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Your room. Contains a desk with chair, clothes bureau (like in freshmen dorms), and a very large closet (for your futon and everything else you bring) We roomed with one other person, leaving the third room available for anything else

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Your room

Your room

Contains a desk with chair, clothes bureau (like in freshmen

dorms), and a very large closet (for your futon and everything

else you bring)

We roomed with one other person, leaving the third room

available for anything else

You will have a communal kitchen with cabinet for dishes and silverware already there. Only cold water comes from the faucet. A stove is also provided with a few pans and small bowls.

Large Shower provided for each room.

A/C in each room, along with a balcony overlooking a small river and then the campus

We lived on floors 4-6, stairs and elevators can be used.

Where you live
Where you live

  • Nishikawa Heights

    • 5 min from your classes, 10-15 min from stores by foot, 10 min by bike from everywhere you could possibly need to go, 45 min from downtown by bike, or 30 min from the train station by bus

    • Mostly just program participants in the building, but also your teachers

    • Washer/Driers on floors 4 and 6, community rooms on 3 and 5, and internet room on floor 3 – only 7 ports (wireless router might be nice)

    • Study room available 24/7 with Internet

Total estimated cost
Total Estimated Cost

  • Depends on what you want to do…

    • Plane tickets = $1000

    • Food = $8-16 per day, or $320 - $640

    • School activities = $100

    • Host family gift (beforehand) = $30-100

    • Then whatever else you want to spend on omiyage and the Long Weekend

    • Spending 6 weeks in Japan = priceless

2007 course project
2007 course project

  • Make a Rube Goldberg machine

    • Work in pairs of Japanese and American students

    • Warabashi engineering

    • Spent several meetings talking with other groups in English and Japanese explaining about our ideas

    • Have a final presentation of the machine and brief speech about it in Japanese (your partners will help you).


  • Rose Japanese courses prepare you well for the courses

  • Good vocab building

  • Thursday Conversation


  • Lots of good review

  • Don’t sweat the placement exam

    (written and verbal)

  • Excellent teachers

Places to go
Places to go…

  • Electronics stores

  • book stores

  • pretty much every sport and club for it available

  • used everything stores

  • hyaku en stores

  • the bakery

  • random places with funny signs

  • Downtown

  • Karaoke

  • Bowling (round one)

  • Hyakumangoku Matsuri (Festival)…

Fun stuff to do
Fun Stuff to Do


  • Animizu

  • Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen

  • Downtown shopping center

  • Okashi (Candy) making

  • Ninja Dera, Geisha District, samurai house

  • Homestay and Long Weekend

  • Seisan Gijitsu (Robot Factory)


  • Get gifts beforehand

  • 2 day, 1 night stay

  • Any number of different families

  • They’ll take you to do anything… literally, so be careful what you ask for

  • Challenging, but they understand!

  • Sometimes you get another program participant to go with you

Long weekend
Long Weekend

  • Dream big, dream now

    • Plan ahead

  • Infinite possibilities

Useful expressions
Useful expressions

  • Daijyoubu desu

    • I’m/It’s ok.

  • Kore wa onegaishimasu

    • I’d like this (ordering in restaurants).

  • Betsubetsu de onegaishimasu

    • We’d like to be billed separately.

  • Onaka ga suita.

    • I’m hungry.

Things we wish we knew beforehand useful tips
Things we wish we knew beforehand / useful tips

  • Leave room in your luggage – LOTS of room

  • Buy luggage with wheels… seriously

  • Make a budget beforehand for each week to keep you on track

  • Keep a journal (at least if you get a grant from the HSS department)

  • Get a coin purse

  • Don’t be a jerk with the bikes!

  • Rent bikes early and often, and get out!

  • Spend time with the Japanese students

  • Don’t forget the region restriction on games and DVDs

  • The outlets there work the same as the US, only they have slightly less volts – DO get a 3 to 2 prong plug for your lappy, though.

  • Internet will be scarce.

  • You do not need superior Japanese speaking skills

  • Don’t be afraid to talk in Japanese! They are all there to help you learn.

  • If you have to call home, buy headphones with a microphone in them and download Skype so you can talk for free.

  • JR Pass available if you want to ride the train a lot on the Long Weekend or afterward. Only available to foreigners and runs about $300 for a week (maybe a little less) – check around for best prices. Increments of 1, 2 and 3 weeks available

Other fun things
Other fun things

  • Tons of vending machines

  • Karaoke is awesome

  • You will most likely be the only non-Japanese you’ll see

  • Don’t be a jerk with the bikes!