Curriculum

Other Activities (Compulsory)

Compulsory Activities
Special Lectures
Onuma Field Trip
Speech Contest

Special Lectures

Participants will attend three lectures introducing diverse aspects of Japanese culture.

2018 Special Lectures

Prof. Mutsuko Endo Hudson

(Michigan State University)

Pragmatics accounts of nonnative "errors" in Japanese

Prof. Wesley M. Jacobsen

(Harvard University)

Understanding Japanese through its invisible structures: how linguistics can contribute to language learning

Mr. Sankyo Yanagiya

(Professional Rakugo Performer)

What is Rakugo?
“Long-tempered and Short-tempered”, “First Tenjin Festival”, and “The God of Death”

Prof. Seiichi Makino

(Princeton University)

An interpretation of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001) by using spatial notions of Uchi (inside) and Soto (Outside).
Former Special Lecturers:

Dr. Takako Aikawa (Massachusetts Institute of Techonology)
Mr. Ichiro Kataoka (Benshi)
Prof. Michael Molasky (Waseda University)
etc.

Onuma Field Trip

This overnight trip is scheduled on the third weekend after the program begins, to establish rapport among the participants. Onuma Park is located 30km away from the city of Hakodate. It is known for its picturesque lakes dotted with islands and the majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. Students enjoy outdoor activities, dinner accompanied by a talent show, karaoke, and more.

Speech Contest

All participants write drafts and make a speech in class at the end of the 1st semester. Two representatives from each class will present their speech at the speech contest held in Week 6. This contest is open to the public to attend.

Here are the posters that student volunteers created for the contest.
(Click the image or name to enlarge.)

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