Genki Japanese New Year's Card

Posted on December 29, 2011 | evankirby

Sayonara 2011! Here's hoping 2012 is a better year for Japan...

New Year card

And a huge thank you to everyone who supported Japan and GenkiJACS throughout the year!

2011 Top Japanese Slang

Posted on December 29, 2011 | evankirby

Japan Times has put up an article about the top Japanese slang for the year, with some great examples. Better read it なるはや (naruhaya, as soon as possible)! And practice talking like a teenage girl...

Your Rights in Japan

Posted on December 18, 2011 | evankirby

We recently put together a short guide on rights in Japan, in case any of our Japanese language school students ever find themselves in a situation where they need to know. But we decided it's better for everyone to know this, so here it is:

• The punishment for drug possession is severe; even a “low level” drug, such as cannabis will be considered severe and the punishment just as harsh. Drug crimes are sometimes prosecuted on urine/blood tests alone.

Police stops:
• You have the right to refuse a search. You/your property may not be searched without a warrant.
• Unless arrested, you are not obligated to accompany police to the station. It is generally best not to.
• You must carry your passport or alien registration card AT ALL TIMES as police are entitled to stop anyone, at any time and ask for identification.

Arrests and Questioning:
• If you are held for questioning, you will be allowed contact with family, embassy, lawyer etc after no more than 3 days.
• During interrogation you have no access to a lawyer or interpreter until a formal charge is made.
• The longest you may be held without charge is 28 days.
• When people visit you, an interpreter must be present or you will be forced to speak in Japanese.
• If you are arrested in Japan you may request that your Embassy is notified.
Key phrases:
れいじょうはありますか。 Do you have a warrant?
わたしはたいほされていますか。 Am I under arrest?

• Possession of a knife with a locking blade, or a folding blade that is longer than 5.5cm/2in is illegal.

• An International Driving Permit issued in your home country is required of anyone wishing to drive in Japan.
• Japanese law provides that all drivers in Japan are held liable in the event of an accident, and assesses fault in an accident on all parties.
• Japan has a national zero percent blood-alcohol level standard for driving.

Human Rights:
• Discrimination is illegal on the basis of race, color, creed or family origin.
• In Japan LGBT rights are not recognized - except in the Tokyo ward where employment discrimination is illegal.

Luckily no GenkiJACS students have gotten in serious trouble with the police yet, and we hope to keep up this record in the future.
For more details on your rights in Japan, check out Arudou Debito's website.

New review of Genki Japanese from former student

Posted on December 16, 2011 | evankirby

Former student Eileen was kind enough to write a detailed review of her time at GenkiJACS. Thank you so much, Eileen-san, and we hope we'll see you back in Fukuoka some day soon!

The GenkiJACS difference

Posted on December 15, 2011 | evankirby

People often ask us what the differences are between GenkiJACS and other Japanese schools. There are of course many, including our English support, small-group classes, choice of courses, and more. But today we wanted to talk about another important one: the support we provide to students in trouble.

A Genki Japanese school student was recently hospitalized unexpectedly. His insurance was the type which reimburses him later for medical expenses. The total cost of his hospital stay came to more than 200,000 yen, more cash than people usually have on hand! GenkiJACS was happy to pay the student's medical costs for him, so that he could enjoy the rest of his stay in Japan. This is a service that we're pretty sure other Japanese schools don't provide, and one more reason to choose GenkiJACS!

Culture class craft

Posted on December 12, 2011 | genkijacs

Here are some of the pottery which were made during the culture class here in GenkiJACS:


Unfortunately the picture is a little too small, so you can't probably see all the details. But we can assure that they are absolutely stunning!

Japanese pottery is just one of the subjects you can attend during culture class... and fun is never an option!


Posted on December 06, 2011 | genkijacs

It's almost Christmas (or not?).

So we added some colors to the school lounge.

Here are some pictures!




Genki-kun looks so happy, don't you think so?

And Tommy-san from Norway thinks he's awesome (not quite sure).

GenkiJACS Christmas Party

Posted on December 05, 2011 | genkijacs

Soon it will be Christmas, but not everyone is going to spend it at home, with family or having fun with friends.


Because we are going to have a lot of fun with the GenkiJACS fellows!!

With such colorful advertisement, we are sure to have a lot of fun ;)!