南山大学

 

The Center for Japanese Studies

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary

Japanese Language and Exchange Students - Connecting Past, Present & Future
Since its establishment in 1974 the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University has consistently delivered high quality education. Thanks to the collective efforts of the many people who have been associated with the CJS and its ongoing training of students from all over the world, Nanzan University is today renowned for the quality of its Japanese language education.

To mark the 40th anniversary of its establishment, the CJS held a series of commemorative events that reflected upon the path through the years as well as providing an opportunity to think about how to best develop Japanese language education in the future. Please see our website for the details.

Intensive Language Instruction

Communication is the key to understanding culture. Japanese courses at Nanzan therefore stress all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Outstanding and experienced teaching professionals deliver intensive Japanese language courses ranging from elementary to advanced level. Rapid progress in the language soon allows students to make the most of their newfound fluency by taking advantage of the many extra-curricular learning opportunities that are available. The Japan Plaza, located next to the CJS Office, provides a space for student interaction using only Japanese.

Courses in Japanese Studies

Students can take a range of seminars that are conducted in Japanese and are designed for specialized study of the Japanese language. Courses in business Japanese and Japanese for tourism provide an opportunity to apply language study to future career goals. The course in Japanese for volunteering is also popular among students. Registration in selected Nanzan undergraduate courses is also possible during the 2016 Fall Semester, and the first quarter of 2017. For those whose language ability does not allow them to cope with courses in Japanese there is also a wide selection of lecture courses taught in English. Courses cover topics such as economy, business, culture and arts, culture, religions, literature, politics, foreign policy, fieldwork, and the history of Japan.

Understanding through creativity

Courses in traditional Japanese arts are offered to help students develop a deeper appreciation of Japanese culture. At Nanzan the emphasis is on learning through practice rather than on an abstract, theoretical approach. Flower arrangement (ikebana) classes quickly move from the basics to original flower arrangement, while calligraphy (shodo) courses require a brush in the student’s hand from the start. Chinese black ink painting (sumie) lessons and woodblock print (hanga) sessions by master printmakers have the student learning practical techniques right away. Tea ceremony (sado) affords students the opportunity to combine practical experience with study of the philosophical and cultural background of the art.

The whole of Japan is your classroom

To complement the academic program, the Center for Japanese Studies offers several trips and study tours to places of special interest in the region. In recent years, these trips have included visits to historic Kyoto, Shizuoka or Hikone, a stay at a Zen Buddhist monastery where students can experience the simplicity, austerity, and discipline of the peaceful Way of Zen, and a tour of a Toyota Motors assembly plant. Nanzan students welcome Center students to their clubs, sports activities, and social activities. Local groups often extend invitations to Center students to attend festivals, performances, and community events. All of these experiences provide a welcome and unique exposure to another way of life with people from around the world.

Immersing yourself in the culture

What could be a better way of immersing oneself in a culture than living with a Japanese family? Through the years, the Center’s homestay program has been extremely well received and appreciated by many students at the Center. These live-in situations give everyone a precious opportunity to communicate across cultures and to make life-long friendships. The opportunity makes students understand that in actual fact the distance between faraway countries is no greater than the distance between people—between “you and me.” Students may also be accommodated in one of the privately managed dormitories available to Center students and can experience living together with Japanese students. Meanwhile, the University’s off-campus international dormitories give students the opportunity to live with a Japanese dorm-mate in an international, intercultural setting.

Japan Plaza

The Japan Plaza is located right next to the CJS Office. At the Japan Plaza you can communicate with local and international students only in Japanese. You can practice what you have learned in class immediately after class. A graduate teaching assistant is always available to answer your questions. The Japan Plaza is open every day in the afternoon.