Bonding over culture and language at this Japanese chat club in Pune
The club was started in 2015 by Daichi Yamazaki, a student in Pune University and Hiroko Fukino, a teacher at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth.pune Updated: Dec 12, 2017 16:15 IST
The sixth edition of ‘Nihongo no Pune’, a unique Japanese chat club, was recently held at one of the journalism department classrooms of Ranade Institute.
The club was started in 2015 by Daichi Yamazaki, a student in Pune University and Hiroko Fukino, a teacher at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth.
Prasad Kulkarni, a student of Japanese language from the institute, is part of the 30 students from across Pune who have registered to be part the chat club.
As soon as the class began, students along with the Japanese residents of Pune, sat in informal circles. The organising team - Yuki Shigeta, Asano Fukui and Asawari Johnson — began explaining the rules. Within two hours, the initial silence was long gone and each group was seen interacting in Japanese.
“This is my third time here and I love being part of this club for I can make new friends, get to learn new words and also about new places in Japan,” said Kulkarni.
Samruddhi Shahane is only 13-year-old and she loves the chat club. Similarly, Chaitrali Parkhe, a student at Indo Japanese Association, learnt about the chat club on social media and immediately signed up for it. “I get to know the level of my Japanese when I interact with them,” she said. Yotaro Takeuchi is studying environmental management in Ind Search and said, “This is a good opportunity for Japanese students to meet and interact with others. It is also good to know more about the city and understand the youth and their way of living.” Another Japanese native, Noritaka Suzuki who works in an automobile company said, “It is my first time here and it is very interesting to see the level of Japanese in students.”