Japanese etiquette

Course Dates: 15/05/21
Time: 10:00 - 15:00
Location: Online

Come and experience the customs of Japan, and gain an insight into Japanese society. Open to all levels.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This workshop will give you a basic knowledge of Japanese culture and etiquette.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Basic etiquette for: eating, shopping, visiting friends, making enquiries,bathing, visiting shrines and temples.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Travel in Japan with confidence and communicate with people using correct etiquette
- Understand Japanese culture and Japanese society.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No knowledge of Japanese is necessary. In this workshop you will learn some Japanese expressions.

You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, etc).

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Pair and group work
Audio visual
use of realia, pictures and authentic material, etc..

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials provided by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Ask the tutor for information regarding Japanese language courses.


Customer Reviews 8 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This short course is very well worth attending. It was very interesting and enjoyable covering a lot of topics. I learnt a so much and feel much better prepared for my trip to Japan next year.
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Review by Hilary Roscoe / (Posted on 14/10/2019)
Very good intro to japanese culture
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/10/2019)
An invaluable introduction to Japanese etiquette for the uninitiated! I'd recommend it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/10/2019)
Good introduction
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Review by KLB / (Posted on 28/01/2019)
I have been to Japan and wish this course had been available before I went! It was really helpful. The best part was that it was fascinating too, and very enjoyable. I think even someone with no plans to visit Japan would enjoy it.
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Review by Christine Parkinson / (Posted on 27/01/2019)
A must do course for anyone travelling to Japan.
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Review by Lorraine Enstone / (Posted on 15/10/2018)
That they would gain much basic knowledge and understanding of the subject in a very pleasant environment.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/10/2018)
Interesting and enjoyable. A must if you're going to Japan.
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Review by Tony / (Posted on 14/10/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Chikako Nakagawa

Chika has over 27 years of experience as a Japanese teacher, 23 of which she has spent at City Lit. Her work was recognised with a Teacher of the Year award in 2017. She has a teaching diploma and a Degree in Fine Art. Since coming to the UK from Yokuska, Japan, in the late 1980s, Chika travelled extensively as a performance artist, taught Zig and Zag Japanese on the Big Breakfast TV show, and wrote pieces about Japanese life for various publications. Chika encourages her students to experience every aspect of Japanese culture, which she supports by introducing food, onsen, music and etiquette in her classes, as well as running special film night events at City Lit. Chika is constantly researching new methods to introduce students to the joy of learning, encouraging self- discovery and connection through class activities. Chika’s love of art and performance is reflected in her inspirational teaching materials, including original hand drawn certificates for student achievements which are displayed in the City Lit 100 years exhibition. Teaching and learning Japanese is a joy that Chika wants to share with everyone.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: LJW25

Sat, day, 15 May - 15 May '21

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £49.00
Concession: £49.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? languages@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2644

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