Category Archive: For KCP Students
KCP International gives serious students who want their Japanese language ability to grow by leaps and bounds, and are ready to work hard for it, KCP will help you achieve your goal. Your success is our success.
Class is very intense. In 11 weeks, you can earn more Japanese credit than you would earn in an entire year at your home school.
The culture-and-civilization course, combined with the dorm or homestay context and with the extracurricular clubs, all make for a varied blend of experiences that have you living the Japanese life every moment of every day.
Last December, KCP Fall 2016 batch proudly completed their course. Here are some highlights of their completion ceremony:
Your Japanese language immersion experience with KCP is an impressive element of your resume. It’s not just the Japanese language that you may have learned while in Japan. Living in another country can give you a wealth of worldliness. You can come back home bringing with you newfound insights, you may see things from a different point of view and, perhaps even possess a clarity you could never have gained without your travel experience. After creating such beautiful memories, making new friends, and gaining the wisdom of another culture and language, it’s time to use these to further your success.
Here are some tips on how to use your KCP experience in your resume:
Keep it simple.
There will be a number of applicants applying for your dream job. Keep your resume simple and straight to the point. People who screen resumes won’t have the time to read through flowery, long introductions. Just focus on what’s important. Gather your experience and condense them into keywords to use to highlight and use to your advantage.
KCP Fall 2016, Yamanashi. |KCP Flickr
Explain the skills gained abroad.
Studying in another country demands much from a student. It takes having an open mind, decision making skills, meticulous planning, and speaking a whole new different language. You can highlight any of these are accomplishments in your professional resume.
The workplace is becoming more and more global. Your Japanese language skills can only be a plus on your resume. The ability to communicate in and understand Japanese, as well as have the know-how of different cultures and customs, is a valuable attribute.
Use impressive bullet points in key areas of your resume.
For anyone looking through a resume, whatever information you put is read from top to bottom. When creating your resume, imagine being the person skimming through it and doing the hiring. What will make you stand out from all the other applicants? Structure your proficiencies to give you more clout and be a cut above the rest by highlighting the most impressive details about your training. Do not however, give away everything about what you’ve learned. Always remember whatever you put in your resume will result in questions that may involve what you have gained from your experience. Be ready to expand on what you have learned. You may want to talk about other new and exciting information.
Relate your experiences to the job you’re applying for.
Use the keywords you’ve gathered and make them relevant to the position you are applying for such as “possess problem solving skills”, “the ability to adapt”, “a team player”, and “language skills in Japanese”. Use a short description of what you’ve learned and can apply in the workplace.
See more tips on getting around Tokyo on a student’s budget and cheap eats in Tokyo for a student’s budget. Visit our blog site for more highlights on Japan.
KCP S2016 completion ceremony. | KCP Flickr
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 you feel settled in again in your own home. To reach the full potential of your study away experience, you can use a number of ways to assimilate, maintain, and deepen the many things you learned in Japan.
Here are just a few tips for making the most of your Japan experience:
Eat foods similar to what you had in Japan.
Food can be an integral part of culture shock as well as reverse culture shock. Spending some time abroad allows your taste buds to discover the different ingredients and cooking styles of a particular region. Back at home, you may find yourself longing for those familiar tastes. Seeking out Japanese restaurants in your area will give you the chance to have familiar foods from Japan, remind you of your experiences abroad, and may become part of your regular diet.
Japanese noodles. | KCP Flickr
Keep a journal.
Keeping a written or video journal will allow you to chronicle your time abroad, your experiences, and even your personal growth. You can look back on fond memories of your adventures and your thoughts at the time. It can bring in a flood of sensations of what life was like in Japan.
Bungo Stray Dogs. | Screengrab from YouTube video by Crunchyroll
Watch Japanese movies, anime, television shows.
Find ways to watch Japanese movies, in Japanese. You can skim etflix, Hulu, or YouTube for any Japanese shows that you can find. The familiar sights and sounds of Japan in your own home can be a means to slowly reintegrate in this simple and entertaining way.
Connect with the friends you made in Japan.
Keep in touch with the friends you made while in Japan as well as reconnecting with your old friends from home. You can use Facebook, Skype, email, text messaging, and so on. Friends near and far can help ease your transition. It’s also a wonderful way to share your experiences.
KCP Summer 2016 Kamakura trip. | KCP Flickr
In time, things will fall back into place. You’ll develop new routines and incorporate what you’ve learned into your everyday life. Your Japan experience will truly be an asset for your future!
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.
Here are a few tips on transitioning to your life in Japan:
Learn about Japanese culture before you go.
Read up on what to expect once you arrive in Japan. You’ll have a heads up on what clothes to pack and the proper courtesy and manners to observe. You wouldn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb or unintentionally offend.
Fall 2016 students at KCP tea ceremony. | KCP Flickr
Keep an open mind.
Every country has its own unique culture. Keep an open mind and observe, take in, and embrace the many layers of Japanese tradition and culture. It also helps to have a positive attitude towards every new experience. It may give you a deeper understanding and awareness of what and why certain things are followed in Japanese culture.
Make new friends.
Go out of your way to meet new people. You will encounter other students from other countries taking the same Japanese language course. Making new friends allows you to learn more about what life is really like in another country. Befriending someone from Japan and other countries will enable you to build your network of friends.
Fall 2016 Ikebukuro Dorm welcome party. | KCP Flickr
Immerse yourself in local activities.
Do what the locals do. Tokyo is a bustling metropolis that has many intriguing sights and activities. Keep abreast of new things that you can join near your area.
Explore new places.
