Japanese School in Japan,Fukuoka - NILS

School Activity Report

Dazaifu Shrine

We visited one of the well-known shrines in Japan. A god of study is there. Many Japanese students come to this place and pray for their exam success.


Here are comments from our students;

“Being able to visit Dazaifu was a great experience. It was my fist time visiting a shrine so I was really excited. The weather was great and I was able to take nice pictures. I also got to try real Japanese Matcha for the first time. I had a great time and now want to visit more shrines in Japan.”

“It was my first excursion with the school and we went to the Dazaifu Temple, and to the Museum of Kyushu. It was located on a gorgeous little street that we stopped off at and had Matcha and red bean rice cakes. The day was well run, interesting and full of great conversation. Both the teacher and other students were great company and I had a really nice day.”


Last week of March was the best time to watch cherry blossoms in Fukuoka!



Here are comments from our students;

“The hanami activity was very refreshing and fun. After arriving at the station, we bought our bentos at a local store and walked to the park. As we talked under the shade of the cherry blossom trees, I felt like I grew closer with the NILS Teachers and my fellow students. When we walked around the park the many forms and sizes of the cheery tress left a deep impression on me. Every tree, every flower each had its own beauty. After taking many pictures of the trees, we returned to our picnic spot to continue talking and exchanging. Our talks continued as we returned to the station to break for the day.

Through this activity I was able to get to know everyone, which is important in communication, no matter what language is used. I used both my native tongue and my acquired Japanese to exchange my culture, history, experiences, and ideas with everyone. That is something that made me feel very happy and wish I was here for more than one week.”


“I enjoyed watching the cherry blossom with everyone. The cherry blossom viewing is a big event like a festival, which last for a few weeks, and a very relaxing to enjoy with people.  In United States, there is cherry blossom, but there is not as many as in Japan. Also, the cherry blossom event in United States only last 2 weekends. The experience is very different between Japan and the United States. 

My recommendation for everyone is staying in Japan to view the cherry blossom, which only happen once a year. “


“For this weeks activity we went to see the hanami, I was very excited because all my life I wished to see it. We went to Maisu Koen, which is a perfect place, because there are many sakura trees, canals and an observatory. We sat under a tree and ate an obento while we were talking and having a great time. After that, we walked around and took pictures of the beautiful landscape. I am very impressed of how the spring time arrived and suddenly all the nature changed. It was very interesting and funny. I want to do it again.”


Sushi Professionals?

Our students practiced making Sushi being helped by a Japanese professional.


Here are impressions of our students;

“The sushi making event was my second time going.  It was still very fun to experience and I was able to become better at making sushi.  My friends and I were able to have fun and enjoy eating afterwards.”


“We were fortunate to be taught how to make delicious sushi and Nigiri firsthand from a talented sushi chef. While he made it look so easy and sushi looks so simple from a glance,  we soon found out that it took a high level of skill to transform the ingredients into a delicious lunch. We will definitely be practicing our skills to impress family and friends back home!”

A Festival

We went to Nagasaki where a Lantern Festival was taken place.

This event was quite enjoyable for our students;

After my first week studying at NILS, I went to a trip to Nagasaki to see the lantern festival. It was very interesting and beautiful. There were a lot of paper lamps and ornaments that created a very pleasant harmony. The teacher explained to us the celebration, what are the local traditions and recommended us to try some of the famous food of Nagasaki. Everything was delicious. We also enjoyed exploring the streets and taking pictures.”

“The Nagasaki Lantern festival was a very exciting trip.  We traveled by bus 2 and a half hours each way to experience the lantern festival.  The festival was a very unique experience. We had the pork belly delicacy which was very good.  We looked at the various lantern setups and took many pictures.  At the end we looked though some shops.  I wish we had more time, but it was a very fun event.”

“We were lucky to go on a trip to Nagasaki during the lantern festival. Even though it was raining, the lanterns were breathtaking. It seemed as though the whole city was covered in the beautiful, intricate lanterns. We even got to see a kangaroo lantern, which was a nice reminder of home! The lanterns were so colourful and bright, they brought so much joy and light to the dark, wet night. It was a great experience! “

Gohan (A Japanaese meal)

Our students had an experience to make one of the Japanese meals this time.



Here is a comment from our school;

“We had the best time ever at Furukawa-san’s cooking school!! We arrived to find the school was an older style Japanese apartment, which made the whole experience seem more authentic. We were shown how to make a variety of dishes, tasting each ingredient before it was added and tasting the progress of the dish each step of the way. Then it was time for us to have a turn at preparing 3 dishes, using an entire squid each! It was the first time any of us had prepared squid, and it was much harder than  Furukawa-san had made it look!  

