11 April, 2022
In 2022 due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, North Asia CAPE held the Japanese Language Tour online over two weeks from 11 April. This year the cohort comprised of ten participants from five universities throughout NZ (University of Auckland, Massey University, Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, and University of Otago).
Ishikawa Japanese Studies Centre (IJSC) delivered intensive Japanese language classes online at three levels. In small groups, students learned new expressions and phrases accompanied by listening exercises. This was followed by in-depth discussions about the customs and culture of Ishikawa Prefecture. Students also had the opportunity to practice their newly-acquired Japanese language skills with homestays and high school students virtually, further consolidating their learning.
“I feel that I have become more confident in all aspects of the Japanese Language, especially reading and listening; the former of which I have been wanting to improve lately. I am beyond satisfied by my performance and the programme as a whole.” Calum Wicks, the University of Auckland, student
At the beginning and end of the tour North Asia CAPE facilitated a tailored mix of interactive half-day Japanese language and culture activities with the assistance of Japanese lecturers from the University of Auckland. This helped students connect with each other while learning about Japan’s unique culture. Each activity focused on the history, cultural significance, and relevance to Japan’s society. Lively Q&A sessions at the of each activity served to broaden students’ understanding.
“A highlight for me was learning about Japanese art as all the information was fairly new to me. I really enjoyed learning about how gold leaf is made in Kanazawa and used in decorations but also foods. Similarly, getting to take a calligraphy class and learning about the history of the Japanese writing system allowed me to have a deeper appreciation for the culture.” Carol Torres Tamayo, Massey University, student
We look forward to engaging with the students from this year’s cohort as they continue with their Japanese studies.