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Japan’s Halloween: Unique Charm and Cultural Background

Hello, welcome to the blog of the NILS Japanese Language School! In this edition, we will introduce you to Halloween in Japan and explore how it has been embraced and developed its unique charm. We will also delve into its history, characteristics, and relationship with the religious beliefs of the Japanese people.   Contents: History of Halloween and its Introduction to Japan Charact… Read More

Make a wish ~Tanabata event たなばた会~

What is Tanabata? ~Story~ Once upon a time, there were a daughter of the god, and skilled weaver princess named Orihime, and a cowherd named Hikoboshi. They fell in love and got married. However, after their marriage, they stopped working and spent their days playing, neglecting their responsibilities. Angered by their behavior, the gods created the Milky Way to separate them. Seeing their so… Read More

Our sport event was held – The athletics festival-

How are you? An athletics festival was held at NILS. It has been suspended for three years because of the covid pandemic. Each class competed for the total scores of three programs. Seems they feel refreshed exercising under the sun, it is so hot, though. Students and teachers were so excited! ①Dodgeball This is the sport any Japanese has experienced in elementary school even once. Players atte… Read More

What is “Convini”? Everyone uses “Convini” in Japan!

Hello, I’m a staff member of Japanese language School NILS. Following the previous blog, I want to talk about “JLPT” and “Convenience store (Convini)” today. At previous blog, I told you that we applied for JLPT exam in the class. The next step is the payment for the exam. You may know there are several methods of payment, like credit card, bank wire transfer. You can even pay the fee at a co… Read More

Setsubun ~Demons, Get out! Happiness, Come on in!~

February 3 is Setsubun. Setsubun means "the turning point of each season.”  Japan has four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.  At the beginning of each season, people hold events to drive out bad things from inside their homes and invite in good things, with the hope that they will live healthy and happy lives. In the past, Setsubun was held four times, but now it is held only at the beg… Read More

Our students enjoyed the Japanese Calligraphy, experienced Japanese culture

Hello everyone. It is still cold and snowing in Japan.   Well, at NILS, we held a “書初め(Kakizome)” session. Do you know what a “書初め(Kakizome)” is? 初め means "For the first time" and 書" means “Write" in Japanese. People do calligraphy to celebrate the New Year and write their goals at the beginning of the year. It is one of the traditional annual events that have been held in Japan since an… Read More

Happy New year 2023!!

あけまして おめでとうございます。 -Happy new year!   2023年が あなたにとって いい1年に なりますように。 -Wishing you all the best in 2023.   Let you know how to celebrate our Japanese-style new year for you! Let’s try to read what they are!   ① ねんがじょう(Nengajo)    Season’s greeting card for new year.   Amazing handmade by NILS staff members. What a lovely card♡ We usually use postcards as greeting ca… Read More

Enjoy the festivals!

Festivals were cancelled due to COVID19 for the past few years, but they are happening one after another in this year! Here are three especially big festivals in Fukuoka!   (1) Hakata Dontaku(博多どんたく) (2) Hakata Gion Yamakasa(博多祇園山笠) (3) Hojoe Hakozakigu(放生会筥崎宮)   When you come to Fukuoka, you will probably have a chance to go to those festivals. So, for those of you who are new to… Read More

Kyushu Historical Museum – Recommendation for a Historical Journey

 Hello! I`m Kikuchi, a Japanese teacher at NILS.  Ogori City, Fukuoka Prefecture, where NILS is located, has many wonderful spots that are not well known.  Excavation of the ruins has revealed that people have been living in Ogori City for 2 million years. At that time, it was one of the most important regions in Japan. In addition, the Ogori Kanga Ruins, which prospered from the 7th century to … Read More

Yamaga Lantern Festival

Here are some famous Japanese festivals. Hello, I would like to introduce a famous Japanese festival called Yamaga Lantern Festival. Do you know about a famous Japanese festival called Yamaga Lantern Festival?           This festival is held every August in Yamaga City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Yamaga is famous for its hot springs, but it is also famous for its summ… Read More


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