug

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  • Tuesday Night Conversation Group @ Super 88

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    Welcome to the FABULOUS Tuesday Night Conversation Group! All levels of English and Japanese are welcome and warmly encouraged to join us! If you want to study, feel free to bring texts or other materials and ask questions! We meet in the food court attached to the Super 88 supermarket located at Brighton Avenue/Packards Corner in Allston. Usually we will sit at several tables pushed together in front of Pho Viet's or Lollicup. We may be in the back of the food court if it is very busy. If you arrive early or can't find the group, please contact Seth or Masa, or leave a comment! Available public transportation: 1. B Line of the Green Line - Packards Corner (see map below) 2. Bus 57/57A - Brighton Ave @ Commonwealth Ave Brighton Avenue/Packards Corner

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  • Saturday Social Meetup at City Place

    City Place Food Court

    We traditionally have a large (typically 15-30 people, but as low as 10 and as high as 45) social meetup every two weeks. This gives everyone an opportunity to come and make new friends, practice their Japanese or English, and spend time with a bunch of interesting people from the U.S. Japan, and elsewhere. Close to Boylston on the Green Line, or Chinatown on the Orange Line. Also a short walk from Park Street or Downtown Crossing. • From Boylston Station, go south on Tremont Street (away from Boston Common), then take a right onto Stuart Street. The food court will be on your right; you enter the building right by the Dunkin Donuts. • From Chinatown Station, go west on Boylston Street (toward Boston Common), then take a left onto Tremont Street. Turn right onto Stuart Street. The food court will be on your right; you enter the building right by the Dunkin Donuts. There is a map of the area below. If you have trouble finding us, please feel free to call or text me at[masked]. If you want to come to dinner, please be there by 6 or so, although we sometimes don't leave until 630. It usually doesn't work to join us at the restaurant, as we are often short of space. Come on by, relax, practice in either language of your choice, and enjoy being part of our growing community! The Meetup generally does not end at 6 - instead, some time around there, we go out to Chinatown for dinner afterwards to eat family style - anyone who wants to come is welcome. The cost is usually around $12-20/person (not including any drinks for which people pay their own way). We are open to restaurant suggestions. However, I am not willing to get into dividing up large numbers of orders on one giant check, which is why we generally go to Chinatown and split everything down the middle. If you don't want to eat at all, you can come and just enjoy the company for free. Please BRING CASH if you can and want to go to dinner - many of the restaurants limit cards to two per table, so if a lot of people have no cash it can be a problem. Parking: We recommend public transit, as the building parking is something like $24. But if you are willing to walk 10 minutes or so you can park at the Post Office Square Garage for $9 (weekends). https://www.posquare.com/rates-hours/ Stuart Street view

  • Saturday Social Meetup at City Place - and Structured Exchange

    First we have language exchange (15-minute intervals) 3-4. Beginning at 4, we traditionally have a large (typically 15-30 people, but as low as 10 and as high as 45) social meetup every two weeks. This gives everyone an opportunity to come and make new friends, practice their Japanese or English, and spend time with a bunch of interesting people from the U.S. Japan, and elsewhere. After the first hour where we try to keep the exchange on a schedule, it is unstructured and there are conversations in both Japanese and English. Come any time, no need to be right on time. Note: GPS may send you to the wrong place, so please read the directions the first time you come! Close to Boylston on the Green Line, or Chinatown on the Orange Line. Also a short walk from Park Street or Downtown Crossing. • From Boylston Station, go south on Tremont Street (away from Boston Common), then take a right onto Stuart Street. The food court will be on your right; you enter the building right by the Dunkin Donuts. • From Chinatown Station, go west on Boylston Street (toward Boston Common), then take a left onto Tremont Street. Turn right onto Stuart Street. The food court will be on your right; you enter the building right by the Dunkin Donuts. There is a map of the area below. If you have trouble finding us, please feel free to call or text me at[masked]. If you want to come to dinner, please be there by 6 or so, although we sometimes don't leave until 630. It usually doesn't work to join us at the restaurant, as we are often short of space. Come on by, relax, practice in either language of your choice, and enjoy being part of our growing community! The Meetup generally does not end at 6 - instead, some time around there, we go out to Chinatown for dinner afterwards to eat family style - anyone who wants to come is welcome. The cost is usually around $12-20/person (not including any drinks for which people pay their own way). We are open to restaurant suggestions. However, I am not willing to get into dividing up large numbers of orders on one giant check, which is why we generally go to Chinatown and split everything down the middle. If you don't want to eat at all, you can come and just enjoy the company for free. Please BRING CASH if you can and want to go to dinner - many of the restaurants limit cards to two per table, so if a lot of people have no cash it can be a problem. Parking: We recommend public transit, as the building parking is something like $24. But if you are willing to walk 10 minutes or so you can park at the Post Office Square Garage for $9 (weekends). https://www.posquare.com/rates-hours/

