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!

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.

Japanese Language Table #3

Today was the third Japanese Language Table of the semester. As it was Valentine’s Day, students discussed how the holiday is celebrated in the US, and the differences between American and Japanese Valentine’s Day.