The Higashi Osaka Experience Tour

The Higashi Osaka Tourism Agency, together with Mr. Fujita from Kyoto University, gave AKPers and other Kyoto study abroad students the experience of a lifetime by letting them get a sneak peak of the tours the city is setting up in order to promote the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Students learned how to make handmade paper with real flowers, envelopes from kimono patterns, finger toys, and had a lesson making kinako dango (a sweet rice cake with soy powder) and other traditional Japanese sweets.

For lunch, students were treated to an Osaka specialty – kushikatsu! Consisting of various skewered and deep fried meats and veggies, kushikatsu was a big hit for everyone. For dinner, students were served curry with rice in the shape of a rugby ball. Yum!

After the tour, students even got to meet a celebrity — Try-kun, the official mascot of the 2019 Rugby World Cup!

Thank you Higashi Osaka Tourism Agency for inviting our students and Weekly Higashi Osaka for sharing the lovely photos! To read the original article in Japanese, please click here.

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!

Best Shots of 2018

At the end of every semester, we ask our students to submit their favorite photo from their time in Kyoto. We received so many beautiful submissions this year! Click here to check out all of the Fall 2018 photos, along with descriptions the students wrote themselves in Japanese!