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The Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Partner University Students 2017

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.

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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.

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