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Japanese in Action Course

Japanese in Action is a short course which allows students to learn Japanese while exploring a particular topic of focus. The course consists of 4 weeks x 2-hour lessons.

2018 Course Topics

Term 1: Moji
Term 2: Flavours of Japan
Term 3: Flavours of Japan
Term 4: Travel and historyCancelled  

Flavours of Japan

Explore unique Japanese flavours!

This course takes a fun and practical approach to learning Japanese food culture. Maximise your eating experience not only for your next (or first) trip to Japan, but also in your kitchen at home.

Covering contents beyond the standard classroom, this course will explore various topics related to Japanese cuisine, such as table manners, seasonings and recipes. Also, you will learn useful basic expressions and have short conversational practice to communicate in Japanese restaurants.

This course is suitable for students with who are familiar with reading hiragana, and those who intend to start learning Japanese.


Course content

Lesson 1 Japanese table manners

  • Practice proper chopstick etiquettes
  • Learn to express compliments and gratitude at the table…etc.
Lesson 2  Japanese tastes and traditions

  • Discover the dishes of shōjin ryōri (Buddhist cuisine)
  • Learn to describe different tastes and express your impressions…etc.
Lesson 3  Recipes and restaurants

  • Unravel popular recipes and restaurant reviews
  • Use basic vocabulary for cooking…etc.
Lesson 4  “Exploration” of Japanese flavours

  • Discover local and regional food
  • Practice basic conversations in restaurants with local people…etc.



  • Food is not served in this course.
  • Students of Term 3 course will become eligible to join the Traditional Seasonings Workshop in September for free (Materials fee will be required).
  • Details for Term 4 will become available later in the year.

Course Details

Course fee


Term 3 schedule 

Two sets of dates are available for Flavours of Japan in Term 3.

Option 1: Wednesday 10am-12pm (25 July and 1, 8, 15 August)  Cancelled 
Option 2: Saturday 1-3pm (1, 8, 15 and 22 September)

Taught by Keiko Nishiyama and guest teacher(s)

Class size 

Min: 7 / Max: 14 participants

* In the case where enrolments do not reach the minimum number of 7 people, the class may be cancelled.


Applications for this event have now closed.

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