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History

The Ohanashkai Club was born in April 2001, in Anchorage, Alaska. It stemmed from a request to the President of the Japanese Society of Alaska to open up a platform for speaking opportunities in Japanese. The next month we held out first meeting.

Since then, we've met almost regularly every third Saturday of the month. However, since 2003 we decided to take a break during the summer months. Originally, we started as a breakfast club, and wound up having "asagohan" in several restaurants. When the weather was pleasant, we'd have our meetings outdoors, in places like the Botanical Garden, or the Valley of the Moon park. Subsequently, we were invited to the UAA campus, and since then we have had many University students participating in our sessions.

Goals
Our main goal is to improve the members' ability to converse in Japanese in a relaxed and non-threatening atmosphere. During the meetings, the members are encouraged to share experiences in an autonomous and spontaneous way, without the fear of being evaluated. The nice part--we don't dole out grades. For obvious reasons, participants are asked to refrain from the use of English and encouraged to speak  in Japanese as much as possible.
Most meetings are amorphous, allowing members to meet in small groups or with partners and continue on with a  topic of their choosing.

We invite everyone to share in. Membership into the Ohanashkai Club is free and open to anyone in the community.

 

 

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