A warm welcome to Spring 2020!

Say hello to our Spring 2020 Cohort! Last week, the AKP Center welcomed over 20 new students during Spring Orientation. Thursday through Saturday, the new cohort made their way through a packed schedule, which included a greeting from their full-year AKP senpai, a safety/self-defense workshop, and commuting practice with Doshisha volunteers.

It all ended with the New Year’s Party on Saturday evening, where AKP celebrated both the students and their lovely host families. Many thanks to Adriana Nazarko (Bowdoin College) and Felicia Soderberg (Wesleyan University) for your great speeches!

This week, all AKPers began their classes for the spring semester. 皆さん、頑張ってください!

Kyogen Workshop

This year, Mr. Yanagimoto came back to hold a kyogen (traditional comic theater) workshop.

Our lecturer, Mr. Yanagimoto
Students listening to a lecture about theater and the differences between noh and kyogen
While explaining kyogen, Mr. Yanagimoto demonstrated as well.

Next it’s the student’s turn!

The students tried acting. Do you know what they’re trying to do?

Answer: They’re trying to get a persimmon by throwing rocks at the persimmon tree.
They also practiced how to use fans.
Left group!
Right group!
Now all together. Can we do it well?
At the end, AKPers tried to laugh the way they do in kyogen. First, you crouch…
…then stand up and say “Wahahaha!”

Seems like it will be a good year with these smiles.

AKPers took interest in kyogen and asked lots of questions. You can see both noh and kyogen theater in Kyoto, so anyone who is interested should please go.

Mr. Yanagimoto, thank you very much for today.

New Semester, Start!

Orientation for the new semester began on Wednesday, and today was finally the Welcome Party. Adriana Nazarko from Bowdoin College and Felicia Soderberg from Welseyan University represented the students and gave speeches at the party.

“I want to do my best without worrying about making mistakes!” – Adriana
“I’m looking forward to life with my host family!” – Felicia

Thank you both for your lovely speeches.

Let’s all do our best this semester, everyone!