Conversation & Karaoke

2023 Next Event
10 December 2023 SUN
14:00 - 16:00 Conversation
17:00 - 19:00 Karaoke Party
at Op-Weule Lokaal #4

Who We Are

Japanese Culture
WA asbl vzw

Corona crises started in the beginning of 2020, rampaged around the world through the whole year and seems not yet reduce its violent power.
It caused fatal damages to human beings as victims and also to our society: huge number of dead and sufferers of the diseases, damage to our human relationship because of the prohibit of physical contact, of keeping distance and of the crack between generations. We were obliged to change our life style to appropriate these protection policies and maybe our view of life too.
Despite of these negative atmosphere, some volunteers have founded NPO Japanese Culture WA.

Conversation Table

Language is an important part of our culture. But Japanese language.... oh my god... it's so difficult to learn!

Even you learn the basics, it's also difficult to parctice in Belgium.

For those brave learners, we are happy to offer opportunities to speak in the relaxed atmosphere with native Japanese speakers as volunteers.

The focus is more on speaking and communicating than correcting mistakes all the time.

So, just relax and let the conversation flow.

You can make new friends around the table!

How to participate?

You can just come and join the table on the day of our activities.

If you don't want to miss any chance, it's highly recommended to subscribe to our mailing list. (bottom of this page)

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You are always welcome even if you don't know much about Japanese language. But a lot of passion is required to enjoy more!


"Kamishibai" (紙芝居/かみしばい) is a style of Japanese paper theatre.
The narrator shows picture panels and tell the stories to the audience of children.

Kamishibai Study Group in Belgium
organized by Japanese Culture WA

Method :
    - Perform the Kamishibai ( paper theatre ) in three languages : ( Japanese,  French and Dutch ).

Purposes :
    - Participants will improve the capacity of language and expression.
    - They will improve the communication capacity with spectators.
    - We will promote the Kamishibai’s culture to the public.
    - We will know more stories of foreign countries.






Mini Kimono

Mini kimono is a hand-made creation by Yoshie.

Her works are on display during the morning and they are avaialbe for purchase.


Nihonjinkai, the Japanese Association in Belgium, will organize their annual speech contest. (The application is closed now)
It's a wonderful challenge to talk in public and share your ideas in Japanese language.

There are 2 categories in the event; beginner (A) and more advanced Japanese speaker (B).

The tradition is reserved this year again! The final winner of (B) will be awared with a return ticket to Japan!!!

We are cheering for the contestants on 25th November.

The 18th World Children's Haiku Contest (2023-2024)





Call for entries : Applicants must be the age of 15 and under as of 15 January 2024

Originating from Japan, Haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. In a short descriptive verse, it captures a moment in the poet's life, or simply expresses the beauty of nature. Haiku is now enjoyed in many countries around the world.

JAL FOUNDATION biennially organize 'World Children's Haiku Contest', and we are happy to announce that the 18th contest is to be held this year.

The theme of the 18th contest is ' Family '.

Through the contest, children are given the opportunity to compose haiku that will encompass their memories. The experience of composing haiku will also become a part of their pleasant memories of their childhood.


The haiku must be accompanied by hand-drawn or hand-crafted artwork on the same page, using A4-sized paper (21 cm x 29.7 cm) or letter-sized paper (8.5 in. x 11 in.).

  • Any form of artwork (except photographs or digital images) can be submitted.
  • Every entry must be the original and unpublished work of the child himself/herself. Assistance by others (parents, other adults, siblings, or other children) is prohibited.
  • The haiku must be presented in three short lines.
  • All rights (for compositions and artwork) will be reserved by JAL FOUNDATION.
  • Glue the application form on the back of the work.


Regional Contests (work in local languages) 1st Oct, 2023 - 15th Jan, 2024

deadline: 15th Jan, 2024

FR : Rules and Application Form 

NL : Rules and Application Form 

Let op ! NL speaking children are invited to send their work to Netherlands.



Meet and Create together with Japanese people

Event Schedules

10 Dec
Minako Minako


Kamishibai Study Group 

NL : 10:00 - 10:30

FR : 10:30 - 11:30

ALL : 11:30 - 12:00

JP : 12:30 - 13:30


Please contact Minako by email if you wish to participate in the Kamishibai group.

10:00 AM - 13:30 PM Op-Weule : Rue Saint Lambert 95, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
10 Dec
Hiro Hiro

Conversation Table

Want to talk with Japanese people? Come around the table with volunteers of Japanese native speakers.

We recommend that you understand the basic of language.


Free : free for participation, no need to reserve.

Room: Lokaal # 4


日本人ボランティアは常時募集中。毎月一度、日本語で楽しく異文化交流してみませんか? 驚くほど世界が広がりますよ!お気軽にお越しください。予約不要です。(担当:ひろ)

14:00 PM - 16:00 PM Op-Weule : Rue Saint Lambert 95, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
10 Dec

Karaoke Party

Let's enjoy our first edition of KARAOKE PARTY!

Send us in advance which songs you want to sing and we try to prepare the music.


We are looking for a candidate who can support the event as a DJ (who can handle 2 languages from FR, EN, JPN and NL ). Technical support is also needed. Let us know if you are willing to help!

17:00 PM - 19:00 PM Op-Weule Bistro

People and Japanese Culture

forever in our heart

Contact to WA

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