J-Kai is JAFA's monthly social event that has been running since 1998. It provides an opportunity for Japanese and Australians with an interest in Japan to meet in a relaxed atmosphere. You don't have to be a JAFA member or speak any Japanese, just come along! Anyone can join and it's free.

J-Kai was originally only a Japanese conversation group, but over the past few years it has evolved into a monthly "event" with additions such as guest speakers, live music, Japanese movies and more.

Past J-Kai events include:

  • Screening of the original 1954 Godzilla (ゴジラ)
  • Guest speaker: Stephen Yarwood, former Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide
  • J-pop night
  • Guest speaker: Rusty Kelty, Assistant Curator of Asian Art - Art Gallery of South Australia


J-Kai is a great opportunity to practice your Japanese, share your Japan stories, or get started with the JAFA community. It's all very informal and casual, so come join us for a fun night.

JAFA members are eligible for the monthly door prize, so bring along your membership card or sign up on the night.

Drinks and nibbles are available for purchase from the bar.


Date: Every 4th Wednesday of the month (except December)

Time: 6-9pm

Location: Theatre Bar, Metropolitan Hotel - 46 Grote Street, Adelaide 5000 (opposite Central Market); click here to open Google Maps

Cost: FREE!


Don't forget to follow us on Facebook so you don't miss the next J-Kai!

Hope to see you there!

友達作りにはJAFAのJ-KAIがオススメ Metropolitan Hotel(46 Grote St.)にて第4水曜日に開催されます。どなたでも気軽に参加してください。 入場は無料です。

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Diary Dates

Thursday 1 August

JLPT Registration Opens


Saturday 17 August

Origami & Calligraphy Class

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Cowandilla Primary School

21 Jenkins St, Cowandilla 5033 


Wednesday 28 August


6:00pm - 9:00pm

Courtyard Bar

Metropolitan Hotel

46 Grote St, Adelaide 5000  


Thursday 5 September

JLPT Registration Closes


Saturday 7 September

Origami & Calligraphy Class

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Cowandilla Primary School

21 Jenkins St, Cowandilla 5033 


Saturday 31 August

AnimeGO! competition registrations closes


Tuesday 17 September

Lisa Ono Live in Adelaide


Adelaide Town Hall