Imao Class Survey Project

Today in Imao-sensei’s class, five Doshisha students volunteered to take surveys written by AKP students.

“Hours Spent Studying,” “Commuting to School,” “Your Favorite Stationary Items,” “A Change of Pace for College Students,” and “Your Favorite Animal” were the survey topics. Most AKPers were interested in the everyday lives of the Doshisha students.

After answering the surveys, Doshisha students said they were able to learn more about the differences between Japanese and American culture. There were some interesting cultural exchanges from both sides!

Volunteers, thank you for coming!

Yoshimura Class Discussion

Although we’ve had quite a bit of rain lately in Kyoto, three Doshisha students volunteered to participate in our class discussions.

Keigo (honorific speech) and the dialect/people of Kyoto were the topics students began discussing, which quickly expanded into conversations about Japanese comedy, college majors, and job searches. Students covered lots of ground and learned a variety of new vocabulary words!

After class, AKPers and Doshisha students went to lunch together at the cafeteria.

Kyogen Workshop

Mr. Katsumi Yanagimoto has returned to AKP again this year to give a workshop on kyogen (traditional comic theater) for our students.

Mr. Yanagimoto (left) taught the workshop with his co-star, Mr. Kawata. When he was a student at Doshisha, he created a kyogen club on campus!

After explaining the characteristics and history of kyogen, students got the chance to perform part of the kyogen play Chidori. Students were taught how to dance while using the folding fan as a prop.

There are many places in Kyoto that give kyogen performances, so if you are interested, make sure to have a look!

Mr. Yanagimoto, Mr. Kawata, thank you for coming!