The New Year season has always been a very special time of the year for the Japanese. They believe that the gods visit each family and deliver fortune during this period. To accept this fortune, many traditions and customs are followed. The New Year’s Course at WAHAHA is more than just Japanese lessons. This special program allows participants a chance to enjoy authentic Japanese New Year’s culture and activities.
Autumn is a wonderful time to come to Fukuoka – the summer heat has finally given way to more pleasant weather for enjoying the changing scenery as the leaves turn color and we transition from summer to winter. The Autumn Course is our standard Japanese course plus a variety of seasonal cultural events and activities. You can join as many or as few activities as you like to make the most of your fall in Fukuoka your way! Don’t miss out!
Are you a beginner student of Japanese trying to self-study? When studying anything on your own, and particularly foreign languages, maintaining your motivation is key. Finding fun, interactive, engaging (while at the same time easily understandable for the autodidact) educational resources can really make all the difference. In my experience as a self-learner of Japanese, I myself found the Japan Foundation’s website Erin’s Challenge – I can Speak Japanese to be extremely helpful in the beginning stages of my studies as a self-taught learner.
The website follows the story of a British study abroad student named Erin as she learns how to navigate everyday life in Japan (and make friends!) in Japanese. It includes skits that simulate real life situations as well as grammar explanations and activities to reinforce the material introduced. It is engaging, interactive, easy to understand, and best of all, focused on practical, real-life Japanese that you can put into use when you come to Japan!
Check it out if you get the chance and feel like you need a break from that textbook!: https://www.erin.ne.jp/
Ever want to try drawing your own manga? Last Friday (August 4) Wahaha students and teachers had the fantastic opportunity to experience two forms of art in one special event – manga and digital art! First, we learned about manga in Fukuoka and even got to try our hand at drawing manga ourselves! Secondly, we got to see local digital artists’ work in action in their “We can play! Digital Art Exhibition”!
8月といえば、やっぱり花火大会ですね！Summer, and August in particular, is fireworks season in Japan, and Fukuoka is no exception with plenty of fireworks shows (花火大会, or hanabi taikai) to enjoy. Last Tuesday (August 1) Wahaha students and teachers came together to enjoy the fireworks show at the beautiful Ohori Kouen. A traditional cultural event in Japan, you can enjoy not only the fireworks themselves but the many people dressed in beautiful yukata (casual summer kimono) as well! Try to catch a fireworks show while you’re here before the summer is over!