Study Travel Magazine - Star Awards 2014

Posted on July 24, 2014 | genkijacs

GenkiJACS is extremely proud to have not only been nominated, but shortlisted for the very prestigious Study Travel Magazine Star Awards yet again this year!
This marks the 6th year in a row we've been nominated for this award, and as one of only five schools in the world nominated for the World Language School award it's a great honour for us to make the shortlist yet again.

We'd like to thank everyone who voted for us again this year. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to providing you our best service for many years to come!

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Waddling to success - Sunshine City's penguin parade

Posted on July 17, 2014 | genkijacs

If you happen to be a penguin-loving Japanese language student who tends to get easily lost in Tokyo, you're in luck!

The Sunshine City Aquarium in Ikebukuro has come up with an ingenious way to attract new customers. The relatively old aquarium, located almost 1Km from the nearest station, had been facing a drastic drop in patronage over the last few years, due to the relative difficulty of finding their location. They had to find a way to renew interest in their business.
Enter Penguin Navi, an augmented reality app utilizing Junaio as a base, which uses your mobile or tablet device to superimpose a number of cute, waddling penguins on your surroundings, leading you from your current location straight to the aquarium.

The app can be downloaded from Penguin Navi's website, although you do need to have Junaio installed first.

Since introducing the cute penguins to escort visitors to Sunshine City, attendance at the aquarium reportedly increased by over 150% - which we can perfectly understand, of course. Who doesn't like penguins??

Check out this video for more information:

Typhoon season!

Posted on July 07, 2014 | genkijacs

We've had quite a few inquiries from students about the typhoon headed for Kyuushu - typhoon Neoguri, scheduled to hit Fukuoka on Wednesday or Thursday. At the moment, though we had some rain yesterday, skies are blue and the sun is out in Fukuoka.

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Of course, this could change quickly in the nature of typhoons, but the general feeling among Fukuoka residents is that it won't be particularly serious inside the city. Outlying regions of Kyuushu may feel the effects of Neoguri a bit more severely, and of course it may affect flights to and from Fukuoka, but for the moment we aren't planning on cancelling any classes. If this typhoon should turn out to be pretty bad, or if there are any other major typhoons headed for Fukuoka or Tokyo, we will let our Japanese language students know ahead of time - make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates!

The Start of Summer

Posted on July 06, 2014 | evankirby

Summer has officially started, and with it the biggest influx of students to GenkiJACS ever! More than 65 new students start today, so the school is a hive of activity. It's a great fun time for everyone, and we're looking forward to all the special activities that we can do because we have so many people ready to learn and enjoy themselves! In particular, we can't wait for the beach barbecue, coming up in just a few weeks.
We've been restricting summer enrollments carefully this year, so unlike some previous years, the school should still feel comfortable even during the peak season. For all the people who wanted to come but couldn't, we're so sorry we didn't have space for you this time, but we hope we can see you in future years, or even outside summer when there is more space at both schools.