Japanese Lunch Table

Have lunch, practice your Japanese or English, and—as Masami Ikeda-Lamm, an MIT Japanese lecturer, says—"simply have fun in Japanese."

Throughout the fall and spring terms, MIT-Japan hosts the weekly Japanese Lunch Table—a casual gathering that provides a space for MIT's Japanese language students to practice and connect with each other and with teachers and the Boston-area Japanese community.

This tradition is now almost twenty years old, and has created a vibrant community of support, hospitality, and ongoing friendships that continue across time and geographical locations.   

Participants bring their own lunches (everything from traditional Bento boxes, to rice bowls, to food truck take-out), and enjoy a relaxed, multi-national atmosphere. Children are welcome. Typically, the participants are about half native speakers and half students of Japanese, which allows students to have the valuable experience of conversing informally with native Japanese speakers.  

The lunch table group gathers every Wednesday from 12:30-2:00 pm during the fall and spring terms, and will begin again in September 2010, with a meeting spot to be announced. For the location, check in with the MIT-Japan website.  





For more information
Michelle Kern
MIT Japan 


Soundings, Spring 2010