30
JUL
2014

To Kyoto…

It is an early morning start, but a happy one. The bus is chartered, and in a few minutes we will be heading off, taking the students of the Japanese Summer Program for High School Students to the ancient capital of Kyoto. We are joined by some of the children from the homestay famili
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23
JUL
2014

Welcome back Sean.

One of the greatest things about long term language learning, is the wonderful people you always keep meeting along the way. At the Gamagori fireworks on Sunday, it was great to meet Don again. It has only been 15 years or so. Tonight we had the privilege of hosting “みんなの日本語のマイク
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21
JUL
2014

Why study abroad in Japan?

Part 1. Why study abroad? 7 good reasons why you should study a foreign language abroad as a mature age student/traveler. 1. A lot of people recommend that you should study abroad while you are at college age and still “young and free” etc. They talk about how “a sem
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18
JUL
2014

Baseball!

It is mid-summer, and therefore time for baseball. A game derived from and slightly similar to cricket, baseball first came to Japan sometime in the 1870’s, probably in 1878, brought over from North America and rapidly became a major sport during the social, cultural and technol
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11
JUL
2014

2014/07/11 Typhoon Warning

The typhoon expected today passed through overnight to our south. Skies are clear, public transport operating normally. All programs are proceeding as scheduled.
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08
JUL
2014

New Diary – 2014 Japanese Summer Program for High School Students

Our newest program is now well underway. To help keep family and friends (as well as the rest of the students who will be joining the program from July 25th) in the loop, we have started a new diary. The most recent entries will always be placed at the top of the file. Suggestions and
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06
JUL
2014

Tanabata Festival

Tomorrow (July 7th) is the traditional date for the Tanabata Festival. Observed throughout Japan, the festival marks the meeting of two the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair), who are separated lovers allowed to meet only once a year on the sevent
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03
JUL
2014

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Good luck to everyone taking this Japanese Language Proficiency Test this Sunday. Wherever you are we wish you the best. The next JLPT Preparation Course commences on September 18th (N1/N2 only). Details at https://www.nihongo.cc/courses-programs/academic-programs/jlpt-preparation-cour
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02
JUL
2014

Airport Transfers

We are at Nagoya airport, waiting for new customers enrolling in our Summer Program for High School Students to arrive. As Declan says, this is one of the best parts of the program. Welcoming excited new faces, answering questions, (trying to) explain the many mysteries of Japan, and
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