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Yanagawa boat tour

Enjoy a boat trip on the Yanagawa River in a very Japanese way. The city of Yanagawa is located 70 kilometers south of Fukuoka. The train ride to Yanagawa, which is a very beautiful and peaceful old castle town, takes

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Dutch Educational Association SBB Accredits Asahi

The Dutch Act on Adult and Vocational Education requires VET students to complete part of their studies at accredited work placement companies. Asahi Nihongo helps these students find a work placement in a real life environment. Thus making an important

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Free Shochu Tasting Event

Free for foreigners. Event sponsored by the Island of IKI Date: 02/24 (Sat), Time: 18:00 – 20:00 Place: SUiTO FUKUOKA, Fee: Pay yourself Meeting Point: Asahi Nihongo @ 17:30 Apply until: 02/22 (Thu) If you wish to join this event,

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Do (道) or the way of learning through repetition

Many Japanese arts and traditions were influenced by the Chinese and Buddhist culture. Similarly, the Chinese Taoism concept of 道 influenced Japanese philosophy. 道 is particularly used in traditional Japanese arts, either martial arts or aesthetic arts. The kanji “道”

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Curtains in the Doorway of Japanese Shops

If you have traveled in Japan before, you might have noticed curtains in the doorway of some shops. Did you wonder why they were there? These curtains are called Noren (暖簾) and are traditionally found at shops and some Japanese

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20th Anniversary Party

Today is our 20th company anniversary. Misa and I found Asahi Nihongo and Ritter School exactly 20 years ago. We are the first language school in Japan that offers Japanese language courses with internships, cultural activities, home stays, language exchange

Itoshima Tour

On Sunday, April 29, we went on a trip to Itoshima with three students from Asahi Nihongo. Despite the rainy weather, we had a really nice time. First destination was a farm for Strawberry Picking. When we arrived at the farm,

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Japanese Culture Day in Umi-machi

              Japanese Culture Day on April 26 in Umi-machi. You can experience various parts of Japanese culture such as calligraphy, Onigiri lunch and visiting a shrine wearing a Kimono. We will inform you about

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Strawberry picking and Sakagura Tour

Let’s enjoy strawberry picking and visit the Sake brewery in Itoshima! We also plan on having Sashimi for lunch, so please join us. Date: April 19, 2015 (Sun) Time: 10:00-17:00 Fee: 2500 Yen If you would like to know more, please

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Hakata-ben Karuta

Have you ever played “Karuta”, a Japanese card game? If so, how about “Hakata-ben Karuta”, a very popular variant among those who already play Karuta. The difference is, as you might have guessed, that you have to speak the Hakata

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Teacher Education and Skill Enhancement Course

Asahi Nihongo is running a course for teacher education and skill enhancement for four consecutive weeks starting on Monday, April 6, 2015.

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Daruma Dolls

Daruma Dolls, also known as Dharma Dolls, are traditional Japanese dolls without hands and feet. Their design depends on region and artist, but most Daruma Dolls are painted red and made of paper-mache. The hollow dolls have a round shape

Yamakasa Festival

Yearly Events in Fukuoka

Hakata Gion Yamakasa is one of the most exciting and important events in Hakata. Several beautiful Kazariyamas (decorative portable shrines and floats) are built and are spread over several parts of the city in a two week period. It’s said

Summer in Japan

The last cold days have passed now and we are looking ahead to the upcoming summer. One may prefer this time of the year, since you can start wearing slight clothing or go to the beach. This may apply to

Baseball and the Softbank Hawks

There are many sports that are popular in Japan, but baseball is one of the most popular. The baseball season starts from early April until November, and comprises of 12 different teams from different parts of Japan.Throughout the year, the