Mai-san's last day

Posted on September 26, 2013 | genkijacs

Today was our much loved staff member, Mai-san's last day with us. She will be moving to America with her husband and daughter in the near future!

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At the graduation ceremony, she was presented with her very own certificate for completing Beginner 1 level Japanese at GenkiJACS. We hope she'll be coming back to "study" with us again in the future!
Many tears were shed when Mai-san read the lovely speech she wrote. For those students who were with us before and couldn't be here to say goodbye to Mai-san, we've written her speech down here for everyone to read:

"Hi, my name is Mai.

Today is my last day working for GenkiJACS. It has been 4 and a half years since I started working here, and I always saw students leaving on Friday, but today it is my turn to say goodbye to you all.

I love GenkiJACS so much that I never thought about not coming to work. It was an honor to serve each and every one of you. I enjoyed seeing you progress in your language abilities.

This job has been a blessing and I'll never forget any of you. You have made my time here the most wonderful experience in my life.

GenkiJACS is a key that connects us in the world. Good luck with your study and enjoy your stay in Fukuoka.

From the bottom of my heart,
Thank you so very much!"

Thank you for all the hard work, Mai-san! We'll miss you very much!

There are a few more photos up on our Facebook.

B-mobile

Posted on September 18, 2013 | genkijacs

Mobile company B-Mobile is currently offering data SIM rentals for Japan at very competitive prices. Their service is data-only, meaning you won't be able to make calls using it, but having a data connection in a foreign country can be really useful, especially for looking up maps, train schedules, etc.

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To use their SIM cards, you need a SIM-free/SIM-unlocked device that supports W-CDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA. There is a list of compatible phones on their website, here.

It seems really easy to recharge, and might be a cheaper option for some students than to rent a pre-paid cellphone, especially if you won't really be making calls.

For those students who'd prefer to have a phone with call capabilities, though, we have been recommending providers G-Call to our students, so far with great success! You can find more info on this service here.

As a last resort, there are still a few public phone boxes dotted around Japan, some with international calling capabilities!

First returner student at Tokyo

Posted on September 12, 2013 | genkijacs

We recently had our first ever returning student at the Tokyo branch of Genki Japanese Language and Culture school! Mattias Aunes-san came back to study with us after just two months!

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Mattias-san was one of our first students at Tokyo. Thanks for supporting us, Mattias-san! We hope you enjoy studying with us as much as we enjoy having you!

We have so many students coming back to Genki to study with us. Some even come as many as multiple times per year! We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our returning students for their ongoing support. You guys rock!

Tokyo-Fukuoka flight route

Posted on September 03, 2013 | genkijacs

It seems like we really picked two great locations for our Japanese language schools!
Recently, traffic between Tokyo and Fukuoka has really been picking up. In fact, the Haneda-Fukuoka route is listed as the 7th busiest flight route in the world on Wikipedia), right below Tokyo-Osaka!

Add in Narita to Fukuoka flights too, and the Tokyo to Fukuoka route is really popular. According to Fukuoka Airport's page, there are about 144 daily flights between Tokyo and Fukuoka.

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Speaking of travelling between Tokyo and Fukuoka, airline Jetstar are offering really cheap flights on this route at the moment. We've posted about this before, but in case you haven't heard the news yet, you can travel from Fukuoka to Tokyo for about ¥5,000 one way!

This makes travelling between the two cities cheaper and faster than by the other popular travel methods (night bus or shinkansen), so it's no wonder the route's become so popular.