09
FEB
2015

Baby its cold outside

Very cold weather in the last 36 hours (by Aichi standards at least!), and a lot of influenza cases. For winter here, bring warm clothing, including thick socks, boots and a coat, but most importantly remember the wind chill factor. You MUST have wind proof clothing, including head we
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04
OCT
2014

Mount Ontake

Mount Ontake is a volcano on the border of the Gifu and Nagano prefectures. It is famous for the scenery in Autumn, a really popular hiking destination, and not too bad for skiing during the winter either. Unfortunately it erupted last week. Japan is one of the world’s most seis
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20
AUG
2014

今日の言葉 – 残暑

2014/AUG/20 今日の言葉 – zansyo / 残暑: 立秋(8月7日)より後になっても暑さが残ることです。今年は残暑が厳しいらしいです。 #learnjapanese #wordoftheday twitter.com/alc_jpn facebook.com/aichilanguagecenter
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15
AUG
2014

Toro Nagashi

Today is the last day of our Obon holidays, and in Asuke, just north of Okazaki City, the festival ended with Toro Nagashi (とうろうながし / 灯籠流し), a traditional Buddhist ceremony involving floating small lanterns downstream. The village of Asuke, just down the hill from the recently rebuilt
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09
AUG
2014

Typhoon #11

There have been some emails concerning the strong typhoon (this year’s 11th) currently affecting parts of western Japan. We are not affected by it at all, just experiencing a bit of rain. The projected path of the typhoon is such that by Monday we are expecting clear skies, and
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05
AUG
2014

Heliskiing & Backcountry (Nagano)

It is another hot August day, the kind of heat that makes you wish you could go skiing! Japan has really good ski resorts, especially in Gifu, Nagano & Niigata, and further north all the way to Hokkaido. Each winter ALC regularly organizes trips to ski areas in Gifu and Nagano pr
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04
AUG
2014

Obon

The Obon (お盆) or Bon Festival is not a public holiday as such, but some areas of Japan observe it closely. In Aichi Prefecture, where for many generations farmers have tilled the rich alluvial floodplains, Buddhism has always been very strong. It is difficult for an employer to refuse
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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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