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.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Eastside board game meetup

Community Room at Crossroads Mall

This event series is all about learning Japanese through playing interactive board games. If you are a beginner, don't worry, I will have some cheat sheets ready for you. If you feel like taking some challenges, I've got some advanced games too. Digital cheat sheet: https://EastSideJP.net Food will not be provided but you are more than welcome to grab anything from the food court. NO OUTSIDE FOOD PLEASE! or we will be charged a fee. The room rental is $25/mo. I'd appreciate it if you can chip in a couple of bucks. Extra donation will go towards new games. We are going to Tutta Bella afterward for happy hour drink and pizza.

2nd annual Eastside Summer BBQ! @OO Denny Park

OO Denny Park

Second annual BBQ @ OO Denny Park! Let's have conversations in Japanese and English over dinner! This is your chance to practice either language in a social environment and have fun! Location: OO Denny Park picnic shelter Parking: Plenty Bus access: Not very easy. Post a message if you'll need a ride. Nijikai (after dinner drinking) Venue: TBD OO Denny park is a quiet park kind of hidden in between Kirkland and Kenmore with a very nice view of the lake. The field is large enough for outdoor activities. There is a large shelter in case it drizzles. Update: the cost is $16 per person and the food options are burger, chicken burger, short ribs, pork belly, salmon. Feel free to contact me if you have any question. Also let me know if you have any dietary restriction so that we can better accommodate. See you all there! Fine print: If we ever have to cancel this even for an unforeseen circumstance, such as severe weather, park shutdown, etc, I will still need to collect the fee for the reservation and large amount of uncooked food that will likely go to waste. You will be notified through this website if the event is cancelled. You may be asked to pay for No Show/less than 24 hr drop out. No alcoholic beverage allowed (I'm just putting this out here because the city told me to) Thanks for your understanding.

3rd Thursdays at Hurry Curry

Hurry Curry of Tokyo

3rd Thursday of the month - time for curry in South Lake Union! Order food and beverages at the counter, join the meetup, and the servers will bring your food to you. Cash and Credit Cards accepted - get there before 7PM for Happy Hour specials. Japanese beer and sake available. Close to public transportation (Rapid Ride C or E, SLU Streetcar, bus lines 40, 8, and 62). Parking is quite manageable and free after 6 in SLU on the street (or a flat $2.44 for the evening in the underground garage). Always a good turn out for the meetup at this location. Nijikai options abound but will likely be at Gold Bar - one block south at 227 9th Ave N

Eastside board game meetup

Community Room at Crossroads Mall

This event series is all about learning Japanese through playing interactive board games. If you are a beginner, don't worry, I will have some cheat sheets ready for you. If you feel like taking some challenges, I've got some advanced games too. Digital cheat sheet: https://EastSideJP.net Food will not be provided but you are more than welcome to grab anything from the food court. NO OUTSIDE FOOD PLEASE! or we will be charged a fee. The room rental is $25/mo. I'd appreciate it if you can chip in a couple of bucks. Extra donation will go towards new games. We are going to Tutta Bella afterward for happy hour drink and pizza.

Past events (1,077)

Beer at Flying Bike

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery

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