Donguri Kai – Level 4

Donguri Kai – Level 4

Donguri Kai – Level 4

Donguri Kai - Class level 4


Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm (Central Time).

Level 4 class is full. Email Jenn at to ask to be added to the waitlist or call the JASC office and give your request over the phone. If there is enough interest we may add an additional class.

Level 4 is a class designed for students from 1st to 6th grade who have already mastered both Hiragana and Katakana and are capable of using Japanese independently. Regular classes are conducted online. To participate in the class, you need to have Zoom installed.

In this class, students will delve deeper into Kanji radicals and essential components, expanding their Kanji vocabulary. The curriculum includes group and individual projects to enhance conversational skills in Japanese and become capable of interpreting between Japanese and English effortlessly, and build bilingual communication skills for everyday use and gain confidence in applying them effectively in real-world situations.

The projects for the 2023-2024 school year include creating and selling the Donguri Calendar, participating in the JASC Holiday Delight event, organizing and running the Fall kids camp, and assisting New Year’s calligraphy camp, and the New Year’s card contest.

Instructors: Yuri Yatsuda and Kaori Tabion



2023-2024年度のプロジェクトには、どんぐりカレンダーの作成と販売、JASC Holiday Delightイベント、秋の子供キャンプの企画運営、新年の書初めキャンプ、および新年の年賀状コンテストの補助が含まれます。



2024 Winter session (10 weeks)
Week of January 8 – Week of March 23

NO class on the week of February 12 (mid-break)

JASC Member: $240/ session
Non-member : $300/ session

Donguri Kai offers small class sizes with 6 – 8 students. Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Level 4 class is full. Sign up for the waitlist. We may add another class if there is enough interest. Email Jenn at to ask to be added to the waitlist or call the JASC office and give your request over the phone.

Yuri Yatsuda(谷津田 友里)

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.

Kaori Tabion(タビオン果織)

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