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Ippudo Ramen Tour

Fukuoka is famous nationwide for its extremely tasty and rich pork-broth Tonkotsu Ramen. In contrast to south-japanese Ramen, which relies a lot more on Miso as an ingredient, Fukuoka Ramen has a strong and distinctive taste which made it popular beyond the borders of Kyushu and Japan itself. There are literally thousands of restaurants and stalls where Tonkotsu can be eaten and one of the most famous places certainly is Ippudo. “Ippudo” in direct translation means “one wind hall”, and this is named because at the time, there were dark clouds over the Kyushu ramen industry, and the founder CEO Kawahara intended to “blow wind and revolutionise the era”. The first

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Calligraphy on T-Shirts

Calligraphy has played a huge role in both Japanese and Chinese culture since the early centuries of civilization. The act of writing has turned into an art form which developed and bloomed as the east-asian culture strongly prospered in the 4th century. Calligraphy was a mirror of the artist drawing it and a witness of various periods in time of Japanese history. Today, the art of calligraphy is still very much around and extremely present in every-day-life in Japan: elaborate and hand-drawn character signs of restaurants and shops, certain newspaper and magazine fonts and the usage of single Kanji as a bold statement can be spotted all around the country, making

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Hakata Doll Painting

Hakata dolls are a cultural treasure of Fukuoka. The small clay dolls resemble geishas and other feudal Japanese characters and are a trademark of the Fukuoka prefecture. The commonly accepted origin of Hakata dolls is 17th-century Hakata; artisans produced clay dolls, sometimes presented as gifts to Buddhist temples and to the ruler of Hakata at that time. These dolls were called Hakata suyaki ningyō. However, recent archaeological evidence discovered during the excavation of Hakata, including simple biscuit-fired toys, has put the origin of Hakata dolls in China. At the end of the 19th century, Hakata dolls transformed from toys to works of art. Master craftsmen began to study colour theory,

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Asahi beer

Beer is a commercially successful drink all around the world and is produced under all kinds of circumstances and in many climate zones. Japan is no exception with a flourishing beer economy and a large variety of producers and beverages. Japan’s biggest beer company is a Asahi, let’s take a closer look: The Asahi brewing company is a leading beer and soft drink company based in Tokyo. As of January 2014, Asahi was the largest of the four major beer producers in Japan. Asahi was founded in Osaka in 1889 as the Osaka Beer Company. During the First World War German prisoners worked in the brewery. In 1987 Asahi introduced

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Internship Clement L

Clement L. Internship Program: Unpaid Internship Company/Type: Hiroshima Co., Ltd. Nationality: French It is time again for a new intern! Clement from France tells us about his experiences at Hiroshima Co., Ltd, a beer trading company. Why did you choose Asahi Nihongo? I always wanted to do an internship in Japan, especially in Fukuoka, as I have lived there before for one year. So as I found Asahi Nihongo on the internet I applied immediately for an internship. Why did you pick this internship? As I aim for my masters degree and plan to work in a trading company in the future, I wanted do an internship at a company

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Internship Benedikt L.

Benedikt L. Internship Program: Unpaid Internship Company/Type: Team Gifted Nationality: German Today we are visiting another intern! We talked to Benedikt from Germany and asked him about his educational work at the school Team Gifted. Why did you choose Asahi Nihongo? I searched the internet for internships in Japan. The organisation, which helped me come to Japan, was a partner of Asahi Nihongo. Why did you pick this internship? I want to become a teacher in the future, and I have already done an internship at a German elementary school. But because I love Japan, I also wanted to experience life at a Japanese school. Team Gifted seemed to be

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Beach day 

The golden week is the perfect time to relax and let the stress of every day life behind. On the third day of the week, the students decided to relax at the beach and enjoy the first sunrays of summer. Equipped with sun blocker, bags full of snacks and drinks, the students found themselves a nice and sunny place at the beach and prepared their towels. After a long and delicious beach picnic, some students decided to open the swimming season and dashed into the waves of momochi beach. Even though the wind was quite strong, the sunshine and cloudless sky made it a perfect start into the sunny time

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Dontaku 2017 recap 

Last week was golden week and people all around Japan enjoyed the public holiday with their friends and family. The students of Asahi Nihongo decided to use their study-free time to join the annual Dontaku parade which serenades through the streets of Hakata on the 3rd of may. People dress up in unique costumes parade through the streets while clapping shamoji spoons and dance on stages and in squares in various quarters of the town. The students decided to grab a quick bite at one of the numerous street food vendors that lined up at the Nakasu River before looking out for a good spot to watch the festival, which

