Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields 2-month course
Period: June 7- August 2, 2017

1-Japanese Language Classes

Though these last two months have gone by very quickly, we found the course to be extremely helpful. Soon after arriving at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (hereinafter referred to as the Center), we sat a test and were placed in one of three groups according to our Japanese language level. One great thing about the course is being able to tailor the course to your needs by choosing which classes to take, such as kanji, grammar or conversation.
At the end of the course there is a final oral presentation, where each participant speaks about their research theme, and there is a special class in order to prepare for this. These classes were roughly 1.jpgorganized by theme and we were able to receive feedback from classmates which was great practice for the final presentation. This year's presentations included themes relating to history, linguistics, art, society and literature. We each received valuable input from our teachers and thanks to them were able to confidently introduce our research to everyone at the final presentation.

Another useful class was Computer Skills, in which we learned, amongst other things, how to write formal emails to specialists and professors in our particular research fields. This included how to write interview requests, as well as letters of thanks and apologies. We also learned useful skills like how to make electronic vocabulary lists based on relevant research articles.
It was also great being able to access the Center's library. The librarians were always willing to help us search for materials and make the most of the available resources, which included useful Japanese language learning sites and apps.

There are weekly group meetings with all participants to keep up to date with information about the course, to check in with each other, and hear about extracurricular activities. Classes run from Monday to Thursday, between 9am and 3pm, leaving Friday free for individual study, cultural events and exploring.
There is also a three day research trip to Tokyo, during which we were put up at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute in Urawa. During this time, we were able to visit museums and art galleries, meet specialists and professors, and collect various useful resources. This was a fantastic opportunity to access materials and establish connections with experts and professionals in our research fields.

2.jpgWe participated in a memorable cultural exchange with graduate students at Kobe University in which we were able to discuss our research topics, study experiences, and hear about life at a Japanese University. They showed us around their beautiful campus and library and were extremely kind hosts.

2-Cultural Experiences

The course goes beyond Japanese language acquisition by offering opportunities to participate in cultural events, such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, trying on yukata, and bunraku (traditional Japanese puppetry). Here are some examples listed below.

A-Home Visit
The home visit is a great opportunity to visit a Japanese family's home. It offers the chance to chat with a local family in Japanese, experience Japanese food and get a sense of Japanese home life. We visited families in groups of two, and were treated to delicious food, including Osaka specialties such as okonomiyaki, takoyaki and kushikatsu, and had fun listening to and trying to speak in the Kansai dialect.

B-Tea Ceremony
3.jpgWe enjoyed learning about the art of Tea Ceremony from two kind teachers. They introduced us to the fundamental concepts of the ceremony, and taught us basic etiquette such as how to enter the room, and how to receive the tea. We learned about the custom of eating a traditional sweet before drinking the matcha, to complement its bitterness and bring out the delicious flavor. We were also taught the importance of appreciating the many details, such as the beauty of each tea cup and the hanging scroll in the room's alcove. It was a unique experience being able to get a taste of this age-old ceremony. PS: don't forget to bring white socks!

C-Osaka Orienteering
This was the first event we all participated in, in order to get to know both each other and Osaka. We were split into four groups, each with a different itinerary, and spent the day exploring the city, taking photos, and chatting to Japanese people that we met. It was a good opportuning to break the ice and we later shared our experiences with the other participants and teachers.

Life at the Center

Being able to stay at the Center has been extremely useful in allowing us to concentrate on our studies.
For example, you can eat a delicious meal in the cafeteria on level three before going back to focus on your 34.jpgstudy and research. The Study Room on level two allows you to work late if you need to and print out your materials. There is also a karaoke room and a gym for when you want to have fun. The rooms are conveniently equipped with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi and have wonderful views of the ocean. We made use of our proximity to the beach by having a barbeque party, where we ate yakisoba, meat and shellfish and watched people lighting fireworks. It is also easy to go exploring as the Center provides bikes and offers a shuttle bus service to and from the nearby station.

The staff at the Center are very kind and generous and are always willing to help.

 Corinne D'Antonio (Italy)
 Florence Crick-Friesen (New Zealand)
 Norhan Diab (Egypt)
 Svyatoslav Polkhov (Russia)

Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields (6-month course)
Period: October 4th 2017- April 4th 2018

The unforgettable 6 month

LIU, Run (China/USA)

 This has been the most unforgettable six months in my life. Soon after we arrived in Japan in October, we were greeted by the wonderful autumn colors, and now, right before we have to leave, the cherry blossoms 1.jpgare reaching their peak in time to say goodbye. In between, we enjoyed the warm winter in Osaka with beautiful illumination events and occasional snow; we also celebrated Christmas and New Year's in Japanese style. We have been immersed in Japanese culture and life during every minute of our stay, and our Japanese language ability has improved painlessly.
 My dissertation is a comparative cross-national study of education policies and gender differences in math and science performance and attitudes, and Japan is one important case in my study. In order to complete the case study of Japan, it is necessary for me to be able to quickly read Japanese academic papers, newspapers, and goverment reports. I also would like to introduce my research to Japanese researchers and get feedback. Therefore, one of the most helpful classes during this program has been the academic grammer and writing class. It quickly helped us to develop our reading and writing skills in academia. Before joining this program, I had never imagined myself being able to present my study and write a research report in Japanese witin such a short time.
 Besides textbooks and homework, travelling has been an indispensable part of the program. During the two intensive periods for academic activities, I travelled to Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and many other places in order to attend academic conferences in my research area, to visit well-known professors and researchers with the same research interests and receive from them helpful comments on my own research, and to visit libraries with needed materials. The center not only provides compensations for the travelling, but also helps us to build connections in the Japanese academic community.
 Everyone at the Center has been making every effort to ensure the best condition for us to focus on our 2.jpgresearch. The teachers are patient, experienced, and fun; they provide specialized study plans for us based on our own research projects and Japanese language ability levels. The librarians are friendly and knowledgeable; with their help we can find any book or paper we want. The staff at the center has been like family, and now we really don't want to say goodbye. I will definitely keep my research interest in Japan and I am sure someday I will come back to the Center!

An Impact That Will Continue for Years to Come


 As these six months quickly draw to a close, I'm struck both by how quickly the time has raced by, and also by how my Japanese language abilities have grown. I know such growth in such a short time frame would have been impossible without the help and instruction of the teachers and support staff here, all of whom were incredibly kind, patient, and skilled. The benefits of this program are evident not just in the great strides I've made in my own Japanese language abilities, I hear it every day in the speech and expression of every other participant.
 While certainly the entire program has been helpful in my development as a scholar of Japanese literature, two aspects particularly stand out, the individualized lessons and the research support. As my research focuses principally on early-twentieth century literature, I have often found traditional classroom instruction doesn't cover all of the varieties of grammar and syntax necessary to understanding the texts I work with. Trough one-on-one weekly meetings with my tutor, I've been able to fill in these gaps and vastly increase my comprehension. Before coming to the Japan Foundation, I wasn't comfortable reading literature in Japanese without an English translation to reference. However, after reading Tamura Toshiko's 1914 work Miira no Kuchibeni (Lipstick on a Mummy) with my tutor and reviewing the materials together during our weekly sessions, I feel much more confident taking on similar works independently in the future.
 The research support was also invaluable towards further developing my scholarship.Through the generosity of the Japan Foundation, I was able to travel around Japan to gather research materials, deepen my understanding of cultural and historical context of my primary texts, and attend various conferences and workshops related to my work. This photo, taken at Meijimura Museum, shows the home and writing desk of 3.jpgKoda Rohan, the author to whom Tamura Toshiko was initially apprenticed. Prior to our two week-long specialized research periods, we were given in-person introductions to the Kansai branch of the National Diet Library as well as the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), and beyond that, the center's deeply-knowledgeable library staff were always on-hand to offer additional recommendations and assistance. I wouldn't have known the scope of resources and opportunities available to me, much less had access to them, without the guidance of the Japan Foundation staff. Many of the materials I am returning home with are those whose very existence I was previously unaware of, and which I believe will prove central in developing many of the arguments of my dissertation. Moreover, during these research periods I was able to forge new relationships with scholars within my field working in Japan and around the world, and I am excited for the potential for further collaboration and discussion these relationships may offer. For all of these reasons and many more besides, the benefits of my participation in this program will undoubtedly reverberate for the duration of my academic career.

