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Today's Contents:

1. The first bits: Mt Fuji Trip, Summer Festivals, Student Village internet connection.
2. Course information.
3. Staff Interview: Ken Uchida (Administrator - Student Affairs)
4. Things Japanese: Fireworks
5. About The Yamasa Institute for Japanese Studies
6. Subscription Information

1. The first bits.

(a) Mt Fuji Trip:

Thank you to all the people who took part in the climb of Mt Fuji 2 weeks ago. I heard that 2 people experienced altitude sickness from above the 3250 meter elevation mark - however everybody made it back safely and although I was unable to participate myself I have been reliably informed that the view from the top was fantastic. The photos will be in the Students' Photograph archive from July 30th. The tour also visited the Narusawa Ice Caves and Shiraito no Taki waterfalls. An additional Mt Fuji tour is being planned for August, details in the next newsletter.

Mikoshi Festival
Mikoshi Festival
(b) Summer festivals: The first weekend of August is one of the biggest weekends of the year for festivals as the Bon Dance Festival, Mikoshi Festival and fireworks all take place over three days from the 2nd to the 4th of August. The entire Obon festival is a celebration of the dead - the time when ancestors return home. A good celebration is crucial to getting them to go away again afterwards.

Bon Dance:The festival begins on the 2nd in the middle of Okazaki on 'Modern Street' from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. If you would like a free dance lesson and free yukata hire for the festival, contact Jon in the International Office. (No - Jon isn't going to be teaching you the dance, we have a dance teacher coming on Monday July 30th...)

Mikoshi Festival: On Friday the 3rd comes the huge Mikoshi Festival. It costs 1,000 Yen to take part and this includes travel to and from the festival, drinks, rental of happicoat and the oppportunity to carry a large heavy object around Okazaki whilst making a lot of noise. As spaces are limited for both festivals it is recommended that you sign up as soon as possible! For more information see the notices posted in Aoi Hall and Yamasa II building or speak to Jon or Declan in the International Office. If you wish to take part/sign up for either of these events please visit Hikosaka-san in gakuseika (the student services office on the ground floor of the Yamasa II building).

Hanabi !!!: Okazaki Castle area from sunset onwards - Be early if you want a good viewing spot. See "Fireworks" below.

(c) Student Village internet connection upgrade: The Student Village's LAN connection is being upgraded to an ADSL line at 11:30am on Monday July 30th. This will mean faster access to the internet for those using computers in the Village. Naturally this is for study and news, not for games and music...

(d) Japanese Language Proficiency Test application:

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is held in December every year in Japan and applications are now being taken for students enrolling in a course at Yamasa, who will not be in Japan to complete an application in person. If you are going to be studying through December this year and would like Yamasa to apply on your behalf to take the test please contact admissions@yamasa.org stating which level of the test you would to apply for (1,2,3 or 4). Please not that it is not possible to take two exams, for example, Level 2 and Level 3.

(e) Yahagi River trip.

On Friday 20th July there was a national holiday in Japan ('umi no hi' - sea day) and some of the students and staff spent it lazily floating down the Yahagi river in inflatable tubes. The photos will be in the Students' Photograph archive from July 30th.

(f) Jobs:

Recruitment ongoing for the following positions:

see http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/network/english/careers.html for details and other vacancies, and contact careers@yamasa.org if you are interested in applying. Most are connected with web publishing and translation. Study Japanese for free in exchange for part-time work in the International Office. These are ongoing positions - we need people all year round, so please contact us if you are interested in positions later in the year as well.

(f) Other bits:

Admissions Coordinator
The Yamasa Institute Aichi Center for Japanese Studies
1-2-1 Hanehigashimachi Okazaki
Aichi Japan 444-0832

Tel: +81 (0) 564 55 8111
Fax:  +81 (0) 564 55 8174 (admissions)
Fax: +81 (0) 564 55 8113 (student affairs)
Email: Admissions
URL: http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/
URL: http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/network/

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2. Course Information


During July all of Yamasa's accommodation is at capacity. Students applying for courses from August may have to stay in the Rec World Hotel for some or all of their stay. In August there are a very limited number of vacancies in the student village and studio apartments. From September there a number of vacancies in the Student Village and Villa studio apartments but space in Residence U and K is limited. There are usually some last-minute changes, so check with Admissions for information or see the availability file for details.

