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 (https://www.meetup.com/JapaneseSeattle/about/)

Upcoming events (4+)

First Tuesday at Hurry Curry of Tokyo - Bellevue

Hurry Curry of Tokyo - Bellevue

Meetup on the Eastside!
This location is much smaller than the SLU location so attendance is limited to 20 people
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 6:30 and the restaurant will honor Happy Hour requests. Japanese beer and sake available.
Free parking in the Kelsey Creek Plaza

3rd Thursdays at Hurry Curry of Tokyo - South Lake Union

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, Credit Cards, ApplePay, GooglePay 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

Eastside Board Game Meetup

Crossroads Community Room

This event is for both Japanese and English learners with a bit more emphasis on Japanese. Don't worry about your language skill level, we are all here to learn. We have various games from vocabulary games to advanced discussion based games so hopefully there is a game for everyone.

You are welcome to bring food from any food vendors within the mall but PLEASE DON'T BRING ANY OUTSIDE FOOD otherwise we will be charged a fee.

We will be going to IHOP afterward if you have any questions about the language, the culture, the games we played, or just want to hangout.

First Tuesday at Hurry Curry of Tokyo - Bellevue

Hurry Curry of Tokyo - Bellevue

Meetup on the Eastside!
This location is much smaller than the SLU location so attendance is limited to 20 people
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 6:30 and the restaurant will honor Happy Hour requests. Japanese beer and sake available.
Free parking in the Kelsey Creek Plaza

Past events (1,169)

Eastside Board Game Meetup

Crossroads Community Room

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