Yasuke Presents… “Japanese-School-In-A-Box”: A Guide to opening a Japanese school in your living room. A help for students and teachers of Japanese.

“Kanji Anonymous”

A proposed decentralized club for learning Japanese that anyone can set up anywhere.

Mission: to fill the world with Japanese schools.

First a disclaimer.

Disclaimer: This article is not legal advice. Use any ideas from this article at your own risk. Also any minors under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult when interacting with others in a Japanese language learning activity (online or offline).

I’d like to propose an idea to you:

A Japanese-School-In-A-Box

and an idea for clubs where anyone can share in Japanese language, called “Kanji Anonymous”

Why? Why do we need it?

There is a BIG problem in the world of learning Japanese. The problem is that, if you live outside of Japan, there are not enough Japanese language schools and programs.

The reason why there are so few Japanese language programs is fairly simple: few Japanese people leave Japan to live abroad for very long (the world is a dangerous place); and traditionally without a Japanese person you don’t have a Japanese language school.

As a solution to this, we are redefining (or defying the standard of) what a Japanese school is.

We want to give every student and every teacher the tools to start their own school or class.

JapanTree’s goal is to “fill the world with FREE Japanese schools.”

By free we mean “free as in liberty” (freedom). Anyone is free to start a Kanji Anonymous without having to be a native speaker or certified teacher. Anyone can start one.

In some cases the Kanji Anonymous might also be “free as in beer” (i.e. doesn’t cost money”). That is the case with most of JapanTree’s classes.


What benefits can “Kanji Anonymous” and the Japanese-school-in-a-box system bring?

You can learn how to study Japanese (even if you live in a rural area with no formal Japanese language classes) and interact with others on the same path. (You’ll learn how to set up your studies; how and when to find teachers)

If you are a teacher or tutor (or want to be) you can learn how to start schools and promote Japanese language.

Kanji Anonymous is your Japanese language dojo.

Here are it’s principles:

Five Principles

  1. Free Japanese (as in “set it free”)
    1. respect others, leave language judging at the door, also set aside your own impostor syndrome
    2. adopt a lifelong learning mentality
  2. Immerse yourself
    1. meet in groups; use Japanese
    2. DO something in Japanese (don’t just study); do a hobby, volunteer, or do a job in Japanese
  3. Embrace Kanji
    1. commit to the goal to recognize, read, and write them
    2. whether you are a foreign-born Japanese wanting to learn kanji or a non-Japanese, practice kanji together
    3. commit to doing “tadoku” extensive reading
  4. Practice Pitch Accent (why not have a high goal?)
  5. What you’ve learned, teach
    1. even if you have just finished learning hiragana you know something that you can teach someone else, start giving back to the community


And with those principles in mind, go forth and set up a Kanji Anonymous!

I will be posting more about how Kanji Anonymous could work and about how to set up Japanese self study or Japanese classes in our …

Stay tuned.

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