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
This year NILS has become much more lively than last year with many new students. New students and new teachers are all doing their best at NILS! Our young and cool teacher, Mr. T, has been working at NILS since this April. He was explaining to the new Nepalese students about school life in simple Japanese and sometimes English. .................... After the presentation, another t… Read More
Hello, everyone. I would like to talk about Japanese bento today. Bento means a boxed lunch. A basic bento looks like this (photo). Half of it is rice, with picked plums on top, and the other half is side dishes. These days, parents make cute bento boxes for their children called “Chara-ben” which is shortened from “character bento.” People create children’s favorite character… Read More
Hello, everyone. Are you familiar with Hanami? As you might have heard, many Japanese people enjoy viewing the blossoms of cherry trees. They eat, drink and appreciated the beauty of cherry blossoms. In Fukuoka Prefecture where NILS is located, cherry blossoms are typically in full bloom around the end of March. Today, let me tell you a few choice spots to view cherry blossoms. (1) Maizuru Park… Read More