Colette Kinder Answers the Question, Why KCP?


With all the study abroad programs that offer Japanese language courses, you might wonder what sets KCP apart from the rest. In this informative post, KCP student Colette Kinder answers the question, “Why KCP?” Often I get asked why I chose to attend KCP rather than a Japanese university, or another language school somewhere else in the country. […]

Japan’s Historical Sannai-Maruyama Site


In 1992, Aomori Prefecture began surveying a site for a possible location for a baseball stadium. Unbeknownst to the people involved, they were to discover the ancient remains of a settlement dating back to Japan’s Neolithic period. The site is now known as the Sannai-Maruyama site. The Sannai-Maruyama site (三内丸山遺跡) is located southwest of Aomori City. The […]

Traditional Japanese Pottery: Kasama Ware


Kasama (笠間市 ) City in Ibaraki Prefecture was variously known as a post-station town, a castle town during the Edo Period from 1600 to 1868, then a shrine town of the Kasama Inari Shrine during the Meiji Period (1868–1912.) Kasama literally means “within the straw hat.” The city is surrounded by mountains and is said to resemble an […]

“Ishin no Sanketsu” of the Meiji Restoration


The Tokugawa shogunate, also known as the Tokugawa or Edo bafuku, was the last feudal Japanese military government that ruled over Japan from 1603 to 1868.  During this time, the heads of the Japanese government were called shoguns and each one came from the Tokugawa clan. The Tokugawa bafuku came to an end due to […]

Japanese Anime Favorites to Watch


Japanese anime is known for fantastic themes, colorful characters, and stellar graphics. It is considered a diverse art form that uses distinct methods and techniques in the production process that continues to evolve with new technologies. The anime industry in Japan is composed of more than 400 production studios in the country alone, and it has continued […]

Japanese study tips: train time to your advantage


When you’re in Tokyo, immersed in Japanese all the time, it’s natural to be swept away on the current of novelty and excitement that surrounds you. But riding the waves on its own won’t bring you the language mastery you’re there for. KCP faculty members are known for their willingness to help you learn and […]

Discovering Nikkō


Nikkō (日光市 ) is one of the most picturesque cities in Japan.  Nikkō, which means “sunshine” or “sunlight,” is situated in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture. This popular destination for locals and tourists alike features several places that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shrines and Temples of Nikkō.  Nikkō is known for its […]

Japanese Cold and Cough Home Remedies


It is sometimes unavoidable to have the occasional sniffles or to catch the common cough or cold in your travels. Foreign countries may have different policies on what types of medication you are allowed to bring in. Japan in particular is very stringent on the types of medicines you can bring in whether it be […]

Celebrate August Festivals in Japan


Many spectacular Japanese festivals or matsuri (祭) usher in the month of August. Here are August exciting festivals to celebrate: Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri (August 5–7) in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, is a relatively new festival, first celebrated in 1964. It attracts over a million spectators each year and is one of the major festivals of the Tohoku area (Fukushima, […]

Finding Beauty and Tranquility in Yamadera


Yamadera (山寺) is a Japanese temple located in the northeast mountains of Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture. The picturesque temple is built on a steep mountainside that allows you a spectacular view of the valley below.  Yamadera, literally meaning “mountain temple” in Japanese, is only a 20-minute train ride from the Senzan Line, and the mountain base […]