Get immersed in Japanese culture when you study with GenkiJACS!

Posted on November 26, 2015 | genkijacs

During the last field trip, students from Fukuoka school visited Sasaguri, a small town about two hours from Fukuoka. It was an exciting day of hiking, sight-seeing, and finding inner peace.

First, let’s have some quiet calligraphy time! Japanese calligraphy, or Shudo, helps one to clear their minds and calm the soul.

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But apparently, our students are starting to feel the pain in their legs… Definitely need to work harder on those Japanese meditation sitting positions.

And now it’s time to head out to have a good stretch!

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Introducing the largest bronze reclining Buddha in Japan in Nanzo-In. While students in Tokyo can easily visit the Giant Buddha in Kamakura, this gigantic monument in the south is definitely worth a trip down to Fukuoka.

Some of our more adventurous students also decided to take up the waterfall challenge.

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Getting ready for the ultimate experience!

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Inner peace, achievement unlocked!

Fukuoka to start entrepreneur visa system!

Posted on November 23, 2015 | evankirby

Fukuoka City tokku

Fukuoka City was selected as one of the 国家戦略特区 (kokka senryaku tokku, National Strategic Special Zone) areas for Japan. This means the local government is allowed to apply for special local exemptions or changes to national law.

Fukuoka City is using this system to set up a "Startup Visa" system. Under this system, foreigners living either inside or outside of Japan can submit their plan for setting up a new business to Fukuoka City. If the city approves their business plan, they are given a 6-month visa to set up the company. Unlike a tourist visa or visa waiver, this allows the person to work and receive money, and also to make long-term contracts. They can also use the Tenjin Startup Cafe, as well as other facilities and services the city provides for new businesses. Before the 6-month visa expires, if the person wants to continue their business, they can then apply for the standard entrepreneur visa.

The system hasn't started as of this writing, but is expected to be made public before the end of 2015. We'll have more details when it is, but until then, better start writing your business plans, saving your money, and of course learning Japanese with the best Japanese language school we know!

Only a few days left to apply for our One Year of Free Japanese Study competition!

Posted on November 07, 2015 | evankirby

Free Japanese study

As you know, to celebrate our new government accreditation, we're currently running a competition to give away an entire year of intensive Japanese study completely free to one lucky person! The deadline is this Thursday the 12th of November, Japan time, so there are only a few days left to enter!
Additionally, the Japanese government has agreed that our Western students should be exempt from the student visa 150-hour Japanese study requirement. This means that even more people than before are eligible for this competition!

Here's the competition entry page. Good luck, everyone...