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Information about Japan.

  1. An opportunity to focus on YOUR JAPANESE SKILLS
  2. What do Japanese university students do in their daily life?
  3. Enjoy both Japanese language school and university!
  4. Choose your institution
  5. The scholarship
  6. Activities relating to Japanese Culture at TCNJ
  7. General Information about Japan

 

 

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1. An opportunity to focus on YOUR JAPANESE SKILLS

What is the advantage of learning at the Japanese language schools?
  • You can focus on studying Japanese.
  • You will have access to more options after you improve your Japanese skills.
  • You may meet many people who have the same interest from all over the world.


Here is the interview to a student who went to a Japanese language school :)

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  • Name: Joseph Galica
  • Grade: Sophomore
  • Major: International Studies
  • The period in Japan: July-August, 2013
Q1. 日本のどこに行きましたか。(Where in Japan did you go?) A1. 福岡と熊本と東京と富士山に行きました。(I went to Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Tokyo, and Mt. Fuji.)
Q2. 福岡はどうでしたか。(How was Fukuoka?) A2. 大きかったです。色々なことができます。(Big, with lots to do.)
Q3.  どのぐらい日本にいましたか。(How long did you stay in Japan?) A3. 一か月です。7月から8月まで。(One month. July through August.)
Q4. 何という学校に行きましたか。(What is the school name you went?) A4. 元気ジャックスです。(Genki JACS.)
Q5.  それは大学ですか。(Is the school a university?) A5. いいえ。(No.)
Q6.  どうして日本語学校を選びましたか。(Why did you choose Japanese language school?) A6. 先生のオフィスのドアにあったパンフレットを見ました。(I saw a brochure on my teacher’s door.)
Q7. 日本語学校はどうでしたか。(How was the Japanese language school?) A7. たのしかったです。みんなやさしかったです。そして、先生たちは面倒見がよかったです。(It was fun. Everyone was nice and the teachers were helpful.)
Q8. 日本語学校で、日本語は上手になったと思いますか。(Do you think your Japanese skills improved in the Japanese language school?) A8. はい。話すのが上手になりました。(Yes. My conversation skill improved.)
Q9. 日本語学校で勉強するメリットは何だと思いますか。(What do you think the advantage to study in Japanese language school?) A9. いつも日本語が練習できます。(You can practice Japanese all the time.)
Q10. 日本人と交流する機会がありましたか。(Did you have any opportunities to communicate with Japanese people there?) A10. いつも。日本にいましたから。(All the time. I was in Japan, wasn’t I?)
Q11. これから日本に行きたいという学生にメッセージをお願いします。(Could you please give the students who’d like to go to Japan the message?) A11. 行ってみてください。新しい友達に会いに行ってください。(Please go. Please make some new friends.)

(Interviewed on Apr. 28th, 2014)

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2. What do Japanese university students do in their daily life?

The international students from Kansai Gaidai kindly answered some questions about Japanese students’ life!

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  • Name: Nao Nishida
  • From: Kansai Gaidai Univiersity
  • Grade: Senior
  • Studying at TCNJ: 2013Fall-2014Spring
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  • Name:Mao Kitabayashi
  • From: Kansai Gaidai Univiersity
  • Grade:Junior
  • Studying at TCNJ: 2014Spring-2014Fall
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  • Name:Daimu Michihata
  • From: Kansai Gaidai Univiersity
  • Grade:Junior
  • Studying at TCNJ: 2014Spring-2014Fall

Here is the interview clip! Enjoy ;) (Please download the files when it’s necessary.)

*This interview is based on Kansai Gaidai university students’ life, therefore, the life style might be totally different in other places.

<Interview1>

  • Free Time Activities in Japan

(recorded on April 6th, 2014)

 

<Interview2>

  • Part Time Jobs
  • Difference between TCNJ and Kansai Gaidai

(recorded on April 6th, 2014)

 

<Interview3>

  • Activities in Kansai Gaidai

(recorded on April 6th, 2014)

 

<Interview4>

  • Places and Activities They Recommend in Japan
  • Message to TCNJ students

(recorded on April 6th, 2014)

 

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3. Enjoy both Japanese language school and university!

You will be able to focus on studying only Japanese at first, and then you can go to university after you improve your Japanese skills. If you wish you can also have different experience in different cities!

The schedule examples

Below is just a model schedule; therefore, please check the academic calendar with the institution to make sure the dates work.

  • Example1
July, August Study at Genki Japanese and Culture School (Fukuoka or Tokyo)(You can attend for as little as two weeks, or as long as you would like to stay. Therefore, flexibly you are able to arrange the schedule.)
August-December Study at Kansai Gaidai University(Osaka)

 

  • Example2
July, August Study at Genki Japanese and Culture School (Fukuoka or Tokyo)(You can attend for as little as two weeks, or as long as you would like to stay. Therefore, flexibly you are able to arrange the schedule.)
September-February Study at Sophia University(Tokyo)

 

 

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4. Choose your institution

  • Choose from these locations

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Schools you can go at the place. To the famous locations: By train(including shinkansen※)*The time will depend on what type of train you take.

