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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
In front of the Big Buddha in Kamakura
At Himeji Castle
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.
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.