Local Life (sort of) Part 1: Bristol Japan Club

Living in Somerset as I do, and not having a car, I don’t get out that much.

However, occasionally there is something fun to do that I can access by train (after a gruelling 45 minute walk to Taunton Rail Station, that is).  One of these things is Bristol Japan Club.

This group, which has been running for nearly 20 years now (serious dedication by the organiser!), is a chance for Japanese people and non-Japanese people who are interested in Japan to get together twice a month and generally hang out.  Once a month they meet in a part of Bristol that is completely inaccessible to me; the other meeting is at a Japanese restaurant on Baldwin St (Obento), about 15 minutes’ walk from Bristol Temple Meads station.  So I go to that one.

But what does one do there?  What is it like?  I get asked that semi-regularly.  I’ve been about 3 times now, and each time it was different.  Sometimes there are loads of people, sometimes not.  Sometimes there are lots of Japanese people, other times mostly English or people from other countries that aren’t Japan.

Anyway, the food is good and everyone is very friendly (and being in the UK, pretty much everyone speaks English…it makes language practice difficult but also takes the pressure off meeting new people).  If you live around here, maybe I’ll see you there!


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