I have learned more in 20 sessions of Japanese than I did in a few years of Spanish and French. The Toyota Learning Center at Japan Society in NYC has really done an impressive job both with the selection of their instructors and the curriculum. Another key difference in this experience is that all the students really want to be there. It is not like learning a language in high school because there is an obligation. My classmates and myself are very intent on learning the language.
My class is a great mix of those who have Japanese spouses, those infatuated with manga and anime, and those doing business in some form with Japan or Japanese nationals. For me it is my complete and total obsession with the fashion, arts and culture in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Party @ Izakaya Riki
After our last class we all adjourned to the local salaryman’s bar, Riki Restaurant. Last semester we reserved the tatami room, this time around we had one of the karaoke rooms upstairs. Tons of fried food, bowl upon bowl of udon, and infinite pitchers of beer and bottles of sake were exactly what was needed to cement in everything we had learned!
P.S. And in case I haven’t had enough sake, I have a team outing at the Riki this Friday! （＾＿－）☆