Virtual Workshop

Learn to Read Hiragana & Katakana

Learn to Read Hiragana & Katakana

Friday, August 28, 6 PM
Friday, September 4, 6 PM

Illustration by Ben Warren.

Did You Know?

Hiragana was developed from the cursive style of kanji in the beginning of the Heian era (794 – 1192). Katakana was developed in the Nara period (710 – 794) by either simplifying the kanji imported from China or by squaring off its cursive style.
Virtual Workshop
Hiragana: Friday, August 28, 6–8 PM EDT 
Katakana: Friday, September 4, 6–8 PM EDT

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PLEASE NOTE: These workshops will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Further instructions will be provided the business day before the workshop begins. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET/UTC-04:00).

These mini-workshops offer the beginning student of Japanese the opportunity to quickly and efficiently master the reading of the two Japanese syllabaries, hiragana and katakana. It is these two writing systems, in combination with the more complex kanji (ideograms which represent meaning), which constitute the written Japanese language.

Tuition: $37 nonmembers/$30 Japan Society Individual & Corporate members
(price per workshop)

Ms. Kazue Kurahara holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and TESOL from NYU. She holds teaching certificates in both Japanese and ESL. She has taught Japanese at various institutions, including New York University, Hunter College, Pace University, and The New School. She is currently hosting Japan Society’s YouTube series "Uki Uki NihonGO! + Culture”.

Workshop Information (PDF)

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