Specialized Research Activity and Research Presentation

REYES, Maria Corazon Corre (Philippine)

Specialized Research Activity
 One of the main purposes of taking part in the six-month course is to effectively conduct our specialized research here in Japan. The Japan Foundation Language Institute has a well-planned schedule of activities and gives the training participants the opportunity to conduct their own research outside the Institute. This could mean fieldwork, participating in academic conferences, or conducting interviews and other research-related trips in order to gather data as well as to widen each researcher's academic network.
 The first specialized research activity period ia in December, which is shortly after the first term ends, while the second specialized activity period was in February. During these two periods, individual research 4.jpgactivities can be conducted, but first, careful and detailed preparation is a must. Consultation with the assigned tutor is also necessary to help or guide each researcher in formulating interview questionnaires and politely contacting desired professors or interviewees.
 An orientation was held to give details as to how we could efficiently plan our research activity and to explain the two forms required, to be submitted before and after. First, the specialized activity plan must be submitted 1-2 weeks before the scheduled period of activity to allow the Institute to provide the necessary assistance in conducting said research activity. Then, after conducting the research activity outside the Institute, each researcher is required to submit a specialized activity report that details the outcome or results achieved in said specialized activity.
 This opportunity for individual research outside the Institute is obviously one of the most important measures of our improvement in speaking the Japanese language. Each of us had to use our full command of the Japanese language be able to communicate properly with our interviewees, professors or co-researchers. It was certainly an important activity wherein each participant could demonstrate their grasp of the grammar patterns and conversation skills learned in class. This specialized activity indeed helped each of us improve our Japanese language conversation skills.

Research Presentation
 Then there is also the research presentation wherein each participant must present an overview of their individual research. This is also done twice, first in December and then in March. The research presentation 5.jpgis an overall exercise wherein each of us must be able to demonstrate Japanese language skills, not only in explaining our research but also when answering in Japanese questions pertaining to our research.
 The culmination of the program was the last research presentation held in March. I remember how each and every one of us prepared so diligently for the presentation, which eventually made the 2-day final presentation event successful.
 I am deeply thankful for this opportunity to conduct my research, specifically the fieldwork, which was so vital for my thesis. All of the assistance from the teachers, the library and the administration was truly helpful to every one of us.
 Overall, the Japan Foundation Language Institute had provided a complete set of activities for us to learn the Japanese language as well as to help us with our individual research. Surely the next researchers to participate inj this program will also benefit from this Japanese language training experience.

Community of young researchers at the Kansai Kokusai Center

PARZNIEWSKI, Szymon Zbigniew (Poland/UK)

 The Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields 6-month course offers a unique opportunity for young researchers coming from a wide range of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds to tailor their language and academic skills for their research activity in Japan. This diverse community of 6.jpgmotivated young individuals makes it a vibrant and refreshing environment to study and enjoy Japanese culture at the same time. Participants are guided by a professional and dedicated group of teachers, librarians and support staff. The facilities at the Kansai Kokusai Center are perfect for language study and academic research. The teachers are always very supportive and provide detailed information during the specialised language classes. The library staff is extremely helpful and the available collection includes a large variety of books, periodicals and other related material, such as access to some of the main archives in Japan.
 The program itself is challenging but well-structured, offering an optimal preparation for the two specialised research activity periods. Participants can engage in a range of research activities including interviews, meetings and discussions with practitioners and experts in their respective fields. In addition to the research activities directly linked to our projects, we also had an opportunity to strengthen existing research collaborations and build new ones, including through participating in a range of seminars, colloquiums, conferences and research-related events all across Japan. The final research presentations offered a great chance to share the key points from our work and reflect on what we have been able to achieve thanks to the program. These opportunities established research links in Japan that can contribute greatly to our future research careers.
 Beyond the great environment to conduct research, this program gave us a unique opportunity to partake in a wide range of Japanese cultural activities, including among others: calligraphy, a tea ceremony and 7.jpgJapanese flower arrangement (Ikebana) class. Moreover, toward the end of the program we had a chance to experience the cherry blossom (sakura) season. Through participation in the events organized by local volunteer groups, we had an opportunity to practice our oral communication skills in a friendly environment. The Kansai Kokusai Center gave us a once in a lifetime chance to contribute to the academic and cultural bridging between Japan and our overseas nations.

Reflections of 6months' experience

MALO, Mario Sanz (Spain)

 When I think about my academic experience as a researcher, I would say that one of the most important things that the six-month program has offered me is the possibility of doing fieldwork related to my research. Thanks to this, I have come to better understand how some of the most important nonprofit organizations 8.jpg(NPOs) in the Fukushima and Iwate area are articulated socially. It has been a privilege to be able to make use of two separate research periods in order to move my work from a bibliographical approach to a more ethnological one.
 Moreover, if we talk about life in the center, the different cultural backgrounds of the participants are the basis for a rich intellectual exchange. To put it concisely as there are several programs, participants are able to make friends that come from a variety of academic fields. In my case, I have shared very important experiences with my own group of researchers as well as with the foreign service program participants.
 On a more personal level, I would like to say that also in Tajiri Cho there is a very special synergy between the volunteers of the area, such as the Izumisano Cross-cultural Association (ICA), the conversation 9.jpgpartners, the "SAYUKAI" for Kumatori Cho International Cultural Exchange etc, and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute. Thanks to these groups, I could appreciate much better how volunteering works and how it is structured around the international community at the language center. I especially feel great gratitude for the ICA volunteers, who've made a great effort to teach us various aspects of Japanese culture. I am also especially grateful to the three wonderful retired teachers who generously instructed us in the iaido of the Mugai Ryu school.
 In the end, I can say that the experience is hard but it is really rewarding. If you follow the guidance of the teachers, you will make great progress.




2013 Japanese Language program for Overseas Students (University Students/Spring Course)

Period:May 7th - June 20th 2013






The Program

Students from China, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Romania, Russia and Kenya participated in this 6 weeks program.

In classroom interactions we had Discussion and understanding Japan,Speech, Interview and Japanese language Variety through which we were able to talk and learn different kinds of new Japanese Expressions.

Other than that, we also had some cultural activities such as, how to wear a kimono, calligraphy, flower arrangement, Japanese drums, Aiki-Jujutsu, Japanese tea ceremony.and Study Trips (Nara, Kyoto and Wakayama). We had the opportunity to visit Nara and Kyoto where we saw famous shrines and temples. In addition to that, we visited Sennan City Shindachi Primary School; Osaka market sales control building and Kobe Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute. We interacted and interviewed students from Ritsumeikan and Mukogawajoshi University and some locals after which we made presentations on information that we gathered.

During the program, not only did we study Japanese but also experienced many things such as culture, Study Trips and interactive programs.


Japanese Classes.

