Yanagawa Festival Tour

Posted on March 31, 2010 | evankirby

Yanagawa festival

GenkiJACS student Barbara visited the nearby town of Yanagawa recently for a day tour on the occasion of a Yanagawa festival. Yanagawa is famous for the canals running through the town, and for the picturesque traditional buildings. Barbara’s tour involved getting dressed up in a beautiful kimono, then taking a gondola through the town. She says she had a great day! We recommend you to go to Yanagawa while you’re in Fukuoka too.

Ghost sighting at GenkiJACS!

Posted on March 30, 2010 | evankirby

Some GenkiJACS students swore that they had seen a ghost. We didn’t believe them, until we saw the photographic evidence, menacing poor Astroboy!

This is 一旦木綿 (Ittanmomen), a traditional Japanese お化け (obake), or monster. This particular version comes from the recent movie ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 (Gegege no Kitarou). He’ll be menacing students in the lobby of GenkiJACS for years to come!

FILE Club supporting member

Posted on March 24, 2010 | evankirby

We are happy to announce that we are a supporting organization for Fukuoka International Language Exchange Club, or FILE Club. This is as it sounds, a club for people in Fukuoka who are interested in intercultural exchange. Members are both Japanese and other nationalities, and FILE Club arranges a variety of activities and events each month for their members. It's free to join, and a great way to make lots of new friends.
We'll be partnering with them to arrange a whole lot of activities for our students to join, and we look forward to working together!

A PDF with a little more information about FILE Club and an application form is available here.

Student review of GenkiJACS

Posted on March 23, 2010 | evankirby

A former student Timothy wrote a detailed review of Genki Japanese on his blog here:
Sakura Branch
Hopefully this will give people a better idea of what the school is like. Some choice quotes:

The class sizes at GenkiJACS are generally less than 6 students per class, which means lots of personal attention and interaction. ... The curriculum is well thought-out and they do a good job of matching you to a class that suits your current level of Japanese.

The teachers are also all exceptional. I found them to be very supportive, funny, friendly, helpful, and generally of great character.

GenkiJACS was such a huge part of my memories from being in Japan and for that it will always hold a special place in my heart. It's also really thanks to that school that I fell in love with the city of Fukuoka. It is an excellent place to really buckle down and study Japanese but have a lot of fun at the same time. ... GenkiJACS offers an exceptional learning environment and a chance to make life long memories and friends.

Thanks Tim! We miss you too...

New Language Exchange Partner System!

Posted on March 22, 2010 | evankirby

GenkiJACS just launched our Language Exchange Partner (LEP) system. This is a way for our students to make Japanese friends easily and safely. We have a database of Japanese people who want to meet foreigners, all of whom have passed our rigorous screening. When a student wants to join the LEP program, we match them with the Japanese person who best fits. We then arrange for them to meet at school. If they hit it off, they’ll exchange contact information, and a new friendship is born! Student Heidi, who graduated last week, was one of the first people to take advantage of this, and she recommends it to everyone who wants to meet more Japanese people! For details, ask at school when you arrive.