Mission Statement

Operated by the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute, Mirai Nihongo Gakuin - Pasadena Japanese Language Academy provides language and cultural education through engaging lessons, programs and activities that celebrates Japanese values and culture.

Class schedule and programs

Mirai Nihongo Gakuin will develop innovative and effective curriculum for teaching the language and culture.

• Saturday morning children's classes, 9:00 am to 12:20 pm

• Saturday morning teen class, 8:30 am to 11:00 am and 10:15 am to 12:30 pm

• Adult classes (2020 2nd Semester)

   Japanese Basic 0 - Thursday, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

   Japanese Basic 1 - Wednesday, 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm

   Japanese Basic 3 - Saturday, 8:30 pm to 10:00 am

   Japanese Basic 4 - Saturday, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

   Japanese Basic 6 - Wednesday, 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm

   Japanese Intermediate 1 - Saturday, 10:15 am to 11:45 am   

• Cultural, martial arts and community programs offered at the PJCI

• Pasadena-Mishima Friendship Youth Exchange Program

• Collaboration with community youth programs such as Kizuna and Rising Stars


Mirai Nihongo Gakuin offers classes that are suitable for students of all cultural backgrounds.  Classes take into consideration learners' Japanese language abilities as well as age and maturity.  All classes will cover core Japanese language skills.

As much as possible, the curriculum is context and project based, with lessons constructed around engaging topics that students find interesting.  The approach will be interactive and fun.  Our goal is for students to want to continue to become lifelong students of Japanese language, traditions and culture in addition to exposure to Japanese history and geography.  The curriculum will also include numerous cultural activities, field trips, physical activities and a US-Japan exchange program that will offer students a well-rounded education.