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KCP Fall 2016 Students at Edo-Tokyo Museum

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  • February 6, 2017

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is situated in the heart of the bustling city of Tokyo. It gives visitors a glimpse of early life in the ancient city and envisions what the future has in store for the modern metropolis. The museum opened its doors in 1993 in a one-of-a-kind building modeled after an elevated-floor warehouse. It is a popular landmark and favorite destination of visitors of Japan.

Join KCP Fall 2016 students as they experience the history and culture of Japan and its people at the Edo-Tokyo Museum!

Edo-Tokyo Musem, KCP Fall 2016 students. |All photos at KCP Flickr.

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KCP Fall 2016 Students Visit Yamanashi

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  • January 30, 2017

Yamanashi is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Japan. It is landlocked, making it easy to reach via train from Tokyo. Yamanshi Prefecture prides itself on its fertile central valley, the Kōfu Basin, with the prefecture’s capital being the city of Kōfu. Surrounded by many of the highest mountains in Japan, it offers some of the best sights including the majestic Mount Fuji.

Yamanashi has a colorful history beginning with a prehistoric society that progressed through the hunting, fishing, and gathering stages during the Jōmon period. During the Sengku period in the 16th century, the daimyo of the land, Takeda Shingen, known to have attempted to unify and control Japan, also built two prominent historic sites, the Tsuzuji Mansion and the Yōgai Castle in Kōfu.

During World War II, Kōfu suffered extensive damage. From the end of the war onwards, as part of Japan’s economic initiatives, the government introduced agricultural land reforms which significantly increased the number of individual farms and promoted fruit farming and viticulture throughout the prefecture.

Join KCP Fall 2016 students as they experience and discover Yamanashi!

All photos, KCP Fall 2016 Yamanashi overnight excursion. | KCP Flickr

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KCP Summer Short-term 2016 Students Experience Yamanashi

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  • September 15, 2016

Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan is surrounded by many of the country’s highest mountains including the majestic Mount Fuji in the southern border with Shizuoka. Yamanashi is one of the more popular places to witness Japan’s prehistoric history. Archaeological evidence shows early settlers having progressed through hunting, fishing, and gathering stages during the Jōmon period then moving on to the stage of planting rice during the Yayoi period and slowly progressing to village and regional formation.

Yamanashi is also the site for the Maruyama and Choshizuka Kofun (earthen burial mounds) in Sone Hill in Nakamichi Town, South of Kōfu. The burial mounds are believed to have been built from the end of the 4th century.  Kōfu, the capital of Yamanshi, suffered heavy damages during World War II. Economic initiatives encouraged agricultural land reforms that promoted viticulture, fruit, and even dairy farming.

Yamanashi is easily accessible by road and rail, making it a favorite destination for many coming from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. Join KCP’s Summer Short-term 2016 students as they experience Japanese history and culture while they explore Yamanashi!

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KCP Spring 2016 Students ‘ Kamakura Adventure

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  • September 12, 2016

The peaceful coastal town of Kamakura is a favorite destination for many visitors of Japan. In Kanagawa Prefecture, it is conveniently located just about an hour from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. Kamakura is rich in history, having once been the political center of the country under Minamoto Yorimoto (1147–1199), the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate. With Japan’s seat of  military government based in Kamakura, the town flourished and the rule continued for more than a century under the Minamoto shogun and then by the Hōjō regents.

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Today, Kamakura is a popular destination for those who want to experience the culture and history of Japan. Sometimes known as the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura has numerous shrines, temples, and other historically significant monuments that give us a glimpse of the bygone era when the quiet, sleepy town was at the peak of power. There are also breathtaking beaches that attract crowds during the summer months for a quick getaway.

KCP’s Spring 2016 students recently had a wonderful time exploring the wonders of Kamakura. Take a look at these photos!

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KCP Winter 2016 Students Explore Kamakura

Join KCP students’ Fall 2012 culture class as they visit the historic town of Kamakura and Enoshima.

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KCP Summer Short-term 2016 Conversation Practice with Hosei University Students

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  • August 29, 2016

KCP International is recognized as a leader in Japanese language education. It is well known for its Japanese language and cultural immersion in Tokyo. The school, for the dedicated student, is a convergence of study abroad students, aspiring teachers, interns, and professors.

KCP has been working with accredited U.S. universities for over 18 years. We have affiliation agreements with several universities and sponsor agreements with three others. (Sponsor universities provide academic credit for students who are enrolled at other schools.) Each year, KCP hosts students from more than 50 American colleges and universities.  We employ the Direct Method in our Japanese language immersion: classes are taught in Japanese without a vehicular language such as English.  Our program has improved each year as a result of our attention to the needs of the western-world student.

Hosei University, one of the top universities of Japan, is 3rd highest in terms of number of applicants among all Japanese universities in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Hosei University was ranked 100 in Global Executives’ 2013 top 100 by The Times Higher Education.

Check out KCP’s Summer Short-term 2016 conversation practice with Hosei University students.  It is an effective way to practice conversation skills in the Japanese language and make some new friends as well!

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KCP Summer-Short Term 2016 Students Visit TEPIA Museum

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  • August 11, 2016

Japan is a pioneer intechnological advancement especially in robotics, computer, and video games, as well as in the field of communications. Recently, KCP’s Summer-short term students visited TEPIA (Association for Technological Excellence Promoting Innovative Advances) Museum where they had loads of fun while learning more about the exhibits.

