Renshikan Karate Demonstration at the 2013 Calgary Omatsuri

Some information and a video clip of the karate demonstration at the 2013 Calgary Japanese Festival.

Calgary Omatsuri 2013 Interview with Kay Toyota

My second interview from the 2013 Calgary Japanese Festival features my chat with Kay Toyota-san of the Kotobuki Seniors group. She explains the dances and shares her experiences of connecting with her Japanese heritage through Odori.

Highlights from the 2013 Calgary Omatsuri

We couldn't have asked for a better day for the third-annual Calgary Japanese Festival. I had a blast documenting the Omatsuri and interviewing the performers. Check out the first article in my 2013 Omatsuri series.

Explore Japanese Culture at the 2013 Calgary Japanese Festival

If you're looking for some entertainment in Calgary this month that has fun for the whole family, check out the Calgary Japanese Summer Festival, or the Calgary Omatsuri on August. 17, 2013.

Practicing Conversational Japanese

Japanese Textbook As with learning any language, if you want to learn how to speak it, you actually have to practice speaking it, ne? Below are a few groups you could join to practice speaking Japanese:

  1. University clubs: Check to see if you have a "Japanese Conversation and Culture Club" on campus.
  2. Form a study group with your classmates. You can meet up in person, or try a "virtual" study group via Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, etc.
  3. Meetup.com: Check out "Japanese Language and Culture Meetup Groups"
  4. Become involved with your local Japanese community association. The Calgary Japanese Community Association is pretty active and many of the older members are helpful when you try to speak Japanese.
  5. Youths can check out the Japanese Youth Association of Calgary.

Although many of the links are Calgary-specific, you can check online to see if there is a similar group in your area.