Assimilating Your Japan Experience Into Life Back Home


Your time abroad is probably one of the most exciting experiences in your life. You will meet new friends, learn about a new culture, speak a new language, and open your eyes to a whole new world.  Readjusting to life back home can be another big change for you; it may take some time before […]

Importance of Gakko Hojin Certification


What exactly is Gakko Hojin? Put simply, Gakko Hojin is a rigorous educational evaluation and accreditation process overseen by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government ministry. Japan has the third-largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP), and it is the world’s second largest developed economy. It can be said […]

Tips on Adjusting to Life in Japan


Study abroad is an exciting and eye-opening experience for anyone. Being in a new place away from home and all your familiar things may take some getting used to.  There are several stages you may feel when in a foreign country: initial elation, culture shock, gradual adjustment, and finally adapting to your new second home in Japan. […]

The Amazing Zao Fox Village


Japan is known for their outrageous fads, cosplay, anime, manga, and gaming. Aside from all those great things that make the country so unique, they also have a Cat Island (Tashirojima) and a Rabbit Island (Ōkunoshima). Tashirojima is a small island in Japan in Ishinomaki, Miyagi. The island is a small fishing community of about […]

Home Remedies for Headaches


Headaches and migraines can be a common occurrence easily be remedied using natural substances rather than medication. These natural remedies can be a more healthful alternative, too. For many study abroad students away from home for a long period of time, it is imperative to know what types of medication need a prescription, the allowable quantity for personal […]

Fun Times at Jigokudani Monkey Park


Japan is a country rich in beautiful landscapes, natural resources, and wildlife. One of Japan’s popular indigenous wildlife species is the Japanese macaque. The Japanese macaque is known as saru (monkey) in Japanese but to distinguish it from other primates of the world, it is called Nihonsaru (Nihon means Japan in Japanese). The Nihonsaru are Old World monkeys, a group of primates that […]

KCP Alum Mike Doeren’s Photos of Japan


We love to see photos taken by our KCP students, as these offer a first-hand view of what strikes them while in Japan.  KCP Summer Short-term 2016 student Mike Doeren shares with us his photos of Tokyo and Mt. Fuji scenery. Thanks for sharing, Mike! Night life in Tokyo. | KCP Flickr. Never a dull moment in […]

The Exciting Tendo Sakura Matsuri Festival and Ningen Shogi


Shogi, or the “General’s Game, a two-player strategy board game, is the most popular native variant of chess in Japan. From the Song Dynasty through the Ming Dynasty in China, there are stories that numerous trade convoys travelled along the southern islands and all around the Indian Ocean. The Chinese traded with the  Japanese and other Southern […]

KCP Fall 2016 Students Experience Chanoyu


Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, is part of Japanese culture. It is a union of many Japanese arts with the focus on serving a bowl of tea with a pure heart. The earliest record of the history of tea in Japan dates back to 9th-century text references by a Japanese Buddhist monk. Japanese priests were […]

Incredible Rice Paddy Art


Japan is known for anime and manga art, technological advancements in robotics, and beautiful and picturesque scenery. Cherry-blossom or hanami season brings in thousands of visitors each year to witness the splendor of the blossoming flowers. Bonsai is another  art form that focuses on the long-term practice of cultivating and shaping miniature trees that are […]