Welcome to the fun and exciting Japanese program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where the emphasis is on communication. That means instead of just learning grammar rules and vocabulary lists, students learn to use Japanese as a tool of communication, with each other, with their instructors, and with other Japanese speakers both locally and in Japan. At UAB, learning Japanese helps to bridge the linguistic and cultural gap between Japan and the U.S., and students will find many opportunities to be that bridge.

Check out the links to the left to learn more about Japanese at UAB. We look forward to you joining us.

toshinanTōshin'an (Image courtesy of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens)

chotto-komimi-ni  A little culture...  


The Japanese gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens stand out among such gardens outside of Japan, so much so that the Japanese government has designated it a Japanese Cultural Center.The garden teahouse is called Tōshin'an, written with the Chinese characters for “light” (), “heart” (shin), and “retreat” (an), meaning “the retreat for lighting understanding in each other’s hearts.” It was built by famed master miyadaiko (temple and shrine builder), Kazunori Tago, from Maebashi, an official Japanese friendship city of Birmingham.