  • Talk over drinks in Kendall Sq. Cambridge @ Champions

    (日本語は下にあります) Come grab some food and do some 飲ミュニケーション (nomunication — a portmanteau of “drink” and “communicate” :D) with us at the biweekly Champions Thursday Meetup located right next to the MIT/Kendall Square T-Stop on the redline in Cambridge!! Champions is a normal restaurant, and you do not need to be 21 to attend this event. If you’d like to drink, make sure to bring an ID (a school ID will not work, a valid government ID or passport is necessary). There are a few rules: • Please bring cash or venmo! Paying by credit card requires us to close the tab, which we like to do as late as possible, so please bring another form of payment so things go smoothly. (You are responsible for calculating how much you owe by summing the prices on the menu, which already include tip and tax.) • Please order something! (Around $10 should be fine). • Please RSVP! If a ton of people show up randomly the restaurant is unhappy, so please RSVP, and if you realize you can’t come, please un-RSVP so someone on the waitlist can come instead! If you show up without RSVPing we may need to turn you away. Any Japanese or English skill level is welcome, as long as you have an interest! If you have questions feel free to bring them; coming to make friends is just fine too! Looking forward to seeing you! Darius & Chris Directions: Champions is located directly next to the MIT/Kendall Sq. station. The entrance is on the Main Street side, where the station is. (Note: If you come from the Broadway street side, you need to cut through the Marriott hotel to get to the restaurant.) When you arrive, we are usually to the right of the host station at a long table near the front. Just ask the hostess for the “Japanese meetup group” and they will point you to wherever we are for the night! 〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜〜 ご飯を食べながら飲んで日本語・英語の勉強や文化交流をしましょう!隔週木曜日にChampionsで開催されるミートアップです! Championsはバーではなくて普通のレストランなので、21歳未満の方も是非来てください!お酒を飲みたい場合は必ずIDを持ってきてください。(*学校の学生証はNGなのでパスポートなど正式な身分証明書を持ってきてください。) 幾つかルールがあります。 • 現金を持ってきてください。メニューの値段に消費税とチップはあらかじめ含まれていますので、自分が頼んだ商品の値段を合計して、オーガナイザーに現金で支払ってください。 • 少なくとも一品頼んでください。10ドルあたりの物で大丈夫です。 • Meetup上でRSVPしてください。RSVPなしで来られる場合、参加をお断りする可能性もありますのでご了承ください。(人∀・) どの英語・日本語のレベルでも歓迎ですので、お気軽にいらしてください!勉強の質問などありましたら持ってきてもいいですし、質問等がなくても友達を作ったり英会話をしてもいいのでなんでもOKです! では、ご参加をお待ちしております! ダリウス&クリス 行き方: ChampionsはMIT/Kendall Square駅のすぐ隣にあります。店の入り口はMain Street側(駅の出口があるほう)にあります。(*Broadway Street側から来る場合、マリオットホテルを通り抜ける必要があります。) 到着しましたら大抵の場合入って右手のほうに座っていますが、入り口にいる店員に”Japanese meetup group”と言ったら案内してくれます。

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  • Museum Fine Art, Boston open house - posted for information

    This event is posted for information. Free admission at MFA after 4 P.M. every Wednesday (you will be asked for donation, however, it's not mandatory). It's a public open house of the art museum for everybody and is a great chance to get touch with Boston's art culture and see the masterpieces for free. I will likely not attend. Also, there is free live dressed model drawing program at the open house. (there is no live dressed model drawing but just drawing object on last Wednesday of a month) . Drawing materials such as canvas, paper, and pencils are provided by the museum so you don't have to bring your own unless you want to use your own. Ask at the admission desk where the drawing program is, because the location varies. Enjoy! Info: http://www.mfa.org/programs/gallery-activities-and-tours/drawing-in-the-galleries 注意事項 このイベントは文化交流が目的です。それ以外の目的の参加は認められません。ミートアップはナンパ、女性に対する誘惑を目的にしたグループや活動を禁止しています。 このイベントに初めて参加される方へ。このイベントはソーシャルネットのイベントです。しかし残念ながらイベントの主旨と違った目的で参加される方もいるかもしれません。特に女性の方はお気を付けください。 Note: If you are a new person for this event or this meetup, please be aware of that this is a social net activity and of that you are meeting strangers. Especially if you are female, don't get a ride or go out until you become to know the person well. Meetup prohibits groups and activities that involve ‘pick-up artist,’ seduction techniques, or ‘wingman’ tactics.

  • Tuesday Night Conversation Group @ Super 88

    Location visible to members

    Welcome to the FABULOUS Tuesday Night Conversation Group! All levels of English and Japanese are welcome and warmly encouraged to join us! If you want to study, feel free to bring texts or other materials and ask questions! We meet in the food court attached to the Super 88 supermarket located at Brighton Avenue/Packards Corner in Allston. Usually we will sit at several tables pushed together in front of Pho Viet's or Lollicup. We may be in the back of the food court if it is very busy. If you arrive early or can't find the group, please contact Seth or Masa, or leave a comment! Available public transportation: 1. B Line of the Green Line - Packards Corner (see map below) 2. Bus 57/57A - Brighton Ave @ Commonwealth Ave Brighton Avenue/Packards Corner