Photos of our new Fukuoka school building!

Posted on May 20, 2015 | evankirby

Exactly two weeks after we moved in, we finally have some photos of our new Fukuoka Japanese school building for you! We'll be having professional photos taken in a week or so, but until then, these should give you a taste of the new and improved facilities here in Fukuoka City

New Japanese school building

Building from the front


Entrance hall

Student lounge

Student lounge

Reception and office

Library and meeting room

Japanese room


Another classroom

Yet another classroom

One more classroom

So many classrooms

Seriously guys I think we might have too many classrooms here

Alright that's it, you're just going to have to imagine what all the other classrooms look like because I'm done.

GenkiJACS Fukuoka is moving!

Posted on April 09, 2015 | genkijacs

After 9 years in our current location, almost the entirety of GenkiJACS Fukuoka’s time on this sweet earth, we’re finally moving! In May GenkiJACS Fukuoka will take over a six-floor building just a few minutes’ walk from Hakata Station, the biggest train station in Southern Japan, in the center of Fukuoka City. That’s right, a massive six floors of Genki goodness! Renovations are still ongoing, so we don’t have a whole lot of photos to show you yet, but we’ll be adding them as we get them.

The expansion will allow us to provide better facilities for students, and most importantly, bigger classrooms, as the current ones were a bit cramped, especially compared to the spacious rooms in our Tokyo branch.

The move is planned for Golden Week, to reduce disruption to classes. This means if you are studying with us over the Golden Week period, you’ll have classes at our current location until the day before Golden Week starts, and then you’ll have classes at our new location when you come back from the GW holiday.

This new building will let us improve the facilities and services we offer to students in the future. It’s an exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Check out more details on the new location here.


Yelp, an online and mobile app platform that publishes unsolicited reviews about local business around the world, has recently launched in Fukuoka. Previously only available in Tokyo and Osaka, Yelp has slowly gained popularity in the Japanese market over the last few years, and finally reached the Southern island of Japan in March 2015. The app kicked off with a small launch party at Bar Vita in Tenjin on the 22nd of March.
Attendees (many of whom were previously unregistered with Yelp) got to try out the app as part of the party games, making them Fukuoka's first official "Yelpers".


Tons of local businesses including restaurants, sports clubs and even famous sightseeing spots such as temples and shrines, have already registered on the app and are available for review.
It's likely to turn into a very useful tool for our Fukuoka-based Japanese language students, so if you haven't downloaded the app yet, why not give it a try?

You can read more about Yelp and give their search a try on their official Japanese site.

LanguageCourse.Net Customer Satisfaction Excellence Award 2015

Posted on March 09, 2015 | genkijacs

We are very proud to announce that we have won the LanguageCourse.Net Excellence Award for customer satisfaction yet again this year! 2015 marks the 8th year in a row we have won this award for "providing outstanding services to our clients". We couldn't have achieved this landmark success without the votes of all our lovely students, and we are deeply grateful to everyone who voted for us to win. You guys rock!

Learn Japanese through Ghibli Movies

Posted on March 01, 2015 | evankirby

The always excellent Tofugu put up a mammoth post last week on using Ghibli movies to help learn some basic Japanese words/phrases and grammar points. So glad they did the work so we don't have to!
The Ghibli Dictionary: A Japanese Study Guide Revolution!

Love is in the air...

Posted on February 27, 2015 | genkijacs

Spring is creeping around the corner in Japan and at Genki Japanese and Culture school! At least for now, the weather is warming up a bit – and we are finally ready to say good riddance to winter for another year. Speaking of which, love was apparently in the air on February 14th in Japan as well. Are you familiar with Valentine’s day in Japan?


In Japan, only women give chocolate to all of the men on the special day – including male co-workers and relatives. Although in recent years, this has also been accompanied with a welcome pint of beer and other things. There are two types of chocolates, “Giri-choco” (obligation chocolate), and “Honmei-choco”. Giri-choco is meant to be for friends, colleagues, bosses, and close male friends. “Giri” means obligation hence this Giri-choco has no romance involved. On the other hand, Honmei-choco is given to a boyfriend, lover, or husband with true love. Japanese women often prepare the Honmei-choco by themselves as many of them think it is not true love if they just buy the ready made chocolate at shops. You will start seeing large displays of chocolate, often heart-shaped in department stores and grocery stores from mid-January.


