Curriculum

Culture Classes

Participants have a wide range of choices for learning Japanese culture. The culture classes are taught by qualified and well-experienced instructors.

  • Calligraphy
  • Flower arrangement
  • Folk music & Japanese traditional musical instruments
  • Igo
  • Japanese cooking
  • Japanese dance
  • Kimono culture & etiquette
  • Koto (Japanese harp)
  • Tea ceremony
  • Traditional confectionery making

Activities in the Local Community

Many of the optional activities allow participants to meet local Japanese people and experience Japanese society outside of the classroom and homestay settings.

  • Appearance in local radio/TV shows
  • Appearance in the outdoor spectacle of Hakodate history
  • Club activities at high schools (Judo, Kendo, Kyudo)
  • Elementary school visit
  • Exchange with disabled people
  • Hakodate Old Magistrate's Building tour
  • Guided tour of the Jomon Archeological Site with students from Hakodate University
  • Participation in the Hakodate Port Festival
  • Prosecutor's office and court visit
  • Soba and Mochi making hosted by Hakodate Rotary Club
  • Writing an article in Japanese for a local newspaper and STEP-UP, a monthly cultural information magazine
  • etc.

Most of the culture classes and extra-curricular activities are scheduled in the afternoon, and a few of them on weekend. They are run on a sign-up basis. If the number of people who sign up exceeds the maximum capacity, we use a lottery system to choose who can participate. Venues vary by classes or activities. If the venue is not HIF, participants are responsible for transportation fees to get there. A handout in English and/or a translator is available for some classes or activities, but not all of them.

日本語テーブル

日本語テーブル is a Japanese conversation table where participants can practice their Japanese with local people in Hakodate. Sometimes the 日本語テーブル time is devoted to making origami and playing Japanese games.

Japanese Movies & Books for Extensive Reading

Participants have a chance to watch a variety of Japanese movies in Japanese with English subtitles. Also, a collection of Japanese books for extensive reading is available in the student lounge.

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Comments from Alumni

  • Name:
    Matthew Donley
    University:
    University of
    Michigan

    HIF is an outstanding program that offers not just instruction in the Japanese language, but it also serves as a gateway into Japanese culture...
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  • Name:
    Clarissa Krisnawan
    University:
    University of
    Washington

    There are various activities, you can enjoy at HIF. You can also discover the beauty of Hakodate City along with friends as well as your host family...
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  • Name:
    Alexander La Forest
    University:
    University of
    Notre Dame

    The HIF Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program is worth every penny. Not only do you learn a lot in class, but also outside of...
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  • Name:
    Matthew Li
    University:
    Ursinus
    College

    I honestly can’t believe that it’s only been two months. Within this time, my Japanese isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Despite having plenty of experience...
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  • Name:
    Alex Prosi
    University:
    University of
    Michigan

    HIF truly excels in providing opportunities for its students wherever they need or want them. Through the program, I found myself...
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  • Name:
    Griffin Roth
    University:
    University of
    Chicago

    HIF was a lot of fun and very educational, from both a language and a cultural standpoint. If you’re interested in homestay...
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