The Japan Society of Boston provides a variety of language programming intended to enhance your confidence in Japanese while building community connections.
Japanese for all levels, using the Tobira Textbook System.
Learn Japanese with a group of like-minded, enthusiastic individuals and gain confidence in your speaking abilities.
Advanced Japanese Fiction
And everything in between!
Winter 2023 Semester Group Lesson Registration is now open!
Featured Winter 2023 Course
Advanced Japanese Fiction
この世にたやすい仕事はない (There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job)
by Kikuko Tsumura
Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm ET
Private one-on-one Japanese language lessons tailored to your needs!
Semi-Private Group Lessons for up to 4 people also available for those who wish to learn Japanese or English.
Families with children welcome!
The JSB Language Room
The Japan Society of Boston Language Room provides the perfect community for you to build up your Japanese or English speaking ability, giving you confidence while introducing you to Japanese Language enthusiasts from all over the country.
Each month has its own theme, such as O-Hanami in the month of April. The Language Room is sorted into four ability groups: introductory, intermediate, advanced, and native speaker. The first half of the small group discussions is dedicated to speaking in Japanese, while the second half is dedicated to speaking in English. Following small group discussions is our bilingual networking session.
Nihongo Perapera Newsletter
The Nihongo Perapera Newsletter is a great source for monthly updates on Japan Society of Boston's Language Programming, useful Japanese information for students and teachers alike, and a feature on a different prefecture of Japan each month! Sign up today!
Meet our Instructors
Our Japanese Language Instructors are all native speakers with a deep knowledge of Japanese Language Instruction.
Each instructor is given the liberty to implement their own teaching styles, while following the Tobira textbook system, and carries with them their personal passion for Japanese language and Culture.
JSB's language course provided exactly what I was looking for: something to provide much needed structure to my variable attempts at self-study. The small class size and strong focus on class participation made a single meeting per week feel like it provided the value of 2 or 3. The course had no grades or homework. This places the burden of measuring one's progress on the student, but it makes it easier to fit the course into a busy schedule, and allows it to synergize with existing self-study methods rather than replace them.
Between the language course and other JSB events, I have many opportunities to improve and then practice my language skills. I’m continually impressed by the welcoming atmosphere and enthusiasm everyone shares. - Scott K.
I started taking classes with the Japan Society of Boston since the first classes started in 2019. These classes have not just given me an education – they have also given me a community. I have been introduced to wonderful friends through both language classes and the numerous events that the Japan Society puts on.
By taking classes with the JSB, I was also introduced to many of their other events, such as the Language Room – which allowed me to practice my speaking and listening in more than just my classes. The classes have also further encouraged my interest in learning more about Japanese culture through their seminars, with topics on horror stories, Japanese businesses, and cultural expectations. My favorite classes of all, though, have got to be the Japanese cooking classes, which I have combined with my language studies to start reading Japanese cookbooks and blogs and make the recipes at home myself!
All in all, I highly recommend taking Japanese with the Japan Society of Boston. I have learned so much through a class than I could have ever taught myself, thanks to the motivation from my teachers and peers. I would recommend them to anybody, whether they are a beginner, have been working on the language for years, or have taken a break and are looking to pick it up again. Thank you, JSB, for helping me learn Japanese!
- Grace B.