Donguri Kai

Donguri Kai continues to provide Japanese education through online classes for children from kindergarten to elementary school. Class meets in a live online classroom once a week to fortify reading, pronunciation, conversation, and communication in Japanese. Teachers interactively guide students to enhance their communication skills.  Students interact on-screen to stimulate and encourage each other through various learning activities.

Winter Session I – Registration is now closed

Winter Session 2 –  Week of  Feb. 22, 2021, registration will open Feb. 1, 2021


ONLINE CLASSES: Week of Jan. 11, 2021 to Feb. 8, 2021
60 min class x 5 weeks


Level 1  Teacher: Kaoru Fairbanks

Wednesdays, 4:00 -5:00 pm
1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

Students learn Hiragana/Katakana vocabulary, basic greetings, and conversational phrases.


Level 2  Teacher: Tomoko Hanna

Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10

Class for students who are able to follow instructions in Japanese. Students learn to make a sentence with the focus of tense and exercise conversations.


Level 3  Teacher: Kaori Tabion

Thursdays, 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm
1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 

This class is a 30 min class for 5 weeks

Class for students who are able to follow instructions in Japanese. Students learn Kanji and make paragraphs and practice presentation.


Level 4  Teachers: Kaori Tabion & Yuri Yamanaka

Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11

Class for students who independently utilize the Japanese language. Through group and individual projects, students build effective multilingual communication skills.


Meet the Donguri Teachers

Kaori Tabion: After 10 years of working in the healthcare industry, Ms.Tabion started a study group teaching Japanese to her own kids and their friends. In 2017, she opened Donguri Kai at JASC and has been teaching Donguri classes. She is a member of an international research community of kanji teaching methods in multilingual children at Learn Japan.

Tomoko Hanna: I have been teaching English and Japanese to adults and children since 1995. As a mother of two who speaks the two languages, I deeply understand the need for bilingual education in the U.S. Currently, I sub Tampopo class, and teach Baby Tampopo class and Japanese program at Banner Preschool.

Yuri Yatsuda: Ms. Yatsuda is a resident of Chicago since 2010, and a mother of two children. In 2016,  she and Kaori Tabion founded a small Japanese study group for her own children and their friends, and taught them Japanese for 3 years. In 2019,  she began teaching Japanese at Donguri program. Her goal for teaching is to deliver a Japanese language program that makes children motivated and excited.

*REQUIREMENTS: Online device (PC, Tablet), Internet access and printer

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