JF Japanese Language course

Important Announcement on the JF Japanese Language Course

Since Winter 2012, it has been our sincere pleasure to work with The Nippon Club to offer the JF Japanese Language Course. After the conclusion of the Spring 2019 term, however, The Japan Foundation, New York has decided to step away from providing language courses here in the city. Starting from the Fall 2019 term, The Nippon Club will independently provide Japanese Language courses.

Please know that the textbook Marugoto, developed by The Japan Foundation, will continue to be available, as will be the online study materials and platforms MARUGOTO Plus and Minato.

The Japan Foundation, New York will continue other existing initiatives, as we remain committed to providing opportunities to broaden the understanding of and interest in Japanese culture throughout the United States. We sincerely appreciate your active participation in our programs and generous support over the years.

JF Japanese Language course

The Japan Foundation, New York, in cooperation with The Nippon Club, offers an original Japanese language and culture course, JF Japanese Language Course, as part of The Nippon Club Culture Courses.

“Japanese Language for Mutual Understanding”

Striving to promote mutual understanding through Japanese language in this increasingly diverse world, where people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and values work together, JF Japanese Language Course is designed to enhance:

  • competence in accomplishing tasks (what you “can do” by using Japanese); and
  • competence in intercultural understanding (understanding and respecting other cultures by expanding one’s frame of reference)

To that end, JF Japanese Language Course is taught in a communicative way, providing you with opportunities to practice and apply what you learn in real-life settings, and exposing you to Japanese culture through language.

*JF Nihongo Language Course is also offered by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.
*JF Japanese Language Course is designed in accordance with the Japan Foundation’s JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (JF Standard). Click here to see more details.

Annual Schedule

  • There are 3 terms every year.
  • Course offering and registration will be available approximately one and one half months before the start of each term.
  • There are not only language courses but also special events related to Japanese language and culture.


*Registration deadline is 3 business days prior to the first class meeting for each regular term.
Early registration is highly recommended as classes fill up quickly or may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment by the registration deadline. (Late registration may be accepted based on space availability).

  1. Go to Course Listing to evaluate your level and find a class that matches your level and interest.
  2. Not sure what class would be suitable for you?
    – Contact jpcourse@jfny.org or (212) 489-0299.

  3. Read rules and policies of The Nippon Club Culture Courses.
  4. Any questions?
    – Contact culture@nipponclub.org or (212) 581-2223.

  5. Download and fill out the Registration Form.
  6. PDF or Word

  7. Register! Full payment for tuition and fees (cash or check only) must accompany your registration.

    Registration Fee (First time only):
  8. Nippon Club member
    Employee of Nippon Club/JCCI member company
    By email
    By phone
    (212) 581-2223
    By mail
    Mail the Registration Form and payment to The Nippon Club.
    Please make your check payable to: The Nippon Club. Please do not mail cash.
    Send to
    The Nippon Club Culture Courses, 145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 (direction)
    In person
    The Nippon Club Culture Courses Desk (6th Floor) is open Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.


    Meet our experienced and qualified native Japanese-speaking instructors!

    Yoko Sakurai

    Ms. Sakurai received her MA in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. She is accredited by the “Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language” in Japan. She taught Japanese in Tokyo from 2002 to 2006, and since 2007 she has been a Japanese lecturer at institutions in NY, including Fashion Institute of Technology, Pace University, LaGuardia Community College, and other private language schools. She is a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Oral Proficiency Interview (ACTFL OPI) tester.

    Ruri Hirsch

    Ms. Hirsch holds an MA in Educational Leadership from Miami University and an MA in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University. She previously taught Japanese language at the University of Pennsylvania and Miami University.

    Shuichiro Takeda

    Mr. Takeda received his MA in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He contributed to the establishment of a Japanese program for adults at Centre Japonais de Quebec in Quebec City as their first instructor until 2015. He also teaches at Hunter College and the Japan Society.