Japanese festivals and exams discussions

At JOI, you can use a free classroom 24 hours to talk to other members in English or Japanese. Meet up with classmates or exchange learning tips anytime.

And twice a month, this online Japanese school holds free Japanese discussion events for all JOI users.

The events are moderated by a professional Japanese teacher and cover a number of topics - see below for details of July 2019's Chat Event.

If you are not a member of JOI, you can try out the 3 Trial Lessons for only $9 and also take the Chat Events for free as well as 3 classes with professional Japanese teachers.

July 2019 Chat Event Topic & Schedule

Topic: お祭り Festivals

Date:2019/07/31 15:00 (Japan Time)

Level: Beginner2, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate


Itaya sensei's remarks:


Japanese people love their festivals. There are various festivals held at different locations all over Japan. How about festivals in your area?
Have you ever been to a festival in Japan or another country?

Topic: ユニークな検定試験
Unique certification examinations

Date: 2019/07/22 22:00 (Japan Time)

Level: Intermediate, Advanced


Hachiyama sensei's remarks:


Is there any certification examination or licensing test that you would like to try to take?
In Japan there are some unique certification examinations. Is it the same in your country too?

The events are moderated by one of the JOI teachers and are a fun and relaxed way to enjoy learning Japanese online for free with other like-minded Japanese language learners.It's easy to attend one of these events.

  1. Login to the Reservation System.
  2. Click on the Chat Events page to see the topics and the date and time (shown in your own time zone).
  3. Reserve a Chat Event.
  4. When the date and time comes, scroll down to the bottom of the [Go to Classroom] page and click on the Chat Event Room link.

Teacher Itaya's comment July 2019



In the countryside town that I lived in when I was a child, there were not many events, so we used to look forward to the festival in the shrine in autumn.
I remember really enjoying the energetic calls of "Washoi! Washoi!" by those carrying the Mikoshi (portable shrines), eating cotton candy with friends and playing small games in a lively atmosphere that was different from usual.
Recently due to the local revitalisation work in local areas, festivals have been increasing. Is there any particular festival that you would like to go to?

See Itaya Sensei's page.

Teacher Hachiyama's comment July 2019



I was looking up the certification examination that my son is trying to take the other day,and discovered that there are many unique certification examinations in Japan.
For example there is a "Cat Certificate", a "Dog Owners Certificate" and related to food there is a "Chocolate Certificate" and a, "Okonomiyaki Certificate" among others.
It is interesting isn't it. Do you have any unique certification examinations like this in your country?
Is there any certification examination that you hope existed?

See Hachiyama Sensei's page.