Intensive Weekend Japanese

Intensive Weekend Japanese

Course Information

The Japan Society Language Center is pleased to offer four-day Intensive Japanese Weekend Courses. These concentrated courses are designed to teach beginners basic Japanese. They will be useful to people with work schedule conflicts, or those who were too late to register or missed too many of our regular classes. They are also great for people who are planning to travel to Japan and need to learn basic Japanese at an accelerated pace. Students can easily progress from these courses into our weekday courses. Students must be 16 or older to register for the class.

All courses meet for four days on two consecutive weekends: July 17, 18, 24 & 25 from 11 AM to 4:30 PM ET, for a total of 18 hours of instruction. There will be an hour break for lunch from 1 to 2 PM and a short break during the afternoon period.

Registrants will receive a Welcome Letter and the Zoom link by email from on the afternoon of Friday, July 16, 2021 (the business day before classes begin).

Intensive Japanese Weekend Course, Level 1                       Instructor: Ogawa    
(for beginning students with no background in Japanese)
The course is designed to introduce elementary Japanese to students with no previous background in the language. Basic vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures will be taught in romaji (Japanese written phonetically in the Roman alphabet) so students can carry on a simple conversation. Hiragana and some introductory kanji will be introduced. Text: Genki I, *NEW* 3rd Edition (Ch. 1, 2 & 3)

Intensive Japanese Weekend Course, Level 2                       Instructor: Nakanishi
Class Cancelled
(Prerequisite: Japanese 1 or equivalent; recognition of hiragana is expected.)
Students will continue to actively participate in the process of acquiring beginners’ level language skills in basic Japanese. Katakana and more kanji will be introduced. Text: Genki I, *NEW* 3rd Edition (Chapters 4 & 5)

Intensive Japanese Weekend Course, Level 3                     Instructor Change: Mori
Class Cancelled
(Prerequisite: Japanese 2 or equivalent, recognition of hiragana and some katakana is expected)
This course will focus on the introduction and use of the te and nai forms of verbs, and students will continue to build upon their conversational skills and vocabulary. Text: Genki I, *NEW* 3rd Edition (Chapters 6 & 7)

Intensive Japanese Weekend Course, Level 4                     Instructor: Kakutani    
Class Cancelled
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3 or equivalent)
Students will practice the informal speech style in the present and past tenses, and will learn the nai form of verbs. The ta form will be introduced, and students will learn to modify nouns with verbs, as well as practice phrases using to omoimasu (“I think”) and to iimasu (“he/she says”). Text: Genki I, (Chapters 8 & 9), see textbooks section for edition details.

Course Information (PDF)


Intensive Weekend Japanese


Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: These courses will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need the use of a device with internet access, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet).

To become a Japan Society member (or to renew membership) and to register for a course online, please become a member first, and then click the register button to register for a course.

Students with credit: please call the office at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.

At the moment, registration is only accepted online (recommended) or by phone, and we are only taking payment in the form of credit or debit cards (no checks or cash). Acceptance will be acknowledged by email.

For more information, please email us at, or call at (212) 715-1269. Please note that while we are working remotely, we may not always be reachable by phone.

Required Textbook

Until further notice, textbooks are not available for purchase at the Language Center. Please purchase your book from an outside vendor. Either a digital or print textbook is fine.

Levels 1-3:

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese),
3rd Edition
; published by The Japan Times

3rd Edition
ISBN: 978-4789017305

If you are enrolled in Level 1 or 2, or 3 and already have the 2nd Edition of Genki I, this is fine. Note that the page numbers will be different, and you may have some differences in your book. If you need to purchase a book, we recommend purchasing the 3rd edition.

Level 4:

GENKI I (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese),
2nd or 3rd Edition
; published by The Japan Times

2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-4789014403


3rd Edition
ISBN: 978-4789017305

New students entering Levels 4: either the 2nd or 3rd Edition may be purchased for these courses. Note that the 3rd Edition is recommended as the improved textbook, but the majority of your classmates will be using the 2nd Edition.


All of Japan Society's instructors are native Japanese with extensive experience.

Ms. Yumiko Kakutani holds a BA in French Literature from Keio University in Tokyo and is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught privately in the United States for a number of years (including JLPT and SAT II students). She currently teaches at City College of New York.

Ms. Yumi Mori has a bachelor’s degree in Law from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program. She has taught privately in the United States for a number of years.

Ms. Mami Nakanishi has a BA in Literature from Sophia University in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Japan Society’s Teacher Training Program and has been on Japan Society’s teaching staff since the summer of 2010. She has taught Japanese privately and in schools including Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School.

Mr. Sanshiroh Ogawa holds a BA from Waseda University and an MA in Linguistics as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Language Teaching from Syracuse University. In addition to teaching Japanese at Syracuse University and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC), Mr. Ogawa has experience managing the JASWDC Language Schools and working as an administrator at the Japanese language school in Tokyo operated by EF Education First.

Please Note

Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable (including for credit) for any reason after 12 PM on Friday, July 16, 2021. All refunds are subject to a $20 service charge and must be requested by the deadline date above. No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Please note that cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted.

Japan Society reserves the right to cancel any course if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such a case, students already enrolled will receive full refunds.

We do not record these classes, and recording of these classes is prohibited.

By registering for a course, you accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy, and verify that the student taking this class is age 16 or older.