Last Language Table of the Semester

Today we had the last Language Table for Spring semester. As usual, the event took place at Amherst House — a prime spot for cherry blossom viewing!

Doughnuts are another big tradition for the end-of-semester Language Table. Big thanks to Indrani and Hazel for helping out with the preparations!

Many Doshisha students stopped by, and everyone had a great time. Some students exchanged contact information, so hopefully everyone will keep in touch even after the AKPers return home!

Student Solo Trips 2019

Every Spring, AKP gives our full year students 50,000yen (roughly $500) to explore Japan. These 一人旅 (hitoritabi — solo trips) challenge students to make travel plans all on their own, and many students report what a great confidence boost it was to know they were able to navigate Japan, in Japanese, by themselves.

This year, four full year students went on hitoritabi adventures:

Upon their return, students gave presentations in Japanese about their trip. Great job, guys!

Spring 2019 Field Trip

This March, Spring 2019 students got to visit Himeji, Hiroshima, and Miyajima as part of the AKP three day field trip.

In Himeji, students visited the historic Himeji Castle. Himeji Castle is one of the largest preserved castles in all of Japan, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hopefully no students bumped their heads on the low beams!

In Hiroshima, students visited the Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum. Ms. Keiko Ogura, an atomic bomb survivor, gave her testimony and spoke with students.

After Hiroshima, students, faculty, and staff made their way to Miyajima by ferry. There they visited Itsukushima Shrine, had a traditional kaiseki dinner, and participated in a taiko demonstration!