CONTRIBUTED BY JULIA O.
Blue House Okinawa is an up and coming venue for a variety of events on island. I had the pleasure of taking a beginners Japanese class and meet plenty of amazing locals. This is the place to go to learn, have fun, and get some culture. Blue House has a variety of classes and schedules to choose from, which can be found on their website. The coordinator, Monika, is a real treat to get to know! She is so sweet, helpful, and speaks wonderful English.
It’s not just a school! They host parties, hold activities and events for Americans and Japanese to socialize, and in the summer they have an all-natural juice bar (delicious!). The house is located a block from the ocean on Sunabe Seawall and while in a quiet section of the neighborhood, it’s easy to walk to all of the other shops and restaurants in the area.
Editors Note: Blue House Okinawa offers both English and Japanese classes for all levels. Whether you are looking for a formal lesson plan, want to interact with different cultures, or even take advantage of their in house masseuse, please visit their website (below).
Blue House Okinawa
Address: 3-149 Miyagi, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa-ken 904-0113
Payment: Yen, Credit Card
GPS Coordinates: 26.3324204, 127.74329
For anyone looking to learn Japanese, I highly recommend Blue House. It is conveniently located along the seawall, not far from Kadena AB Gate 1.
The classes are excellent!
-They offer a variety of instruction ranging from beginner through advanced, so there is always a good place to start or continue learning.
-The lessons are in the evenings, which is perfect for a working schedule.
-The staff/teachers are amazing, they are knowledgeable, professional, and friendly.
-The lessons include an exchange portion which pairs Japanese and English speaking students together for increased immersion and cultural understanding.
Through Blue House’s classes, my Japanese comprehension has progressed significantly while simultaneously having a great time with new friends. I can’t recommend Blue House enough, at the very least look into their website or check-out one of the classes to see if it is a good fit. Finding the Blue House made for some of the best and most memorable experiences I’ve had while in Okinawa.