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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, 10:00 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 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 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


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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Calligraphy class 

Today, the students of the Asahi Nihongo school had the opportunity to take part in a calligraphy class. Calligraphy is an art that is deeply interwoven with Japanese history and culture. The perfect execution of drawing Japanese letters is much more than a writing exercise, it is meditation and relaxation for the artist. After a short introduction to the art, the students were shown the brushes and the paper, including an explanation of what they are made of. In the following, the teacher showed brush strokes and how to transport the right amount of ink on to the paper. Shorty after, the students were able to slowly draw characters onto

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Welcome party 

A lot of new students arrived at the Asahi Nihongo School, reason enough to celebrate and get to know each other at our famous welcome parties. On the weekend, around 20 old and new pupils of the Asahi School went to a bar/ restaurant in the Tenjin area to get some drinks and snacks and have some relaxed chats. People who have not met each other before laughed and drank together, a lot of new friendships and connections were made while everybody enjoyed tasty Japanese snacks and dishes. At the end of night, everybody talked to everybody and the group of students got a lot closer to each other. This

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JLPT N1 Preparation Course

The JLPT N1 Preparation Course is a part-time course designed to close the gap in Japanese language skills, enabling you to improve your test results and pass the N1 in July through analysis and suggestions by our experienced instructors. Holding the N1 certificate gives you an edge at job interviews and makes it easier to get a better job in Japan. For example, about 60 percent of job offers on the Daijobu website require applicants to speak “fluent” Japanese (JLPT N2 or higher). The N1 certificate states that the holder can read Japanese newspaper articles and is able to understand complex conversations. Course Outline Day/Time: Tuesdays [9:00 – 10:30] Start: May 9th (Tue)

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Japanese sports 

This week, the Japanese study group learned about Japanese sports. After discussing which sport is most popular in Japan, which clearly is baseball, the group focused on sports that are Japanese inventions with deep roots in the country’s history.  After counting up several martial arts, the teacher led the students to the topic he wanted to talk about, as he prepared a grammar lesson playing with terms coming from that sport: Sumo.  After a short introduction to the sumo ranking system, the order in which the strength of the fighters is measured, the teacher explained how to express that something is bigger, smaller, stronger etc than something else in Japanese.

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Itazuke Ruins

Kyushu is said to be the cradle of the Japanese culture and therefore it is not surprising that you can visit many replicas of old villages archaeologists have excavated in last decades. But it might be astonishing that the presumably oldest village in Japan was erected in the same place as today’s Fukuoka City, Itazuke. The village might have existed from the later Jomon period (around 3000 Years B.C.) until the late Yayoi period (around 200 years A.C.). The excavation of the site started in the 1950’s when more and more vessels, mortars and other tools were found on a field near an elementary school in Itazuke. The site was declared

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Photos Hanami Party 2017

Despite the changing weather and the fact that the cherry blossoms hasn’t fully open yet, this years Asahi Nihongo Hanami party was a huge success.

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JLPT preparation course

Asahi Nihongo provides a JLPT Preparation Course for N1, N2 and N3 from May 8th, 2017. The course is for students who already have previous knowledge of the Japanese language. With only 2 to 6 students per class, you will study in a relaxed atmosphere. The test preparation textbook is easy to understand, and you will do lots of practice with test sheets, test questions and CD’s.

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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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Green Tea Homestay

We have created a new form of eco-tourism in the town of Higashi Sonogi called “Green Tea Tourism” to promote exchange between rural and urban communities. Green Tea Tourism began thanks to local tea farmers in 2014 with the goal of welcoming visitors from across Japan and abroad to learn about the flavors, health benefits, and qualities of Japanese green tea. In this way, the farmers could share their products with a greater audience around the world. We want to invite visitors into our picturesque tea fields and share with them the best ways to prepare and enjoy green tea, the relationship between the tea farmers and the tea they

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Hanami party recap 

Despite the changing weather and the fact that the cherry blossoms has not fully open yet, this years Asahi Nihongo Hanami party was a huge success. Around 60 people attended the event that was held at the Maizuru park on the 26th of march. Everybody was sitting on tatami mats in a huge circle, the middle was stashed with delicious food and snacks that the guests brought along. We played three games, including a Bingo in which our Japanese and international guests got to know each other better, a lemonade drinking competition and last but not least, a Janken tournament, which was highly exciting as everybody participated. The games were

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Lolita Fashion Dinner 

This Saturday one of our students presented the Lolita fashion collection she has been working on for the last months in an Atelier in Daimyo. The student finished her internship at the fashion atelier, the show was her final graduation work. The head chef of the atelier prepared food and drinks for everybody who attended and watched the show, the buffet was huge and delicious so everybody ate a lot while looking forward to the collection. The dresses were beautifully executed in the Japanese Lolita style which reminds of French renaissance dresses. The male models wore t-shirts and tights, harmonising with the dresses of the collection as the same fabrics

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