• Term 1 (Feb-Apr) and Term 3 (Aug-Sep) every year, pending sufficient enrollment.

Date & Time:

  • Our 2023 Term 1 class is held on Fridays beginning 17 Feb 2023, 6:15-7:45pm and continues for eight consecutive weekly sessions.

  • The final class of the Term will be held on Friday 7 April 2023.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Thu 16 Feb 2023, 7:15-8:45pm

  • US Pacific: begins Thu 16 Feb 2023, 9:15-10:45pm

  • US Eastern: begins Fri 17 Feb 2023, 12:15-1:45am

  • London, UK: begins Fri 17 Feb 2023, 5:15-6:45am

  • Paris, France: begins Fri 17 Feb 2023, 6:15-7:45am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Fri 17 Feb 2023, 10:45am-12:15pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Fri 17 Feb 2023, 12:15-1:45pm

  • Singapore: begins Fri 17 Feb 2023, 1:15-2:45pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Fri 17 Feb 2023, 2:15-3:45pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Fri 17 Feb 2023, 4:15-5:45pm


  • Our Intermediate Japanese 203 course continues to focus on learning hiragana and katakana scripts, writing and reading practice, and includes intermediate grammar, vocabulary and conversation. Everyday vocabulary and expressions continue to be taught, always with a view to empowering learners so that they feel encouraged to build their own sentences and are able to improve their conversational ability..

  • Please note that this course will only be offered if sufficient numbers register. Please contact us if you are unsure about registering. If you do register, and this course is cancelled due to low enrolment, please be advised that we will refund your tuition in full.

Meet our Instructor:

Japanese Instructor Yurika Arai, M Phil English and M Professional Studies

Yurika comes from Japan and has been living in Hamilton for over 30 years. She taught Japanese at the University of Waikato for 15 years and currently works as an early childhood education teacher and a freelance translator.


All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning options:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

All prices in NZ dollars and includes GST. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here after 1-2 days after each class.

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. Japanese writing practice sheet

    1. 20230217 T1.1 Japanese 203 video

    1. 20230224 T1.2 Japanese 203 video

    1. 20230307 T1.3 Japanese 203 video

    1. 20230310 T1.4 Japanese 203 video

Additional course info:

  • Videos and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Fri 17 Feb 2023
  • NZ time: Fridays 6:15 - 7:45PM


  • Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted 1-2 days after each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.


  • Japanese materials will be used throughout the course and are included in the course fees. These will be distributed as PDF files and posted to the course web page each week, which you can print at home and add to your own loose-leaf notebook. These may be supplemented by additional materials. You will require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking notes, and perhaps a recording app on your phone to record yourself and your spoken progress. Any notes that your instructor writes on the class whiteboard will also be posted as a digital PDF file on the course web page so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.


Prerequisites for this Course:

  • Completion of Japanese 101-103 courses.

  • Completion of Japanese 201 and 202 courses.

  • Please contact us if you think that you are are eligible to take this course without first enrolling in our earlier Japanese courses.

  • [email protected]