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So you love Japan. We know that you’d love to know more about the culture, perhaps practice your Japanese, socialise, network or just make some good friends. But where to go?

Well, here are 5 London meetup party groups to meet Japanese people.

5. The JLCE – Japanese Language Culture Exchange

They sound official and operate officially, the Japanese Language Culture Exchange or JLCE.
An exclusive group, strictly dedicated to exchanging Japanese and British culture,

You won’t be able to be part of this one unless you’re particularly serious about culture exchange!
A great place to meet Japanese people, practice your Japanese linguistics and make great friends.

If you like a serious party and social/educational environment – this is the one for you!

Visit their Meetup here:

Japanese language meetup

4. Bunkasai Club

A personal favourite of Nakama members visit is the Bunkasai Club (Bunka translates to Culture).
The Japanese / British culture exchange club runs from Central London in a quiet bar.

The organiser, Akemi Solloway, is a descendant of a Samurai family. Always dressed in a Kimono, Akemi hosts Bunkasai every Wednesday for Free. The group takes voluntary donations which contribute to Japan-related charities.

There’s always someone interesting to talk to here, bringing all ages, cultures, and backgrounds of people.

Visit their Meetup here:
> http://www.meetup.com/bunkasaiclub

Bunkasai Japanese language meetup club
Japanese language meetup

3. Everyday Japanese Conversation

Yes, all day every day! This party of conversationalists isn’t for the weak-hearted unless you have a real serious effort to improve your Japanese. Just £10 will get you a straight 90-minute conversation in Japanese, an opportunity to network with Japanese people and westerners a-like!

This group is quite popular and has over 900 membership, they run their meetups in Central London locations but have recently opened up for online meetups.

Everyday Japanese Conversation is designed for Japanese learners. You’ll no doubt improve your Japanese in their meetup classes. Their method is based on the school called LetThemTalk.

Visit their Meetup here:
> www.meetup.com/Japanese-Language-Conversation-London

Japanese language meetup
Shopping at Papercase

2. Fly Jam London

Kondo wa party ga honma ya! (This time the party’s for real! – in our best Kansai voice).
Yes, Fly Jam is a mix of Live Music and Japanese / English Language exchange.

Using music and entertainment to create a natural social atmosphere to kick start conversations, friendships, and anything else under the rising sun.

If you’re looking to meet Japanese people when they “have their hair down” this is the place to grab a drink and network!

FLYJAM organises DJs and live music to keep you entertained while you do your thing!

Visit their Meetup here:

Japanese DJ
Japanese band on stage

1. The London Japanese Language Meetup Group

This is a Par’tay of all Par’tays! (Do people still say Par’tay?). Most Japanese people that we know have been to this event or know someone else who has been! The London Japanese Language Meetup Group is usually situated in a Central London pub.

The entire floor is Chock-A-Block full of Japanese and Westerners conversing in a mix of English and Japanese! With drinks and music, it creates a natural atmosphere for chatting and meeting new people! We’ve never visited this meetup group without meeting someone new and interesting!

We know that London is a multicultural environment, but stepping into here is liking transporting yourself to Shibuya… Shinjirarenai!

They’ve organised Karaoke Parties, Picnics in the Park, and other creative events!

Visit their Meetup here:
> www.meetup.com/japanese-34

Japanese language meetup with girl smiling
Japanese language meetup in London
english and japanese language

Additional suggestion: Tomobu – London Japanese/English Meet up Group

If you are interested in studying Japanese or English then Tomobu group is for you. Tomobu plan and organise regular free Japanese/English study group in central London. If you are interested in joining their Facebook group, ask to be added at their regular meetup.


Visit their Meetup here:
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/217705541745299