Language Courses

Japanese Language Program

The Japan America Society of Chicago now offers 8 levels of Japanese language courses. Each is tailored to the level of expertise and type of study required by students. Weekly lessons provide students with an opportunity to begin the study of Japanese or to sharpen previously acquired skills. All courses are taught by an experienced native instructor of the Japanese language.

JASC - Language Classes

All courses are taught by an experienced native instructor of the Japanese language. Instruction is provided at each level, one evening weekly, 5:30-7:30 pm  or from 7:30-9:30 pm in the conference room of the Japan America Society of Chicago, One North LaSalle Street, Suite 2475, Chicago, IL 60602. To Register for class please contact the Japan America Society of Chicago by E-mail at [email protected] or by phone (312)-263-3049 ext. 220.

The JASC would like to congratulate Kimiko Nakamura, Japanese Language Instructor, Japan America Society of Chicago, for receiving both the Japan America Society of Chicago Adlai E. Stevenson Lifetime Service & Achievement Award & Consul-General Commendation for her longtime support of Japanese language education. Awards were presented on July 9, 2016 at the Society’s 86th Anniversary Celebratory Dinner.

JASC - Language Classes

JASC - Language Classes

Quotes from Students:

“I love foreign languages and have had many teachers over the year. Hands down Nakamura sensei is the best! She is patient and funny. One of her gifts is that she knows how to put students at ease and to take away the stage fright.”

-Man Yi Lee (Beginning Level 3)

“Sensei (Mrs. Nakamura) is a treasure for the city of Chicago. We should feel really lucky and happy about having her in Chicago, not in New York or Los Angeles. She is absolutely extraordinary in any aspect, whole-heartedly dedicated to her job and always energetic and inspiring. Wait, the best thing is yet to come: she is so funny and joyful that she will make you smile and laugh all the time through her graceful sense of humor, while you are still  practicing and speaking in Japanese. Quite exquisite isn’t it?”

-Yo Yo Kim (Conversational Level 2)

90th Anniversary Sponsors


Jean & Jim McClung


Barnes & Thornburg

Joyce Chelberg


Terri & Ed Grant

Jane & David Johnson

Suzanne & Michael Moskow

Ann & Stephen Potter


Kirkland Ellis
Mayer Brown

92nd Annual Program Sponsors

Grant Thorton
Mayer Brown

Joyce Chelberg

Edward A. Grant

Bradley Hamm

David D. Johnson

Kirkland Ellis

Jean & Jim McClung


Special thanks to our 36th Annual Holiday Fundraiser Airline Sponsors:

Japan Airlines
United Airlines