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/)

Upcoming events (5+)

Karaoke on Eastside

2217 140th Ave NE

Come one, come all! We will be hosting a Karaoke get together on the east side (since they have all the nice places). "But I can't sing!," you say? Worry not! We will be getting a closed room so you can sing your heart out without judgement :D. Come, pick your favorite song and let loose. If you're shy then don't worry, I will sing with you :) 皆さん!皆さん!聞いて下さい!この四月にカラオケです!一緒に歌を歌いましょう!緊張する必要はありません!誰もが歓迎されています!もし緊張しているなら私が一緒歌います! Location: Twilight 7 Dining & Karaoke Lounge. Cost: $40/hr - $50/hr (shared between everyone, みんなで分担する) depending on room size (will book one depending on number of signups) I booked us a large room 😁 at 7:00. We will plan to meet there at 6:45.

Conversation Exchange @ Starbucks Roastery (Capitol Hill)

Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

Hi! Please join us for some fun language and conversation exchange! We are a diverse group with members of all ages and backgrounds. Come and make new friends to practice your language skills with! こんにちは!グループランゲージエクスチェンジのイベントを行います! 語学習得をしたい方、国際交流をしたい方、新しく友達を作りたい方、ぜひご参加ください!! 【Location | 場所】 Starbucks Reserve - Roastery and Tasting Room 1124 Pike Street · Seattle, WA Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/mrNNbMB6Y4R2 【How it works | システム】 ・ Please purchase at least one item from the menu! This will help support the venue for allowing us to use their space. $5-$10 ・メニューから少なくとも1つのアイテムを購入してください! これは、私たちのスペースを利用できるようにするための会場を支援するのに役立ちます。$5-$10 ・ In order to create the "total immersion" conversation effect, as well as fairness, we will be encouraging 15-minute intervals of Japanese time and English time. ・「トータル・イマージョン」の会話効果と公平性を生み出すために、日本語の時間と英語の時間を15分間隔で奨励します。 ・ We ask that members please speak only in the target language during the designated times! ・ 指定された時間には指定された言語でなるべく会話するようお願い致します。 【Time Schedule | スケジュール】 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm Arrive 来店 12:30 pm to 12:45 pm Japanese Time 日本語の時間 12:45 pm to 1:00 pm English Time 英語の時間 1:00 pm to 1:15 pm Seat Shuffle! 座席を変更 1:15 pm to 1:30 pm Japanese Time 日本語の時間 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm English Time 英語の時間 1:45 pm to 2:00 pm Group Picture! 集合写真! 【 FAQ〜よくある質問〜】 Q1:一人でも参加可能ですか? Q1: Is it possible to participate by myself? A1:たくさんの方にお一人で参加頂いております。 A1: Of course! Most members come alone! Q2:初めての参加ですが、大丈夫ですか? Q2: It's my first time, is it okay? A2:初参加の方はたくさんいらっしゃいます。ご安心ください! A2: Everyone has a first time. We welcome you! Q3:途中参加は大丈夫ですか? Q3: Can I join the event in the middle? A3:大丈夫です!受付には常時運営がおりますので、ご安心して参加いただけます。 A3: Please feel free to come whenever your schedule allows it!

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.

Kaiwa Table (会話・テーブル)

Food Court at the HUB

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kaiwatableuw/ Kaiwa Table is ・ 会話・テーブルは: - Free! - Available for both UW and NON-UW students - Is held EVERY WEDNESDAY, 5:30PM at the Husky Union Building's Cafeteria (HUB) -無料! -誰でも参加できます!UWの学生じゃなくても大丈夫です。 -時間:毎週水曜日、午後5:30時から。 -所:UWキャンパスのHusky Union Building (HUB) Kaiwa Table (会話・テーブル) is a club under the Japanese Student Organization of UW (JSA). "Kaiwa" in Japanese means "conversation." Kaiwa Table is a place where English-learning students and Japanese-learning students can come together and help each other learn. We help each other become better in our respective languages, and in the process, we make fun memories and make valuable friends. Listen, speak, ask, etc-.. there are gonna be tons of way to improve. We also have tons of Kaiwa Tablers that do not particularly desire to improve Japanese or English but do want to make good friends and have a great time. Whatever your interests are - we want you to join us! We are quite a diverse group. We assure you that you will be able to improve either in English​ or Japanese at Kaiwa Table.

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3rd Thursdays at Hurry Curry

Hurry Curry of Tokyo

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