Japanese Language Village

At Mori no Ike, live the language and culture of the Japanese-speaking world with others who share your interest in Japanese language, music, fashion, martial arts, anime, traditional arts, history and more.

Japanese Language Village


Scholarships Available!

Scholarships are currently available for Japanese summer youth immersion sessions through OMRON for students who live in the Chicago area. To apply, click here.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school. Apply for a stipend here.

The Japanese Language Village is grateful for the support of individual donors, organizations, and companies, especially our premier sponsors, United
States-Japan Foundation and OMRON.


<p>Karate club in the <i>Mori no Ike Dojo.</i></p>

Karate club in the Mori no Ike Dojo.


There are so many activities to try! Dabble in the martial arts of aikido, judo, karate or kendo, or try traditional Japanese creative activities such as origami (paper folding), ikebana (flower arranging), sumi-e (ink painting), sado (tea ceremony), taiko (drumming) or shodo (calligraphy). Select one of these traditional activities, or join a fashion, dance, anime, or J-pop, club. Of course, choices include traditional camping activities like canoeing and nature walks. Learn more about Japanese activities at Mori no Ike.

Authentic Cuisine

<p>Finishing up lunch at <i>Mori no Ike</i>.</p>

Finishing up lunch at Mori no Ike.

Authentic Cuisine

You and your hashi (chopsticks) will become quick friends as you enjoy authentic cuisine such as udon and soba (noodles), gohan (rice), miso soup, tenpura, shake (salmon), and karaage or nikujaga (dishes with chicken or beef). Your counselors will help you get the hang of your chopsticks, and Mori no Ike chefs excel at creating menus combining familiar flavors with adventurous fare. Learn more about Japanese food at Mori no Ike.

Music and Dance

<p>Villagers practice <i>Taiko</i> drumming under the trees.</p>

Villagers practice Taiko drumming under the trees.

Music and Dance

Music and dance are great ways to learn! You’ll learn Japanese songs and practice taiko (drumming). A favorite activity at Mori no Ike is traditional rajio taiso (radio exercises) combined with popular dances. Learn more about Japanese music and dance at Mori no Ike.


Sleepaway Camps

Family Weeks & Weekends

Unplug from the bustle of your regular life and spend quality vacation time relaxing and laughing in another language with your family. ​

Japanese Family Fun Weekends

Programs for School Groups

Meet Our Staff

The dean is the on-site director of the Language Village. Our staff also includes enthusiastic native speakers, language experts, and those who have learned Japanese as a second language just like you! All of our staff are here to help you have fun while learning.

Why Learn Japanese

Japanese is the official language of Japan, a world economic power with exports ranging from comic books to automobiles. Although Japan is the only country in the world to have Japanese as its official language, 127 million people around the world speak Japanese. Learn more.