Book early to avoid disappointment!

Posted on January 29, 2015 | evankirby

Summer is always the busiest season at Genki Japanese schools in both Tokyo and Fukuoka, but this year it looks like spring will be busy too! We're experiencing a much higher number of bookings than normal, so we may have to begin restricting enrollment quite early this year. To guarantee yourself a place in one of our classes, we recommend filling out our estimate request form as soon as possible. Don't delay, book your place in Japan's most flexible, rigorous and fun school today!

Right in the eye!

Posted on January 28, 2015 | genkijacs

Another busy week at Genki Japanese and Culture School, and when it gets busy, we get wacky! So let us share some of the wacky Japanese wordplay we know.

目の中に入れても痛くないほどかわいい! ("め の なか に いれても いたくない ほど かわいい" - me no naka ni iretemo itakunai hodo kawaii - (lit.) "it's so cute, it wouldn't hurt even if I put it in my eye")
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The above phrase...ouch. No kidding that putting objects directly in your eye would hurt. But what if that character, baby or animal you saw at the zoo was so cute...that you would be left speechless and put them in your eye to absorb all the cuteness? (That's something normal people do, right? Right?)

Supposedly, this expression can be matched with the phrase in English “Oh! It is so cute I could explode!” But with Japanese people, expressions would not be complete without a referral to the eyes. Personally, the eye is such a sensitive area – we think we would rather implode than being stuck in the eye with something like a baby. But when affections are all but won over, you have to wonder.

So instead of just saying かわいい ("kawaii!")! Perhaps next time you could say 目の中に入れても痛くないほどかわいい! Give it a try!

This week's Japanese classes and events: 2015/1/19

Posted on January 18, 2015 | evankirby

We have another busy week at Genki Japanese School's Tokyo and Fukuoka branches!

Here are the classes being held this week, and the approximate level of each class.

Fukuoka:
Low beginner: Genki 1 unit 4
Low beginner: Genki 1 unit 8
High beginner: Genki 2 unit 13
High beginner: Genki 2 unit 15
High beginner: Genki 2 unit 17
High beginner: Genki 2 unit 19
High beginner: Genki 2 unit 22
Pre-intermediate: Chuukyuu he ikou unit 3
Intermediate: Chuukyuu he ikou unit 10
Advanced: J501 unit 7

Tokyo:
Low beginner: Genki 1 unit 4
Low beginner: Genki 1 unit 7
Low beginner: Genki 1 unit 11
High beginner: Genki 2 unit 15
High beginner: Genki 2 unit 19
Intermediate: J301 unit 5


And here are the exciting activities planned for each Japanese school this week!

Fukuoka:
Tuesday 20th: Learn traditional crafts and visit "Furusatokan"
Wednesday 21st: Paint Hakata dolls; Exchange with university students; Conversation lounge
Thursday 22nd: Traditional tea ceremony; Movie "Kaiji"
Friday 23rd: Free kanji practice class; "Tebasaki" party
Saturday 24th: Conversation lounge with Japanese people

Tokyo:
Monday 19th: Shinjuku tour
Tuesday 20th: "Edomoji" fan-making
Wednesday 21st: "Kazarimusubi" decorative knot-tying
Thursday 22nd: Visit Edo Tokyo Museum; Movie "Kaiji"
Friday 23rd: Okonomiyaki party

Hope you'll join us!

New private, semi-private lesson policy

Posted on January 13, 2015 | evankirby

Our specialty at GenkiJACS is very small group Japanese classes, as well as flexible start dates, with students starting each Monday throughout the year. As a result, occasionally students are lucky enough to be the only person at their Japanese ability level, or in a class of just two people! Some schools will cancel the booking when this happens, but our policy at GenkiJACS is to offer a reduced number of private or semi-private lessons instead. As you will have so much more time to practice with the teacher in such a small-group setting, these lessons usually progress faster than regular group classes.

From 2015, our official policy for private and semi-private lessons is as follows:

- If you are the only student at your ability level:
1) If there is a class at a close level, you will have 10 lessons per week with that class, and 5 private lessons focusing on your specific needs.
2) If there is no close level, you will have 10 private lessons per week to focus on just what you want to learn.

- If there are only two students at your ability level:
1) If there is a class at a close level, you will have 10 lessons per week with that class, and 10 semi-private lessons with just the two of you.
2) If there is no close level, the two of you will have 15 semi-private lessons per week.

This policy means you don't need to worry about whether there will be other students at your ability level when you arrive - even if you're the only one, we'll make arrangements to take care of you!
(Note that the only exception to this is complete beginner students. Classes for complete beginners start on the first Monday of every month and the third Mondays in June, July and August. If complete beginner students start outside of these dates, there will not be a class available for you.)

Mastercards/EMV Maestro Cards now working in Japan

Posted on January 13, 2015 | genkijacs

Good news for students holding Matercards/EMV-branded Maestro cards issued outside of the Asia/Pacific Region:

While these cards have been unusable in Japan for the past 2 years or so, it looks like Mastercard has finally fixed the issue! The following notice was posted to their website recently:

To: Cardholders of Maestro-branded EMV Cards issued outside of the Asia/Pacific Region
All Maestro-branded EMV cards issued outside of the Asia/Pacific region are able to withdraw currency at Seven Bank and AEON Bank ATMs


There is a Seven Bank ATM located almost right opposite our Fukuoka school at the Seven Eleven, and just down the road from our Tokyo school at the Seven Bank branch on Yasukuni Doori.