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- This blog (or 日記 if you will) is intended to chronicle my experience in Japan at the Yamasa Institute in Okazaki, Japan from July to August, 2012. I have always wanted to have a journal, though, so I will try to get into a habit of writing frequently about the things important to me in my life. Besides, I plan on returning to Yamasa to participate in the AIJP after I get out of the Navy! These are the Espelancer Chronicles. Erica is also blogging about the trip, and you should totally check it out. It is The Marvelous Misadventures of Schneewittchen link over on the sidebar.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
AIJP (Academic Intensive Japanese Program) or the AJSP (Advanced Japanese Studies Program), then your classes will be in this building. Also, the first floor lobby has computers that are free for students to use, as not everyone owns/brings their own computer to Yamasa.
The building on the right is Aoi Hall. Don't let the outside appearance fool you -- it is actually a completely renovated modern building on the inside. This is where the classrooms for all of Yamasa's extension programs are located, including SILAC (my program), the Discovery program, the Business Japanese programs, and all private and semi-private lessons are held. The first floor of Aoi Hall also has a cafeteria and kitchen that are free for students to use, vending machines, and a distance-learning classroom (which is mostly used for AIJP graduation ceremonies). Okazaki FM 76.3 is also owned by Yamasa, and they operate their office in Aoi Hall as well. Because of this, you can hear Japanese rock music as you enter Aoi Hall from the front, and all of the station's radio interviews are available on tape for the Advanced students to practice their listening comprehension from.
Also on the right hand side is my classroom in Aoi Hall. As you can see, the desks are set up in a U-pattern so that everyone in class can easily participate. We talk a great deal in class, and it is much easier and feels much more natural when you are facing your classmates as you speak rather than speaking to their backs as would be the case if the desks were in rows. Each classroom has its own individual エアコン (A/C) unit, so it is never too hot or too cold during class, and empty classrooms are available for student use after normal class hours.
The sports complex is owned by Yamasa and is free for student use in the afternoons. Yamasa does rent out the facility to the local Junior League soccer team, though, so it cannot be used while the kids are practicing. There are a variety of sports equipment available for use inside the building for anyone who wishes to use the sports facility.
Well, this is the place that I have chosen to study Japanese at. I hope everyone enjoyed the little tour. There is more info about campus on Yamasa's website, although some of the information on the English website is a little bit outdated. I guess that is what happens when you are a small language school maintaining a website in six different languages, though. I would show you some of Yamasa's accommodations, but there are so many and they are spread out throughout the neighborhood. Besides, I will probably end up writing about my Villa and possible about the Student Village at some point anyways.
Well, I need to study for that test, so until next time, じゃまたねぇ・・・