In this program, we had four kinds of classes besides cultural activities as mentioned above. These are Discussion and understanding Japan,Speech, Interview and Japanese language Variety. In the Discussion and understanding Japan classes; we compared our countries to Japan in terms of traditions, education and environment etc. In the process, we not only got to learn about the Japanese society but also the societies of other different countries. As a result through comparison with other countries, we had a deeper understanding of Japan and the Japanese people.

We studied necessary expressions used in an interview in the interview classes and analyzed the information we gathered from interviewing university students and locals.

At the end of the program we presented the result of the interviews through power point presentations.

Speech classes involved writing and presenting of speeches after learning basic expressions. The first speech was about our universities’ activities while the second one was about countries.

In Japanese language variety classes, we learned about the expressions used by the youth in their daily lives, Kansai dialect and the use of onomatopoeia. It was therefore exciting to be able to understand the Kansai dialect and the youth expressions during interviews, home visits and interactive gatherings.

Besides the classes, there were study consultations, introduction to study materials and 2weeks feedback. Thanks to the six weeks Japanese classes, we have improved our speaking ability of the Japanese language and can now talk with full confidence.


Interactive programs.

In the six weeks of the program, we had 4 interactive gatherings. First was a visit to an elementary school. During this visit, we made presentations about our countries using the posters that we had made after which we had lunch with the pupils. It was very exciting to present about our countries in japan.

Then we had interactive sessions with university students. We conducted interviews in two universities. During the second interview, three participants of the program gave speeches. It was good experience for them to have been able to give speeches in front of Japanese people.

The final session was with the local people. The elderly had lots of opinions that were different from those of the youth. The locals were very nice to us and answered our questions nicely. It was a very happy experience for all of us to have the chance to interact with the Japanese people.





Cultural activities.

Cultural activities were 6 and they included: Aiki-Jujutsu, calligraphy, tea ceremony learning how to wear a kimono, Japanese drums and flower arrangement. Participants can choose 3 of these activities. I experienced Aiki-Jujutsu, Japanese drums and learning how to wear a kimono. Everything, from learning how to defend myself to the way of beating drums and wearing a kimono became unforgettable memories for me.




Advice for future participants 

Since it is a long training period, there are points to consider before your travel to Japan.

First, there will be visits to an elementary school and a home visit therefore, it will be good to bring something that represents your country.

There will be many trips in the 6 weeks period so a small bag and medicine will be very handy.

Though there are hospitals and drugstore in Japan, bringing your own medicine is highly recommended.

During the program, you will have many speeches and presentations to give so bringing your own laptop will be highly beneficial.



We thank Izumisano Municipal Daiichi Elementary School, Ritsumeikan University, Mukogawa Women’s University and other organizations for their cooperation to this program.  

2012Japanese‐Language Program for Overseas Students (University Student / Autumn Course)

Japanese-Language Program for Indonesian University Students (Commissioned by Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange)

Period: November 6th- December 20th  2012

Dorina – Hungary

                                                          Ali – Indonesia

       Joy – Thailand


About the program

This year’s program was attended by 33 college students from 16 different countries. In this program many fun activities were held aiming to improve the participants’ confidence with speaking Japanese. In class, we used Japanese to discuss many different topics about Japan. We also had a variety of activities related to the Japanese culture. For example: Noh and Kyogen,kimono, Japanese drums, Tea ceremony, calligraphy, Japanese flower arrangement, martial arts and self-defense classes. In addition to that there were a home visit and visiting an elementary school and various universities. We visited Osaka Gas’s exhibition centerand gas plant and leaned about the latest gas equipment and LNG. We all travelled to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima as well. Moreover, using after-class time and weekends, we were able to do some research and visit a various places according to our interest.


Japanese lectures

 The lectures are divided into four branches; Variety, discussion and understanding Japan, speech, and interview. In these four branches not only did we practice the Japanese we have learnt so far but we also learned new words and expressions. Furthermore, we practiced the correct use of the grammar we know. In the “Variety” lectures we studied the language currently used by youth in Japan (若者言葉) and the Kansai dialect. It was a whole lot of fun. In the “discussion” lectures we talked about many different things in Japan: family, tradition, environmental issues and so on, comparing them with our own countries. In speech, everyone chose their own topics and we practiced the correct way of writing and giving a speech. The interview class has to be the most difficult but it was very interesting as well. We were divided into groups and we worked together, choosing a theme and holding interviews with residents from the area around the center and college students of different universities. We then had to prepare a presentation that we gave in front of our classmates, professors and guests from outside the center too. All four classes were amazingly helpful.

Apart from these lectures there were different types of classes. For example: consultation sessions with professors (one on one time), classes for introducing studying materials like books and websites, and classes to reflect on what we accomplished in learning Japanese or what we learned about Japan’s culture and society. It goes without mentioning that our language proficiency improved greatly because of using it all day every day.



                Japanese-Language Class                                                               Final Presentation  


Interactive gatherings

Over these 6 weeks we had three types of gatherings.

Firstly, we were divided into groups to hold interviews with residents from the area around the center based on the methods we learned in class. We got the chance to speak with them and find out their opinions about many topics, learning the proper language and way to speak to them. This I think is a chance we couldn’t have gotten if not for this gathering.

Secondly, there was the chance of interacting with college students. Just as the above we were divided into groups and we interviewed them. But this time was slightly different as some of the participants in our program gave speeches in front of the students. Of course there was Q&A time after the speeches. We also got to know the values and point of views of students of our generation.  Furthermore, we got an opportunity to receive a ‘Hiroshima dialect’ lesson by the students of Yasuda Women’s University as a part of the program.  



                    Kobe University                                                                         Ritsumeikan University 



             Yasuda Women’s University                                                       Kwansei Gakuin University 


Lastly, there was a visit to an elementary school. Different from the previous gatherings we didn’t give speeches or interview the students. Instead, we introduced our own countries to them. And in return they introduced some of Japan to us. We got to see how they spend lunch break and recess. And this time we learned the proper language and way to speak to children. 


Cultural activities

We had 6 different activities over these 6 weeks. They included: Kimono, Flower arranging art, calligraphy, Japanese drums, tea ceremony and martial arts& self defense. Every participant had the chance to try three of them. We’d first learn about the art and then attempt doing it ourselves. It was a lot of fun, we created memories for life.

For example, in kimono we got to wear traditional kimonos, learn the names of their components and the meanings of the emblems imprinted on them. What a fun experience it was! Not only was it fun to wear something so luxurious and expensive but we also got to learn something new in the process.

In the Japanese drums event we watched the professionals perform before us, and then they gave us the chance to try it out ourselves. Learning how to play those drums was difficult but again it was a chance to learn something new while having fun at the same time.



                    Kimono Wearing                                                                                   Japanese Calligraphy 



In this program we got to improve our Japanese level, learn about many different websites that can help us study Japanese and of course we got to make new friends. 

Advice for participants to come

  • Speak in Japanese as much as you can!
  • Don’t shy out! Gather your nerves and just talk!
  • Don’t worry about making mistakes!
  • If you have the time, go see many places!
  • Introduce your country’s culture every chance you get!
  • Make many friends of different countries!




Visit Osaka Gas Facilities


Translated by Maha– Egypt



We thank Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange (OGFICE), Hiroshima International Center(HIC),Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Yasuda Women’s University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Izumisano Municipal Daiichi Elementary School and other organizations for their cooperation to this program.  


