For or against international marriage?

Posted on September 04, 2009 | evankirby

Do you think international marriage is a good thing, or a bad thing?
That was the theme for our group discussion. We got a lot of opinions on both sides.
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Some were against it because of differences in language and culture.
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Some said love can overcome any differences.
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We couldn’t come to a final conclusion, but we had fun trying!

Kawarasoba noodle party!

Posted on September 03, 2009 | evankirby

We had a kawarasoba making party at school on Friday night!
“Kawarasoba” is made by frying chasoba noodles, adding toppings like cucumber, and pouring on a special soy sauce. Traditionally the soba noodles would be cooked on a clay tile, but we went with electric hot plates, for convenience.
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Students were lined up!
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Students had fun choosing their own toppings.
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When everyone got full, we played some games, including the traditional “fukuwarai”, or “make a face” game, often played at New Year. It’s a bit like pin the tail on the donkey.

A pretty good example:
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It’s harder when you try to draw them yourself:
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People watching were laughing too!

Maid cafe!

Posted on September 02, 2009 | evankirby

Students finally got to go to a maid café. Even Hiroshi-san was excited!

As soon as they got to the café, they ordered cake. And of course cake comes with milk! Here’s what we got:
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Students look happy too…
John

But he didn’t eat the rabbit:
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Upcoming GenkiJACS events

Posted on September 02, 2009 | evankirby

Here's a quick run-down of the events that are happening soon at GenkiJACS, to give you an idea of what our events schedule looks like:

Tues Sep 1st, 2:30pm: Japanese calligraphy
Wed Sep 2nd, 2:30pm: Making udon noodles
Thurs Sep 3rd, 2:30pm: tour of Hakata textile factory
Thurs Sep 3rd, 4:30pm: movie night! Watch the Japanese movie "Swing Girls" with other students
Fri Sep 4th, 6pm: Sukiyaki party!
Tues Sep 8th, 2:30pm: tea ceremony and kimono-wearing experience
Tues Sep 8th, 4pm: Free city tour
Wed Sep 9th, 2:30pm: visit Kushida shrine
Wed Sep 9th, 17:20~20:30: Traditional Noh theater experience - watch and practice chanting, dancing and drums at the noh theater in Ohori park
Thurs Sep 10th, 2:30pm: sumi-e charcoal painting class
Fri Sep 11th, 6pm: Friday night party!
Sat Sep 12th, 6pm~9pm: Hojouya festival visit
Sun Sep 13th, noon: exchange class

There's lots to choose from, so keep your schedules open!

A new way to memorize the kanji

Posted on September 01, 2009 | evankirby

Dylan from Canada is studying kanji.

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One of the best ways to memorize kanji is to write and read them often.
So that’s what Dylan’s doing.

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ひだり
Or maybe he just can’t remember which is left and which is right…

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Hopefully he’ll memorize them soon, so he doesn’t have to go around like this forever!