Total Solar Eclipse

Posted on July 21, 2009 | clarice

Today, parts of Asia witnessed a total solar eclipse, or 皆既日食 (kaiki nisshoku). In Fukuoka we were not able to experience total darkness, but at approximately five minutes to 11am, the sun was down to a sliver. The viewing glasses were sold out at most places, but many students got a chance to see it outside the school (either by heading to the elementary school nearby where viewing apparatuses were set up, or by borrowing a film from a kind gentlemen who was standing outside the school).

GenkiJACS joins IALC, the International Association of Language Centres!

Posted on July 14, 2009 | evankirby

IALC logo
We have a huge announcement today, one that takes us to a new level as a school, and is the culmination of about a year and a half of preparation on our part. We are proud to announce that we have officially been accepted to join IALC, the International Association of Language Centres, from the 2009 membership year!

What is IALC?
The International Association of Language Centres was founded in 1983 to accredit and represent private, independent language schools teaching the official language(s) of their country. The IALC Quality Scheme and Code of Ethics ensure that all IALC schools provide high quality language services. IALC accredited language schools provide effective language courses and cultural immersion for all ages, needs and interests.

What does this mean for GenkiJACS?
GenkiJACS is only the third Japanese school ever to be accepted by IALC. We were accepted after a long application process, including a full school inspection. This inspection certified that we meet the stringent standards required by IALC.
Becoming accredited by IALC is of course a huge source of pride for us. But more importantly, it’s an external certification of our quality – it’s one thing for us to say we provide good programs, but another thing entirely for IALC to certify this! Membership in a network of the top schools worldwide provides us with a support group, and a source of new ideas for services, programs and classes.

What does this mean for you?
IALC accreditation means that even before visiting us, you can trust that GenkiJACS is a serious school, with a real academic program, something that is often hard to do over the Internet. IALC requires schools to perform continuous quality assurance through annual assessments, a quality plan, inspections and feedback. These ensure that the school is constantly improving its services, meaning better classes for you! IALC is the most respected international association of schools, so you can be sure that by choosing GenkiJACS, you have chosen one of the best schools in the world!

We’ll be adding more information to the site as we can prepare it, so stay tuned!

Interview with Eyon-san

Posted on July 12, 2009 | clarice

Name: Eyon
Age: 17
Country: America

C: I heard from Evan that you are enrolling in Shobi Music College in Saitama after you graduate high school. Can you tell me more about why you want to go there?

E: To further broaden my knowledge about music.

C: But why Japan?

E: Japan’s music industry is better, because they have a better appreciation for music. Also, the music style is different from that of America’s. It seems to me that they use more creativity over here.

C: You have Japanese ancestry. Did that affect your decision?

E: Yes it does. I first heard Japanese music when I was ten. I used to always sing Japanese songs with my cousin and listen to different bands.

C: What instrument do you play and for how many years?

E: Guitar. For six years.

C: What kind of music will you be focusing on?

E: Mostly rock music. I think that’s the proper field where I can express myself fully.

C: How long is your program and what will you study?

E: I plan on applying for a professional musicianship which takes two years and then in my third year I want to transfer to the music business.

C: Do you need to be fluent to go to the school?

E: Yes, I need to pass JLPT 1 or 2.

C: Who are your idols?

E: Kaoru Nikura from Dir en grey and hide.

C: So you are planning to make it big in Japan?

E: “Making it big” isn’t that important to me, as long as I can keep playing music I’ll be satisfied.

C: Finally, what kind of message do you want to convey through your music?

E: The most important thing about music is making the audience feel the music rather than thinking about what the music is for. It’s important that the audience enjoys what they are listening to.

C: Arigato gozaimashita!

E: Dou itashimashite.

I for one welcome our new robot overlords

Posted on July 10, 2009 | evankirby

Ohranger Robo

Please say hello to the newest member of GenkiJACS' staff! This is オーレンジャーロボ (Ohranger Robo), and he'll be guarding the premises from today! He is originally from the Ohranger TV series, which was the 1995 version of the Power Rangers. (This was remade for international audiences as Power Rangers: Zeo.) He was the robot created when the robots piloted by the five rangers joined together. They would call out "Ohranger Robo, Ore!" as the signal to join together. According to Wikipedia, he output 25,000,000 horsepower, ran at 6 kilometers a minute, and could jump 10 kilometers high. He'll still have a hard time competing with the other Japanese teachers, but we're happy to have him on our staff!