Finally, we were able to tuck into our delicious meal, with a view of Furukawa-san’s famous bonsai trees. The best part was sharing the meal with Furukawa-san, who had made the entire experience very interesting and highly entertaining. He was an absolutely incredible person, and it was a pleasure and honour to meet him and have this experience! I can’t recommend this activity enough! “


Ramen, gyoza…

We visited another place where you can make Ramen and Gyoza (dumplings).

We have some comments from our students who joined this event;

“For our activity this week, we were able to learn how to make Ramen and gyoza from scratch. We went to Child’s Kitchen, which was a very nice area with great teachers to show us how to make the noodles and gyoza. One of our favourite parts was making the dough for the noodles. We had to stomp on it to make it flat which was so fun! The hardest part was rolling the gyoza dough, we ended up with some very interesting looking “circles”. This activity was so fun and we learnt a lot, but best of all it was very delicious! “

We went to make ramen from scratch for this week’s event.  I had never made ramen before so this was something I really wanted to do.  I didn’t realize that we would be making the ramen noodles from scratch.  The staff was very friendly and showed us how to make the noodles.  It was amazing how we went from flower to noodles.  We also made gyoza.  Folding it properly was very difficult, but fun.  After we made everything, we cooked it and ate what we made.  It was so delicious.  I really enjoyed this event.  I definitely will be using what I’ve learned here to make ramen and gyoza for myself.”


Washi, Kago…etc.

We visited a tradional products museum in Yame this time.

Here is a comment from our students;

We made our way to the Yame Traditional Craft Museum, where walked through paper, stone, bamboo and material craftworks to the paper making room. Here we learnt how to make paper traditionally, using wodden boxes to scoop up pulp, decorate our masterpieces and hung them to dry. 

While we waited, we explored the Museum, seeing the many paper based products they produce. We spent some time with one of the few remaining bamboo craftsmen, who showed us his technique to make thin bamboo strips and the products he then weaves with them. His skill was incredible!

Feeling hungry, we went next door to a local produce shop and had a delicious meal of soup and salads. The number of dishes presented on each tray was truly astounding! With full bellies, we returned to pick up our beautiful, handmade paper and admired each others work. 

It was such a unique and interesting experience, we loved each moment of it and now have the best souvenirs to share with family and friends!”


An Autumn Festical

We have some festivals in autumn as well as summer. This is Karatsu Kunchi festival was held on last November in Saga . They move huge floats on the wide road whic is closed for this festival.


We visited the Asahi beer factory.


Making sample food

We visited a place where you can experience making food samples.


We have some comments from them;

I very much enjoyed our field trip to the Riki fake food factory! It was a treat to get a behind the scenes look at such a unique aspect of Japanese culture.

We had the chance to look around, take pictures, and hear a bit of the background of the process, and then it was time to make our own fake food creations! This was a lot of fun, and a really great keepsake to take back to the US with us.

After that, we got to see a demonstration of the old style of creating fake food: with wax. This was extremely impressive and it felt like we were watching a personal magic show. We then got to take a lot of fun selfies with props that our hosts had prepared, which really let their creativity shine.

Overall a very amusing and fun outing, and I’d very much recommend it to others!”


Ever wonder why the food in show windows of restaurants in Japan never gets old, stale, or moldy?  We found out on our field trip to the RIKI Sample Food factory.  Actually I had a suspicion because of a traumatic experience of my young childhood with what I thought was a chocolate:  sometimes food is made of plastic.

The current head-honcho of the company is keeping up the tradition of his father, Riki Hashimoto, the founder, who started with this special skill 70 years ago.  We got to see the surprising techniques the artisans use to create plastic masterpieces that are amazingly similar to the real thing.  They use a variety of tools and materials (mostly types of plastics) to form pastries, pastas, pizzas, parfaits, steaks, fish, ramen, eggs, salad, fruit, tempura, and most anything else you would expect to order at a restaurant around here.  Melting, molding, painting, sprinkling, extruding, and decorating produce the results.

After watching the demonstrations we got a chance to make sample food ourselves.  I did a parfait in a tall glass cup with cornflakes, pokki stick and fruit toppings.  The others made creamy fruit tarts suitable for birthday greeting or smart-phone holders.  With very close supervision from the staff, our products looked good enough to eat.  It was a very fun day with major selfie-op occasions.”



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