Our friends at the Australia-Japan Society of the ACT (AJS ACT) are again calling for applications for the 2 week Japanese Language & Culture course in April 2016 in Kanazawa, Japan. The course is open to members of Australia Japan societies like JAFA. This course is highly recommended by people who have attended in the past, with many JAFA members having participated in the course. Please see below for more information.
JAPANESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE COURSE
Kanazawa, JAPAN, 10-22 April 2016
The Australia-Japan Society of the ACT (AJS ACT), in conjunction with the Ishikawa Foundation for International Exchange (IFIE), is again calling for applications for the two-week in-country course in Japanese language/culture in Kanazawa. This will be the 24nd course that has been run under this program.
The course will run for 2 weeks from Sunday 10 April to Friday 22nd and includes intensive language lessons, cultural activities and home stay accommodation with a Japanese family - this latter is one of the outstanding features of the program and will certainly give a boost to your language skills.
During the course, mornings are spent in formal language classes and, most afternoons, opportunities are provided to explore the local culture, either in organised classes and expeditions or by exploring on your own. There are excellent facilities and very helpful teachers at the language school.
There is a Youtube video about the various Ishikawa Foundation’s courses at http://youtu.be/wiv2YBPQ4p4. The AJS two week course doesn’t, of course, cover the full range of activities shown for the longer courses in the video, but there are many common features.
The classes are tailored to the individual participant’s language skills – participants are assessed on the first day and placed in groups according to their language abilities. The April course is limited to participants with, at least, elementary Japanese language skills (beginner places are available in the October course).
Applicants for this two week course must be at least 20 years old, must be a member of an Australia – Japan Society or an affiliated organisation (or join one) and must be prepared to stay in Japan for the duration of the course.
The course and accommodation cost per participant, including all course fees, textbooks, cultural activities and accommodation for the duration of the course (but NOT including fares to and from Kanazawa, Japan, lunches or your spending money in Japan) will be, depending on fluctuations in the $/yen ratio, around $950 - $1,000. A deposit of $400 is payable by 5 February 2016. The balance is payable by 4 March 2016.
This is a great chance to commence, refresh, improve or develop your Japanese language skills and, if your profession is appropriate, the cost may be tax deductible as a self-education expense.
Contact the coordinator of the program, Mr Michael Hodgkin, for a more detailed outline of the program and for homestay application forms.
or snail mail: IFIE Program Coordinator, c/o Australia – Japan Society (ACT), PO Box 1066, Canberra, ACT 2601
JAFA held its 2015 annual general meeting (AGM) on November 26. If you missed the AGM or are curious to know a bit more about JAFA and what we've been up to this year, please see the President's Report from Mike Dunphy below (please click on 'Read more' to view the full report).
President's Report - Japan Australia Friendship Association (JAFA) Annual General Meeting
In my annual report some years ago I stated that my report each year had taken on a familiar format and if I read a previous year’s report it would be a fair summation of what we have achieved over the last twelve months. Not much has changed.
For a relatively small organization we continue to achieve success that is the envy of longer established counterpart organizations. I think the distinguishing characteristics of JAFA are imagination and creativity and the passion and energy to bring our ideas to fruition.
Our monthly J-Kai social gathering has attracted consistently high attendance with the informal atmosphere allowing people to enjoy meeting for friendship and language exchange and to hear presentations on subjects relating to Japan. And the event continues to attract a large number of international students from a variety of countries.
The main event each year is the Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival in early May. It is the largest, volunteer, community based Japan festival in South Australia and it has become the template for other similar events providing the performers we have identified with further opportunities to present Japanese culture to the community. This year was the event’s 20th anniversary and the attendance of at least 6,000 people almost filled the venue to capacity. The Consul General for Japan attended and presented JAFA with a special commendation for our achievements. I was very pleased that so many of the people who have supported the festival over the years were able to join me in receiving the award.
"A bōnenkai (忘年会 literally "forget the year gathering") is a Japanese drinking party that takes place at the end of the year. The purpose of the party, as its name implies, is to forget the woes and troubles of the past year, and hopefully look to the new year."
JAFA's annual Bonenkai is fast approaching! This year we will be celebrating on Friday 11th December at Ramen & Izakaya Himeji on Grote St (just down the road from our monthly J-Kai venue).
Everyone is invited and you don't have to be a JAFA member to come along, so bring all your family and friends! This is a great opportunity to meet other JAFA members, make some new friends and enjoy delicious Japanese food in the newly-opened Himeiji restaurant.
JAFA Financial Members: $35
The cost includes a full banquet menu.
For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit http://www.trybooking.com/JWKE
Hope to see you there!