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[Online] Japanese Language Workshop: Exploring Japanese New Year Through Midnight Diner 

Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 7:00 pm - Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Course Description

Join us to celebrate and learn about New Year in Japan through a popular Netflix show, Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (深夜食堂Shinya Shokudō). Traditions and customs for celebrating the New Year in Japan begin around mid-December, when people become anxious in preparation for the ending of the old year and ushering in the new. In this special two-part series holiday workshop, we will explore some of the New Year traditions reflected in an episode of Midnight Diner titled “Crab and Toshikoshisoba.” Part 1 focuses on the beliefs, traditions, and essential expressions related to Japanese New Year celebration with an introduction to the TV show, Mid Night Diner. Part 2 will explore how some of the New Year customs, beliefs, and food are reflected in the New Year episode of the TV show through watching several scenes. Our hope is for you to leave this workshop with a rich understanding of Japanese culture and language related to New Year. Note: prior knowledge of hiragana/katakana/kanji is not required to take this workshop. 

This workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Attendees must have a device with audio and video capabilities, as well as an internet connection. The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth reserves the right to cancel the workshop if it does not meet the minimum attendance number. Please contact us at if you have questions about this workshop and language classes.


Date and Time

Part 1: Thursday, November 30, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT
Part 2: Thursday, December 7, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT


Regular: $45
Member: $35

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Ikuko Fujiwara
Her academic and professional background is in TESOL and Composition which began with earning a Master’s degree in TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her career has been devoted to instruction and supporting student success while promoting diversity and inclusion in educational spaces. She has experience teaching Japanese, ESOL and college composition at various colleges in the United States. She is committed to creating inclusive and meaningful learning spaces where people engage in cross-cultural/intercultural understanding and learn to use language in empowering ways.





Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 8:00 pm
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Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth


The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is a Texas non-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.