Nihongo-wa dekimasu ka? JFG is launching a new beginner’s language course for adults with an intense love or curiosity of Japanese culture. The class is designed and led by JFG volunteers from Japan and focuses on basic Japanese conversation in a variety of contexts. Each week the teacher will discuss selected themes at length to delve deeper into different facets of Japanese culture. Students with zero to limited prior knowledge of Japanese are greatly welcome! Come have fun on a one-time or recurring basis. Walk-ins are welcome. RSVPs are appreciated. Light snacks are included.  Inquiries for JFG's Japanese language class can be e-mailed to

Our programs are partly funded by the City of San Diego Commission of Arts and Culture. Additional dates TBA. For more information on the Japanese Friendship Garden, click here.

JFG Japanese Language Class Fees and Schedule

  • Single Class - JFG Members ... $10; JFG non-members ... $20 (includes admission)
  • Entire Series (6 classes) - JFG Members ... $30; JFG nonmembers ... $60 (includes admission)

Classes are Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. To enroll, click on the date you wish to attend below:

June 2, 2018

  • Introducing Japan: Geography, greetings, self introductions, and bowing etiquette

June 9, 2018

  • Calligraphy and Japanese Alphabets: Hiragana, katakana, kanji, counting, calligraphy

June 16, 2018

  • Food in Japan: Types of food and restaurants

June 23, 2018

  • Transportation: Trains, buses, subways, & airplanes

June 30, 2018

  • Seasons in Japan: Spring, summer, fall, winter, seasonal events

July 7, 2018

  • Japanese Pop Culture: Manga, anime, games