Club Nippon E Yokoso!
I would like to welcome all of you. Iím glad that we can share Japanese
culture with you. Throughout the academic year, I would like to share
Japanese culture as much as we can.
So far, we visited Yaohan, a Japanese restaurant, and as our new activity,
we cooked Japanese rice and curry, in addition to many other things.
I hope we can share this time with more people. You don't have
to speak Japanese! All those who are interested in Japan are welcome!!
Have a great Christmas, and I hope to see you at a meeting.
--Miho Chikuhama, Club Nippon President
Message from the Vice President
Three summers ago, I went to British Columbia for a snowboard
camp. It was the first time I met some Japanese people. There
were snowboarders at the camp from Japan, and they didnít speak English.
I was very interested in their language and customs. The following
summer, I had a great opportunity and got to go to Japan. It was
great. The people are so nice and the country is beautiful.
It was the best time of my life. Anyway, I am now in my third semester
of Japanese language classes and I am loving it. I also have the
privilege to be the vice president for Club Nippon!
--Todd Kohlman, Club Nippon Vice President
A Message from our New Japanese Teacher
Konnichiwa! I am Mutsuko Yokota, a visiting
lecturer from Japan. From my social security number to a broken radiator
(!) in my apartment, everything is new to me here. Since this September
Iíve been teaching Japanese and I am enjoying this experience very much
thanks to my first students here in the U.S. I hope to meet more
people during my stay here in Oshkosh. I know my Oshkosh experience
is going to be a fruitful one.
Talk to you later!
Meet Our New Japanese Interns:
Hi, Iím Ayumi Kawamura. Iím a teaching assistant of
Japanese and a non-degree student at UW-Oshkosh. In Japan, I was
working for a public social welfare center for handicapped people as an
educator. The section of the center which I was in is to educate
preschoolers with disabilities. So I miss the children there.
Anyway, I enjoy my life here. I hope I can get acquainted with you
guys as much as possible! Thank you!
Hi! My name is Maki Urakami, and Iím a Japanese assistant
here. I also attend jazz choir class two times a week. I hope
you have a chance to listen to my songs in the near future.
Hajimemashite! Konnichi wa. My name is Riho
Mawatari, and I am one of the Japanese assistants this academic year.
I like studying modern Japanese literature. I have an ambition to
be a writer. Iím very good at creating Japanese expressions.
Can you guess what ďkomoruĒ means? It means ďto eat at our famous
Blackhawk Commons!Ē I am really enjoying life in Oshkosh. Thank
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My U.S.A. Summer Camp Experience
By Amanda Ceelen
This summer, I had the opportunity to go to Japan for a
month and work as a counselor and English tutor at U.S.A. Summer Camp.
The camp was held at a picturesque national campground atop a mountain
in Sasebo, on the island of Kyushu. With the other American and Japanese
counselors at camp, I helped teach elementary, middle, and high school
students English with songs, skits, and games. The students were
very eager to learn and it was a lot of fun teaching them! At the
end of each camp session we held and ďEigokai,Ē or English competition,
where the students would perform the skits, songs, and speeches they had
been working on all week. It was amazing to see how the students
Between camp sessions, I stayed with Chie Kakigi and her
family. Her parents own an udon (Japanese noodle) shop, so there
was always a lot of good food to eat. I also got to visit many interesting
places. I sang at a karaoke place for the first time in my life,
and loved it! (But please, donít ask me to sing for you!) I
also visited many beautiful temples and shrines, a safari animal park,
and did lots and lots of shopping. My host family experiences contributed
a lot to my appreciation for the Japanese culture!
My trip to Japan was definitely the best experience of
my life. I hope to return to Japan soon, and I encourage everyone
to travel to and experience the culture of this beautiful and fascinating
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