Sakura 2015

Posted on March 25, 2015 | genkijacs

It's that time of the year again - birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the ever-lovely sakura are starting to blossom in Japan. Weathermap have released their official sakura forecast for 2015, and it's looking like both Tokyo and Fukuoka will have started seeing blossoms as early as 23 March this year, with full bloom being forecast for around the 1st of April.

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Have you booked your blue ground-sheet for upcoming hanami parties yet? Space at most majour parks is filling up quick, so best to RSVP ASAP to avoid disappointment!

St Patrick's Day

Posted on March 23, 2015 | genkijacs

Arguably the most famous March holiday in the Western world, St. Patrick's Day has so far remained relatively unknown in Japan. This is slowly changing however, with the addition of many St. Paddy's Day events held around the country each year. The first St. Patrick's Day Parade in Fukuoka was held at Shintencho in 2014. This year, the parade saw almost 100 people attending the festivities, which included Irish music, dancing and of course, lots and lots of green.

The Post Parade Party was held at the Hakata Harp Irish pub on Sunday night. We're almost entirely sure that has no relation at all to the amount of students who were absent from school on Monday...

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LanguageCourse.Net Customer Satisfaction Excellence Award 2015

Posted on March 09, 2015 | genkijacs

We are very proud to announce that we have won the LanguageCourse.Net Excellence Award for customer satisfaction yet again this year! 2015 marks the 8th year in a row we have won this award for "providing outstanding services to our clients". We couldn't have achieved this landmark success without the votes of all our lovely students, and we are deeply grateful to everyone who voted for us to win. You guys rock!



Learn Japanese through Ghibli Movies

Posted on March 01, 2015 | evankirby

The always excellent Tofugu put up a mammoth post last week on using Ghibli movies to help learn some basic Japanese words/phrases and grammar points. So glad they did the work so we don't have to!
The Ghibli Dictionary: A Japanese Study Guide Revolution!