Japanese School in Japan,Fukuoka - NILS

School Activity Report

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.


Making Kumihimo 組みひも体験




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.









友泉亭~Japanese garden “Yusentei park”



On May 22nd we went to Yusentei Park. I found it very pleasant, as being surrounded by nature is one of my favorite things. Moreover this park shows pretty well a typical Japanese garden, with its lake full of carps and maple trees. The view was fantastic from every angle. We also enjoyed a cup of matcha green tea with some Japanese-style confectioneries.

We then visited Fukuoka zoological and botanical gardens. I preferred the most the latter, since I feel quite uncomfortable seeing wild animals kept in captivity. Nevertheless, the botanical garden was amazing. I had never seen flowers as big and colorful as the ones I saw there. Their smell was really nice, too.

I really liked this activity.











博多街歩き~Hakata city walking

5月のいいお天気の中、博多の旧市街を散策して来ました♪ 福岡の歴史や文化についてたくさん勉強できた1日でした。

Today we joined the Fukuoka Walking Tour. Despite the weather (it was quite hot, but also windy), I really enjoyed it.

I learnt many things about the city of Fukuoka, particularly some aspects of its history. We visited some Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, being able to know various aspects of the Japanese religion and culture that you don’t hear often outside this Country (unless you do specific researchers or consult genre specific books).

I liked visiting the Old City of Hakata the most; it is so beautiful! You can clearly see how tradition and modernity melt together with great harmony.

Surely worth it.






Open Top Bus (オープントップバス観光)

This week we went on an open top bus tour of Fukuoka. It was a great opportunity to get familiar with the different areas and places in Fukuoka City.

We started at Fukuoka City Hall near the Tenjin station. We visited spots such as Yafuoka! Dome where the SoftBank Hawks baseball team plays, Fukuoka Tower, Ohori Koen, and the busy streets of Tenjin just to name a few. We also saw views of the ocean and crossed on a tall beautiful bridge. The baseball stadium was framed by very interesting buildings that were supposed to look like ships.

We enjoyed the view of the different neighborhoods decorated with the young greenery of spring. The azaleas were in full bloom and the wisteria garden had also started to drop their grape-like flowers. One of the best viewing spots of the spring season was the large park surrounding the Fukuoka Castle Ruins. We will explore these different areas further in the weeks to come.


川下り体験 柳川 ( Yanagawa outing )

Hinamatsuri, Dolls’ Festival, or specially Girls’ Festival is a festival quite special to the Japanese culture.  Families celebrate the day with the display of dolls signifying the Emperor and Empress, along with dolls of different levels in the traditional hierarchy, with the aims to offer blessings for their daughter.  This is one of the most heartwarming and colorful festivals in Japan.  This week, not only was I able to witness how Japanese people celebrate Hinamatsuri, I was able to experience this in Yanagawa, a town known for its many bridges and canels, which can be navigated by boats.


Tsuboi-san accompanied me in this trip. Thanks to him, I was able to understand more about the culture and tradition of Yanagawa and Japan as a whole.  We started our day trip with a boat ride. Our punter was an Ojiisan, an elderly man. He showed us his wonderful punting skills by going through amazingly narrow bridges with ease. He not only introduced the places as we punted along, but also entertained us with singing Japanese folk songs.  His voice was really awesome.  The whole journey was 4 km long which took about 40 mins.  The ride was really entertaining and comfortable.  Unlike Venice which seems to be overcrowded with tourists and has constant congestions  in the canels, Yanagawa was relatively relaxing and serene.


During the boat ride, we saw a stage where Hinamatsuri ceremony was performed, and children gathered on different boats, getting ready to send paper dolls to the canels, with the hope to pray for good fortune and health.


After the boat trip, we went to the the Tachibana Museum. Besides housing lots of important cultural properties, the museum also displayed an awesome collection of traditional dolls specifically in celebration of Hinamatsuri. The dolls together with the unique hanging ornaments were gorgeous. The Museum has an attached Japanese garden which was an absolute beauty. The best viewing point was from the second floor.


We had  lunch in this old building overlooking the beautiful garden. Lunch was unagi, Sea eel, which was also famous in Yanagawa and a must-try.  The day was wrapped up with a short walk around Yanagawa town, where we could see a lot of fully bloomed sakura trees, a Shrine with caged chickens, goats, a monkey and some other animals.  It was a very enjoyable and memorable day trip !



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