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Japanese Language Table

Come to Shiffman 121 every Wednesday from 5-6pm (except holidays) to practice your Japanese language skills!

Ongoing Opportunities

The Japanese Program provides students with many opportunities to learn Japanese in context through speech presentations, participation in cultural activities, language practice with native speakers, and the use of technology.

Consulate General of Japan Annual Japanese Language ContestThe program also aims to broaden student perspectives on Japan by inviting special guests to present on topics ranging from traditional arts to popular culture, through the support of the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature.

There are many activities that students can get involved in each semester. For example, the Boston Area Speech Presentation, which began in 2001, invites students from colleges and universities in the greater Boston area to present in Japanese on topics of their choice. Brandeis students have engaged their audiences with challenging issues, including racial discrimination, immigration, identity, and the differences between men's and women's language in Japan.  Students have also participated in the Annual Consulate General of Japan in Boston Japanese Language Contest (essay and speech) for colleges and universities since its inauguration in 2011.


Students also actively participate in the rich heritage of Japan through presentations on calligraphy, origami, food, and films. Celebration of the New Year and traditional displays of culture, such as the Doll Festival (Hinamatsuri) and the Bean-Throwing Festival (Setsubun), are events not to be missed.

To reinforce in-class learning and provide an opportunity for self-expression, the Japanese Program has developed a peer-tutoring system in which students are paired with a Japanese native speaker for one hour each week. In addition, all students learn how to create a simple web page in Japanese to introduce others to their special interests in Japan.


Past Events

2019 - 2020

Boston Area Japanese Speech Event

Saturday, Nov. 2

- Speech Event (Mandel G3) - 2:00pm to 3:30/4:00pm
- Reception (Mandel Atrium) - 3:30/4:00pm to 5:00pm

 Participating universities include Brandeis, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, BU, BC, Tufts, and Wellesley.

Full sized event flyer

2019 Mega Language Lunch

Tuesday, Nov. 19
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sherman Function Hall

Conversation Day with Native Speakers of Japanese (JPAN 20B)

We invited about 30 native speakers of Japanese to JAPN 20B and enjoyed conversations with them. Please see the conversations and the interviews after the conversations. 

4 studentsvideo links for students interviews:

6th Brandeis International First-Year Video Festival "Language Oscars" Japanese Language Program Video

Title: Beautiful 10 days/ きれいな十日

Watch the video


Instructor: Hisae Fujiwara