|Monday, June 11||Check-in (9:30 am – 4:00 pm)
Opening Ceremony and Orientation (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm)
|Tuesday, June 12||Placement Test (AM)
Orientation and Welcome Party (PM)
|Wednesday, June 13||Classes begin|
|Friday, July 20||Last day of classes and Closing Ceremony
Check-out (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
|Saturday, July 21 - Tuesday, July 31||Check-out (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Program Calendar is subject to change.
Summer Program 2018 will offer the following three elementary courses. Participants are required to take a Japanese Placement Test upon arrival at AIU. Each student will be assigned to one of the classes according to the results of the test.
|JPL 120||Elementary Japanese 120|
|JPL 125||Elementary Japanese 125|
|JPL 220||Elementary Japanese 220|
|9:00 am - 9:50 am||Japanese Language Class||No classes
field trips, events, free time, etc.
|10:00 am - 10:50 am||Japanese Language Class|
|11:00 am - 11:50 am||Japanese Language Class|
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm||Lunch in the Cafeteria|
|1:30 pm - 2:20 pm||Conversation Practice*|
|2:00 pm -||Japanese Culture Workshops*|
*Conversation Practice and Japanese Culture Workshops are only on scheduled days.
The detailed schedule for Summer Program 2018 will be posted when finalized.
Until then, please refer to the Summer Program 2017 Schedule (PDF) for planning.
Japanese Culture Workshops and Field Trips
Summer Program 2018 will offer culture workshops and field trips to local sites and opportunities to appreciate traditional Japanese culture. Participants in the Summer Program 2017 experienced the following culture workshops and field trips:
|Japanese Culture Workshops|
|Shodo is one of the Japanese traditional arts. Students learn how to write Kanji and Hiragana in an artistic way with a brush and India ink called sumi.|
|The kimono, a beautiful traditional garment, is a source of pride for Japanese people. Up until the Edo period, the kimono was worn as everyday attire by both Japanese men and women. In this program, participants will be taught how to wear summer cotton kimono called yukata.|
|Sado is the traditional Japanese way of drinking tea in accordance with a set rules of etiquette. Both the host and guests share a sense of togetherness during the tea ceremony.|
|Oga Peninsula is one of the most beautiful and famous sightseeing spots in northern Japan. In the Summer Program 2017, students visited the following places:
|Kakunodate is an old castle town located in eastern central Akita prefecture. Kakunodate was established in 1620 by Yoshikatsu Ashina, the ruler of the Kakunodate area. This town has been known for its historic samurai mansions since the Edo era and remains popular with tourists from all over the world. It has an atmosphere truly appropriate to its nickname of “Little Kyoto.” The feel of traditional Japan is preserved in this quaint town.
The Summer Program 2017 students visited the following places:
Kakunodate Tourism Guide:
|Aikido is a Japanese martial art which does not use weapons but ki, an invisible energy that exists in nature and humans. Ki can be derived by developing proper breathing techniques.|
|Exchange event with Children
The Summer Program 2017 students were invited to the exchange event with children, sponsored by a local children's center.
In this event, the students enjoyed playing games, singing and dancing with children.
|Sitting in meditation is known as zazen in the Zen School, with za meaning “sit" and zen meaning “meditation.” The seated posture is one of stillness and relaxation, and expresses a tranquil mind and a settled body. In the practice of zazen, one maintains the body in a position free of tension and movement, and focuses the mind on a single object of attention. The state is one of union of body and mind deepened through the relaxation and regulation of the breath.|
*The optional activities in 2018 are subject to change.