Summer Short-term 2016 student Tyrone Harmon sure knew how to have a fantastic time while studying at KCP in Japan. We have pictures to prove it! Thanks for sharing, Tyrone.
Ninja Showdown. | KCP Flickr
Ikebukuro Dorm. | KCP Flickr
Cross culture cooking lessons. | KCP Flickr
At the Kawaii Monster Cafe. | KCP Flickr
Taking J-world by storm. | KCP Flickr
Dabbing Samurai. | KCP Flickr
Asakusa adventures. | KCP Flickr
KCP alumnus Hector Santiago describes how his desire to learn more about the culture and language of Japan led him to join the KCP program and later, achieve his goal of working in Japan.
By the end of my second year in college, after having been involved in my school’s Asian culture club on campus and learning about different Asian cultures, I had decided that I wanted to study abroad. Of all the countries I had learned about, I was most enamored of Japan. I knew this was where I wanted to go. I felt a connection to the culture that I couldn’t explain. I started studying the language and even began practicing karate. My hunger for knowledge and experience pertaining to Japan led me to KCP, which had a great reputation as a school using the direct method of language learning while offering total immersion into the culture as well.
In cooking class. | KCP Flickr
When I arrived at KCP on the first day of class, I’m happy to say I was well prepared, as I had taken 2 semesters of Japanese in anticipation of going to Japan. The classes are intense, but I learned a lot, so long as I applied myself and kept trying. During my time at KCP, I was given the opportunities to hone my language skills by attending English support sessions, class trips, and joint events with Hosei University students, like cooking classes and parties. Also, I decided to live with a host family during my stay, which gave me opportunities to practice and learn Japanese daily. That experience has not only enabled me to become more confident in learning and speaking Japanese, but I also developed a lifelong relationship with my host family.
Since my time at KCP, I have gone on to graduate from my university in the U.S. and have started a new life living and working in Japan with the JET Program. The possibilities are endless for you if you pursue your goals and dreams with passion.
KCP is not just any language school. It is a first home for many who want to explore the world outside of their homes. It is a place where people from all over the world can come together and grow with respect for each other’s cultures. KCP is the epitome of an international education.
Hector with a taiko drum. | KCP Flickr
Read other posts by Hector here.
You can also visit Hector’s online travel journal to read about his other study abroad experiences. If you have a question for Hector about his language learning tips, please ask him.
Summer alumnus Ean Smith reminisces about his time at KCP and with his host family. Thanks for sharing, Ean!
In the summer of 2013 I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Japan at KCP International. With my love for the Japanese culture and a desire to learn the language, it would have been foolish for me to not be a part of this program. From the get go, the KCP staff in both the United States and Japan were incredibly helpful, answering all of my questions in a timely fashion. If learning the Japanese language is something you aspire to do, I cannot recommend the KCP immersion program enough. Though it was frustrating at times, I felt that this was the best way for me to learn a language, and many of the friends I met overseas will agree with me.
Sensoji Temple. | KCP Flickr
I chose to live with a host family during my time as a student at KCP. I wanted to experience first-hand what it would be like living with a Japanese family and see how their daily routine differed from that of mine. When I got the email saying that I would be living with a host family that spoke no English whatsoever, my stomach turned and I went into panic mode instantly. What if I couldn’t understand anything? What if they didn’t like me? I would be lying if I said there wasn’t an immediate language barrier when I arrived, but throughout the program, I found communication easier as the days went on.
On one occasion there was a cultural difference that caused my host mom to call KCP to have them explain to me what was going on. My host mom was not okay with me doing laundry once a week. Being a 23-year-old guy living on his own in the States, that was pretty typical for me. My host mom wanted me to give her my laundry to do every day. Not that I’m complaining, but because where I lived didn’t have a dryer, when I gave her a week’s worth of clothes, it took a bit of time to dry because she air-dried my clothes. It was also wonderful to have breakfast and dinner cooked for me, EVERY DAY! I think the bond between my host mom, host dad, and I helped push me to become a better student to eliminate that language barrier. I still talk to both of them on a monthly basis. I am a little homesick for my host mom’s homemade tonkatsu from time to time.
Fun with host family. | KCP Flickr
I found the Japanese nightlife to be incomparable to anything in the United States. Since Japan doesn’t partake in daylight savings time, it gets dark fairly early every day, so the nightlife gets going pretty quickly. My friends and I had plenty to do in Shinkjuku–from game centers, to the movie theatres, to frequenting izakayas, to venturing out to new restaurants, there is no shortage of entertainment in Japan. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of historical monuments to visit. Attempting to explain all of this in a brief blog will do it no justice, so you’re just going to have to experience this for yourself.
I can’t recommend this program enough. An immersion program is the best way to learn a language. The staff at KCP is so dedicated in helping students learn and master the Japanese language. I’ve made lifelong friends and have a second family because of this program, and that’s invaluable to me.
Ean Smith in front of Matsumoto Castle. | KCP Flickr
If you have a question for Ean about his KCP experiences, please ask him.
Former KCP student Alex Tada recently paid a visit to KCP and brought us up to date on his happenings. Thanks for dropping by, Alex!
It has already been two years since I graduated from KCP. Time passed fast. Thanks to KCP, I passed level N1 of the JLPT.
I found work after returning to America. I have made Japanese friends and my company does business with Japanese companies, so my Japanese skills have been useful.
I am glad I was able to go to KCP. I am travelling to various places in Japan, but I wanted to stop in to KCP on my way.
Alex with Japanese language instructor Mr. Nikaido. | KCP Flickr
Alex, in front of the KCP Annex building. | KCP Flickr