Days before the Valentine’s Day, stores get packed with a large variety of chocolates, the cooking tools, and women! Now before you say that it seems unfair that only the guys get to receive on Valentine’s day - the men, in response, give chocolates to women on White Day, which is a month later on March 14th (actually officially established by the National Confectionary Council of Japan – not kidding). Japanese young people were impressed by American customs of giving Valentine’s cards to all of their classmates, as well as the fact that friends also give gifts to each other (not just lovers). More often the color of the chocolate is white because of the name of the day. Flowers, candies and other gifts are also popular along with the chocolates. Again, department stores have many advanced reminders with gift displays so men will have no excuse to forget about this special day which is important for women. (To the guys, if you received chocolate – you will be expected to return the favor!) Seems like a few of our students had Genki Japanese and Culture school also have some dates lined up that week, just in time for the festivities!


Happy birthday, GenkiJACS!

Posted on February 23, 2015 | genkijacs

Genki Japanese and Culture School turned 10 years old on the 19th of February, 2015.
It's been a great 10 years - the school has grown exponentially, and with the addition of a brand new branch in Tokyo in 2013, we are happy to have more students than ever before study the Japanese language with us.

Teachers and staff at Fukuoka school (featuring an appearance by Tomoe-sensei from Tokyo school via Skype), held a small party at the office on Thursday to celebrate.

Our school Directors had this cake especially made in the shape of the school's logo.

Let's play "how many GenkiJACS staff does it take to cut a cake?"....
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We also had some delicious finger foods and drinks, and everyone had a great time celebrating this very special day with the school.

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We also received some very lovely flowers, including a beautiful pink arrangement from our former Fukuoka school staff, Mai-san!
Thanks so much, Mai-san!!


Of course, we wouldn't have been able to get where we are without all our wonderful students. Here's to the next 10 years - we hope to continue working hard at being the best Japanese school in Japan!


YOUは何しに日本へ? (Why did you come to Japan?)

Posted on February 13, 2015 | genkijacs

If you study at Genki Japanese school in either Fukuoka or Tokyo long enough, you may start taking a liking to the TV programming here (this is obviously up in the air). One of the wonderful shows that is amusing to a foreigner is the one mentioned in the title of the blog entry. Oh, the wonderful Japan life!

The show is run by a famous comedy duo known as ‘Bananaman’ made up of Osamu Shitara and Yuki Himura. It runs regularly in Japan on Monday evenings (Mondays are generally awful in any part of the world, but this show makes it all worth it – in our opinion anyway)!


The show loosely places the camera crew at an international airport terminal (usually Narita International or Haneda International in Tokyo) and follows random interviewees around their journey in Japan!


This girl came from Canada from a province in Quebec, her dream wanting to become a maid at a maid café in Akihabara! Big shoes to fill, but the show followed her month long journey from interview to interview. Eventually, she got the job and started working as an associate maid. Not quite the full time position she wanted, but everyone has got to start somewhere right?



Another example is a couple of Swedish friends that got massive popularity by buying new guidebooks about Japan every year, and randomly pointing to spots in Japan. The random page would be their destination for the year. So random, so adventurous, so awesome. Obviously, the Japanese love this kind of behavior and the pair have become micro-celebrities of sort!

Finally, celebrity exposure? Of course! Mega rising star Benedict Cumberbatch has been seen on the show and had a memorable episode. He was probably more amused than the audience, though!


The best part of the show is the randomness! Just about any person can appear on the show and expose their adventure to Japan (except Japanese people, we guess).
So if you run into the YOUは何しに日本へ? camera crew, please bring them down to Genki Japanese and Culture school!

UBER in Fukuoka

Posted on February 04, 2015 | genkijacs

UBER, the car service everyone loves to use, is now available in Fukuoka!


For those of our readers who haven't heard of this fantastic service, UBER is an app you can download to your mobile device. When you need a ride somewhere, simply enter your details into the app, and they'll send a private car to pick you up.

UBER will be available in Fukuoka from the 5th of February. And best of all? During their initial trial period, you can use this service totally for free! The only conditions are:
- Your ride starts AND stays within Fukuoka City, Kasugashi, Shimemachi, and Kasuyamachi.
- Your ride is less than 60 minutes long.
- You don’t take more than 5 rides per week.

More details are available on their blog here. (Scroll down for English!)


Posted on February 04, 2015 | genkijacs

We received this lovely calendar from one of our very talented previous students, Chiyoko-san, last week.
Thanks so much, Chiyoko-san, this is a very special gift indeed!