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Co-Curricular Information

    Japan Table

Japan Table is held from 5:15-6:15 on Mondays at Phelps Barber room. With Phelps dinner or your own food, have a chat and get to know each other. There will be Japanese exchange students, too, so this is the chance for you to use your Japanese. 
If you have any requests for Japan table, Please let us know. Mail to Takeshi Yanagida

    Japan Club

Japan club presents you with opportunities to have Japan related experiences. The activity can be anything as long as it has something to do with Japan. Possible activities are watching Japanese Movies, cooking / eating Japanese food, play with Japanese people, and so on. If you have something you want to do as a Japan Club activity, please let us know. Mail to Kelly Swift  For more information about Japan Club, go to the Japan club page.


    Worship Services

Japanese worship service usually meets the second Sunday of the month. This service will be done in both Japanese and English. If you have question or suggestions, mail to Fumihito Andy Nakajima. For more information, go to the Japanese Worship Service web page.


    Exchange Program

There are two choices of schools. One is Meiji Gakuin University, which is located in the middle of Tokyo. The other one is Nanzan University, which is located in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture. You will have a special schedule for international students. 

To get more information about these universities, go to their web page. Meiji Gakuin UniversityNanzan University

    May Term

This seminar serves as an introduction to the rich cultural traditions of Japan. A series of lectures and field trips as well as personal contact with Japanese students will give a unique perspective on various aspects of contemporary Japanese society. 

Classes are held on the campuses of Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo and Yokohama. The university setting allows Hope students to observe and participate in student activities on the campus and interact informally with university students, especially those who have visited Hope College or who plan to come to Hope's campus in September of 2000. The class lectures focus on the study of culture and religion, social and economic issues in Japan, Japanese education, as well as some "survival" and conversational Japanese. Class content is reinforced with field trips to an elementary school and relevant business, social service, religious and historical sites. Students are housed in the central area of Tokyo with easy access by train or subway to museums, commercial and shopping 
areas and cultural centers. 

An important aspect of the program is a weekend home stay with a Japanese family. Usually Japanese families entertain guests outside of their homes, so this is a special opportunity learn about Japanese home life first hand. 

Since one cannot fully understand contemporary Japan without understanding its historical and cultural traditions, the participants will travel to the historic and cultural centers of Japan. Near to Tokyo these centers include Nikko, with its famous ornate architecture and
Kamakura, site of the great outdoor Buddha and many temples and shrines. The last week of the program we will travel to such places as Kyoto, which offers 2000 years of history; Hiroshima, site of the Peace Memorial Park, a tribute to the victims of the atomic bomb; Mt. Fuji, most beautiful highest mountain in Japan. 

Professors: Jim Piers and Fumihito Andy Nakajima 
Length of Course: Four weeks - May 10 to June 8, 1999 
Course Fee (INCLUDES TUITION for 4 CREDIT HOURS, lodging, all the meals, extensive field trips, home stay): $ 2,600 + airfare 

* Additional 3 credits can be obtained with regular May term fee.  All the credits are transferable to many of the core courses.  Please consult with the leaders.

    Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese proficiency test is the only official test. You have only one chance a year to take this test. If you want to use your Japanese for your future, it is good idea to take the test. 

For more information, visit The Japan Foundation

    Jet Program

Jet Program is the one of the best programs for anyone who wants to do something in Japan. You will be sent to one city somewhere in Japan, and there, you will help teach English classes in public junior high schools and high schools. You will work with Japanese English Teachers and ,of course, you will get paid. This program is getting popular, so the competitive rate is also getting higher. If you have learned Japanese, it will be a big advantage for you. 
For more information about Jet Program, go to the official Web site.