What we're about

Meet and mingle with local Japanese language and Japanese culture enthusiasts! We do a variety of fun events, both language oriented and social. We offer a regular introductory language event (hosted by native speakers) but otherwise most of our events are social. Past events have included viewing Japanese drama series (English subtitled), Japanese food potlucks, karaoke, Awa Odori dance, Bon Odori, Phoenix Matsuri, making Natto (ew!), or mochitsuki (yum!), visiting local Arizona onsens (natural hot springs, very nihon-teki!), going out for sushi or other Japanese cuisine, and anything else our members come up with! Our group has a attracted a nice mix of culture enthusiasts, language learners, and native speakers. If you are interested in Japanese culture or language and want to meet others who are as well, join our group! We look forward to meeting you!

Before joining please read the following links:

Welcome Page (https://www.meetup.com/japanese-486/about/), RSVP Etiquette (https://www.meetup.com/japanese-486/pages/RSVP_Etiquette/), About Our Events (https://www.meetup.com/japanese-486/pages/About_Our_Events/), Frequently Asked Questions FAQ (https://www.meetup.com/japanese-486/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions_%28FAQ%29)

Upcoming events (4+)

Upper Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Conversation (Virtual Meetup)

Needs a location

NOTE: Arizona does not practice daylight savings, so if you are joining from a different state/country, the meeting start time will be as follows:
PST = 6PM, CST = 8PM, JST = 11AM

日本語で話しましょう!   Let's talk in Japanese!

Each week we pick 1-2 topics and take turns talking about it. This event is held entirely in Japanese and is for upper intermediate, advanced, and native speakers. To recreate the intimacy of an in-person event we ask that you join the Zoom meeting with both video and audio. Once you RSVP, we will send you the Zoom meeting link via Meetup messaging 1 hr prior to the event start. Looking forward to seeing and talking to you there! じゃ、楽しみに!!  ヽ(ヅ)ノ

How to join a Zoom meeting:
A) From your computer: just click on the invite link; it will automatically take you to the meeting. (Recommended)
B) From your phone: you must download the app first.

Upper Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Conversation (Virtual Meetup)

Needs a location

NOTE: Arizona does not practice daylight savings, so if you are joining from a different state/country, the meeting start time will be as follows:
PST = 6PM, CST = 8PM, JST = 11AM

日本語で話しましょう!   Let's talk in Japanese!

Each week we pick 1-2 topics and take turns talking about it. This event is held entirely in Japanese and is for upper intermediate, advanced, and native speakers. To recreate the intimacy of an in-person event we ask that you join the Zoom meeting with both video and audio. Once you RSVP, we will send you the Zoom meeting link via Meetup messaging 1 hr prior to the event start. Looking forward to seeing and talking to you there! じゃ、楽しみに!!  ヽ(ヅ)ノ

How to join a Zoom meeting:
A) From your computer: just click on the invite link; it will automatically take you to the meeting. (Recommended)
B) From your phone: you must download the app first.

Upper Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Conversation (Virtual Meetup)

Needs a location

NOTE: Arizona does not practice daylight savings, so if you are joining from a different state/country, the meeting start time will be as follows:
PST = 6PM, CST = 8PM, JST = 11AM

日本語で話しましょう!   Let's talk in Japanese!

Each week we pick 1-2 topics and take turns talking about it. This event is held entirely in Japanese and is for upper intermediate, advanced, and native speakers. To recreate the intimacy of an in-person event we ask that you join the Zoom meeting with both video and audio. Once you RSVP, we will send you the Zoom meeting link via Meetup messaging 1 hr prior to the event start. Looking forward to seeing and talking to you there! じゃ、楽しみに!!  ヽ(ヅ)ノ

How to join a Zoom meeting:
A) From your computer: just click on the invite link; it will automatically take you to the meeting. (Recommended)
B) From your phone: you must download the app first.

Volunteer and Experience the Arizona Matsuri!

Steele Indian School Park

Come be part of the Arizona Matsuri experience! The Arizona Matsuri is a two-day festival featuring traditional and modern culture of Japan.

Our Meetup is volunteering at the festival. We will be hosting the Information Booth at the Central Avenue entrance to Steele Indian School Park. We will direct visitors to the various venues of the Matsuri in the park. Simple and fun! Come enjoy the rewards of service amid the unique atmosphere of the Matsuri with your friends from the JLC Meetup!

We are volunteering for two separate days. Please tell us in a comment which day you are joining. The days are Saturday February 25th and Sunday February 26th.

Our plan is to spend time both volunteering and enjoying the festival.
This is how it will work. We will split each day into a morning and afternoon shift (so approximately 4 hours each). We need multiple people for each shift. If we get enough volunteers (which would be fun!) we will split the shifts further. Before or after your shift you can check out the festival!

If you can join us for an amazing good time please sign up! Please post the day and shift that you can attend in a comment (or message one of the organizers). The organizers will contact you with further details. It'll be a great time!

よし! See you there! (^^)

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Past events (1,087)

Japanese Language Practice South Mountain PHX

Farm at South Mountain