Japanese Cultural Experience Programs

Japanese Language and Japanese Cultural Experience Programs Provided by the HIC

 

The Hiroshima International Center (HIC), the administrative operator of the Hiroshima International Plaza (HIP), has full-time well-experienced instructors of Japanese language. We offer a wide variety of Japanese language and Japanese cultural experience programs that accommodate a wide variety of needs and levels of participants from beginners to advanced-level students.

Characteristics of Japanese Language and Japanese Cultural Experience Programs Provided by the HIC

1) Programs with the Focus on Participants’ Needs

  • Each program is customized to reflect the participants’ levels and needs, as is as the program’s duration.
  • Finely-tuned instruction is provided to generate a maximum effect.

2) Teaching Method based on the Achievements Accumulated since the Establishment of the HIP (1997)

  • We have provided many programs so far, including those for JICA trainees and other people who study Japanese for the first time, for international students who need to write theses in Japanese at college, and for foreign teachers of Japanese language who would like to further improve their classes.
  • This experience has stimulated us to offer even better Japanese language and Japanese cultural experience programs and to further improve our teaching skills.

3) Well-Experienced Instructors of Japanese Language

  • Our instructors participate actively in various efforts promoted by the Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and other organizations, and give many research presentations. Moreover, by making the best use of the research results, we always make improvements to increase students’ satisfaction.
  • We develop our own textbooks for each program.

Program Contents

 

The HIC provides the following Japanese language and Japanese cultural experience programs:

Japanese Cultural Experience Programs for Young People

For Young People to Refine Their Sensitivity through Various Experiences

We offer Japanese language and Japanese cultural experience programs for foreign young people (elementary school students and junior and senior high school students) visiting Hiroshima from their home countries during their school excursions, etc.

The HIC arranges homestay, school visits, visits to Miyajima Island and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Japanese cultural classes, such as traditional Japanese tea ceremony and Japanese yukata (informal cotton kimono) wearing. We also offer preparation classes for homestay, such as those for learning basic Japanese language and Japanese manners.

■Examples of Japanese cultural experience classes provided at the HIP

Traditional Japanese tea ceremony.Flower arrangement.Origami.Japanese yukata (informal cotton kimono) wearing.Writing a letter with illustration.Japanese calligraphy.Traditional Japanese painting and calligraphy Making a doll of Japanese paper Cooking Japanese dishes (such as rolled sushi)
Stencil printing Making taketonbo (bamboo dragonfly) Playing with Japanese toys (stilts, kendama [cup and ball], etc.)

If you have any other requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will accommodate such requests to the extent possible.

Visiting a school

Visiting a school

Trying rice-reaping

Trying rice-reaping

Trying stilts

Trying stilts

̶ As indicated in the following schedule, many Japanese cultural experience programs for young people last for approximately one week. However, we can offer a one-day program or a 10-day program. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Day Day of the Week Time Contents Transportation
Day 1 Thursday Afternoon Arrive from Fukuoka, Osaka,
Tokyo, etc.
Check in the HIP,
attend the program
opening ceremony,
take a class of Japanese language
Rented bus
Evening Japanese cultural experience
(such as wearing Japanese yukata
[informal cotton kimono])
 
Day 2 Friday Morning
Afternoon
Visit various sites in Hiroshima City
(Peace Memorial Park,
Mazda Museum, etc.,
and try cooking okonomiyaki)
Rented bus
Evening Homestay  
Day 3 Saturday All day Homestay  
Day 4 Sunday Morning Leave the host family Rented bus
Morning/Afternoon Visit Miyajima Island
(Itsukushima Shrine),
try making momiji-manju

(bun with a bean-jam filling), etc.
 
Day 5 Monday Morning/Afternoon

Visit a school
(Interact with students,

take classes,
and participate in club
activities, etc.)

Rented bus
Evening Japanese cultural experience
(traditional Japanese tea
ceremony, etc.)
 
Day 6 Tuesday Morning Attend the program
closing ceremony,
and leave for the next destination
Rented bus

■Expenses (in a case where approximately 20 people participate) From 45,000 yen per person

The above figure includes all expenses charged for accommodation, food, and programs during the training period.

The above figure does not include round-trip transportation expenses to Higashi-Hiroshima.
Please note that the figure varies depending on the number of participants and the content of the program.

Japanese Language and Japanese Cultural Experience Programs for Foreign College Students

Not Just Accumulating Knowledge But Also Using Knowledge

This is a program for students studying Japanese language or Japanology at foreign colleges.The program mainly consists of classes to help students enhance their Japanese proficiency for a practical purpose. In addition, the program provides opportunities for students to appreciate various experience available only in Japan. For example, they stroll about the city together with Japanese students and interact with them, or visit Japanese companies and speak formal Japanese. Thus, through the program, students can fully demonstrate their Japanese proficiency that they have accumulated so far. In addition, the program includes sessions in which students visit various sites to directly appreciate Japanese culture and stay with Japanese families.

Together with partner students

Together with partner students

At a sake brewery

At a sake brewery

Trying traditional Japanese flower arrangement!

Trying traditional Japanese flower arrangement!

