The Japanese program includes courses in Japanese language and Japanese literature. In beginning and intermediate language course levels, students develop and deepen communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students at all language course levels also meet weekly with a language assistant for conversation practice either individually or in small groups. The weekly lunchtime Japanese Table is a friendly gathering for casual conversation. Field trips to places in the New York City area—such as the Urasenke Chanoyu Center for a Japanese tea ceremony or Mitsuwa Marketplace for a taste of Japanese noodles or to browse in Kinokuniya bookstore—bring Japanese language study to life. Students may also study Japanese literature in translation in courses such as Modern Japanese Literature, Spirits and the Supernatural in Japanese Literature, and Reading Ōe Kenzaburō and Murakami Haruki. Students with Japanese language proficiency may do readings of primary Japanese texts for conference work. For students interested in studying abroad in Japan, Sarah Lawrence offers an exchange program with Tsuda Women’s College in Tokyo. Students have also participated in other study-abroad programs in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya.