Japanese School in Japan,Fukuoka - NILS

School Activity Report

コンペイトウ作り~Making Kompeito


On this week’s trip we went on the train to an exhibit in Fukuoka. This exhibit was sponsored by one of Japan’s largest candy manufacturers, that has been in the industry since 1907.

We learned of the history of this candy, called compeito, originally confeito. This activity stimulated my knowledge of early European interaction with the Japanese, regarding the time period, evangalism, weapons, and sugar.

It was fun!





Today’s class was very fun! It was a very good introduction, and I’m glad we got a chance to learn the basic moves.

The teacher was very patient, and also looked very cool when he did his demos!

I thought the timing was also good, as the class was long enough for us to get the experience, but brief enough to just be an overview. Overall, I thought it was a good activity.


Cooking Ramen~ラーメン作り体験




先生と友達と私は料理教室へ行きました。料理教室は広くてきれいでし。料理教室でレニーさんと私は一緒にラメンと餃子をしました。それでは私たち を食べました。ラメンと餃子はおいしいです。私はラメンと餃子が好きです。私は料理をするのが好きです。木曜日は本当に楽しいです。


The ramen/gyoza cooking class was so fun and informative! The instructor was very clear, and everyone was very involved. Sometimes, many kids in the room would not quiet down, yet the instructor was still very patient.


We were walked through the whole process of making the food, which was a very unique experience. I think this is a good activity that is enjoyable and also directly related to Japanese culture.


七夕~Tanabata Festival




NILS had a tanabata festival! Students enjoyed making various wishes – ” May pass N1!” “May improve my Japanese skills!” “May my family be happy!” We hope students’ dreams will come true.

Also students made origami paper crane. Though it was a bit tough…, teachers helped and students managed to make it.

Here is a student’s comment :
“Today we learned about Tanabata and made origami! Had lots of fun and would recommend this experience to anyone looking for a good time!”


博多湾ナイトクルーズ~Night cruise



More importantly, thanks a lot for the activity. It was something quite unexpected and very interesting. Fukuoka has some interesting sights, only available by boat. I can mention that, luckily, I have traveled quite a bit and have had similar boat sightseeing in different parts of the world such as Chicago, Miami, Buenos Aires, Venice. Fukuoka is surely among the most beautiful cities I’ve had the opportunity to visit.

The activity itself was very well planned, thanks a lot. For a moment it seemed that we might have to stay inside the covered part of the boat (because of the rain) but luck was on our side. Also, it was great timing! not too late, not too early. I specially liked the part where we got to see the Tower, Canal City (from the actual canal) and how we almost made it to the open sea.

The music was spot on too. I wanted to comment on Japanese but maybe my skills are not as good as I’d like. That and I have found it quite challenging to write Japanese on my computer keyboard (for some reason I can’t quite pin point).

I know it can be difficult to communicate with students that speak almost no Japanese at all, and I really appreciate it.

Thanks again for a great activity and I am looking forward for the next one.

マリンワールド見学~Marine world


We went to aquarium. Aquariums creatures were very pretty and made me interested.

All of the show and animal was satisfying but for me.

Dolphin show was the best for me.





On June 20th we had the opportunity to try making some souvenirs by braiding strings made of threads. I was very excited for this one, since I had never done anything like that before.

The procedure was actually very easy to follow: it’s a bit mechanic, as you have to repeat the same movements until you reach the free end of the string, but I found it super relaxing and I could have kept braiding for hours! It is really enjoyable.

I made a nice bracelet out of my strings that surely will remind me of the lovely time I spent here in Fukuoka.




書道体験~Japanese Calligraphy



On June 12th we had the opportunity to try making Japanese calligraphy. Even though I had done something similar when I first came to Japan years ago, it wasn’t so detailed. I learned a lot: from new Japanese words to all the necessary items to perform Japanese calligraphy the right way, to the techniques used in this type of art.

Of course, you can’t master calligraphy with just one try; nevertheless I found this activity really interesting. It was fascinating and intimidating at the same time see how you must draw every stroke to obtain an aesthetical pleasant kanji. Definitely, this is a tough art to conquer.

At the end of the activity we also received some presents: the calligraphy kit; a brush pen and a customized seal. That made me very happy, it was so unexpected!



八女紙漉き体験~Japanese traditional paper craft @Yame city



On June 6th we went to Yame city to see how Japanese traditional paper is made.

The whole trip may take a while if departing from Hakata station, but I think it is worth it, especially for those who have never experienced something like that, as it was for me.

Yame is a quiet town and, even if it isn’t all that big, it has a lot of Japan history and traditions in it.

So, we first went to Yame Cultural and Traditional Crafts Museum to try making in person some examples of Japanese paper. The process was actually very easy to follow and the final product really nice: we made some bookmarks and postcards, that we’d been able to customize as we liked using for example dried flowers. The paper seems rustic, as it is kind of uneven and unrefined; but I think this is exactly what makes it so unique.

While we were waiting for the paper to dry out, we visited the adjacent rooms full of famous Yame crafts. We could admire some example of bamboo-made goods and utensils; beautiful paper lanterns (some were huge); arrows and arches; Japanese Hina dolls. But for me the most incredible crafts were the Buddhist altars. Some were bigger, other smaller, but they are all so refined and full of details that one can’t help but be amazed.

After that, we also saw an example of Japanese puppet theatre.

We also had the opportunity to buy some of the local green tea, since Yame is well known for its tea, too.

As for the other activities, I really enjoyed this one, since once again I could get in touch with the Japanese culture.









Nanzouin walk~南蔵院~


On May 30th we went to Nanzoin. The place is located in Sasaguri town, which you can reach by train, followed by a brief walk.

As soon as you step out the station, a beautiful landscape welcome you: mountains covered with the bright green of the trees and a small river.

We headed to the statue of the reclining Buddha walking through many chapels, shrines and then up a hill.


I didn’t expect you can actually go inside the statue, as we did. We reached a room located approximately in correspondence with the Buddha’s heart, where we prayed a little bit before exit.

I was surprised that a Buddhist temple and lots of Torii could be found so closed to each other, as they formed a sole worship place, with no evident difference between the two religions. For example, we walked through a tunnel dedicated to the Seven lucky Gods of Japan; we could admire a statue of Fudo Myo-o and a very large number of other statues representing the Buddha’s disciples.


For me, the most remarkable aspect was that this large complex is entirely surrounded by nature with perfect harmony: woods, routes, also a waterfall and a small cave; and you can get lost and feeling calm, tranquil and regenerated, too.

There were also so many turtles! I love them so much that I was really happy to see lots of them.

So far, this was my favorite activity, I really enjoyed it and I would love to go to Nanzoin once more before my return to Italy.










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