Nihongo Night

March Topic: Calligraphy

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Do you know about Calligraphy? In japan, elementary school students learn Calligraphy at school. It came from China with Chinese letters. As Buddhism spread widely in Japan, hand copying the Sutra with blush and ink gained popularity. Later, the technology of making paper and ink was introduced, and the Calligraphy became very popular in Japan. Calligraphy is profound. It expresses your soul, and it demands great attention to the detail and concentration. Let’s try to write your favorite letters in Calligraphy! You will learn how to do it nicely and have fun, just by changing your way of looking at the template.

It’s not a requirement, but we will appreciate if you can bring a dish or dessert to share.

Place: 129 Shallowbrook Ln. Manchester, CT 06040

If you are interested, please contact Mas Hongoh:, Tel: (860) 649-02

February Topic: Ogura Hyakuninn Isshu

"One hundred people, one poem [each]" is a classical Japanese anthology of one hundred Japanese waka by one hundred poets. It was compiled by Fujiwara no Teika while he lived in the Ogura district of Kyoto, Japan. His son, Fujiwara no Tameie, asked him to arrange one hundred poems for his father-in-law, who was furnishing a residence near Mount Ogura, to decorate screens of the residence. It is also referred to the card game of uta-garuta, which uses a deck composed of cards based on the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

It’s not required, but if you can bring a dish or sweets, it would be very much appreciated.

Date/Time: February 24th (Sat), 4 pm - 7 pm

Where: Hongoh’s residence: 129 Shallowbrook Ln. Manchester, CT 06040

If you are interested, please contact Mas Hongoh:, Tel: (860) 649-02

See you all!

Ogura Hyakuhinn Isshu

Autumn Bus Trip to the Big Apple


November 12, 2017 ( Sunday )

Deadline for the reservation: Nov. 1 or When Full Capacity

* The largest Art Museum in the US with significant permanent collections of Ancient, Asian, Egyptian, Islamic & African art, European and American paintings

* Rockefeller Center to stroll on the 5th Avenue

* Mitsuwa Shopping plaza: Japanese Grocery store , Bakery, Restaurants, Book store, Kitchen wares, Home Goods ,Toys , Cosmetics and more.

Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden events

Duo Yumeno, the koto/cello pair who so delighted us at the JSFC Oshogatsu in both 2015 and 2017 will be performing again on Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 pm.

On Saturday, Sept. 9 (same date as our JSFC Fall Festival) there will be a sushi workshop at 11 am. The Hammond is located at 28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY 10560-2115.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) (Dec. 3, 2017)

Registration for the December 3, 2017 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is open from August 28 until September 29. This test is officially administered by the Japanese government worldwide. The certified results can be used to document Japanese language proficiency on job and school applications. The JLPT is an internationally accredited language examination that is offered in 5 different levels (from N1 - Most Difficult, to N5 - Least Difficult). Anyone may register; however, in principle, applicants should be non-native speakers of Japanese. The nearest test sites are New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. The registration fee is $60. For more information, please

2017 Fall Picnic at J.B. Williams Park in Glastonbury (Sept. 23)

Hosted by Japan Society of Greater Hartford

Place: J.B. Williams Park in Glastonbury 705 Neipsic Rd, Glastonbury, CT

Date/Time: Saturday, September 23 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Rain Date: September 24)

Fee: Adult & Children over 12 Member: $10, Non-member $12, Children 12 and under: Free

Food: Hamburgers, BBQ (beef and squid), Sweetcorn, Yaki-Onigiri, potato salad, coleslaw, bottled water, etc. will be provided. Feel free to bring your favorite dish to share.

Games: Volleyball, badminton, croquet, wanage, Anpan dangling, etc. Welcome to bring yours!

Picnic Site Sale (new!): Are you interested in selling your items such as books, kitchen goods, decorations, home goods, cards, etc.? Please contact Atsuko Balon for more info: More info on the event is forthcoming.

2017 Japan Summer Festival

Saturday, June 17, Noon-6PM ET - Blue Back Square (West Hartford, CT)

Nihongo Night: April 2017

2017 New Year Party

Photos From Past Events

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