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"I used my Cultural Activities Grant mostly to pay for dance classes, as well as to go to the occasional temple. I think being able to enter the dance community here in Japan has really helped me to settle in, and feel that I am a part of something here."
- Celia Langford (Whitman College), 2017-18 AKPer
"I think I have become more independent and confident to travel alone while on AKP. I used to be afraid to go on a trip by myself, especially in a foreign country, but as my language skills have improved I have gained more confidence, and realized that I am capable of a lot more than I once thought."
- Eva Olson (Smith College), 2017-18 AKPer
"My host parents don't speak English, so living with them has really helped me improve. It was hard to communicate well at first, but we understood each other, and my Japanese improved rapidly after the first week!"
- Andrew Nguy (Pomona College), Fall 2017 AKPer

Yoshimura Class Interview Project

Yoshimura-sensei’s class did a three day interview project with Doshisha students. Today, AKP students presented on their findings.

The AKPers presented on “Community” and “Job Hunting in Japan.”

There was a lively discussion!


Don Don Hanasou! Topic Discussion: “College Life / Life in the Future”

Today in the Topic Discussion class, students talked about college life and how they imagine life in the future. Everyone spoke of their dreams, their ideal life, and how to materialize their goals for the future.

Students thought long and hard about their answers, and it was pretty interesting! Volunteers, thank you for coming!

Imao Class Survey Project 3

Today, Doshisha volunteer students were invited to Imao-sensei’s class for the AKP students’ ongoing survey project. The topics the students prepared were, “College student life,” “High school student life,” and “Japanese youth’s relationship to traditional Japanese clothing.”

The volunteer students commented, “I learned a lot about differences between college life in America versus Japan,” and “I was asked about what modern day Japanese people think of kimono, and it made me reconsider some things.”

Everyone, thank you for participating!