Surprise!

Posted on November 28, 2012 | Aiko

It was my birthday on 26 Nov.
All the staff at GenkiJACS gave me a birthday cake!!!

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As you can see, I forgot to take the picture of cake before cutting.
Not only I couldn't wait to eat but also there were FAR too many candles on....

Anyway, Thank you very much Sensei-tachi and those who sent me a message through facebook!!
All of them write a message in Japanese, and I am happy to know they have been studying Japanese after they returned to their own countries!!!

みなさん、ありがとうございました!

Aiko

National holidays!

Posted on November 27, 2012 | genkijacs

What would you like to do on weekends and national holidays when you study in Japan?!

GenkiJACS organises a day trip for students to many places such as Nagasaki, Oita, Miyazaki and so on.
Last Friday the 23rd was a labor day and we took students to a beautiful town named Akizuki in Fukuoka.

Look at these beautiful trees with amazingly colored leaves!
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They experienced making a Japanese paper Washi(wa means Japanese and shi means paper).
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Students loved spending a day in Akizuki!
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Studying Japanese is fun but also challenging, so how about taking a break and sightseeing beautiful places in Japan on weekends and national holidays? We organise events for you and also we are happy to help you get tickets for transportation and a hotel booked!

Host family meeting

Posted on November 27, 2012 | genkijacs

On November 18th, we had a meeting with GenkiJACS host families.
We got to know each other,talked about homestay programme and shared our experience.
Our hostfamilies are very excited to meet students from all over the world and show them greatness about Japan and learn about them and their culture!

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One of the hostfamilies went to Czech and Germany this summer to visit students who stayed with them. They showed us pictures with wonderful stories!

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JRef and Genki Japanese School free study competition!

Posted on November 26, 2012 | evankirby

JREF free Japanese study contest

Genki Japanese School is offering four weeks of free Japanese study at our Fukuoka school as a competition prize, in conjunction with JREF, the greatest reference website for all things Japanese! The competition runs until the 29th of December 2012. To enter, go to the competition page on JREF, read through the simple rules, and send your essays to JREF!

If you're thinking of coming to Genki Japanese Language School in the next year or so, enter today - there's nothing to lose! And good luck!

Lovely gift

Posted on November 21, 2012 | Aiko

Because tomorrow is a national holiday, we had the closing ceremony today.

It is always sad to see the students off...

To our surprise, one of the students gave the school a lovely gift.

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This is the bigger picture.

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Question: Somebody is missing in this picture. If you can find who is missing, you might get something!!!

Japanese garden

Posted on November 20, 2012 | genkijacs

Now is the best time to see colored leaves!
Some students have been trying to go to Kyoto to enjoy this beautiful season with colored leaves, but they have been having difficulty finding a place to stay because many tourists are also visiting there.

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Our students went to a Japanese garden in culture class yesterday and enjoyed walking around and looking at trees with colored leaves. Some of the leaves looked gold due to the sun light and some looked light pink. They were all beautiful and calmed our minds.

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Nabe party at GenkiJACS!

Posted on November 20, 2012 | genkijacs

Do you know what nabe is?

Nabe(鍋)is a hot pot dish, and we eat it together from a shared pot. We had 2 different kinds of nabe at school last Friday.
Usually we sit around the pot and eat, but there were so many participants that we had to put the pots on one side of the lounge.

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Sharing food from one pot creates warm relations among people! Many Japanese participants and our students enjoyed not only the food but also the conversation!

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You need a break after studying hard, right?
Let's have a dinner party at GenkiJACS!!!

Fukuoka City bus guide app for iPhones

Posted on November 20, 2012 | evankirby

Subways and trains in Japan are extremely easy to use, as they almost always have signs and announcements in English as well as Japanese. But buses can be a bit trickier for our students, who are still learning to speak Japanese. We just noticed a new entry in Apple's App Store that could be perfect for Japanese students: a bus timetable app that includes real-time bus locations. To find it, search for "バスを探す 福岡" in the Japanese App Store. It's completely free, and really useful for finding your way around Fukuoka! It's entirely in Japanese, but you can enter text in hiragana, and stop names have hiragana shown too, so it shouldn't be too difficult to use.

To start finding buses, open the app. Then, press the のる ("noru", get on) button to select the bus stop you will start from. If you know the name of the bus stop, or part of the name, you can enter that as hiragana. Alternatively, press the 現在地 ("genzaichi", current location) button at the top right of the app to show a map of your current location with all close bus stops marked. Choose the bus stop from the list. Then do the same with the おりる ("oriru", get off) button for your destination, press the red しらべる ("shiraberu", search) button to display upcoming buses. The app lists all the coming buses you can use. Be careful, though: buses with orange text at the end of the name have passed already, and buses with red text are running late.

The bus stop nearest to Genki Japanese School is 大名二丁目 ("daimyo nichome"). Don't get lost!

Genki Japanese School party

Posted on November 19, 2012 | evankirby

This is Yuuki with Genki Japanese Language School.
Recently, members of an international exchange group at a local college arranged a party for our Japanese school students. They took our students to a local 居酒屋 ("izakaya", Japanese-style restaurant).
Japanese izakayas usually offer a wide range of food, at quite reasonable prices. They're similar to Spanish tapas bars, in a way.

Japanese school students at Japanese restaurant

When you come to study Japanese in Japan, don't forget to visit an izakaya!

Nice surprise

Posted on November 14, 2012 | Aiko

This is Aiko with Genki Japanese School.
The photo below is Gordon-san, who previously studied Japanese in Fukuoka with us for 10 weeks. He came back to Fukuoka after visiting Tokyo. We are very happy to see him again!