TEPIA Science Museum is conveniently located in Tokyo’s Aoyama district. It is known for its studies in advanced technological research in machinery, information technology, biotechnology, discovery of new material, energy, and the like. TEPIA distinguishes itself on sharing information on state-of-the-art technologies to help find ways to solve global issues such as environmental concerns and creating new industries. TEPIA houses a gallery that exhibits wondrous technological advancements.

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The TEPIA building was built in 1989 and designed by architect Fumihiko Maki, who makes creative use of new materials and fuses Eastern and Western cultures. The building is famous for its high level of construction technology. Fumihiko Maki, a renowned Japanese architect, was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1993 as “a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which have produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.”

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TEPIA building. | Yuichi Sakuraba

The original design of the TEPIA building is hailed as an architectural wonder.  It is a modernist structure with a semi-circular glass block wall accented by delicate surfaces such as metallic and perforated screens that add to the high technological effect representative of its purpose.  TEPIA Science  Museum is a wonderful way to experience the how far Japan has come in the scientific community and what it has contributed to the world.

Check out photos of the excursion!

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For more photos of the excursion, visit our album at KCP Flickr.

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KCP Fall 2015 Students Visit Yamanashi Winery

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  • June 23, 2016

Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture, with all its rich, cultural, and historical aspects, is also responsible for 40% of domestic wine making production. Hokkaido in Miyazaki Prefecture also cultivates grapes and produces wine although in more limited quantities.

Koshu_GrapesJapan has a wide range of grape varieties. However, most are for table consumption and only a small percentage is used for wine making.  The types of grapes used for wine making are usually the imported cultivars including Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. However, the Koshu grape variety used in making white wine has evolved over the centuries and is now considered a local variety.

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The Koshu grape (Koshu is the former name of Yamanashi) is primarily grown in Yamanashi Prefecture. It was developed from vines imported from the Caucasia (a region at the border of Europe and Asia), through the Silk Road around a thousand years ago. The grape is a hybrid indigenous to Japan and has a relatively thick skin that can withstand Japanese summers.

Wine made from Koshu grapes is light in color and has a soft, fruity bouquet with overtones of citrus and peach. The taste is commonly describes as clean, delicate, and fresh. It makes a great pairing for Japanese cuisine.

Join KCP Fall 2015 students as they visit the Yamanashi winery and sample local wines.

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KCP Fall 2015 Students Visit Yamanashi

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  • January 14, 2016

Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県) in Chūbu region, Honshu, Japan, is a popular destination for its beautiful scenery. Yamanashi is easily accessible by road and rail. Some of the more popular places to visit in the area are Mount Fuji, the highland resort of Kiyosato, Kōfu city, Senga Falls, the Fuji Five Lakes, the Kuonji Temple in Minobu, and the Koshu wineries.

Yamanashi Prefecture’s natural topography is ideal for hiking, mountain climbing, and simply enjoying Japan’s unique scenery. Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, and Mount Kita, the second highest, are both located in Yamanashi. There are several onsens (natural hot springs) in the area as well as the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park and parts of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and the Minami Alps National Park.

Join KCP’s Fall 2015 students in pictures as they visit Yamanashi Prefecture!

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KCP Summer Short-term 2015 Students Visit NHN PlayArt

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  • December 7, 2015

Over the summer, KCP’s Summer Short 2015 students toured NHN PlayArt Corporation, one of Japan’s leading providers of online gaming and comics services.  The company was only recently founded in 2013 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. NHN PlayArt Corp. operates as a subsidiary of NHN Entertainment Corporation.

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The PlayArt building facade. | KCP Flickr

NHN Corporation was formed in September 2001 through the merger of Hangame Communications, Inc. (maker of online games) and Naver Corporation (operator of a comprehensive search portal). Hangame was launched in November of 1998 and Naver was launched in June of 1999. The merger created the company name  “Next Human Network,” or NHN, though both companies still operate under their original brand names.

Some popular games developed by NHN for PCs are Alliance of Valiant Arms (2008), Hangame and Soul of the Ultimate Nation (2009), Tera (2011). Games for iPhone and Android are Valkyria Duel and  Battle for the Throne (2014).

Have a look at these photos from the KCP excursion:

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KCP students try their hand at one of the company’s games. | KCP Flickr

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KCP Summer Short-term 2015 Students Tour Hosei University

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  • August 24, 2015

Hosei University was initially Tōkyō Hōgakusha (Tokyo association of law), established in 1880. It was renamed Tōkyō Hōgakkō (Tokyo school of law) a year later. Dr. Gustave Émile Boissonade de Fontarabie (1825–1910) was a French legal scholar credited for drafting most of Japan’s civil code during the Meiji Era. He was honored as one of the founders of Japan’s legal system and was the head  of Tōkyō Hōgakkō beginning in 1883. The school merged with Tōkyō Futsugakkō (Tokyo French School) in 1889 and subsequently took the name Hosei University (Hōsei daigaku i.e. Tokyo university of law and politics) in 1903. It was recognized as a private university in 1920.

Hosei University is one of the top universities of Japan and is 3rd highest in terms of  number of applicants among all Japanese universities in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Hosei University was ranked 100 in Global Executives 2013 top 100 by The Times Higher Education.

This July, KCP summer short-term 2015 students toured Hosei University and had a great time interacting with the university students. Check out our photos!

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KCP Summer Short-term students at Hosei University.

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Group session.

For more photos of the Hosei University trip, visit our KCP Flickr album.

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