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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

Don Don Hanasou! Topic Discussions: Entrance Exams and School Life

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Don Don Hanasou! Topic Discussions: Entrance Exams and School Life

1/25/2017

 

Today was our first “Don Don Hanasou!” topic discussion class with our Spring students. The topic for today was entrance exams and school life. In both America and Japan, there are several things you must prepare for before getting accepted into college. What kind of things? How do they differ between countries?

 

 

 

It’s finals season for Doshisha students — thank you student volunteers for braving the snow and chatting with us!

Kansai-ben Lecture for Spring Students

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Kansai-ben Lecture for Spring Students

1/22/2017

Today, we had the first in a series of lectures on Kansai-ben (Kansai dialect) for Spring semester students. Our lecturer was Nishimata-sensei from the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies.

 

“Ji” becomes “jii.” “Me” becomes “mee.”

 

What does “akan” mean?

 

 

Make sure to practice Kansai-ben at home with your host family!

Field Trip: Sweets Workshop

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Field Trip: Sweets Workshop

1/19/2017

Today, AKP students visited Oimatsu and learned to make Japanese traditional sweets (和菓子わがし).  You may find their website here.

First, we listened to the instructions from the sweets artisans.

Then, we tried making our own!

 

 

 

Vivian Dutton (Oberlin) made a chrysanthemum!

 

by Yoshimura-sensei!

We made five each — four were packaged and brought home.

The fifth we enjoyed with delicious green tea.

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