Sushi 101

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Sushi (すし, 寿司, 鮨) usually consists of cooked rice mixed with vinegar and sweet sake, raw or cooked seafood, seaweed, and vegetables. The ingredients and presentation vary but sushi always contains rice. Raw fish or other types of meat that are sliced and served without rice is called sashimi. Sushi is often served with a daikon garnish, […]

KCP Student Colette Kinder Takes Us Around Kasai

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One of KCP’s dormitories is in Kasai City, and KCP student Colette Kinder stayed there during her time in Japan. Here are just a few of her many photos of the dorm and the Kasai area. Check these out! My Kasai dorm room desk. There is lots of storage for books and supplies. However, that […]

The Unique Japanese Komusō Monks

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The komusō  (虚無僧)  were a popular group of monks who relied mainly on charity or begging to survive during the Edo period (1603–1868). They were from the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism.  Fuke Zen arrived in Japan in the 13th century and was derived from the teachings of Linji Yixuan, a Zen preacher from China during […]

Colette Kinder Answers the Question, Why KCP?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]