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Ainoshima Tour

Ainoshima – or more popularly known as “Nekojima”, the cat island – is a fishing island located an hour away from Fukuoka. And because it’s an island, you get to ride a ferry to get there! The island A convenient half-day’s trip from Fukuoka City, the island is one of the more accessible cat islands out there—yes, there are several—reached via a quick 20-minute ferry ride from Shingu Port. From April 1 to September 30, the island’s tourist season, the ferry runs six times a day. The ferry itself is fairly large and new, with ample deck space to enjoy the jaunt over to Ainoshima. The land area of the island is 1.25

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Oshima Fishing Tour

Another destination in Kyushu which is definitely worth a visit is Oshima. We plan a trip including fishing and sightseeing activities so let’s take a closer look at what awaits our student at this natural japanese paradise. The island of Oshima Oshima, also called Chikuzen Oshima, is a small island with a perimeter of about 15km that is mostly covered in mountain forests and other wilderness. You can enjoy sea fishing at a fish preserve and sea kayaking at Umingu Oshima, a facility for marine-related experiences. There is also Yume no Sayoshima, which is a small island that has a beautiful contrast of vermilion torii gates planted in the sea

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Dontaku festival 

There are festivals and events that are only held in Fukuoka and besides Yamakasa, the most popular one is the Dontaku festival. People dress up in unique costumes parade through the streets while clapping shamoji spoons and dance on stages and in squares in various quarters of the town. A shamoji, which is a wooden utensil for serving rice, evokes the image of a woman, busy preparing a meal, dashing out to join the parade passing in front of her house. The parade of gorgeously decorated vehicles called hana jidosha is also entertaining. Of all the Japanese festivals held during the so-called Golden Week when there is a series of

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Golden Week 2017

  The Golden Week, Japan’s longest public holiday is coming closer and therefore we at Asahi Nihongo have planned some fun activities for our students to take part in during the vacation time. Day 1 – May 3rd (Wednesday) Cost: Pay for yourself Date / Time: 3rd of May, 12:00 Place: Meeting in front of the school On the first day of our Golden Week schedule, we will visit the Dontaku Festival. People dress up in unique costumes parade through the streets while clapping shamoji spoons and dance on stages and in squares in various quarters of the town. A shamoji, which is a wooden utensil for serving rice, evokes

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IKKYU Premium Japanese tea

https://ikkyu-tea.com/en/ About IKKYU  Unique choice, oustanding tea quality and convenient worlwide delivery : IKKYU brings you an amazing tea selection of Kyushu, Japan, directly from the farmers. The best of Yame Gyokuro and Sencha, Kamairicha from Miyazaki and many other teas just a click away. Ikkyu focuses only on premium grade teas, brought together on one online shop for the first time, where tea lovers can buy their Japanese green tea. IKKYU means “one break” . This is a great way to understand what it means to enjoy a delicious cup of an exceptional green tea. Drinking hot or chilled green tea is something worth taking time for. It is a well-deserved,

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Yakitori

Yakitori is a Japanese type of skewered chicken, which is considered one of the most tasty snacks that you can get at an Izakaya. Let’s take a closer look at how Yakitori is actually made: The preparation of Yakitori involves skewering the meat with a type of skewer typically that is often made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. Afterwards, they are grilled over a charcoal fire. During or after cooking, the meat is typically seasoned with tare sauce or salt. In order to facilitate even cooking, the meat is cut into small, roughly uniform shapes and then skewered; after which the yakitori are seasoned and cooked. Charcoal is the

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Kanji Class on Friday

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We are always here to support you. Let us open the door to a new Kanji world together!  Asahi Nihongo is running a Kanji class every Friday. There is no knowledge of Japanese required. We have just started a new Kanji course from April, where you can also prepare for the JLPT test (N5 to N1). The JLPT places importance not only on theoretical knowledge of Japanese but also on the ability to use this knowledge in actual communication. It is sometimes difficult to keep yourself motivated when studying, especially for Kanji that require a lot of effort. By learning with your teacher, you can develop your understanding, which will then lead to an improvement of your comprehensive Japanese skills. Outline

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