New Fukuoka school intro video!

Posted on October 27, 2014 | genkijacs

We recently remadet the introduction video for our Fukuoka school, and are pleased to announce that it is finally ready for viewing!

Fukuoka-based video production company From Now On Group shot and produced the video, and we will also be enlisting their services to produce our Tokyo school introduction video, slated for release in Spring next year.

We think this video is a pretty good portrayal of what our Japanese language school is really like, and we hope it will help some of our future students in making the decision to study with us.
The video is also up on our Facebook, so please let us know what you think!

New website is live!

Posted on January 15, 2014 | genkijacs

Our new website is live! It's a big change, but we're pretty excited! We'll be making a few more updates during the next while, as well as fixing a few minor bugs - if you spot anything that's broken, let us know! It should be responsive, meaning it should (technically...) display correctly on smartphones as well. We've also made some changes to our courses and costs for 2014...keep checking back for more exciting new content!

Let us know what you think! We'll be happy to hear your opinions on the new look. The all new GenkiJACS.com!

Star Awards Nomination 2013

Posted on July 30, 2013 | genkijacs

Genki Japanese language school is proud to be voted one of the world's Star Language Schools for 2013. This is our fifth year in a row! The STM Star Awards are unique, peer-voted awards in the international education industry. We are honored to be one of only five schools in the world nominated for the World Language School award!

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for us this year, too. We hope to continue providing Japanese language education to the standard deserving of this award for many years to come.

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Website update

Posted on July 23, 2013 | genkijacs

You may have seen this logo floating around here and there...

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That's right! We here at Genki Japanese Language and Culture School are updating our look. We've been making small changes to our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) to include the new logo, and today we updated the website with a new top banner!
We'll be updating the design of the website in the next few months, so stay tuned! Until then, let us know what you think of the new logo! You can drop a comment on our Facebook page or Tweet @GenkiJACS on Twitter!

Genki Japanese Language School in Tokyo

Posted on June 18, 2013 | genkijacs

After a very busy month of preparations, we finally opened the new branch of Genki Japanese Language School in Tokyo on the 3rd of June!
It's located just minutes from the JR Shinjuku Station, right on the grounds of the famous Hanazono Shrine. We're so pleased to already have so many students studying with us here in Tokyo, and look forward to seeing more and more pupils join in the fun!

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The school has six classrooms, and a lounge where students can relax with free coffee and tea, watch TV and play games in the afternoons after lessons. There's also free wi-fi of course, and a book exchange where you can take or leave any non-Japanese books on the shelf. We also have a collection of manga available, so if you feel like leveling up your Japanese, why not challenge Chobits, GTO, or One Piece?

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It's great to see our new students' smiling faces as they learn Japanese!

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Would you like to experience the fast-paced Tokyo life? Why not visit our school there? If you like it, stay a while!

Check out our Facebook page for more photos of the new school!

Upcoming Fukuoka Festivals - October 2010

Posted on October 07, 2010 | evankirby

October is a good time for festivals in Fukuoka, with three big ones coming up soon.

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Nakasu Matsuri
October 7th to 9th
On the streets of Nakasu
Nakasu is one of the nightlife centers of Fukuoka, and the festival focuses on celebrating that aspect. Unlike most other festivals, women carry heavy shrines through the streets. There’s also a dancing parade, and a beauty competition.

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Hakata Okunchi
October 23rd and 24th
Kushida Shrine, near Nakasu
An autumn festival more than 1200 years old, with music, parades, festival shops, and more.

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Hakata Toumyou Lantern Watching
October 18 (Naka river area), October 25 (Hakata Station area)
Paper lanterns are arranged into beautiful designs around the Hakata area of the city. These designs are only visible between 6pm and 9pm on the days of the festival, and are arranged to make a lovely walking tour. Start in Nakasu, near the big shopping center.

And of course don’t forget the November Fukuoka sumo tournament, coming up! Buy tickets now if you want to go.

2009 LTM Star Awards write-up

Posted on November 03, 2009 | evankirby

Language Travel Magazine has finally published their write-up of the 2009 LTM Star Awards, including a shout-out to Genki Japanese School as one of the shortlisted schools in the LTM Star "Other" Language Provider category. Click here for a nifty online version of the magazine.

Two free online lessons for GenkiJACS students!

Posted on November 02, 2009 | evankirby

We are always looking for ways to motivate our students to study before you come, and keep studying after you leave. So from today we're offering all current, future and former students two free online Japanese lessons! That's right, even if you studied with us 5 years ago, you're still eligible for two free lessons! Use them to catch up with teachers, to review material you might otherwise forget, to get advice on self-study goals, or anything else!
Students who have booked with us but haven't yet started your study are still eligible, as soon as we receive payment of your school fees. You can use these lessons to discuss what you should study before you arrive, get a better idea of what your classes will focus on, or work out some difficult topics. The choice is yours!

More information about the classes themselves, as well as the application form, is here. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Grants for Swedish Students

Posted on October 26, 2009 | evankirby

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As GenkiJACS has become a full member of IALC, Swedish students can now receive financial assistance from the Swedish government to study with us! This is part of the CSN (Centrala studiestödsnämnden) program to provide aid for students studying a language in another country. You must plan to study with us for 13 weeks or more to be eligible for aid. If you meet this requirement, you can apply directly to the CSN. It seems that this would provide for a 671 kronor per week grant, plus loans if required. This of course makes the cost of studying with us significantly cheaper!
For further details, contact CSN directly!

GenkiJACS Long-Term Study Course

Posted on October 20, 2009 | evankirby

One of the big problems we’ve always struggled with is that students can’t stay in Japan for more than six months out of a year on a tourist visa or visa waiver. This means the maximum length of study we could offer most students was six months, even if the student wanted to study for longer. Our other alternative was to apply for Ministry of Education accreditation, so that we could offer student visas ourselves. However, the barriers to this accreditation are incredibly high. At a MinEd information session we attended recently, they said new schools would need to both own the school’s building (renters not allowed), and have at least one billion yen in assets! We quickly gave up on that option, so instead, we’ve done the next best thing: partnered with a local school that offers visas, to run a combined course.
There are more details about this course on our website proper, but basically, you would study with us for 2-6 months, during which time we apply for your student visa. Then, in April, you switch to our partner school to study for a year or so with them.

Our partner school is one that we’ve worked with in different capacities for some time now. They’re also a relatively new school, and should be a good fit for our students. They mostly handle Asian students currently, but are interested in increasing the number of Western students they teach to. They’re also in the central area of Fukuoka, so pretty convenient.

The big advantages of this plan are of course the student visa (which also lets you work part-time), and that our partner school’s low costs make the whole trip more affordable.
If you’re interested, fill out or short form now for a no-obligation estimate!