Coto Events in January 2017

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Monthly Events at Coto

We are planning the following events in January 2017. Please send your request for participation to [email protected]!

Lunch Tour in Kagurazaka

Thursday, January 12

Lunch tour

Have you ever been to Kagurazaka? It is an enchanting neighborhood located 5 minutes walking from the Coto Japanese Academy, where you can find many shops, fancy cafés, traditional and modern restaurants. Every month, we organize a lunch tour in one of the many delicious restaurants around this place. If you want to join the September tour and discover Kagurazaka, mail us and make your reservation now!

  • Date: Thursday, January 12
  • Time: 12:30~13:50
  • Meeting place: 12:30 at the 1F of the Coto Japanese Academy
  • Place: Shozantei 
  • Fee: around 1700 yen
  • Number of participants: 20 people

New Year’s Party – Standing bar night

Friday, January 13
Standing Bar

Let’s celebrate 2017 together in a nice standing bar of Iidabashi! Everyone is welcome, friends and family, let’s all have a nice night and kanpai after work!

  • Date: Friday, January 13
  • Time: 19:30-23:00
  • Place: Standing Bar “Rupo” in Iidabashi. 5 min walk from Coto Japanese Academy
    Address: 1F, 3-3-11, Iidabashi chiyoda-ku
  • Fee: No charge, Beer/ Glass of wine 430yen〜/ cocktail 540yen

Cooking class!

Wednesday, January 18



There are many ways of preparing Japanese sushi and every month we organize a cooking class perfect for you to learn more about it! This month, we introduce the way to make “shikaimaki”.Once you’ve learned how to make it, it is easy to make this dish at home too. We can create interesting designs based on your ideas! We look forward to seeing you at this event.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 18
  • Time: 12:40 – 13:55
  • Place: Coto Japanese Academy 1F
  • Fee: 2500 yen
  • Number of participants: up to 9 people
  • Instructor: Emiko Shimizu (teacher from Coto)

Calligraphy Class 

Wednesday, January 25


If you are interested in learning how to draw each and every stroke in the Japanese Kanji character, this event is for you! Every month, Coto Japanese Academy will hold a calligraphy class. Learn the basics of calligraphy along with the artistic way of writing kanji, you will be practicing on three characters as shown below. The instructor, Wakana Shingae, is a professional calligrapher. Grab this opportunity to experience the traditions of Japan and participate in our calligraphy class! Booking available at the reception (3F).

This month’s kanji:新   迎    笑

  • Day: Wednesday, January 25
  • Time: 12:40 – 13:55
  • Place: Coto Japanese Academy 1F
  • Fee: 2500 yen
  • Number of participants: up to 1o people
  • Instructor: Wakana Shingae

Real Japanese Sword Cutting Experience

Thursday, January 26


Not a toy. Not a cheap copy. This is your chance to grab and experience cutting with a real Japanese sword. Do you know what Iaido is? Iaido is a Japanese martial art that “assumes” that you are in front of a dangerous enemy. The Iaido not only teaches you to be aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack but also the correct etiquette and postures to do it smoothly. This kind of dojos rarely allows beginners to use a Japanese sword 真剣 (Shinken). That is why you cannot miss this unique experience of holding and using a real traditional katana!

  • Date: Thursday, January 26
  • Time: 18:20 – 21:15
  • Place: meeting at Coto Japanese Academy 3F or 18:30 at the Ryuseikan Dojo (10 minutes from Coto; 2 minutes from Kudanshita station)
  • Fee: 5000
  • Number of participants: 15

Japanese Ink Painting Class

Wednesday, February 1


Take a brush and a piece of washi paper and learn how to draw the typical Japanese ink paintings called Sumi-e! Practice this ancient art in the studio of the instructor Honda Yuta-san, whose father was a recognized Sumi-e painter, Honda Toyokuni. Don’t worry if you have never painted with ink and a brush before, the technique of the Sumi-e is easy to familiarize with and you will be able to draw cool paintings on that day! This May, we will practice how to draw bamboo, one of the most basic of Sumi-e painting.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 1
  • Time: 12:40 13:55
  • Place: Coto Japanese Academy 1F
  • Fee: 2500円
  • Number of people:Max. 10 people

Sumo Tournament

Sunday, February 5
Have you seen a sumo tournament before?

Coto Japanese Academy has reserved tickets for a special tournament that takes place only once a year for one day in February! If you have never enjoyed a sumo game before, do not miss this great chance to discover and enjoy watching this Japanese sport.

We have a limited number of tickets for this very popular event and booking will be close when all the tickets are sold. Reserve soon!

  • Date: Sunday, February 5
  • Time: 13:00 – 17:00
  • Meeting place : 13:00, in front of the entrance of Ryōgoku Kokugikan (5 min from Ryōgoku station)
  • Fee: 3200yen → 2500yen (special price for our students!)
  • Number of people: max 120 people
  • Learn about our past sumo tournament event: Sumo

Apply quickly at [email protected]!

Coto Japanese Academy is a unique Japanese Language School in Iidabashi Tokyo, we offer relaxed and fun conversational lessons for all levels of Japanese learner. Coto Japanese Academy prides itself on its community atmosphere and fun lessons that focus on creation of opportunities to speak and learn Japanese. If you are interested in studying Japanese in Tokyo – please visit our contact page here.


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