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Japanese Trial Lessons

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October 25, 2022 6:30 pm (Full)
November 30, 2022 6:30 pm (Full)
December 5, 2022 12:00 pm (Full)
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Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-7:30 pm ET - Full
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30-7:30 pm ET - Full
Monday, December 5, 12:00-1:00 pm ET Full 
Workshop full; to be added to the waitlist, please email or call 212-715-1269.


PLEASE NOTE: These free trial lessons 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). Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).

Have you always wanted to learn Japanese, but were unsure where to start? Come for a Japanese Trial Lesson for Beginners, taught by the Language Center’s Director, Tomoyo Kamimura. These Japanese Trial Lessons are scheduled throughout the year prior to the start of Japanese Level 1 courses.

Each lesson covers the same material and is structured for complete beginners of Japanese. If you are not a complete beginner, please take a look at the Language Center homepage (see the Japanese Level Guide and the Language Center Schedule) for information about our courses. You may also email with your questions.

Although it is not required to show your face or video online, we highly recommend having your video on if possible. Seeing each other’s facial expressions is a part of conversation and language learning. We also ask that every participant be able to participate via their microphone. If you do not have one of these capabilities or would like to discuss accommodations, please contact us at

Ms. Tomoyo Kamimura holds a BA from Waseda University, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Columbia University. She has been teaching Japanese at universities both in the US and Japan for over 15 years. Ms. Kamimura has numerous publications and has served as co-editor of Ohbunsha's Japanese - English Dictionary. Previously, she created The New School's undergraduate Japanese program and became its coordinator.


Space is limited; RSVP required to (preferred) or 212-715-1269. In your RSVP, please provide a first and last name, your email address, phone number (optional), the date you’d like to attend, and the name connected to the Zoom account you will use for the event.

We will only be letting in the names we recognize from the RSVP list.

Participants must be age 16 or older.

Further instructions and the Zoom link will be provided on the morning of the event by email from

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​Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Shiseido Americas and The Ford Foundation. Support for Japan Society's Language Center is provided, in part, by Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch; Christopher Hong; Steven Giordano; Juan Ruiz Gomez; The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.

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