Spring Orientation 2019

The spring semester at AKP is off to a great start! During last week’s orientation, new students met their host families at our annual New Year’s Party. Maria Hidalgo Romero (Williams) and Fernando Barcelo (Pomona) represented the spring students and introduced themselves in Japanese on stage. Awesome job, guys!

As part of AKP’s orientation self defense workshop, students learned some judo moves from a police officer. They also learned proper bicycle traffic rules and etiquette, as bicycles are a useful mode of transportation in Kyoto!

Last but not least, students took their Japanese placement tests. The Japanese faculty create a new curriculum every year to build on the knowledge of current students, so and the placement test is an important part of gauging how to construct AKP’s courses!

Have a great semester, everyone!

First Japanese Language Table

Today, full year students, spring students, and Doshisha students gathered for the first Japanese Language Table of the semester! It was a good mix of old faces and new faces!

AKPers, were you able to talk with lots of Doshisha students? The Japanese Language Table is a great opportunity for cultural exchange!

2019 New Year’s Party

After spring student orientation and placement tests, AKP has its annual New Year’s Party! Here, our spring students met their host families for the first time.

Maria Hidalgo Romero (Williams College) and Fernando Barcelo (Pomona College), two spring students, greeted everyone in Japanese.

Here’s to the start of a great year!