The following is an example of the schedule of a program that lasts for four weeks. However, we can accommodate a wide variety of needs and offer various programs that last for one week to two months. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Week 1
(Watch and learn):
Orientation session,
visit to Saijo/Miyajima Island, etc.
Week 2
(Experience):
Visits to various sites in Hiroshima City, presentation preparation, Japanese cultural experience (traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese kimono wearing, etc.), college campus tour, etc.
Week 3
(Interact):
Interaction with Japanese college students and preparation for the interaction (learning how to ask questions, etc.)Staying with Japanese families and writing appreciation letters for the host families
Week 4
(Summary):
Opinion exchange session
and preparation for the session

*Expenses (in a case where 12 people participate in a four-week program): Approximately 160,000 yen per person

For details on programs/expenses, please click the Pamphlet

Global Awareness Programs for Companies, etc.

Use the Programs as Part of Your Global Strategy!

This is a program for foreign trainees accepted by Japanese-affiliated companies or companies doing business with Japanese companies and other organizations. While staying at the HIP, such trainees can learn Japanese language and Japanese culture.
It is possible for the trainees to commute to their companies/plants from the HIP and take engineering training programs at the companies/plants during the daytime, and then return to the HIP and take Japanese language classes and enjoy Japanese cultural experience at the HIP.
Upon request, we will hold orientation sessions regarding living in Japan, hold health checkups, submit necessary documents to the relevant public office, provide support for trainees to open a bank account, hold an intensive course of Japanese language, and offer many other types of support.

Taking a night class of Japanese language

Taking a night class of Japanese language

Cultural experience is available.

Cultural experience is available.

The following is an example of the schedule of a program that is held for a period of a few months. We organize a program based on your needs regarding a program period and program content. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

However, if you stay in the Hiroshima International Plaza for a long period of time, you need to take a class of Japanese language and Japanese cultural experience at least once a week.

Day Daytime Nighttime
Arrival at the HIP –
Day 3
Orientation session
– Visit various sites in
Higashi-Hiroshima City
and Hiroshima City
– Complete procedures for
officially-designated affairs,
open a bank account
– Health-checkup, etc.
 
Day 4 –
Day 10
Intensive course of Japanese language
(for five days)
 
Day 11
and beyond
Engineering training at the
participants’ company
- Japanese language class
(approximately three to
five times a month)
– Japanese cultural experience
(traditional Japanese tea ceremony,
traditional Japanese flower
arrangement, Japanese kimono
wearing, Japanese calligraphy,
letter with illustration, origami, etc.)
– Traditional Japanese entertainment
performance and other events
held at the HIP lobby
(Holiday)
– Homestay/home visit
– Tour to Miyajima Island
– Local interaction events, etc.

■Expenses (in a case where approximately 20 people participate)

  • Accommodation fee (one night with breakfast) — 2,291 yen per person
  • Orientation session (three days) — approximately 350,000 yen
  • Intensive course of Japanese language (five days) — approximately 300,000 yen
  • Nighttime class for Japanese language and Japanese cultural experience — approximately 25,000 yen for one class (excluding material costs for traditional Japanese tea ceremony, etc.)

Global Awareness Programs for Foreign Local Governments and Educational Institutes

We Accommodate a Wide Variety of Needs!

Describing the culture of her country to high school students!

This is a program for staff members of foreign local governments and educational institutes, as well as for foreign college instructors and students.
The program includes sessions for non-native instructors of Japanese language (to learn more about Japanese language, Japanese culture, how to improve their teaching skills, etc.), as well as a Japanese language course for a practical purpose for people studying Japanese language and Japanese culture in a foreign country.

The following is an example of the schedule of a program for teachers that is held for a period of approximately four months. We organize a program based on your needs regarding program period and program content. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

  Morning Afternoon Nighttime
  Monday   Arrive in Japan  
Day 1 Tuesday Program opening ceremony
Orientation session
on living in Japan
Japanese proficiency
examination
 
Day 2 Wednesday Japanese proficiency
examination
Explanation on
Hiroshima Prefecture
Japanese proficiency 1
Mind map―image of Japan
Orientation session
on the program (1)
 
Day 3 Thursday Teaching method 1:
Sharing problems
Orientation session
on the program (2)
Japanese cultural affairs 1
Learn about
Hiroshima City
and Miyajima Island
prior
to visiting the sites

Japanese cultural
experience 1

Day 4 Friday Visit 1
Visit various sites
in Hiroshima City
 
Day 5 Saturday    
Day 6 Sunday    
Day 7 Monday Self-study  
Day 8 Tuesday Teaching method 2
Prepare for
a mock class 1-1
Teaching method 3
Prepare for
a mock class 1-2
Japanese cultural
experience 2
Day 9 Wednesday Teaching method 4
Provide a mock class 1
Japanese cultural
affairs 2
“Japanese culture and
educational
interaction” and
campus tour to
Hiroshima University
 
Day 10 Thursday Visit 2
Visit Miyajima
Island (task activity)
 
