Experiencing Japanese culture and civilization helps you think in Japanese!
Japanese Culture and Civilization Course
In this course, KCP offers you Japanese cultural immersion through lectures and organized excursions to some of the most notable happenings in Tokyo. The course, taught in English, runs on Saturdays. It includes lectures that lay the ground on topics like Japanese classical entertainment, customs, lifestyle, business, economics, politics, history, psychology, and religion.
Excursions add reality to lectures
To build on this conceptual base, you’ll visit relevant sites, in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan. Typical excursions have included Kamakura, the Edo-Tokyo Museum, Nikko, Asakusa Temple, the Imperial Palace, NHK Broadcasting Company, a Sumo beya, and Kabuki and Bunraku theaters. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore traditional Japanese art forms.
Japanese culture your way
In addition to the Japanese Culture and Civilization course, all KCP students can take part in optional activities and outings throughout the term. These may include a tea ceremony, anime and manga drawing, calligraphy, KCP student newspaper, kanji prep, chat classes (multiple levels), learning to play traditional instruments, cooking Japanese food together, and more. In the extra-curricular sessions, you have the chance to connect with other students in informal, non-classroom settings.
Konno-sensei is lively, pleasant, gets everyone involved, and often deviates from the textbook with real-life scenarios that we discuss in class. Her method of teaching kanji helped me most to remember what we learned.