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Japanese in Chicago

If you’re taking Japanese lessons in Chicago, then you should know about all of the places in your city to learn about Japanese culture and history. While fine-tuning your language skills and pronunciation, take advantage of these opportunities to interact with Japanese-speaking people, try delicious Japanese foods, and increase your understanding and awareness of Japanese culture.

First let’s talk about all of the great restaurants where you can try delicious, authentic Japanese food.

Taketei

Taketei is known for having a fairly simple menu full of fresh, delicious sushi and sashimi. The staff is very friendly so this is a great place to practice your conversation skills.

Wasabi

Wasabi is the perfect place to go on a cold Chicago night for a bowl of steaming hot ramen (Japanese noodles). Try the different flavors to discover your favorite type of ramen.

Gyu-Kaku

Gyu-Kaku is a great place for a family dinner or outing with a group of friends. At this popular Japanese BBQ, you can order different types of meats and vegetables, and grill them right at your table. Some of the most popular menu items include the kalbi short rib, sukiyaki bibimbap (rice bowl), and yaki-shabu beef.

Besides food, there are a lot of other great ways to experience Japanese culture in Chicago. Here are some local Japanese organizations that host events and activities.

Japanese Cultural Center

With three different locations, The Japanese Cultural Center (JCC) offers martial arts and cultural arts classes in Chicago and the surrounding areas. There are classes in Aikido, Kendo, Shorinji Kempo, Ikebana (flower arrangement), meditation, and more. Check the website to find the nearest location, and stop in for a free class.

Chicago Area Origami Society (CHAOS)

Tap into your creative side and try origami (Japanese paper folding). Unlike other types of art, origami doesn’t require any cutting, gluing, or additional materials. CHAOS meets once a month, and all age groups and skill levels are welcome.

The Japan America Society of Chicago

The Japan America Society (JASC) is a not-for-profit association that works to promote understanding, and build and maintain a positive relationship between the two cultures. JASC promotes social interaction and friendship among its members. Check the website (www.jaschicago.org) to find out about local educational and cultural events.

These are just a few of the places you can explore while you’re taking Japanese lessons in Chicago. Remember, it’s much easier to learn a new language when you can apply your studies to real-life situations. Take advantage of any opportunity to interact with the Japanese-speaking community. Not only will this help you learn the Japanese language, you may even make some new friends!

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