2012  Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students (University Students/Winter Course) 

Period: Jan 8th - Feb 21st 2013

▼About the program

During six weeks, 25 participants from 8 countries were taking part in different activities to gain confidence in speaking Japanese. Students from China, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belarus and Romania were improving Japanese language abilities having such classes as speech, discussion and interview.

During the interview classes we explored Japanese language and Japan.

During the speech classes we prepared and performed speechs about different themes.

We mede a speech to the students of Ritsumeikan University and Kobe University.

During the discussion classes we were comparing different aspects of life (family life, wedding, traditions and customs, education, life style) in our countries.

We had a discussion with students in Kobe University.

And to deepen our understanding of Japanese society problems, we were interviewing students in Ritsumeikan University and Kobe University.and local residents.

Also we visited all must-visit sightseeing spots, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe and Hiroshima, were we had a really good time. In Tokyo, we had the chance to learn about earthquakes in a visit to the Sona Area. When we saw the Asakusa tradicional constructions and, at the Tokyo Furusato Matsuri event, the Matsuri from different regions, we were able to meet the japanese tradition and culture. It was an amazing experience. In the trip to Hiroshima, we cooked our own okonomiyaki and now, back in our home countries, we can taste a little bit of the japanese cuisine whenever we want. Then, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) we learned about the war history and the importance of peace through the memories of the atomic bomb victims.

In addition, we experienced such cultural activities, as Wadaiko (Japanese Drums), wearing kimono, Kado (the art of flower arrangement), Aikijujutsu (martial arts), Sado (tea ceremony) and Shodo (calligraphy).



 Exchange meeting with Kobe University                                      Exchange meeting with Waseda University



                                                 Exchange meeting with RitsumeikanUniversity



▼Our experience

During this 6 week stay, we've gained experiences that will stay with us for whole life. We didn't only learn about japanese people, but its society too,so it made everything more educational.

When we had home visit, we visited volunteers houses, where we felthow the real japanese house and living customs work in areal life. Together with hosts we talked and spent a great afternoon.

A day which we spent together with elementary students was a important experience for us, because we had a chance to talk  about our own country in japanese.

When we went to SONA AREA, we learned not only about how earthquake can be dangerous, but also how to survive if such catastrophy does occures.

Thanks to this program we didn't learn just about Japan, but also importance of friendship and team work. We all believe this experience will help us become better once when we return back home!



 Aikijujutsu                                                                                Flower arrangement




Kansai Center provides different activities for the resident students. For example, bicycle rental, self-study room which can be used 24 hours a day, big hall where you can use projection and also different sports equipment. Furthermore, single rooms are spacious as also you have your own privacy. Because the Center is so close to the sea,the view is really beautiful. One of services is also the self-study room. When you have to prepare for the presentations you can always bring your own paper and use the printer there. Center's accomodation is concentrated to make your studies easier.


 Hiroshima study tour                                                                                                Kyoto study tour



▼Things you should better bring with you:

Before coming to Japan you should pay attention to the following things

  • Bring your own medicine. Medicines in Japan might not be effective for you

  • It may rain, so an umbrella might be helpful

  • Bring souvenirs from your country for the home visit family

  • Any materials which will help you to introduce your country to others (photos, CDs, traditional costume,


  • Make a research about Japanese lifestyle.

  • Also check prices in Japan up on the internet or ask your acquaintances to calculate the amount of money you need to take with you.



▼Last comments

During all of the six weeks we spend here, we were surrounded by friendly atmosphere, which was created owing to our teachers and staff working here.  Every day exchanging greetings and speaking simple Japanese, they provided us with mindful service, which have helped us to have really good time while fulfilling the program tasks. This “friendliness” helped us to abandon our fears and improve our confidence in speaking Japanese. It also helped us to realize the necessity of helping others when they are in trouble. We want to thank our teachers and the Institute staff. This feeling of gratitude will stay with us even when we return home, helping us to continue studying Japanese.


We thank Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Waseda University, Kaizuka city Elementary Schooland other organizations for their cooperation to this program.  




                                                                      Final presentation


平成25年度 日本語学習者訪日研修(高校生)








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Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students (Outstanding Students) / Canon Vietnam Japanese-Language Program / Japan Latvian Society in Kansai Japanese-Language Program

When: 19 August 2015 -2 September 2015

Farewell speech of representative participants

Japanese only →Farewell speech in Japanese






 Tips for future participants (From  65 participants in the year 2015)

What do you think they should bring to Japan?

・some comfortable walking shoes (you will walk a lot)
・sun protection cream
・Toiletries (soap/shampoo/conditioner/toothpaste)
・an umbrella (you can buy one at a 100 yen shop but strong winds destroy those easily.)
・Some souvenirs (visual materials from your country will come in handy!)(for home visit family)
・a lot of money (if you will buy a lot of souvenirs)
・Conversation skills

Things you probably won't need

・towels (they are provided)
・so many clothes (there is a laundry service.)
・Tissue paper
・too much baggage!
・adapters; In Yamada Denki, you can buy adapters really cheap. Visit that place first

What kind of preparations do you think they should do before participating in the program?

・Look up all possibilities of transport (bus, trains, plane, bicycle…)

・Practice lots and lots of small talk in Japanese!!!
・Revise vocabulary, kanji. Practice writing and hearing.
・The level of the participants is very high, so you have to prepare very well before coming.
・Study more to be able to communicate with everyone in Japanese, so it is better to work hard before coming to this program.
・Prepare self-presentation speech.

What attitude do you think they should keep during the program?

・Speak in Japanese as much as you can, it will be a good practice and also some people might even be thankful for it.

・Be on time always! Japanese people are always punctual.

・Energetic and positive.
・Try to participate in all the activities.
・Gain as much as new experience possible.
・Keep an open mind! Japanese food maybe an acquired taste, but you may enjoy some things if you are open-minded.
・Don’t sit in your room, go explore the center.
・Use your free time wisely and go out to explore the city. Not only famous tourist attractions, but also smaller parts of the city. See local life.
・Go to sleep early! Rest is important!

・You should spend your money wisely.

・Be friendly! You will be surprised how close you can become with the other participants in just 2 weeks.
・You should try to talk to everyone! There are a lot of good people participating and you can make many good friends!
・You will encounter people whose are different from yours (religion, way of living, beliefs), please respect them. If you have any questions, ask them kindly and thoughtfully.
・Please talk softly well when you are travelling together in a large group.

・Realize not everyone know a lot about your country so some prepared to answer all kinds of questions.
・You represent your country not only yourself. So you have to do your best for all the duration of this program.

・All your best! It will be the best 2 weeks of your life!!! 



Manga: Memories of the Program


Please read this manga made by a participant!



※This manga is made based on the writer's experience in Japan and her personal opinions.  Please know that there may be a part different from the actual events or the program contents.


The Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students (Partner University Students) (Spring Course)

Period: January 29th - March 14th  2013

Things we learned:

From the beginning, with the help from our teachers, we had to learn how to study Japanese independently. It was very important for us to overcome small challenges. For example, speaking in Japanese on the phone or finding your way and the departures of the trains. Through various scenarios we became better at speaking Japanese. For example, we spoke with elementary school children, made formal introductions, and spoke with local elderly who spoke in Kansai dialect.


About the UP Program:

The Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Partner University Students (Spring) was a 6 week program from January 29, 2013 to March 14, 2013. There were 30 participants from Korea, China, Taiwan, USA, Indonesia, Thailand, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Romania, Australia, and Russia.