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Thank you for stopping by, Gordon-san, and don't forget to wear "Daikyokin kyo-sei belt" next time!!

US Air Force students learning Japanese with Genki Japanese School

Posted on November 14, 2012 | genkijacs

This is Robert-san, a student at Genki Japanese Language School. He served 6 years as a Korean linguist in the US Air Force. He later received a commission as an Intelligence Officer and was accepted into the Air Force`s new Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP). After eventually acheiving a 3/3+ on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) in Korean, he was one of few in the program to be selected as a cross-trainee into a second language - Japanese!
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He started learning Japanese in May 2012, and came to GenkiJACS for 4 weeks from October. It is his first time to come to Fukuoka.
His Japanese has improved so much in the short time that he has been here!!!!! He loves Genki Japanese School, people in Fukuoka and Japanese food.

This is one way that you can learn Japanese - through the Air Force!

Party flyer.

Posted on November 12, 2012 | genkijacs

We are having a 鍋 ("nabe", hotpot) party at Genki Japanese School on November 16th. Students made a flyer in the class to advertise the party to our Japanese students.
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Didn't they do well? Their Japanese is getting better every day they study Japanese with Genki Japanese Language School.

Genki Japanese School Student Cass-san

Posted on November 08, 2012 | genkijacs

I have been to Japan two years ago.Then I decided to learn Japanese.
I have had two weeks of Japanese so far. All teachers are very good and understanding. The class itself is fun, but sometimes challenging.
I finish on 23rd November,but I will come back next year around the same time. For me,the weather is very good - not too hot, not too cold at this time of year.

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Student lounge at Genki Japanese Language School

Posted on November 07, 2012 | Aiko

This is Aiko with Genki Japanese School.

I love to see students spending their time in the Genki Japanese School lounge.

Yesterday, some of the students were playing a card game called "Apples to Apples".
It was new to me and it sounded very useful for studying English.

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One of the students had an brilliant idea!

"Why doesn't GenkiJACS make a Japanese version of Apples to Apples?"

How about this Jamie-san, let's work on it and make loads of money!

Studying Japanese.....

Posted on November 07, 2012 | genkijacs

....takes a lot of time and energy!

Our former student Raico-san, who is from Switzerland, came to GenkiJACS for 6 months in 2010! He fell in love with Fukuoka, the people, Japan, etc, so decided to come back again this year. He came to study with us for 2 weeks this fall and started a long term course at our partner school from October!

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He often comes to GenkiJACS to study on his own after school. Other students who go to the partner school also often come to GenkiJACS. It is always nice to see their progress in Japanese!

Students' visit always makes our day!

Look at Raico-san studying hard!
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Cheap and easy flights to Fukuoka!

Posted on November 06, 2012 | evankirby

The opening of several new discount airlines in Japan this year has brought a massive change to the industry of domestic flights, and a smaller one to international flights. These are the new domestic airlines that opened that serve Fukuoka as one of their destinations:

- Peach Airlines
Based in Osaka, flies currently between Fukuoka and Osaka, among other destinations. Flights to Osaka from 4,000 yen all in.

- Air Asia
Based at Tokyo's Narita Airport, flies between Fukuoka and Narita, among others. Flights to Narita from 5,200 yen all in.

- Jetstar Japan
Also based at Tokyo's Narita Airport, flies between Fukuoka and Narita, Fukuoka and Osaka, and others. Flights to Narita from 5,100 yen all in. Flights to Osaka from 3,000 yen all in.

Previously the cheapest flight to Tokyo was about 10,000 yen, even on special offer. It's now far cheaper to fly than to take the train, as well as far faster of course - 50 minutes to Osaka, and 90 minutes to Tokyo. The airlines often offer special deals too, so costs can sometimes be even lower than these above.

We're always so happy that our students chose to study in Fukuoka instead of Tokyo, as Fukuoka is in many ways a much better place to study. But we understand that everyone wants to visit Tokyo once while they're here, so we encourage everyone to take a weekend in Tokyo - go up on Friday night, and come back down on Sunday night. You're sure to have a great time!

Japanese students attend cultural event

Posted on November 03, 2012 | evankirby

Japanese garden
We took Genki Japanese language school students to a Japanese garden and they learned about differences in Japanese gardens and experienced green tea!

Drinking green tea
At this garden, there are many beautiful carp and you can feed them
by paying 50yen.

Hungry carp
Look at these hungry carp!

Paper lantern festivals in Fukuoka

Posted on November 01, 2012 | evankirby

Hello, This is Yuuki, administrator at Genki Japanese School. I'm in charge of updating this blog once a week.

Fukuoka Hakata Kenjo Dochu festival

Last weekend I went with Mai-san and her family to see Hakata Kenjo Dochu. Hakata Kenjo Dochu is a traditional autumn event in which woman clad in black kimono and Hakata Kenjo Obita traditional Hakata dress walk in procession along with men carrying flags and lanterns.

Hakata Tomyo watching
This event also coincides with Hakata Tomyo Watching, in which Hakata streets are illuminated with paper lanterns. It is a very beautiful and spiritual experience.

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Mai-san’s husband Andrew-san's hobby is photography, and he took professional level photos. I also own a really good camera (a Ricoh GR3), and while I still haven’t gotten the hang of using it yet, with Andrew-san's help I tried taking some photos myself!

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Autumn (September ~ November) is Japan’s best season! The food is delicious, the turning of golden leaves in the mountains are beautiful, and the temperature is perfect.

Paper lanterns in Fukuoka
Students who intend to study at Genki Japanese Language School, loosen up your belts and please come to FUKUOKA!
…Oh, don’t forget your cameras too!!