There are many opportunities to experience Japanese culture on campus, and to use Japanese language outside of language classrooms. Find more about event updates on “Japanese at Bates” Facebook Group. Alternatively, join the email list Nihongo (Japanese Language and Events) ( to receive updates on language-related events.


Language Table: Mondays 6-7pm, Commons 131A & Thursdays 6-7pm, Commons 226

Any speakers of Japanese (whether or not you study Japanese at Bates) are welcome to come and have conversation in Japanese!


Japanese Cultural Events

  • New Year おもちつき (Rice-cake pounding) is an annual event to celebrate new year and try making rice cakes.

  • “Arts of Geisha” and “Japanese Tea Ceremony” lectures and workshops were held in March 2016 with Yuko Eguchi ’03. Read about the events on Bates News and Picture Stories.
  • Class cooking
  • Japanese Calligraphy
  • Sangai Asia Night is held by a student organization Sangai Asia in late January. A group of Japanese language students have contributed a performance in singing, dancing, and storytelling.
  • Poetry Reading
  • Japanese Language Contest (Speech and Essay)


Japan-related Clubs

  • Taiko Club
  • Anime Club
  • Sangai Asia


Past Events