Go where the locals go! Get out of your comfort zone. KCP is right in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. Being right smack in the middle of the bustling metropolis offers lots of places to explore: temples and shrines, narrow alley ways, and majestic gardens. You’re never left without a new place to explore each day.
Going up Mt. Fuji. | Mike Doeren at KCP Flickr
Keep a journal about your experience.
Keep a record of your experience abroad such as a journal (written, video, and/or photo). This will give you the chance to look back on your experience and the changes in your perception and understanding of Japan and the Japanese. This will also give you memories to look back on after your stay abroad.
Keep ties to family and friends back home.
Write emails, send post cards, share blog posts, photos, and videos with family and friends. Let them join your adventure vicariously.
Summer Short-term 2016 students at Yamanashi. | KCP Flickr
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 sent to China as envoys to learn about Chinese culture. The priests soon returned with the habit of drinking tea. A priest named Saicho first brought tea to Japan, and Emperor Saga welcomed the growing of tea plants in the country.
Practitioners of Chanoyu practice the principles of Wa Kei Sei Jaku (harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility). These are integrated into their study of tea and into their everyday lives. Sen no Rikyū (1522 – April 21, 1591), also known as Rikyū, is considered the historical figure with the most profound influence on chanoyu, the Japanese way of tea. Rikyū said that tea is nothing more than boiling water, making tea, and drinking it. It is this simplicity that makes the study of Chanoyu a lifelong pursuit.
Check out KCP Fall 2016 students as they experience the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
For more photos of the event, visit KCP Flickr.
Ikebukuro (池袋) is one of Tokyo’s exciting centers conveniently located at the northwestern corner of the Yamanote loop line that connects Tokyo’s major city centers. Ikebukuro Station is an important commuter hub that intersects three other subways and multiple urban and suburban train lines, making it the second busiest railway station (surpassed only by Shinjuku Station).
The Ikebukuro dormitory for KCP students is just 30 minutes from the school. It isn’t just a convenient commuters hub, but a thriving entertainment and commercial district as well. Ikebukuro offers a number of things to see and do. There are entertainment, shopping, and dining options to suit anyone’s fancy. Ikebukuro is also a treasure trove of Japanese culture and history. The city was known as “Sugamo” during the Taishō and Shōwa periods when foreign laborers and artists chose to live there because it was not as expensive as other places in Tokyo.
Check out our photos of KCP’s Summer Short-term 2016 students as they are welcomed in their Ikebukuro dorm. A wonderful start to their Japan experience!
For more photos of the event, visit KCP Flickr.
Jessica Dales, one of our Fall term 2011 students, gave us an insider’s view through her photos and descriptions.
Throughout history, Buddhism and Buddhist institutions have had great influence on the Japanese people, peaking during the Kamakura and Muromachi periods. Buddhism was introduced to Japan by five Chinese monks from Gandhara (an ancient kingdom extending to the Swat valley and Potohar plateau regions of Pakistan and the Jalalabad district of northeastern Afghanistan) who traveled to the country during the Kofun period (250 to 538). Buddhism soon became the Japanese state religion according to national policies; Buddha was made into a Japanese deity and coexisted with other Shinto gods.
Zen is a school of Mahayana (Sanskrit for “Great Vehicle”) Buddhism, one of the main existing branches of Buddhism and a term for classification of Buddhist philosophies and practice. The practice of Zen meditation or zazen is the heart of the Zen Buddhist experience. Also known as dhyana in India, it is a very precise and simple meditation practice that can bring a whole new meaning to life.
Join KCP’s Fall 2015 students as they experience Zen meditation in Yamanashi.
For more photos of the trip, visit our KCP Flickr album.
Recently, KCP Winter 2016 students visited the Edo-Tokyo Museum as a cultural activity: a wonderful way to learn first-hand about the history and way of life of the Japanese people.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum, located in the heart of the bustling metropolis, gives visitors a glimpse of early life in the ancient city and envisions what the future has in store for Tokyo. 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.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum’s permanent exhibit showcases original objects and replicas of what local Japanese people used at the time in their everyday lives from the city’s 400 year long history since the reign of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Several times a year, the museum also holds special exhibitions located at the first floor gallery. There are also various events, lectures, and workshops focusing on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo.
Join KCP’s Winter 2016 students as they visit Edo-Toyo Museum.
To view more photos of the trip, visit KCP Flickr.
Asakusa, a favorite place to go to in Japan, is close to the brimming metropolis of Tokyo and has a rich and vibrant history.
Asakusa is an urban district conveniently located just on the north-east outskirts of central Tokyo, at the brim of the eastern end of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line subway, and about a mile east of the major Ueno railway–subway interchange. The area is also known as Shitamachi (low city), referring to the low elevation of this particular part of Tokyo along the banks of the Sumida River. The area has an appealing quaint old feel of bygone days in Japan. Its abundance of shrines and temples, together with its options for entertainment, give it a unique vibrance.
Join the KCP Winter 2016 students as they visit Asakusa and experience the unique culture, traditions, and history of Japan. Check out other KCP alumni who also visited Asakusa.
For more photos of the trip, visit KCP Flickr.
At KCP International, every student is introduced to the chadou, or traditional tea ceremony, also known as “the Way of Tea.” The traditional Japanese tea ceremony is the result of centuries of meditative, ritualized interaction among host and guests. For the Way of Tea, the year is divided into two main seasons: the sunken hearth (ro) season (the colder months, November to April), and the brazier (furo) season (the warmer months, May to October). It is a wonderful way to get to know the Japanese culture and way of life.
Join the KCP Winter 2016 students as they experience the Way of Tea.
View more photos of the tea ceremony at KCP Flickr.