1. TOKYO

(The capital city of Japan)

<Places in TOKYO>

  •  Akihabara

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  •  Asakusa

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  • TOKYO-HIROSHIMA; about 4 hours
  • TOKYO-KYOTO; about 2 and a half hour
  • TOKYO-OSAKA; about 2 hours and 50 mins
  • TOKYO-SHIN FUJI(Mt.Fuji); about 1 hour and 10 mins (Take a bus to the entrance of Mt.Fuji from the station.)
2. OSAKA

<Places in OSAKA>

  •  Tsutenkaku

tsutenkaku

  •  Osaka Castle

osaka castle

 

  • OSAKA-TOKYO; about 2 hours and 50 mins
  • OSAKA-HIROSHIMA; about 1 hour and a half
  • OSAKA-KYOTO; about 30 mins
  • OSAKA-SHIN FUJI(Mt.Fuji); about 2 hours and 40 mins (Take a bus to the entrance of Mt.Fuji from the station.)
3. FUKUOKA

<Places in FUKUOKA>

  •  Tenjin

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  •  Momochi

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  • HAKATA-TOKYO; about 5 hours
  • HAKATA-KYOTO; about 2 hours and 50 mins
  • HAKATA-HIROSHIMA; about 1 hour and 10 mins
  • HAKATA-OSAKA; about 2 hours and 40 mins
  • HAKATA-SHIN FUJI(Mt.Fuji); about 5 hours(Take a bus to the entrance of Mt.Fuji from the station.)

(“HAKATA” is the train station name in Fukuoka city.)

4. Oita

<Places in OITA>

  •  Beppu

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  • Yufuin

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  • OITA-TOKYO; about 6 hours and 10 mins
  • OITA-KYOTO; about 4 hours and 10 mins
  • OITA-OSAKA; about 4 hours
  • OITA-SHIN FUJI(Mt.Fuji) ; about 6 hours and 20 mins(Take a bus to the entrance of Mt.Fuji from the station.)

*You can also take an airplane or a long distance bus to travel in Japan.

※shinkansen; A type of train in Japan.

shinkansen

 

 

 

 

 

  • Choose from the type of institutions
Japanese language school University
  • Sophia university (Tokyo)
  • Musashi university(Tokyo)
  • Kansai Gaidai(Osaka)
  • APU(Oita)

 

 

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5. The scholarship

 

 

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6. Activities relating to Japanese Culture at TCNJ

Here is Taiko Club’s cool performance! Check it out ;)

Performance date: Apr.05.2014 At Mistique

 

 

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7. General Information about Japan

(1)About currency;

    Japanese Yen exchange rate; 1US DOLLAR=About 100 YEN(2014.May)

 

(2)Different Rules;

  • People drive on the left in Japan.
  • Usually, you have to keep the train or subway tickets until you go through the automatic ticket gate, or pass the ticket to the staffs at your final destination.
  • People can drink, and smoke over 20 years old.
  • You do not need to pay tips!

(3) Japanese National Holidays;

<January>

  • 1st: New Years DayThe second Sunday: Coming of Age Day
<February>

  • 11th: National Foundation Day
<March>

  • Around 20th: Vernal Equinox Day
<April>

  • 29th:Showa Day
<May>

  • 3rd: Constitution MemorialDay
  • 4th: Greenery Day
  • 5th:Children’s Day
<June>
Golden Week (Between the end of April and the beginning of May); People call the period “Golden Week” because they have some holidays continuously.
<July>

  • The third Monday: Marine Day
<August>

  • The middle of August: Obon(It is not a national holiday, but many people usually have days off, and visit their family. )
<September>

  • On the 3rd Monday: Respect for the Aged Day
  • Around 20th: Autumnal Equinox Day
<October >

  • On the 2nd Monday: Health and Sports Day
<November>

  • 3rd: Culture Day
  • 23rd: Labor Thanksgiving Day
<December>

  • 23rd: The Emperor’s Birthday

(4) Japanese Festivals;

In Japan, People have uncountable numbers of festivals and very traditional events. Each region has very unique ones, it will be very interesting to go and see them. Here are some tips.

  • Three Main Festivals in Japan:
15(Gion Matsuri)
  • Gion Matsuri
  • Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto
  • In July
16(Tenjin Matsuri)
  • Tenjin Matsuri
  • Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, Osaka
  • In July
kanda(Kanda Shrine)
  • Kanda Matsuri
  • Kanda Shrine, Tokyo
  • In May

 

  • Some Festivals in Japan.

Sapporo Yukimatsuri(Hokkaido / In February)yukimatsuri

Nebuta Matsuri(Aomori / In August)d32251f7c67db7a67e1b3340077b4000_s

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri(Miyagi / In August)tanabata

Kanto Matsuri(Akita / In August)007

Asakusa Sansya Matsuri(Tokyo / In May)sansya Awa Odori(Tokushima / In August)awaodori
Hakata Gion Yamakasa(Fukuoka / In July)yamakasa

Nagasaki Rantan Festival(Nagasaki / In February)rantan

You will be able to find more detailed information about Japan here,

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