KCP Summer 2016 Students Make Curry in Cooking Class


Curry has its origins in the cuisine of the Indian Subcontinent. It consists of a complex combination of herbs and spices. Curry or karē is a favored dish in Japan. It is so popular it is even sometimes called Japan’s national dish. It is usually served over rice, udon noodles, or bread. Several varieties of vegetables and […]

KCP Summer Short-term 2016 Students Experience Yamanashi


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 […]

KCP Spring 2016 Students ‘ Kamakura Adventure


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 […]

Gearing Up for Tokyo 2020: “Discover Tomorrow”


With the culmination of the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Japan is set to host the next Summer Olympics, in 2020, in Tokyo! At the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics, Japan gave us a spectacular sneak preview of what we can expect on the next grand event, and it’s something to be excited about! […]

Okayama in All its Glory


Okayama Prefecture (岡山県 Okayama-ken) is located in the Chūgoku region of Japan along the Seto Inland Sea. It is bordered by Hyōgo Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, and Tottori Prefecture. The city of Okayama is the prefecture’s capital. Okayama is a tranquil, picturesque, and majestic place to visit, home to the historic town of Kurashiki and composed of about […]

Interesting Facts about Japan


Japan, an island nation in East Asia, is often called “Land of the Rising Sun.” Japan has a very interesting history and a rich culture. Here are just a few of the things to know about the country and its people: Japan has the third largest economy next to the United States and China, based on the […]

KCP Summer 2016 Students Experience Japanese Tea Ceremony


Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially processed and grown green tea. Matcha was developed by a Chinese monk from the tea plant camellia sinensis. It is a popular flavor in Japan and is used in traditional Japanese cuisine, drinks, and snacks. Matcha is also used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony that centers on the preparing, serving, […]

More of Japan’s Traditional Foods to Enjoy


Traditional Japanese cuisine uses staple foods available in the region. For thousands of years, Japanese food has had strong influences from Korea and China. It was only in the last few hundred years that foreign trade and religion made an impact on traditional Japanese fare and developed it to what we now know it to be. Sampling […]

KCP Summer Short-term 2016 Welcome Party at Ikebukuro Dorm


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). […]