Gion Matsuri, with one of the festival floats in the background.
The 2016 Kyoto Japanese Summer Experience ran from 3 to 24 July. We welcomed 16 students from 8 countries onto the program which was held for the first time in 2016. As well as their Japanese language classes, students took part in the following activities: Tea ceremony, visit to Arashiyama (including the Sagano Romantic Train and the Hozu River boat ride), overnight stay and meditation experience at Enryakuji (a world heritage site), visiting the Gion Festival, Japanese Taiko Drums, visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japanese Sweet Making. There were also welcome and farewell parties and opportunities for the students to meet Japanese students from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.
Arashiyama Sightseeing. One participant said 'It was great! The romantic train ride, the boat ride and the lunch was great!'
Group photograph during the Arashiyama Sightseeing trip
Enraykuji Temple Zen Practice
Participant comment 'It was a very good personal experience and I will always remember the lessons learnt in the temple.'
Japanese Sweet Workshop 'Loved it so much! This was the highlight of my trip' 'Very good experience and very fun'
With KUFS students at the welcome lunch party
Participants got to experience the Tea Ceremony
Students tried their hands at Japanese Taiko Drums.
Taiko Drums 'It was great!', 'Really interesting'
There were lots of chances to enjoy Japanese food!
KJSE was really one of the best experiences I've ever had, and the best foreign summer program that I have attended.
This has been a wonderful three weeks and I have enjoyed myself! The programs were well planned and everything was efficient.
Programs are well organized and the itinerary is very packed.
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