Accommodation in apartments in the annexe of the Rec World Hotel (near Daijuji temple) will be used whenever Yamasa accommodation becomes full. The prices for the "1K-Single" and "2K-Shared" room options have been discounted and are now the same price as per the Student Village. For more information on the apartments in the Rec World Hotel annexe, please see the following pages:

http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/hotel.html (for accommodation description)

http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/tankisei.html (for price list of accommodation)

Message from Housing Office: Please also note that it is extremely important that you rank your accommodation preferences clearly. Upgrades are possible in the event of cancellations - so if your first preference is a single room in the village, select "Village single" as first choice, the "Hotel single" as your second choice and so on.

Long-term Courses:

Student Visa: Applications for April 2002: Applications for the student visa beginning in April 2002 are now being taken. (Applications for the October 2001 student visa have now closed and no more applications can be accepted). If you are not sure about the deadlines, please check the deadlines for the student visa listed in each course in the program catalogue. If you wish to apply for the next start-date of April 2002 please complete an application form online (see program catalog for details: http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/programs/apply.html) or contact Admissions for more information. The application deadline for the April 2002 student visa start is December 20th 2001.

Short-term courses:

Discovery tour starting on September 7th - itinerary at: http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/programs/discovery_tour20010907.html Contact admissions@yamasa.org for details. There are still a few places available - join a very small private tour: Includes Tsumago and Magome (Japanese alps) tour, Tenryu Gorge, Mount Komaga-take, all the best parts of Fuji and the surrounding area including the Five Lakes, Narusawa Ice Cave, Fugaku Wind Cave and Shiraito-no-taki. Also a tour of the Asahi Brewery, Atsuta Jingu and Tokugawa Art Museum as well as many other locations.

Other Discovery Tours all have vacancies - contact Admissions for further information. Tour dates for this year are August 24th, September 7th, October 19th and December 14th.

All SILAC programs have space but accommodation is limited. Contact Admissions as soon as possible for information.

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Ken Uchida
Ken Uchida
3. STAFF INTERVIEW: Ken Uchida (Administrator - Student Affairs)

Ken Uchida works as an administrator in Student Affairs at Yamasa.

Jon: Uchida-san, I have been receiving requests from a number of students wanting to know more about the mysterious man who sits next to Toh Sensei in student affairs - do you think you could spare a minute to give the students a little insight into your mysterious world?
Ken: I'd love to....
J: How long have you been gracing Yamasa with your prescence?
K: By October this year, I will have been working here for exactly 12 months.
J: Do you have to travel far to come to work?
K: No, I'm lucky in that I live close to Yamasa.

J: But you still drive your car to work as opposed to walk or come by bicycle, even though you live close by?
K: I know it sounds lazy but you wouldn't believe how close to Yamasa some of the staff here live and they still drive!

J: Um er, Yes I think I know what you're talking about... Many people are dying to know what your job entails?

Continued at http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/network/english/newsletter/staff_int_13.html

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4. Things Japanese: Hanabi!!! (Fireworks)

Hanabi - Okazaki Fireworks
Around this last time last year, Euan (the previous newsletter editor) wrote a short, but informative, article on the fireworks and the festival which took place in Okazaki. As it is that time of year again when the country gears itself for large displays I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at Japan's firework phenomenon. Fireworks first reached Japan's shores in the late sixteenth century, when they were brought over by Portuguese sailors. During the Edo period (1600-1868), craftsmen specializing in making fireworks emerged, and fireworks displays became a common sight during the summertime.

From late July to late August, there are fireworks displays all over Japan. A tradition that goes back several centuries in Japan, fireworks festivals have become an integral part of the Japanese calendar. Every major city and Japan has a display and thousands of other smaller towns and cities also put on a festival bringing to over 5,000 the number of displays around the country. About 250 of these are classed as 'large scale' events and about a fifth of these take place in, and around, Tokyo. The most famous display.........

Continued at http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/network/english/newsletter/things_japanese_16.html

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The Yamasa Institute is committed to providing high-quality education in the Japanese language. We are a non-profit organization, a part of the Hattori Group. We are accredited by Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education - APJLE, accreditation number B302 - and "the only Institute in the Mikawa region with the appropriate programs, systems, curriculum and facilities required for quality Japanese language education" according to the Ministry of Justice. Further, in recognition of the excellent quality of our programs, we are in the top tier of 'Appropriately Authorized Japanese Language Education Institutes' - in fact, the only school in the Mikawa area with this prestigious recommendation. For full details see the accreditation section on the homepage at http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/accreditation.html

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