Coto's event in November 2015

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Monthly Events at Coto

Go for Lunch! Kagurazaka area

ランチツアー! 神楽坂

Wednesday, November 4th  12:30-13:50 in Kagurazaka

Kagurazaka is beloved for its lingering Edo period atmosphere.

Each month, there are lunch tours to places in immediate walking distance from Coto. In November, we will visit the old restaurant Torijaya, famed for its “udonsuki.”This tour’s feature will be hot pot with udon as centerpiece. The pot will be brimming with chicken, vegetables, and shrimp. Everyone can share this dish. The sharing of hot pot itself is an element of Japanese culture. Let’s experience it together!

  • Date: Wednesday, November 4th
  • Time: 12:30~13:50
  • Meeting: At 12:30 at Coto Japanese Academy 1F
  • Fee: 1500yen
  • Place: Restaurant “Torijaya” in Kagurazaka 8 min walk from Coto


 Pera Pera Active Learning Night!


Friday, November  6th, 18:45-21:15 in Coto Japanese Academy 1F

Have you heard of the Japanese word “Perapera” ? It is used to describe someone who speaks a language very well! Coto’s Pera Pera Party is the perfect time for you to have a go at conversation in Japanese.

Get the chance to practice your speaking with 20 Japanese native speakers and to chat about many topics in Japanese. During English speaking time… it will be your turn to be a teacher!

-Date: Friday, November 6th
-Time: 18:45-21:15
-Place: Coto Japanese Academy  ”
-Fee: 1500yen for Coto students, 2000yen for non students/Japanese
-Number of people: Japanese speakers 20, Non Japanese speakers 20


 Japanese Cooking Class


Wednesday, November 11th 12:40-13:55 in Coto Japanese Academy

Did you know that there are various different ways to make sushi?

We would be making Kazari-norimaki in the shape of sakura flowers! Once you have mastered the making of this dish, you can make it yourself at home too!

-Date: Wednesday, November 11th
-Time: 12:40-13:55
-Place: Coto Japanese Academy 1F
-Fee: 2500yen
-Number of people: 9
-Instructor: Emiko Shimizu


Shamisen concert

三味線コンサート 田辺明さん

Saturday, November 14th 19:00-21:30 in Coto Japanese Academy

Would you like to spend a peaceful Autumn night listening to the beautiful sound of Japanese traditional instruments?

For the first time, Coto Japanese Academy is holding a concert and has the honor of welcoming a musician/composer, Mister Tanabe Akira. This shamisen master not only plays traditional music, but also jazz, pop and he has even composed original video game soundtracks. You are welcome to ask questions about the shamisen and Japanese music!

☆Do not miss this unique opportunity! ☆

If you are a musician or singer, you are welcome to participate! Bring your instrument and enjoy performing before the Shamisen concert! But please let us know in advance.

-Date: Saturday, November 14th
-Time: 19:00 – 21:30 (opening: 18:30)
-Place: Coto Japanese Academy
-Fee: 1500円 (Coto Member) , 2000円(Non member)
-Number of people: 40
-Musician: Tanabe Akira and people who wish to perform
– Contact info@cotoacademy

 ☆Professional: Tanabe Akira ☆
Shamisen musician, composer
Tanabe Akira is very famous for his television compositions (NHK) and for game music (Nintendo). His most  popular songs are “Ashura”, “Soyogi”, ” Eel “, and ” Nintendo medley “. You can discover his work on YouTube:
Why don’t you try reading his blog?

 Japanese Calligraphy Class


Tuesday, November 17th 12:40-13:55 in Coto Japanese Academy

Have you ever tried Japanese calligraphy?

Wakana Shingae, a professional shodo artist will join us to teach a special Japanese calligraphy class. The class will consist of a basic introduction to Japanese calligraphy and practice writing three seasonal Kanji characters. Then, you can write one of the Kanji characters using a special calligraphy board and take it home as a souvenir!

-Date: Wednesday, September 15th
-Time: 12:40-13:55
-Place: Coto Japanese Academy 1F
-Fee: 2500yen
-Number of people: 9
-Instructor: Wakana Shingae


Mt.Nokogiri Hiking and Onsen trip! on Sunday, November 29th


Sunday, November 29th 7:30-19:00 in Chiba prefecture 

Why don’t you go hiking with us and enjoy the beautiful momiji season? Every year, in November and May, Coto Academy invites our students to go hiking and discover the natural beauty of Japan.

This November, let’s explore Chiba’s Mount Nokogiri and enjoy its incredible view of the ocean. Did you know? Nokogiri is very famous for its unusual summit and blade shaped cliffs.

Let’s hike together on Sunday and relax in hot springs afterwards.

-Date: Sunday, November 29th
-Time: 7:30-19:00
-Place: Mt.Nokogiri, Chiba prefecture
-Meeting place: 7:30 at Coto Japanese Academy 1F
-Fee: 6000yen (includes transportation and onsen entrance fee)
-Number of people: 45
-What to bring: Lunch, rain jacket, sunglasses, hiking shoes (jogging shoes are also okay), mats and trash bags (Trash can not be discarded and must be taken home) as well as towels for the onsen. We will update you about all of you about the details soon!


If you are interested in joining these events, please email us 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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