1.During the course of the program

Every day we spoke in Japanese with the foreign participants and little by little became better. We were able to use Japanese in everyday life. With our foreign friends we were able talk about various cultures and also learn about them. During Osaka orienteering we learned how important it was to work together. The teachers gave great advice on studying and working in Japan


2.Traditional Cultural Classes


  • Japanese drum, aikijujitsu, tea ceremony, kimono, flower arrangement, calligraphy,And a comic story (told by a professional storyteller).

The program arranged Japanese traditional classes. Aikijujitsu and Japanese drums were a great work out for the body. The time we spent wearing kimono and drinking tea made us feel the essence of being Japanese. We won`t forget the beautiful flowers arrangements we made. We used traditional tools to write beautiful kanji.

  • Elementary school visit, home visit, Osaka University visit and Osaka Red Cross Hospital visit.

It was very informative to speak with people other than Japanese teachers and learn about Japanese society. In the elementary school we gave presentations about our countries and answered any questions the students had. We learned about the unique lifestyles of Japanese elementary school through playing, eating, and cleaning together. During home visit we were introduced to modern Japanese lifestyle at home. We were able to eat homemade food and have a good time with our host family.  At Osaka University we were able to meet many Japanese and foreign students. We went to an interesting Japanese class. At the Osaka Red Cross Hospital we learned about various cities that are affected by natural disasters and how the Red Cross helps them.

  • Kansai ben and slang

Through the local people we heard Kansai ben and the students taught us specific words to use. They also taught us how to properly use slang that is used by young Japanese people.



Exchange meeting with RitsumeikanUniversity                     Kimono


3.What we did in free Time

  • Went to Denden town and bought otaku paraphernalia
  • Played soccer and tennis outside and played ping pong and badminton in the hall.
  • We went shopping in Aeon mall, Namba, and Umeda.
  • We had a BBQ party at the nearby beach.
  • On weekends we traveled to various places in Japan. 


Study Trips

1.Nara and Kyoto

 We visited historical places that we studied in our home Universities. In Nara we felt the deep Japanese history. Despite it being very cold we were able to enjoy our time.


 In Hito to mirai bosai senta we learned many things about preparing for natural disasters. We were very impressed by the reporter from the Kobe newspaper who gave very accurate accounts about the Kobe earthquake.

3.Hiroshima and Miyajima

 We were shocked by visiting the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum.  Since 1945, the people of Hiroshima show us how they overcame great tragedy. We stayed one night at a traditional Japanese hotel, went to the onsen, walked on the beach and felt deeply relaxed.



  • Definitely bring a laptop and a Type-A adapter.
  • Bring a big suitcase and don’t back a lot of clothes so you can buy lots of gifts.
  • Bring your home gifts for people you have met in Japan.
  • Don`t bring a lot study materials. But bring a small dictionary.
  • There are a lot of study trips so bring comfortable walking shoes.
  • You will meet various people, so make business cards with your name, country, college, and e-mail addresses.


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Presentation                                        study tour




Special thanks to:Osaka Red Cross Hospital, Hito to mirai bosai senta, Kobe shinbun, Osaka University ,

Ritsumeikan University and other educational institutes.


The Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students (Partner University Students)(Summer Special Course)

Training period: 2014.07.15~2014.08.01


About the Students:

On July 15th, 2014, thirty-five people from thirteen different countries and regions arrived at The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai.
. (People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Kingdom of Thailand, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Commonwealth of Australia, Canada, United States of America, Spain, Kingdom of the Netherlands, United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Republic of Hungary) Looking back, we were all very nervous and reserved at first but soon after we all became friends, and by the time the program ended, we were like long time friends. Although in the beginning we did not feel very confident while speaking Japanese, thanks to some of the cultural activities in the program and interactions with Japanese people, our Japanese improved little by little.

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About the Program:

During this eighteen-day long program, we had the opportunity to participate in exchange activities related to the topics discussed in our classes, visit Osaka University, interact with Japanese students, visit Japanese households, and travel, along with many other things. Thanks to all that, we were able to more deeply understand the significance of Japan and its society and culture. When the Japanese students came to visit us in the center, we also learnt about Japanese dialects such as Osaka-ben as well as Wakamono Kotoba. Also, activities such as wadaiko, aikijujitsu, shodo, and kimono wearing were great cultural experiences. Out of these activities, each student could choose two depending on their interests within Japanese culture. We were really impressed.

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About the Center

 This center has taken great care of us. There are many facilities that students can use to study; for example at the library, you can borrow books and read or study in silence. Also, there is a lounge where we all would gather at night after dinner everyday to share experiences from our countries as well as sing songs. Since most of us have never been to Japan, the experiences we had in Osaka and the program have been great. Thanks to the warmth of Osaka, we didn’t feel so much of a cultural shock and we were able to enjoy ourselves from the very beginning.

Lastly, words cannot possibly describe our gratitude for all those who made this experience possible for us. Not only are we more skilled at speaking Japanese now, but we’ve also made friends that we will have for the rest of our life. This is an experience that we will never forget. Thank you so, so much.


To all those who made the program possible, as well as those from Osaka University and the other organizations that collaborated, thank you very much.

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Linda Harris (Commonwealth of Australia)
Julia Zhu Wei(Commonwealth of Australia)
Catherine Antoinette Bryant(United States of America)
Gustavo Florez(Spain)

The Japanese-Language Program for Indonesia University students (Commissioned by Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange)

Training Period: 10th October 2017 - 17th Nobember 2017

About the Program

This year's UPOG program is held from October 10th to November 17th. We are 23 students from China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. We participated in various activities during the whole program to use the Japanese language that we have studied so far. For example, discussions about Japan, interviews with locals and Japanese university students, speech, elementary school and university visits, training tours to Kyoto and Wakayama, others.

Life in Center

Life in the Institute was easy and fun. It is convenient because it offers various facilities. There are dining hall, library, landry rooms, bicycles, sports facilities, and entertainment facilities. We can eat together, karaoke, play badminton, go around Rinku Town by bike, etc. I also made friends from other programs. All staffs and teachers are very kind. Live in center was very fun.

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There are 3 types of classes in this program. They are Japan understanding and discussion, speech and interview class. In the discussion class, there were many topics provided and we discussed it by sharing our own point of view and compared the situation with our home country. In the speech class, from choosing topics to writing the scripts and rehearsal, we received a lot of help from teachers and other classmates to complete our speech. For the interview, we not only took classes, but also had the chance to interview the local Japanese people. In short, we got deeper understanding about the Japanese society and practiced our Japanese.

Besides normal classes, we also participated in various interesting activities such as traditional cultural experience class, field trips, elementary school visits, university visits, home visits, factory facility visits and many more. Actually, 6 weeks is not that long, so experience Japan to the fullest, make friends with students from other country, and make life long memories.


Elementary School Visit

It was my first time visiting an elementary school. Japanese elementary school studennts are very cute. They were very excited to hear story about our country. At first I was nervous, but then I enjoyed talking with them. Before coming to Japan, I only saw Japan's elementary schools from animation and Japanese dramas. In fact it was a very good experience.

ccccc.pngCultural experience

Before coming to Japan, we were given options to choose 2 out of 4 cultural experiences which are Japanese calligraphy, Taiko, tea ceremony and Aikijyuujyutsu martial art. We were able to experience the traditional Japanese activity. During the Taiko class, the local people came to the center and taught us how to play Taiko and read the Taiko music scores. We even performed one full version Taiko performance in groups of 4. Playing the Taiko is made us feel more energetic compared to just watching the performance. We also did Aikijyuujyutsu martial arts. Asides from some basic moves, we also learnt some special techniques. We think that it will be useful someday. We even had a chance to see a real Japanese sword. It was a little bit tiring but fun.

