More poop toys

Posted on February 26, 2013 | evankirby

Poop toy machine

Continuing our theme of poop-related posts, we present a ガシャポン ("gashapon", small toy in a capsule sold in vending machines) from the local shopping center. Each machine usually sells a variety of cheap toys on a theme, to entice children who try to convince their parents to buy it for them. Kids won't know which exact toy they get until they open the capsule.
This particular machine sells foam poop on a stick or, if you're lucky, a finger. As it says, うんちが飛ぶぞ! ("unchi ga tobu zo!", the poop flies!).
Japanese people in general do seem to have less of a negative association with poop than in some other countries. People will talk about their bowel movements with co-workers, for example. It's refreshing to be so open about a usually closed topic!

Travel health insurance through Genki Japanese School

Posted on February 23, 2013 | evankirby

We've always required students to book travel health insurance to cover your stay while you study Japanese with us in Japan. In the past we just recommended a comparison shopping website.

From this month, however, we've started offering insurance directly to students! We've partnered with, an award-winning insurance provider that focuses in particular on the education travel market, to offer their great health insurance to our Japanese students at a big discount.

Travel health insurance covers expenses for the bad things that might happen to you while you're abroad - accident, injury, sickness, etc. It's very important to have good coverage, as you never know when accidents will happen, and medical expenses can easily eat up your entire travel budget. In the many years we've been running Genki Japanese Language School, we've seen multiple students brought down by sickness and injury, so don't think it can't happen to you!

Details of what's covered by's policy are on our site here. sells this policy for $3.50 per day. We've negotiated a discount for our Japanese language school students, so the policy is just 250 yen per day (roughly $2.70 at today's exchange rate), or 1,750 yen per week. We feel this is a great price for peace of mind.

Of course, you're still free to purchase your own insurance before you come - we don't mind whose you use, as long as you have insurance. Don't learn Japanese in Japan without it!

apples to apples partII

Posted on February 13, 2013 | Aiko

Here it is again.

Our students at Genki Japanese Language School were playing "apples to apples".

It looked like a lot of fun.


But question was, "Is it really?".

Mai-san was ready to find out!

And guess what..... She won!!!


Was it beginner's luck or our students were so kind to let her win...


I think it was the latter.....

Anyway, Mai-san enjoyed it very much and was very very happy.


Posted on February 12, 2013 | genkijacs

From July 3rd to 30th for 4 weeks in 2011, a student K-san from Germany came to study at Genki Japanese Language School. She came back to study with us in April, 2012.

Another German student T-san came here from July 31st to December 3rd in 2011. T-san arrived here the very next day K-san left Japan.

They later met each other at the university they entered and found out that they had both studied at GenkiJACS! They now major in Asian Studies. They talk about Fukuoka and share their memories!

They surprised us with our favorite German sweet and a lovely letter the other day!

Arigatogozaimasu for thinking of us, K-san and T-san!!!!
We can not wait to see you again.

Genki Japanese Language School is the place where you make wonderful friends from all over the world as well as you learn Japanese and its Culture from amazing teachers!!!!

The Famous Foods of every prefecture in Japan!

Posted on February 07, 2013 | evankirby

Fukuoka famous foods

Great overview of the famous foods in each Japanese prefecture here.

Don't forget to eat mentaiko when you come to Fukuoka!


Posted on February 06, 2013 | Aiko

"Setsubun" (bean-throwing festival) is the day that we throw beans saying "oniwa soto fukuwa uchi"(demons out, luck in).

We did this cultural event at Genki Japanese language school on 1st of Feb.

Thanks to Jimmy-san, we had a great mamemaki!!! He was actually one of the best "Oni"(demon) we had.


We kicked out "Oni" and welcomed in "fuku" !!

All the best to the students, teachers, staff and people considering or coming to Genki Japanese language school this year!!

"Demons out! Luck in"

Posted on February 04, 2013 | genkijacs

On February 1st, we had a cultural class about Setsubun.

Setsubun is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan! In its association with the Lunar New Year, Spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (literally "bean throwing").

At GenkiJACS, 3 students played a role as oni(demons) and other students threw beans at them!

We eat uncut makizushi called eho-maki (恵方巻) (lit. "lucky direction roll") in silence on Setsubun while facing the year's lucky compass direction, determined by the zodiac symbol of that year.

Our staff and teachers made makizushi :-)

YES, our students and staff also ate makizushi in silence at GenkiJACS!!!

Wishing lots of luck to everyone!