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Today's Contents:

1. The first bits: JLPT, OIA Speech contest, Christmas party, Beethoven concert, Shodo classes
2. Course information.
3. Student Interview: Sylvie Nay (France)
4. Things Japanese: Yose Theater
5. About The Yamasa Institute for Japanese Studies
6. Subscription Information

1. The first bits.

(a) Japanese Language Proficiency Test:

Relief at last! Congratulations to all those who took the J.L.P.T. last Sunday. You could almost hear a pin drop in many of Yamasa's apartments and the Student Village recently as students studied hard before the test. The results won't be released for another 2 months but at least the pressure is off for many. It should make for a relaxing Christmas and New Year - for those of us who don't have to work!

(b) OIA speech contest:

On November 23rd, the Okazaki International Association sponsored annual Japanese speech contest took place. Two Yamasa students from the AJSP course took part, Kim Ei-ran and Kim Un-hi. Although the Japanese Language Proficiency Test was only a few weeks away, the students took time out from their studies to participate. 11 people from places such as Malaysia, Brazil, Russia, Australia, Canada, Syria and China contested the event. 'The war on Sunday" was the title of a fluent speech given by Kim Ei-ran's and her speech as well as Kim Un-hi's drew laughs from the audience. The quality of the speeches left a deep impression on those watching. Kim Ei-ran spoke about a strange coincidence that ocurred in Okazaki and used a proverb which many young Japanese people would not know. People were surprised how an international student could talk about such a deep and meaningful subject. Last year's champion Kim Hei came from Tokyo to attend the event and gave advise to some of the participants. Kim Ei-ran won the contest and Kim Un-hi came second, following on from last years excellent results and showing how well many of Yamasa's students can speak Japanese.

(c) International Christmas party:

Mark the last Friday before Christmas with a night out. On Friday 21st of December there is an International Christmas Party at CHIKARA Dancing (which is situated above Chirokiya restaurant and also doubles as a Karaoke bar) next to Higashi Okazaki station (Meitetsu line). From 9.00 pm until 04.00 am you can dance the night away and drink as much as you want for only 2000 Yen! Yamasa students will get a 500 Yen discount by presenting their student cards. If you are unsure about finding Chikara by yourself or going on your own then come to Yamasa II at 8.30 pm as there will be a large group of students going together (it will take between 10 and 12 min by bicycle to get there) Please phone 0564 26 1880 for more details about the address. Chirokiya restaurant is also a good place to have dinner before, during or after the party.

(d) Beethoven Concert:

Anybody interested in classical music should go along to Okazaki citizens hall in Higashi Okazaki.for a recital of Beethoven's 9th Symphony on Saturday December 15th. Doors open at 5.45pm and the performance begins at 6.30pm. Reserved seats are 4,000 Yen and unreserved 3,000 Yen. Please call Okazaki culture center on (0564) 23-6432 for more information (in Japanese).

(e) Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) lessons:

Nowadays most Japanese people use pencils, pens and often computers to write letters and documents. But the art of shodo (calligraphy), where an ink-dipped brush is used to create Chinese kanji and Japanese kana characters, remains a traditional part of Japan's culture. If you would like to learn more about shodo then come to the Student Village every Monday night at 7.00pm - 8.00pm where Kato Erina sensei will be taking a shodo lesson. There is no fee (if you would like to buy a shodo writing set then this can be purchased for 1,500 Yen) and anybody is welcome to join. Please come to the International Office before Thursday if you wish to register to take part.

(f) Course cancellations:

The Acceleration 2 month modular program F (from February 1st 2002) has been cancelled due to a lack of available accommodation for new students enrolling on these dates. Applications for the Acceleration program (as well as AIJP and AJSP) from 2002/01/07 have now closed. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. The next start date for the Acceleration program is 2002/01/07, please contact Admissions for more information.

(g) Radio show - teachers starring:

Joseph Huang will be featuring not one teacher, but three on his show starting at 9.30pm on Monday 10th of December. Ban Tomoe, Sayumi Kuroda, and Norikazu Yokozawa are appearing in the show so it will be well worth tuning in for. The URL for the show is http://www.763.fm/live.html

(h) 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.

(i) 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
Email: newsletter@yamasa.org
URL: http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/
URL: http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/network/

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2. Course Information


From December Villa Studio Apartments 3 and 4 are full, there are small number of vacancies from January. Residence U and K are full during December and January and Residence L is full until March 2002. There are a limited number of rooms available in the Student Village. Students applying for courses from December/January and wishing to stay in accommodation which is currently unavailable will be placed on a waiting list. There are usually some last-minute changes, so check with Admissions for information or see the availability file for details. Please note that accommodation is not reserved until we have recieved the tuition fees for your chosen course in full.

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

http://www.yamasa.org/a cjs/english/hotel.html (for accommodation description)
http://www.yamasa.or g/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, "Residence U" 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. There are currently 20 places available. 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 http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/programs/apply.html for details) 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 January 25th - itinerary at: http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/programs/discovery_20020125.html Contact Admissions for details. There are still a few places available - join a very small private tour: Includes Skiing in Furukawa, Takayama, Nijo Castle, Hakuba Valley, Mastumoto Castle, Genkyo-en Garden, Kiyomizudera, Gion, Pontocho, Kisogawa rapids, Hiei-zan, Uji - Byoudoin (Phoenix Pavilion), Kyoto, Tabata Jinja, Meiji-mura museum. Also a tour of the Kunizakari brewery, Osu Kannon and Tokugawa Art Museum as well as many other locations.

Other Discovery Tours all have vacancies - contact Admissions for further information. Tour dates for next year are available at http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/programs/discovery_dates.html

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

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3. Student Interview: Sylvie Nay (France)

Sylvie Nay
Sylvie Nay

Sylvie Nay has been studying in the SILAC program whilst also taking private lessons. I spoke to her after her final private lesson with Kato Erina sensei.

J: You've finished your private lessons now and have a week to go in the SILAC program - how have the private lessons been?
S: It was good because I was just me and the teacher and I could take my time to speak, not worry about other students and I found that I spoke more in the private lessons.

J: Why did you take private lessons?
S: My friend was taking private lessons before me and she recommended them as a good way of practicing what you learn.

J: Why are you studying Japanese?
S: I work in a hotel in France and we have Japanese people stay with us on a regular basis. Japanese culture is so different from any European cultures that you need to be able to understand the language to understand the culture and the people.

J: Overall how has the course been?
S: I've been surprised actually. I was...........

Continued at http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/network/english/newsletter/student_int_20.html

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4. THINGS JAPANESE: Yose Theater

Yose is a Japanese 'vaudeville' style theater which is comprised of two main types, rakugo and manzai. These are called yose entertainments, after the intimate Japanese-style vaudeville theater where they are usually performed. Yose began in the seventeenth century as a form of entertainment for townspeople held in the grounds of temples and shrines. Yose theaters, built specifically to house performances, began to appear in the late eighteenth century.

Manzai is Japanese 'stand up comedy' in which two or three people perform a comic dialogue, trade jokes and entertain the audience with instrument playing and singing. Manzai took to the stage and was refined in the late nineteenth century. In the 1930s a new form of manzai caught on after a duo in Osaka started making audiences roll in the aisles with their witty repartees about scenes from everyday life You will often see it performed on TV with the duo, often one quick witted and one playing the naive butt of the jokes wearing western style clothing.

On New Year's Day, there are many manzai comedies performed in Japan and it is most popular in the Kansai region of Japan. The most famous manzai production company...........

Continued at http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/network/english/newsletter/things_japanese_22.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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