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Arashiyama Sightseeing. The photo was taken in front of the Romantic train.
"Interesting and Fun! The boat ride down the stream was very exciting. I really enjoyed sightseeing around the area and talking to KUFS students. They were very helpful and kind." - comment by a participant.

2017 Program Overview

We welcomed 21 students from 7 countries for The Annual Kyoto Japanese Summer Experience Program from the 1st to the 23rd of July this year. At the end of this program they enjoyed an additional cultural exchange program with Kyoto University of Foreign Studies students and a farewell party.

Activities in 2017

Experiences:

Tea Ceremony, a lecture for Japanese Sweet Making at a Japanese historical building, and a Flower Arrangement workshop

Visit:

Arashiyama (including the Sagano Romantic Train and the Hozu River boat ride), an overnight stay and meditation experience at Enryakuji (a UNESCO World Heritage site in which the World Religious Summit Meeting is held every year), the Gion Festival, and Kurama Temple.

Photo Gallery

Class room activities

Study with a student assistant (Undergraduate student at KUFS)

Arashiyama Sightseeing. On the Romantic train.
"Great sightseeing journey. Planning was very very well!!!" - comment by a participant.

At the Gion Festival

At Enryakuji
"Great experience. It's enlightening to see how the Zen Practice influenced Japan culture greatly to make it so unique compared to other culture." by one of the 2017 participants.

Kurama Temple visitingy
"Kurama was a good experience as I've never heard of the place before. The shrine was quiet and the view was beautiful." - comment by a participant.

Japanese Sweets Making

The lecture for Japanese Sweets Making
"It's my first time! And it's really great to see the experienced person make the wagashi!" - comment by a participant.

Japanese Flower Arrangement
"My favorite activity was ikebana as it was a very calming activity. I've never experienced Ikebana before but now I really like it. So I bought an Ikebana set that the teacher recommended. She was very helpful." - comment by a participant.

Japanese Flower Arrangement
One of the 2017 participants said "Fun and the instructor is very funny."

Farewell Party

What the participants said:

"The cultural immersion activities are the best highlight of my time here. The dormitory is also really good. I feel that each activities are purposefully chosen for us to learn why such a unique culture exists and that was what was trying to learn. Enryakuji experience is really the best because it’s not something common for people to join, yet explains to us well as to why Japanese have such a unique culture."

"Quite a good balance in the teaching of the language, activity and the visitation of places to understand the local culture."

"Having Japanese student assistant really helps!"

"Getting to meet & becoming friends with people from other countries who are also interested in Japan. Getting to explore Kyoto, Participating in cultural activities."

Kyoto Japanese Summer Experience

Application Form

* After applying, a reply message will be sent to your e-mail address. If you do not receive the email within five days after sending the form, please contact us at oips@kufs.ac.jp. Applicants will be informed of the admission results by email, accompanied with payment procedures if accepted.

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