Fun Japanese Classes You Can Take In Singapore That Won’t Break The Bank

Fun Japanese Classes You Can Take In Singapore That Won’t Break The Bank

So you’re a budding Japanophile who wants to experience all that Japanese culture has to offer. The problem is you have neither the cash nor the time to drop everything to go all in for the ultimate, complete experience.

Well, you can have your daifuku and eat it right here in Singapore with this amazing list of fun, affordable, yet totally Japanese cultural classes you can participate in to unearth your inner Japanophile!


Taiko Drumming

Marry the Japanese style of drum percussion with intricate choreography to an intense, full body workout – and you get Taiko. Originating as a form of military communications in feudal Japan, this exhilarating drumming experience has since evolved into a social activity like none other.

There are Taiko groups all over the world (including Singapore), welcoming people of all ages, gender and backgrounds to participate in this deeply traditional but adrenaline-pumping dance sport. If Zumba is passé and playing rock drums too mainstream, Taiko may be the answer!

Where to take Taiko lessons:
Local community centres (CC) offer Taiko or Japanese Drum lessons. Click to find out if there is a Taiko class starting at a CC near you.


Bento Making Class

Move aside boring, unhealthy hawker food – cute, oishii (‘delicious’, ‘tasty’ in Japanese) bentos are here to refuel hungry tummies at lunch. Bento making has become pretty much an art form, judging from the 2.5 million mouthwatering Instagram results the search term #bento produces.

In Japan, mothers prepare bentos for their children the night before so that they can enjoy a nutritionally balanced and aesthetically pleasing meal at school – but who says only children can indulge in a delicious bento? Do your health and taste buds a favour by taking up a bento making class and before you know it, you’ll be the envy of all your colleagues!

Where to take bento making classes:
Contact Shirley Wong of Little Miss Bento to find out pricing and workshop details or check out the class schedule of Atelier KOINU for their next bento class.


Manga Drawing

Do you remember iconic manga series such as Dragon Ball, Astro Boy, and Slam Dunk?

If you do, you’re not alone. Manga has been a popular cultural phenomenon not just in Japan, but all over the world for many years. Manga is Japanese comics consisting of beautifully drawn images, engaging plots, and adorable characters. To fans, the main allure of manga lies in the artist’s ability to convey emotion and meaning through their precise and refined drawings.

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a mangaka (manga artist) with your very own manga series, then you can get started by learning the fine art of manga drawing right here in Singapore! Who knows, you may author a popular manga series that continues to be appreciated years down the road!

Where to take Manga drawing lessons:
Andimoo Studios offers comic and manga lessons four times a week at *Scape.


Japanese Language

American writer Rita Mae Brown once said, “Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” To truly appreciate everything about the Japanese culture, you have to start with its language.

There are three different character sets in the Japanese language – Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. That may sound overwhelming, but with some time and dedication, you’ll reap benefits like reaching a new level of cool with your friends, having no language barrier on your next trip to Japan, or even becoming smarter!

Where to take Japanese language lessons:
Well, you don’t have to look too far to get started on your Japanese language journey. Here at Bunka, we help you get started with conversational Japanese or if you want to increase your proficiency.

What’s even better, you can use your Skillsfuture credit when you take a course at Bunka. It’s a great time to get started – click here to check out when the next class is happening. We look forward to seeing you at Bunka!