nextGEN is a special package program offered only during Summer at Genki Japanese and Culture School. It combines the best, most fun activities of our Traditional Culture and Pop Culture courses with special services only available to minors. Younger students are sure to love nextGEN!
20 Japanese classes per week
focusing on communication skills, and Japanese for daily life. Classes have a maximum of 8*
students each, so you will have lots of personal attention from the teacher!
*may be 9 students during peak season for a max of 1 week
Cultural activities every Saturday including tea ceremony, pottery, manga drawing, cosplay and more!View sample activities
Starting dates: Every first and third Monday in June, July and August
We only allow students under 18 to stay in a homestay with a Japanese family, or one of our designated dormitories which offer special services for under-18s. Students are required to be home by the curfew time each evening. Accommodation can include halfboard. Lunch is available at restaurants/cafes close to school.
- Airport pickup
- Unaccompanied Minor Services (airline)
- Weekly reports
- 24-hour emergency phone
- Personal alarm
Spend your best summer in JapanAdd this module to your core course for the most fun you can have while studying at GenkiJACS!
Kimono wearing experience
Have you ever wanted to wear traditional Japanese attire and stroll around the city? Try wearing the elegant, very traditional formal attire of ancient Japan. The day may start with you being just normal you, wearing jeans, sneakers/trainers and a hat maybe. At the end of the class, you will have experienced what it is like to feel history and tradition literally on your own skin. The way you carry yourself will change, you will learn how to walk wearing Zori or Geta. Maybe by the end of the class, you might want to get your own kimono!
This isn't your usual drumming. Taiko is actually a mixture of martial arts and music and it is practised at a dojo and with the same energy and dedication as any other martial arts of Japan! Pick up the drumsticks, assume the drumming Kamae (stance) and join the heartbeat of Japan!
Kawaii Monster Cafe
Harajuku is world famous as a Pop Culture meccha. Imagine going through the looking glass and entering Wonderland on fast forward. Imagine having a sugar rush that does not cause a sugar crush and you will have some idea of what this wonderfully off-the-rails cafe is like. You can have a go at eating blue rice, green mashed potatoes and pasta that looks more like a rainbow than a dish. There are characters who live in this world and you will get a chance to see them dance, and maybe take a selfie with one of them. Follow us into the rabbit hole.
Japanese paper making
Japanese paper or Washi is world famous and there is a very good reason for that! The same creation method has been used for generations. Technology has made some of the process a little faster, but the basics are still the same as they've always been. In this class, you will actually get the hands-on experience of making Japanese paper. It is an incredibly rare opportunity. And to top it off you will get to take the sheet of paper you made home with you!
Meditation takes many forms. It doesn't get more pure than going to a Zen temple and having a go at it the traditional way. Learn the correct way to sit and empty your mind for a little bit of the busy day. Zazen helps you quiet your mind, forget your worries and even forget yourself for a little while. Learn the tranquillity of listening to the sound of your breathing and the steps of the ever-vigilant Buddhist monk who is there to make sure that all is done according to tradition. At the end of the class, you will get a cup of tea and a snack!
When you think of Japan, what do you think about? The samurai maybe, Geisha or Manga and Anime? What is your favourite anime? This class will teach you how to draw manga characters, the basics of the manga-style storytelling and many other little nuggets of knowledge that will help you create your own tiny manga! You do not have to be good at drawing at all and who knows, it may show you a new path you might want to follow! Pick up a pencil and show us your creativity!
Traditional Japanese Cooking
This is where we sit down, grab a cup of coffee and dial in the details. Understanding the task at hand and ironing out the wrinkles is key. Whether through commerce or just an experience to tell your brand's story, the time has come to start using development languages that fit your projects needs. Now that your brand is all dressed up and ready to party, it's time to release it to the world. By the way, let's celebrate already.
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