2011 Xmas Party video!

Posted on January 26, 2012 | evankirby

We finally uploaded video of Genki Japanese teachers and staff performing the song "Heavy Rotation" as ATM48! You'll have to agree, their performance was amazing, although unfortunately it looks like it'll be a one-off - we tried to convince them to wear those costumes to Japanese class too, but only Yuuji-sensei said yes...

Teachers practiced hard for this day, and we think students had a great time! Hope we'll see you for next year's Christmas party.

Fukuoka Moves Up to 6th Biggest in Japan!

Posted on January 22, 2012 | evankirby

This month (January 2012), Fukuoka moved up one place in the rankings of Japan's biggest cities, from 7th to 6th place! We knocked Kyoto down one spot. It is thought that part of the reason was a large influx of new people moving south after the disaster last year.
The list in Japanese is here. (The English page isn't quite so up to date, so at the time of writing doesn't show the January figures yet.)
Fukuoka was one of the fastest-growing cities in Japan even before the disaster, and by far the fastest-growing large city. In Japan, a growth of 1.2% in the last five years is quite surprising, given the declining population! Fukuoka is comparatively a young city, with a good number of universities, and a lively culture. That's part of what makes it a great place to attend a Japanese school!

(Note that the table shows two sets of figures: 法定人口 (houtei jinkou, legally designated population) and 推計人口 (suikei jinkou, estimated population). Official figures are always slower to show actual changes in population, and estimated population figures generally give a more accurate count of the actual number of people, because legal residence in Japan depends on where a person is registered. People often don't register straight away, and new registrations take a while to filter through to population estimates. The list is sorted by designated population first, with Fukuoka at 7th, but rest assured, we're still number 6 for estimated population!)

Here is the current top ten list by estimated population:
1. Yokohama, 3.7 million
2. Osaka, 2.7 million
3. Nagoya, 2.3 million
4. Sapporo, 1.9 million
5. Kobe, 1.54 million
6. Fukuoka, 1.48 million
7. Kyoto, 1.47 million
8. Kawasaki, 1.43 million
9. Saitama, 1.23 million
10. Hiroshima, 1.18 million

(Tokyo is excluded as it's not counted as a city, but rather a "special region".)

2011 GenkiJACS Christmas Party!

Posted on January 09, 2012 | evankirby

Genki Xmas Party

We had an amazing Christmas party this year, as every year. This time we rented out a local nightclub, Roots, and invited all the students, staff, host families and friends for a great night!

Santa suits
Santa was in attendance, of course.

student performance
Students gave performances, including teacher ものまね (monomane, impressions), and a song about GenkiJACS.

But the highlight of the night was the GenkiJACS teachers as ATM48, and their rendition of hit song Heavy Rotation.

Students joined in to make the night even more fun!

Group photo
A group photo

Teachers posing
Teachers had a great time, and also looked great! If only we could convince them to dress like this every day...

more santas
A gallery of photos of the night is here.
We're working on video, and it should be ready shortly. Be prepared!

Japanese pottery classes

Posted on January 09, 2012 | evankirby

Japanese pottery
As part of the Japanese Plus Traditional Culture course, students learn Japanese pottery techniques. We added a selection of students' beautiful pottery creations to our gallery here. Didn't they do good? Nice photos too - thanks Yuuki-san!

Takachiho gorge and Amano-Iwato shrine school trip

Posted on January 05, 2012 | genkijacs

So, what do you think we did during the school trip? Quite easily answered...

We traveled a lot...

We were hungry...

So we ate way too much...

Then we walked until we burnt every single calory...

We saw beautiful places...

We wanted to eat sushi... Or not?

And finally, we saw more beautiful places...

Well, we definitely had a lot of fun, that's sure :)