The teachers for both classes were amazing.They are the local elderly people but everyone is very lively and passionate about these traditional cultures. Through these cultural activity, we as foreigners now more or less understand the current situation of Japanese traditional culture. In short, the local people held pride in these traditions and try to spread them to the next generation and the world.


Study Trips

In six weeks, we had two feild trips which are to Kyoto and Wakayama. The trip to Kyoto was a 2 days 1 night trip. The place that we stayed was very near to the Kyoto Station. It was very convenient and it didn't take us much time to go to other places during our free time. We went to a lot of famous tourist spot like Fushimi Inari Shirine, the Golden Pavilion and Heian Shrine. We enjoyed the whole trip as we prayed at the shrine and walked around the souvenir shops near it. While enjoying ourselves, we also deepen our knowledge about Japanese traditional culture, especially on the second day. We went to Marumasu Nishimuraya and did Yuuzenzome, a traditional paint craft. Through this traditional paint craft, we could feel the spirit of the craftsmen.


We have acquired lots of experience and knowledge from this program. In order to let the future participants enjoy the program to the fullest, here are some advices.

1. Health

Aside from classes, there are many kinds of activity available. Take care of yourself so that you can participate in the activities. It is quite cold during autumn/fall, so it would be very helpful to have coats or heat tech.

2. Interaction

Since the participants are from different countries, you can talk with others and understand each other culture and ways to learn Japanese language. Do not let go of this precious chance as you can make lots of foreigner friends.

3. Japanese Language

The purpose of this program is to improve the participants Japanese Language proficiency. Therefore, feel free to speak in Japanese even if you make some mistakes. That is what learning all about.

4. Adventure

Since you are in Japan, do experience the Japanese culture as much as possible. Try out new things that are not available in your country like Japanese food and Japanese hot spring. Please don't shut yourself in the room even though it is comfortable.Go out and explore.

In short, remember that it is now or never and enjoy the whole program.

Things we like about the program

It is very good to make new friends. It was fun to have new experiences, traveling, eating, and karaoke together with everyone from various countries. Teachers, staffs and the local people were very kind to us. I think that being able to meet new people and make new friends while studying in Japan is a very good experience. In addition, the Institute provides a complete set of facilities for us to use. Thank you very much.


(Annisa Shizuka Chen)

We thank Osaka Gas Foudation of International Cultural Exchange (OGFICE), Kaizuka Nishi Elementary School, Kobe Gakuin University and other organizations for their cooperation to this program.

Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Partner University Students 2014 (autumn)

Japanese-Language Program for Indonesia University Students (Commissioned by Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange)

Training Period: September 2014-October 2014



About the Program

This year, students from all over the world came to participate in this program. There were 40 students from 19 countries and regions: China, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Slovenia.
At the start of the program, we were placed in different classes according to our current Japanese level, so there's no need to worry about being out of your depth! Most days, we took Discussion, Speech, and Interview classes here at the Institute. However, there were a lot of other activities as well! For example, we did a home visit, cultural classes, and we visited an elementary school and universities.  Furthermore, we went on several excursions to Osaka, Kobe, Nara, and Kyoto. Finally, there was a lot of free time in the evenings and on weekends so we were able to explore and go shopping on our own terms!


 Life at the Institute

センターでの生活2.pngWe were really nervous about what living at the Institute would be like for 6 weeks, but there was really nothing to worry about! It didn't take long before we all fell in love with living here. The Institute and its location are really convenient; there are three train stations nearby all within walking distance. Otherwise there are bikes available for you to borrow! Also close to the Institute are a supermarket, 100 yen shop, post office, mall, and shopping center!
Classes usually ended around 3 or 4pm, and after classes we often hung out together in the lounges, or borrowed Institute bikes to go out to eat dinner at Aeon Mall or Rinku Town Shopping Center.

My Normal Daily Routine

7:00am Wake Up!
7:00-8:45am Breakfast at the Cafeteria!
9:00-11:50am First Class
12:00-1:20pm Lunchtime at the Cafeteria!
1:20-3:10pm Second Class
3:20-5:10 Special Class: Cultural Class (not every day!)
6:00-8:00pm Dinner at the Cafeteria or out on the town!
8:00-11:30pm Homework, hanging out with friends in the lounge or karaoke room


 During the program, there were three classes: Discussion, Speech and Interview. During Discussion class, we talked about a range of topics such as lifestyles, environment, and traditions in Japan as well as within our own countries. During Speech class, we prepared and presented speeches in Japanese, and gained valuable feedback from our classmates and teacher on how to improve our public speaking. In Interview class, in groups we chose a theme that we wanted to know more about. After preparing interview questions, we had a chance to interview both local residents and Japanese college students about our theme.


 After that, our groups presented our interview results to our classmates, teachers, interviewees, and guests. We were all nervous on the day of the Presentation, but because we worked so hard on our PowerPoints and speeches, it was really fun and rewarding!

Kira (USA) 

 Elementary School Visit

According to the study program, we visited an elementary school. We visited Kitanaka Elementary School in Izumisano, and it was a very informational experience. We prepared for the visit. In order to introduce our countries to the students, we made posters at the Institute. Some of us even brought along traditional national clothes and wore them on the day of the visit. The school visit was separated into two parts: the first part was after we introduced ourselves; in groups we spent time with first and second-year students. The second part was with third, fourth, fifth, and sixth year students. During that time, we introduced our countries using posters we had made. After that, we had lunch together, helped the students with cleaning, and played together. After that, we went back to the center. So, this is just my opinion, but if you want to experience Japanese school life is like, this visit is a great chance.


 University Visit

During the program, we visited Japanese universities twice. During our Nara and Kyoto trip, we first visited Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. After a tour of the campus, we had a chance to talk freely with students of Ritsumeikan. In groups of 3 or so, we discussed a variety of things such as the Japanese system of entering university, studying abroad (for foreigners and Japanese), students’ lifestyles, etc. We also shared information about our own hometown universities. The visit to Ritsumeikan was short, but it was a great chance to learn different things.
The second visit was to Osaka University. Same as with the Ritsumeikan University visit, we started with a tour of the campus.  During this visit, there were two main things I learned. First, current Osaka University foreign exchange students told us about what studying in Japan is like for foreigners. Secondly, we were able to participate in a lecture on linguistics presented by a professor of Osaka University. Furthermore, we had fun dancing and having lunch with the Osaka University students.


 Home Visit

The home visit had two main goals: to deepen our understanding of Japanese life habits, and to increase
our Japanese speaking ability. We were able to achieve both these goals because of the visit to our Japanese host families. In groups of 2 or 3 trainees, we visited our host families. We were able to do things like see Japanese homes, learn about everyday Japanese lifestyles, and talk to Japanese people. Everything about
the home visit became a really beneficial experience.

Anna (Russia)

 Study Trip

 The Institute organized for us to go on study trips to neighboring prefectures. These were great opportunities as they allowed us to travel while studying and see different places. Not only that, but it provided for us the opportunity to absorb into the everyday culture of Japan. Each trip expanded our understanding of the different aspects of Japanese culture.


Nara and Kyoto

On the first day, we visited one of Japan’s famous tourist attractions, Toudaiji. When we arrived we were so lucky since we were able to view monks performing a formal service inside the temple. The tour guide told us it was one of the rarest moments we could experience while being at Nara. It was also a good fun playing with the deer, trying to take photos with them and buying fancy souvenirs nearby. The librarian mentioned how we should be careful with our wallet in the trips: it’s so easy to spend money on everything during the trips because everything looks so fancy and cute, and she was so right about it!
That same day, we stayed at a beautiful ryokan (Japanese Inn-House). Everyone got changed into yukata, and attended dinner together. Everything was presented so neatly and pretty that there is no exaggeration when I say that we tasted the food with our eyes first, and ate with our chopsticks after.


