Learning Japanese is difficult. In our new work group “Gaming Japanese“, we will ask how games and other digital technologies might support the learning process. In this work group, we are committed to experimenting with existing technologies and to contributing to new tools for learning Japanese. We have joined an ongoing research project on a Japanese Language Learning Game for beginners launched in 2014 at the University of Calgary and will test the current prototype – as well as other exciting new creations like the app “Kana Hunt” – with our students in Leipzig.