March 2015

Where and How to Enjoy Fukuoka Sakura

When you put the words “Japan” and “nature” together the first image that comes to mind may be the picturesque landscapes of sakura that the country is so well-known for. What you may not know is that due to Fukuoka’s location, it’s among the first places in Japan to bloom and there are plenty of amazing places to take in a relaxing day of hanami.

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Student Accommodation Options While Studying in Japan

When it comes to studying a foreign language abroad, one of the most important factors to consider when deciding what school and location you want to immerse yourself in is whether or not the school offers student accommodations. If student housing is a necessity for your stay in Japan, then it is important to first consider the following factors: proximity to the school, safety and security, and price. After that, further considerations may include the neighborhood, privacy, as well as access to public transportation, banks, Wi-Fi hotspots, and groceries, among others. As far as safety is concerned, in Japan, the crime rate is surprisingly low compared to other countries. In fact, even today, lost items that are found by anonymous persons are often surrendered unharmed at nearby police stations.

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Fukuoka Sightseeing: Exploring Kitakyushu, Chikuho, and Chikugo

Home to one of NILS’ two campuses, Ogori is located about 26 km (16 miles) inland from Fukuoka City. While there are 27 other cities throughout Fukuoka prefecture to explore, Ogori is good place to start a Fukuoka sightseeing adventure. The top attractions in Ogori are the Kyushu Historical Museum, the city’s sports park, and the Nyoirinji Temple with its many, many frogs. You will definitely have fun at Marche Ogoori which is a complex of small curio and food shops that are both inexpensive and interesting.


Once your adventure ends in Ogori, there are many great places to explore outside of Fukuoka City, so plan a day trip to nearby Kitakyushu, Chikuho, and Chikugo with our suggested attractions.
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What to Look for in a Japanese Language School


According to an international study released in early 2014, there are 127 million native Japanese speakers around the world, and Japanese companies are hiring over 250,000 workers skilled in robotics. Even more interesting is that this number is expected to increase to 1 million jobs by 2025. As the world’s top sixth language, knowing how to communicate in Japanese will undoubtedly open more doors that will then provide greater income and opportunities. To work for a Japanese company, knowing the language is a huge advantage, but being able to study abroad in Japan and immerse yourself in the language’s subtleties as well as the country’s deep culture is an even better investment.


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