Curriculum

Other Activities (Compulsory)

Compulsory Activities
Special Lectures
Onuma Field Trip
Speech Contest

Special Lectures

Participants will attend three lectures introducing diverse aspects of Japanese culture.

2019 Special Lectures

Mr. Niraku Hayashiya (Kamikiri Performer) and Prof. Kazumi Hatasa (Purdue University)


Kamikiri (Paper Cutting)

Dr. Takako Aikawa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Meaningful Language Learning by Virtual & Augmented Reality Technologies: Vision for Future Language Learning

Prof. Seiichi Makino (Princeton University)


Some Interesting Things about Japanese Language and Culture
Former Special Lecturers:

Prof. Wesley M. Jacobsen (Harvard University)
Prof. Mutsuko Endo Hudson (Michigan State University)
Mr. Sankyo Yanagiya (Professional Rakugo Performer)
Mr. Ichiro Kataoka (Benshi)
etc.

Onuma Field Trip

This overnight trip is scheduled on the third weekend after the program begins, to establish rapport among the participants. Onuma Park is located 30km away from the city of Hakodate. It is known for its picturesque lakes dotted with islands and the majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. Students enjoy outdoor activities, dinner accompanied by a talent show, karaoke, and more.

Speech Contest

All participants write drafts and make a speech in class in Week 5. Two representatives from each class will present their speech at the speech contest held in Week 6. This contest is open to the public to attend.

Here are the posters that student volunteers created for the contest in Summer 2018.
(Click the image or name to enlarge.)

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