Fukuoka Michelin Guide 2014

Posted on October 29, 2014 | evankirby

Michelin Fukuoka

The Fukuoka & Saga edition of the famed Michelin guide was released this summer, and it confirms what we've always thought - Fukuoka has an embarrassment of great restaurants!
There are two three-star restaurants in the city, the sushi restaurant Gyoten, and the traditional Japanese restaurant Sagano. Neither is cheap, of course, but both offer the pinnacle of Japanese food, and should be a wonderful experience. We say "should be" because we haven't had the good fortune to eat at either of them yet. Any students who want to treat the teachers to dinner, don't be shy!

There are another eight two-star restaurants in the city, and a massive 20 one-star restaurants, as well as a lot of honorable mentions. Many of these are not too expensive, and fairly relaxed, so they can be a good introduction to high-end Japanese dining, if getting a reservation at one of the three-star restaurants proves too difficult. いただきます!

The guide itself is on sale at bookshops, and of course Amazon.

New Fukuoka school intro video!

Posted on October 27, 2014 | genkijacs

We recently remadet the introduction video for our Fukuoka school, and are pleased to announce that it is finally ready for viewing!

Fukuoka-based video production company From Now On Group shot and produced the video, and we will also be enlisting their services to produce our Tokyo school introduction video, slated for release in Spring next year.

We think this video is a pretty good portrayal of what our Japanese language school is really like, and we hope it will help some of our future students in making the decision to study with us.
The video is also up on our Facebook, so please let us know what you think!

流行ポーズ - kawaii poses for girls

Posted on October 15, 2014 | genkijacs

Our Japanese language students are probably all familiar with the popular Japanese custom of striking a pose when taking photos.
Arguably the most popular of these is the "peace sign", which has become fashionable all over the world.

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Well, the peace sign isn't the only pose to be seen in Japanese photos. In fact, the custom of posing for photos is such a big deal here that there are websites, blog posts, and even TV show segments entirely dedicated to the most recent popular "kawaii" poses for girls.

And in one survey ran by one of the above-mentioned TV show segments, almost all of the participants said that they knew and utilized the most recent poses in their photos.

One pose that recently made news over here is the 虫歯ポーズ (むしばポーズ - "cavity pose") - one hand held at a slight angle over the cheek, creating a slimming line to give the appearance of a thinner face (so called because it gives the appearance of having a toothache!)

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In fact, the pose has gained so much popularity that magazines aimed at young women feature it frequently on their covers.

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A variation of this pose is called the 頬に手ポーズ (ほほにてポーズ - "hands on cheek pose"), where both hands are placed on the face at a slight angle. This pose is often seen on the blogs and Twitters of Japanese idols:

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But arguably the best version of this pose ever seen was by GenkiJACS' very own Aya-sensei!

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Tokyo school expansion almost complete!

Posted on October 12, 2014 | evankirby

Tokyo school new classrooms

Construction work on the new Japanese classrooms at our Tokyo school branch is almost finished, and we should be ready to start running Japanese classes there in just a week or two!

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With this, the Tokyo school is nearly as large as our Fukuoka Japanese school, which is quite an accomplishment, seeing as it has been open for less than a year and a half! It's a testament to the popularity of Tokyo as a destination, and also to the hard work of Tomoe-sensei and other staff who put in some incredibly hard work to set up a great school.

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And thanks of course to all the students who believed in us and have helped to make the atmosphere at the Tokyo school so fun!

Here's the view from the window of one of the new classrooms. Can you imagine a better view for a Japanese language school to have??

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If you haven't already visited the school, now's your chance. We can't wait to have you learn Japanese with us!

Typhoon Update

Posted on October 05, 2014 | evankirby

To all GenkiJACS Tokyo students: Classes will be held as normal today, Monday the 6th of October. Do be careful, and don't forget your umbrella!
(Classes at Fukuoka branch will of course be held as normal too.)

2014 Asiad

Posted on October 02, 2014 | genkijacs

Wow! It is already approaching autumn in Japan, which means the climate should be cooling down – but just over in nearby South Korea, the competition is heating up at the 17th Asiad! For those of you that are unaware, the Asian Games have been held every 4 years since their inauguration in New Delhi in the year 1951. It is considered a global sporting event reflective in terms of popularity and seriousness of competition, behind the World Cup and Olympics.

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Did you know Japan is the all time medal count leader at a whopping 2,650 medals? That is a lot of medals. To be more accurate, 910 of those medals are gold! That is also a lot of gold. This year, Japan is ranked 3rd in the medal count so far behind the host South Korea (#2) and China (#1). The competition has been fierce, and there have been all kinds of sports available to watch nightly here in Japan! It seems that Japan has been dominating swimming, fencing, judo and gymnastics! As a fan of volleyball star Kimura Saori, I have been keeping an eye out for the Japanese women volleyball matches.

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It promises to be an exciting matchup in the semis; with China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand making the cut! Are you keeping up with the Asian Games? Have you heard of this huge sporting event? At any rate, the games end tomorrow! 日本、日本!頑張れ!!

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