Advice from former participants to coming participants

Q1. What kind of activities do you do at the Institute?

It depends on each course, so I would suggest you to read program description on this webpage carefully.
There are several levels for Japanese classes, so it is possible to take the one which best matches abilities of participants, and therefore I was able to find my strengths and weaknesses easily. Also, since there are a variety of optional courses, I could learn Japanese needed for my research. In addition, chances to use learnt phrases and grammar patterns arose frequently at the Institute.
The Institute gives us an opportunity to learn not only Japanese language, but also how people live and its traditional culture through home stay, study trip and cultural activities.

Q2. How was the Japanese-language class?

Everything has been organized very systematically, and the teachers are very skilled and patience in dealing with people with various background and culture. Thanks to advices from our teachers, my confidence level increased in expressing my opinion in Japanese itself. Also, I rethought my past and planed the future learning throughout the Japanese-language class.

Q3.How was your life at the Institute?

Life in Japan is definitely different from home. It's very intriguing, learning and experiencing the Japanese culture and traditions of everyday life, and I also enjoyed finding all the similarities and differences between our country and Japan.
The Institute's teachers and staff were very friendly and when participants have a question or need a help, they were always pleased to help us. Since they took care of everything, such as meals and cleaning, I was able to focus on my studies.
There are many facilities which support our studies at the Institute. Although the Institute's library is small, because its focus is Japan I could find a lot of useful material.
Moreover, I was really pleased to have friends came from all over the world and get a chance to know their respective cultures.

Q4.What kind of preparations do future participants need?

Before coming to Japan please obtain some basic information on Japan, such as Japanese history, culture and so on. Also, because there are many opportunities to introduce your own country, bringing some souvenirs, maps, food, post cards and possibly traditional costume is strongly recommended. Also, it is best to reflect on one's own needs and how one wish to use the time in Japan to one's advantage as soon as possible.
For researchers, you should thoroughly prepare for your research as much as possible. After you arrive to Japan you will become busy quickly, so it is better to contact people you want to interview and so forth before coming to Japan. Similarly, before coming to Japan if you review the Japanese you have learned thus far, your studies will definitely be better.

Q5. What advice do you have for future participants about the life at the Institute?

If you understand Japanese, it will be easier for you to make friends with other participants and Japanese people. During your stay in Japan, if you try as much as you do not speak in your native tongue and to speak a lot of Japanese you will improve rapidly. Also, I think you will have a good time if you experience a variety of foods and activities in Japan.
When you have time go out of the Institute and explore 'the real Japan' by yourself. Enjoy and make use of each and every minute of your stay at the Institute.

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