On the second day we explored Kyoto, the city abundant with the traditional culture of Japan. After eating a lovely breakfast with everyone, we head off to Kiyomizudera, the temple of clean-pure water. When one visits Kiyomizudera, one should pay close attention to the flowing Kiyomizu: water that gives oneself energy, beauty and wisdom. One is not allowed, however, to drink the water more than once. It is expected of everyone to not be greedy and share with the rest of the visitors. Before we had to rendezvous with the group, we bought lots of souvenirs for our families and friends. Shopping was a great opportunity for us to use our learned Japanese and have a good chat with Japanese locals. Don't be afraid to talk to them because they are more than happy to talk to you, they really appreciate it!

 Cultural Activities

Of course, you will be attending classes at the institute but there's also a chance for you to participate into 3 different kinds of cultural activities according to your preference. The activities are held after class and are one of the things that make this program so fun and amazing.
You can choose from: Aiki-jujutsu, Tea-ceremony, Japanese drumming class, Calligraphy, Yukata class and Ikebana (Japanese Flower arrangement). If you compare between Tea-ceremony and Aikido, you would see two distinct activities: one girly and one manly activity, but I recommend you to try something very new to you and it will surprise you! The experience will change your preconceptions about the activity!



  1. You should be very careful with your personal belongings especially your passport, wallet-- credit card, cash and so on. Never keep everyone in one location; spreading your money out in multiple safe places reduces your losses in case something happens.
  2. If you are used to wearing slippers from your own home, bring your own pair of slippers.
  3. The institute has a laundry so you don't have to worry about going far to clean your dirty clothes, but you have to buy your own detergent!
  4. You need your own hygienic Items such as shampoo, lotion, toothpaste so make sure you bring some or buy some from a supermarket here.
  5. There is a self-study room on the 2F where you can use the computers and printer. However, the self-study room has limited open hours, which are from 7:30am till 2am. It would be convenient to bring your own laptop, but you don't need to bring it if you think it's too heavy.
  6. You have a bit of free time after classes, during the weekends and public holidays so it won't be like having classes and homework every day!
  7. Use your Japanese as much as you can. You really want to make most of your time here.
  8. Everyone gets stage fright. If it’s too daunting at first to make a speech in front of people, try offering to become the MC. It is a little scary at first, but it gets easier and it makes a huge difference in your Japanese efficiency.
  9. Don't ask someone to speak in Japanese for you. Use your Japanese while you are in JAPAN!
  10. Please look after yourself by going out with someone in pairs or in groups and most importantly have fun. I promise it will be a life changing experience and you will have the time of your life and create many memories. Cheers!
  11. If you see anyone working at the institute, try to routinely offer simple salutations such as "good morning", "thank you", "good afternoon", "hello", "Itadakimasu" or "gochisousama" in Japanese. It's important to express gratitude and be thankful to those who help make this program great.
  12. Go and talk to new people! Interact with them! It's your only chance to meet so many different people from different cultures. Don't be afraid making new friends because it's one of the best things about this program: making new friends!



  1. 10.おまけ.jpgBeing immersed in Japanese language with teachers who are kind, patient, and knowledgeable
  2. Having a variety of classes that focus on different things, especially the special classes like the computer literacy class that gave us a lot of helpful websites that we can use to improve our Japanese
  3. The excursions allowed us to see a lot of different parts of Japan we may not have been able to see on our own
     Re: excursions: We were exposed to all sides of   Japanese life - modern (Osaka), traditional (Kyoto),
     natural abundance (Wakayama)
  4. The program took such good care of us by providing us with a meal allowance, as well as an ICOCA card which we could use to pay for train tickets so that we could explore Japan on our own!
  5. Since the program is international, we got to make friends from all over the world, and now we all treasure the friendships we made during our time in the program.
  6. Through the program, we were able to have private "open campus"-style tours of different Japanese universities, as well as a chance to speak peer-to-peer with actual Japanese college students, so now we all are better informed and better prepared for studying abroad at a Japanese university!


Hannah (Australia)


We thank Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange (OGFICE), Ritsumeikan University, Osaka University, Izumisano Municipal Kitanaka Elementary School and other organizations for their cooperation to this program.



The Lee Su Hyon Youth Exchange Program 2011 

Period: 30th January - 9th February2012

★Composition on "homestay" of two participants


金讃率 KIM, Chan Sol   Ms. KIM Chan Sol[Korean language].pdf


高昌煜 KO, Chang Wook Mr. KO Chang Wook[Korean language].pdf


Japanese Education Capacity Building
South-east Asia Japanese Teacher Training College (Indonesia)
Training period: October 28th 2014-December 11th 2014


Reported by students


About the Program

  In this six-weeks program, 32 people from Indonesia took part, consisting of 21 university students who are studying Japanese at Indonesia’s University, and 11 lecturers who teach Japanese. Since the name of this program is long, the staff call it "CI". The goals of this program are so we can use the Japanese with confidence and actually experience Japanese culture and society. The specific goal is to think about the purpose and methods of Japanese learning. Therefore, there is a variety of classes, such as comprehension and discussion of Japan, speeches, interviews, Japanese variety, etc. We participated in the training trip to Kyoto Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kiyomizu Temple, watched the Kyogenand Noh, and actually experience the taiko and Aiki-jujutsu and calligraphy. Besides, we visited the Chonan elementary school and Kishiwada high school, we also interviewed the students by visiting the Ritsumeikan University and Kwansei Gakuin University.

Regi (Indonesia University of Education)


Japanese Class

  In this program, there is a variety of classes, for example: comprehension and discussion of Japan, speeches, interviews, Japanese variety, and information literacy. There is a placement test before the lessons started. The class would be divided into three after the results of the test came in. In the class, we learned a variety of new words and expression, we would also be able to study traditional culture and Japanese life.
  In comprehension and discussion of Japan, we talked a lot about Japanese traditions, marriage, work, and education, while comparing with our own country. At that time, we actively spoke one by one about our own opinion. In addition, in speech class, we had to give two speeches. The theme of the first speech was the life of college students, and the theme of the second speech was Indonesia. Then, after creating a speech from the topic of our choice and consultation with the teacher, it was delivered in front of everyone. Then, in the interview class, we studied how to interview someone. By creating a group, we chose the theme of interview, and interviewed college students and local residents four times. Then we announced the results in a recital at the end of the training. In Japanese variety class, we studied how the telephone conversation for home visits. We were also taught the youth language and dialects from Japanese university students. It was very fun. In information literacy class, we can use computer in Japanese. We can make Japanese input on the computer, send e-mail in Japanese, and now we are possible to collect information in the internet. Our thanks to these lessons everyone can engage in a deep study and our Japanese ability is increased.

