School Activity Report

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Happy new year! 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 年賀状 Season’s greeting card for new year.

Here is a Japanese style New year’s card, called 年賀状(Nengajo)

Amazing handmade by NILS staff members. What a lovely card♡
We usually use postcards as greeting cards, you can buy one at post offices or even convenience stores.
Make it colorful!
We send it to our family and friends.
Guess, how many cards I wrote this year?
Hehehe, One hundred!
Yeah, I totally spent my days writing cards,,, hoo.
Are you saying, Why don’t you use copy machine??

② えと 干支 The eto are zodiacal animals that form a 12-year cycle. They are from Chinese calendar.

The rabbit is called うさぎ in Japanese.

The symbol for 2023 is Rabbit!

Do you know what animals we have in Chinese calendar?
Name them and comment, please.

The most famous of Rabbit in Japan nowadays is・・・

You know,MA〇ZE〇sisters. Maybe writing ANIME characters in your card would be a good idea.

Anyway, do anyone know why those animals are symbols for the new year?


③ かがみもち It’s Japanese rice cake, a decoration for new year.


WHAT is this?
It is funny we stick small-sized hand fan and orange on the top of MOCHI.
Seems god is coming, yeah we decollate it for new year and welcome good fortune. We NEED it!
You can’t believe these are traditionally handmade. I remember my grandmother was making it every winter.
But now, you can get full-customed new year decorations at stores
Do you have this kind of tradition in your country?


④ しめなわ Ornamaent


Made with leaves, it’s a kind of Christmas ornament, but it’s so humble there are not so many colors on it. We decorate it outside houses. You will see them even on cars!!lol

Some people decorate it on cars. Why?

Because wishing their family members and them safe year!


⑤ おせち Osechi

A lot of food is packed in a multi-tiered box like a bento-bako and eaten with the family on New Year’s Day (January 1 to 3).

It is said that the reason for making osechi is to have mothers free from housework.

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We had a study presentation in the beginner class!

The theme of the presentation was “My News for 2021,” and each student who entered the school last October gave a presentation entirely in Japanese.
Although they have only been in Japan for about 7 months, they were able to give their presentations without looking at the script, using kanji characters, and we could see the results of their study. They smiled a lot during their presentations, which made us feel very happy to listen to them.

The teacher also pointed out some of their weak points such as accent and pronunciation, and I think the students had a fulfilling day.
I am really looking forward to their next presentation!😆

The Star Festival ②

NILS full-time program held the star festival called Tanabata.
Students had a good time in experiencing Japanese culture.
Here are students’ comments.

“Tanabata felt like a festival of loved persons. We are so far from our parents, friends but the emotions are always connected and the hope that we will surely meet with them one day. That’s what Tanabata is all about. “Never losing hope to meet your loved ones.”

“Tanabata described the bond between humans, which is decreasing day by day in this hectic modern world. Though we are very busy in earning our bread and butter, we must remember we do have a family and must spend time with them.”

“Very interesting. Thanks to the school and the teachers for creating this extra-curricular session. I hope my wish will come true.
Sincere thanks to all the teachers and schools for the interesting and useful extracurricular activities for students, learning Japanese culture as well as learning new and unique cultures of students. new country. On behalf of all C3 students, I would like to thank the teachers and the school once again.”


“Living on the other side of the world can make you feel disconnected from your usual comforts. It is important to remember where you came from, but to also look ahead. Tanabata is a reminder to me, that no matter how far you go, a new home always awaits. Just like the world, it doesn’t matter which branch you chose to leave your wish on, you will always be surrounded by others. We are forever bound on our journey to find desire fulfilled.”

The Star Festival ①

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 students’ impression of this event.

We learned about Tanabata(七夕), the day that commemorates the meeting between Princess Orihime, a weaver, and her husband Hikoboshi, a cow herder. Also known as the Star Festival, it is derived from Chinese mythology and first appeared in Japan during the ancient Nara period(710-794). Legend has it that Orihime and Hikoboshi were exiled the opposite ends of the galaxy by Orihime’s father for neglecting their duties. He allowed them to meet only once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year.

We celebrated this day by folding star origami and writing our wishes on tanzaku(短冊) and hanging them on bamboo.

Tanabata Festival is in Hong Kong, but it’s just a love story. I think the story itself is the same in both the Japanese and Hong Kong ones. But we don’t write strips of paper or fold paper cranes in Hong Kong. So this Tanabata event was very interesting and a new experience for me. The name of the main character in the Tanabata story is different from Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, Hikoboshi(彦星) is called Ushirō(牛郎), and Orihime(織姫) is called Orime(織女). There are other cultures that are similar and I hope to find them. When I go to university, I would like to study Asian culture with the theme of Tanabata.

graduation trip

NILS had a graduation trip for Dazaifu tenmangu shrine.
Students learned the history of Japan’s cultural and interactions with Asia and Europe, and also they felt the olden Japanese culture there. May their future be full of success and happiness!!

Visiting Japanese high school!

Last week, NILS took a student to Hitotsuba high school.

It was one of NILS school activities that offers International students to experience Japanese real society and community.

We’ve found that there are so many talented students there. Some of them are professional dancers and the team came first in the world dance colosseum (WDC)!

Our student, she is a teacher in Spain. She participated the high school class and has learned a lot of things especially the difference in education between Spain and Japan.

She also experienced intercultural exchange through high school students.

I believe it was great time for her in talking with them. We will provide more better activities for our future international students.

Join NILS program, I am sure you will enjoy learning real Japanese culture through us!

Here is her testimonial.

The other day, NILL Japanese Language School took me to a private high school.
I was very happy because it was the first time I visited a Japanese school.
The teachers taught me the classrooms and the rest area.
At that time, there were students attending classes and students who were resting.
Students who were resting read magazines, ate sweets and practiced Kanji writing. Everyone was free to do what they wanted.

In the next class the English teacher taught grammar. The students listened to the teacher’s explanation in silence. I could confirm that Japanese students are quiet and very formal.
I spoke with students in another classroom “especially about Spain” When the students asked me several questions, I was a little surprised because the students knew very well about Spain.

Thanks to Tsuboi-san from NILS Japanese Language School and the high school staff I had the opportunity to visit a Japanese high school and talk to their students.
It was a good experience.
Thank you all










いけばな Flower arrangement

One of our school activities, we experienced flower arrangement.

The art of flower arranging began about 1400 years ago with the beginning of Buddhism in Japan. People wishing to honor Buddha with gifts of flowers wanted them arranged artistically. The first style was the Rikka style.

These arrangements were formal and difficult to compose. Rikka was perfected about 500 years ago in the Muromachi Era. Buddhist priests used an even simpler style, and Kado, the study of flower arranging, became more popular than ever. The first book on Kado was published in 1470.


Harmony is the goal of the art of flower arranging, and the basis for arrangements is the triad of Heaven-Earth-Human.


I was very surprised when teacher said my arrangement was good. It was my first time.

Flower arrangement was good fun.

Cooking Japanese breakfast

One of school activities, we experienced cooking tamago-yaki (rolled egg) and miso-soup.

Following is a comment from our student.


I have really enjoyed making the three layers omelette in a rectangular frying pan. That was a challenge. The teacher was very kind, helpful and professional.

うすいさん, also made a beautiful omelette.



Look forward to next school activity!



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.





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