Day 11 Friday Japanese proficiency 2
How to ask questions
Manners for visiting
Japanese homes,
organizations, etc.
Japanese cultural
affairs 3
Learn about
Japanese manners,
etc. prior to home visit
Make preparation
for school visit
Japanese cultural
experience 3
Day 12 Saturday Visit 3  Home visit  
Day 13 Sunday    
Day 14 Monday Japanese proficiency 3
Presentation preparation 1
Teaching method 5
Warming
up―introduction
 
Day 15 Tuesday Japanese proficiency 4
Presentation
preparation 2
Teaching method 6
Task
Day 16 Wednesday School visit
Day 17 Thursday School visit
Day 18 Friday School visit
Day 19 Saturday Travel  
Day 20 Sunday Travel  
Day 21 Monday Teaching method 7
Prepare for a mock class 2-1
Japanese proficiency 5
Oral presentation
/Q&A session
 
Day 22 Tuesday Teaching method 8
Prepare for a mock class 2-2
Japanese proficiency 6
Feedback on the
oral presentation
Japanese cultural
experience 4
Day 23 Wednesday

Teaching method 9
Prepare for a mock class
2-3/Prepare
a program report

Japanese proficiency 7
Feedback
on the Q&A session
 
Day 24 Thursday Teaching method 10
Provide a mock class
Program summary
―questionnaire
Prepare a program
report―program
closing ceremony
 
  Friday Leave the HIP    

* The content and expenses vary depending on the program. For details, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Advanced-Level Japanese Language Programs [lecture fee: free of charge]

We provide international students studying in Hiroshima Prefecture with advanced-level Japanese language programs, so that they can obtain high-level Japanese proficiency necessary to perform research activities at graduate school.

In the program participants can learn about, for example, the following:

  • How to give a presentation and handle a Q&A session
  • How to write a thesis
  • How to comprehend theses and how to write a summary
  • How to correct their own writing, using their grammar knowledge

If requested, we can arrange a homestay program.

The Advanced-Level Japanese Language Programs come in two types: intensive two-week program and six-month program.
It is possible to participate in both programs. Please make full use of the program experience for your research activities, etc.

  Intensive
Two-Week Program
Six-Month
Program
Time
(Schedule)

Two courses from August
to September

October to March

Period
(Schedule)

60 hours
= [6 hours per day × 5 days
per week × one week × 2]
* Two courses provided in
different months

90 – 180 hours
=[5.3 hours per day × 1 – 2 days
per week × 17 weeks]
• Two compulsory subjects
and two elective subjects

Capacity

15 persons × 1 class × 2 courses

10 persons × 1 class

Eligible

• International students enrolled
in graduate school in Hiroshima Prefecture
• Research students who are enrolled
in college in Hiroshima Prefecture and
who wish to go on to graduate school
• International students who are enrolled
in college in Hiroshima Prefecture and
who wish to go on to graduate school

Eligibility for Application

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N1 or N2

Screening

Tests for reading, grammar, vocabulary, etc.

Training Content

• Acquire advanced-level Japanese necessary
to perform research activities at graduate school
(Training subjects: Theses-writing,
oral presentation, theses-reading, grammar, etc.)
• Homestay (optional)

Tuition

Free of charge

Accommodation

Use of a lodging room: 770 yen/night

* For details, please click here (Japanese only)

Information on how to apply for the Advanced-Level Japanese Language Programs or other details is available also at the HIP website.

How to Apply

 

Please notify us of the program content that you would like us to organize, as well as the number of participants, the program period, time, budget, etc. HIC staff members will draw up an estimate for your program.

In some cases, in order to organize a training program and schedule, we may ask you about the levels of the participants’ Japanese proficiency and the textbooks that the participants use. Thanks for your cooperation.

Inquiries:
Training Section, Training Department, Hiroshima International Center
TEL: 082-421-5900 FAX: 082-421-5751

Flow from Application to Program Commencement

At least two to three months prior
to program commencement
Inquiries/application
At least one to two months prior
to program commencement
Prepare program content, schedule, and estimate
At least approximately one month prior
to program commencement
Send a contract and a bill
Pay in full the training fee
(Pay into our bank account, in principle)
By program commencement Complete the necessary procedures for visa,
overseas travelers’ insurance, etc.
If a participant wishes to cancel his/her participation,
please notify us each time.
Program commencement  

How to Pay Training Fees

 

  • Please pay into our bank account, in principle. Although it is possible to pay in cash at the time of the program commencement, you are recommended to pay into our bank account for safety.
  • Please bear the remittance charge necessary to send the training fees from your country.
  • Please note that, after the payment, if a program participant wishes to cancel his/her participation due to his/her personal circumstances, we will not return his/her training fee (i.e. participation expenses excluding his/her accommodation fee).
  • As for the accommodation fee, if the cancelation is made on the day before the scheduled check-in date, we will return half of the accommodation fee for the day, as well as the total accommodation fee for the rest days. If the cancelation is made on the day of the scheduled check-in date, we will collect the entire accommodation fee for the day as a cancellation fee, but will return the total accommodation fee for the rest days. Please note that, however, you shall bear the remittance charge necessary for us to send the money to your country.

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