Shinchan (Diponogoro University)


Cultural Experience

  In this program, we could experience three cultural activities. There were Wadaiko, Aikijujutsu and Shodo. All participants could experience Wadaiko, but Aikijujutsu and Shodo, the participants had to choose one of them and experienced it. Every cultural activity we chosen was very fun. What a good experience we had.
  Before we tried Wadaiko, the instructor did a little performance for us. After that, the instructor thought us how to hit the Wadaiko. First, when the instructor performed, we thought it simple, but when we tried it directly, it’s not like we thought before. Even though it was hard, the more we practiced the more we could be accustomed with Wadaiko. When practicing the Wadaiko, we were separated into six groups. Every group contained three people. After practicing, every two groups performed.
  Aikijujutsu was more active to move the body than Wadaiko. Even it was making us tired more, it was fun. We had short time to join Aikijujutsu class, but we had learnt a little bit how to protect ourselves. We learned not only how to kick and punch, we also learnt how to use wooden sword and stick. We just learnt it a little, but it was very useful. Then, because we learnt on tatami, it’s safe.
  In Shodo class, we wrote our favorite characters. Before we wrote our favorite characters, the instructor showed us a Kanji sample and the participant see and practice with that character first. When we wrote Shodo, we had to be patient. It was said that if we wrote it in hurry, the characters we wrote would be bad. After learning a lot, we could start writing our favorite characters. We could bring home the characters we wrote. It was really fun.

Rasyid (University of Sumatera Utara)

 インドネシア1.png                         Aikijujutsu                                                                       Shodou



Exchange Meeting

  In this six months course, we had many exchange meetings. In the interview lecture, we were separated into several groups, interviewed Japanese and exchanged. We interviewed the people around Kansai Kokusai Center, students of Ritsumeikan University, students of Kwansei Gakuin University. Even they are Japanese, because of the ages were different, the results of interview were interesting. It’s not only about Japan nowadays and Japanese people, we also be able to understand the old Japan and Japanese people.
  Beside the interview lecture, we also visited Chonan Primary School and Kishiwada High School. It was not only an exchange meeting, but we also introduced Indonesia, had lunch, cleaned the school, and played together with the primary students. In Kishiwada High School, The lecturer participants introduced Indonesia and had the lecture with the students.
  Furthermore, in the institute we also were able to exchange with the participants from a another program and other countries in the cafeteria and around the institute. Therefore, it was said that we could exchange not only when we have lecture and the course program, but we also could do it in break time and having meal time. According to me, it was an important 45 days.

Hilwa (State University of Jakarta)

  インドネシア3.png                  Kwansei Gakuin University                                                Ritsumeikan University

 インドネシア4.png                   (Around People)                                  Kansai Kokusai Center                (University Students)


Training Trip

  In this program, it was not only learning, but we also had trip. The first one was on November 10th and the second one was on November 21st. In the first trip, we went to Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyomizu Temple, and the shop called Kanshundo.
  In Fushimi Inari Shrine, there was a big red archway. In front of this shrine, there are fox statues. Again, the famous part of this shrine was the 1000 archways. In this shrine, there was heavy-light stone. While rising the stone, visualize the wish, if the stone is light, it is told that the wish that we want will be granted. After visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine, we went to Kiyomizu Temple. In this temple, there is love fortune-telling stone. Close the eyes and walk through to the front, it is said that if we can find the stone, our love will exist well. Then, in this temple there were three waterfalls for love, health, and education. The last, we visited Kanshundo. Kanshundo is a shop that make Wagashi. Here, we tried to make Wagashi by ourselves and drank Maccha.
  The second trip was held on November 21st. On that day we went to Kinkakuji and watch Noh and Kyogen. Kinkakuji appears like built in a lake. Also, because we came in autumn, we could see the red leaves. It was very beautiful. After that, we went watching Noh and Kyogen. Noh Kyogen is a Japanese traditional drama. The characters of Noh played the roles by putting the mask on the face. Then, characters of Kyogen played the humorous roles. It was very interesting. The two times training trips were left in very impressive.

Meta (State University of Semarang)

 インドネシア5.png                           Kinkakuji                                                                     Fushimi Inari Shrine

インドネシア6.png                              Kanshundo                                                              Kiyomizu Temple



  In our opinion, this 6-week training is interesting, fun, and much useful for us. For Indonesian Japanese learners, talking in Japanese is quite hard. But because of the 3 subjects given in this training which require us to talk more, it's very beneficial in growing confidence in talking in Japanese. Furthermore, because Japanese culture is introduced interestingly, we get to understand it easily and it makes us more curious. We are also taught how to use computers in Japanese, variety of Japanese language (dialects, slang, onomatopeia), and kinds of Japanese learning books. This type of information are beneficial for us, and we are glad to receive it. Because of the good facilities and services, the people in Kansai Kokusai Centre, participants of other training programs, and also us do not find any difficulties and gain much nice memories. Therefore, this training becomes a 6-unforgettable-week.





Reported by university teachers

 Urip Zaenal Fanani ( Surabaya State University)

Ulfah Sutiyarti (Brawijaya University)

Thamita Islami Indraswari (Yogyakarta Muhammadiyah University)


About The Program

  “Japanese Teachers Capacity Building Southeast Asia Teachers Training College Course in Japan (Indonesia)”, is a very long name for a training program. In order to make it easier to remember, The Japan Foundation decided to make it short: CI – short for “Capacity Building-Indonesia”. This is the first time for teachers and students joining the same program. Before, there were only programs for teachers only or students only.  This time, thirty-two persons are participating, consisting of twenty-one university students and eleven Japanese teachers from all over Indonesia.
  The purpose of training is divided in two;  for teachers the purpose of this training are to enhance teaching methods and to improve Japanese language skills, as well as to deepen cross-cultural understanding. As for students, the purpose of this training are to improve  japanese language ability and  experience the Japanese culture and society.

 Activities and Course Program for Teachers


 1. Teaching Methodology

For teachers, the lecture about teaching methodology are focused on task development and collecting information to create teaching material. While imagining teaching conditions in Indonesia, we develop tasks; taking pictures which we want to show to our students; maps and brochures; sounds that we found in everyday life in Japan.

2. Class Observation

We sometimes join the students class to observe how teachers do their lecture. Not only that, by participating in this activity we encounter various Japanese language, at the same time increasing knowledge about Japanese language, also deepening our knowledge about Japanese language education to improve our teaching skills.

3. Exchange program

We also participate in exchange program to promote understanding of Japan and Japanese people, and interact with Japanese from various backgrounds; such as university, elementary school, high school, and with people who lives nearby the center.

4. School Visits

We visited schools, Japanese university to observe education in Japan, and participated in exchange activities with the students; as well as obtain useful information for future study abroad.

5. Presentation

 As the culmination of six weeks training, we gave lecture with Japanese culture and society as main topic to the students.



Trip to Kyoto- Fushimi Inari Taisha

 We were able to spend day-to-day with fun during our stay in the center. Not only studying, we were able to do our favorite things too. For example, we were able to study Japanese through singing Japanese song in karaoke room. By participating in class observation, home visits, and school visits we were able to learn more about japanese society. In addition, thanks to Osaka orienteering activity, we were able to meet Japanese whose very kind to us.


Advice to future trainees

1. Make as much as possible a lot of Japanese friends during the training
2. Manage your free time wisely
3. The Center provides a karaoke room, piano, and other things. So if you like to sing you can    use it to your heart content.
4. Since today is an era of internets and mobile phones, please keep contacts with teachers, fellow trainees, host family and others even you already back to your country
5. There are sayings “Tokoro kawareba shina kawaru” <so many countries so many customs>; there will be difference between your country and Japan, please take it as cross-cultural understanding.


In this training we received cooperation from various agencies: Kwansei Gakuin University, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka Prefectural Kishiwada High School, including Izumisano Municipal Chonan Primary School. Thank you very much.


Period: 1 July 2015 – 15 July 2015

Farewell speech of representative participantsJapanese only )



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■Japanese Cultural Activities

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■Study Trip

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■Farewell Party



Special thanks to Izumisano-city Chuo Elementary School and many other organizations.