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The 4th Japan Education Fair and Convention held last September 9 in Manila and September 10 in Cebu came in a massive success after a total of 3,000 attended the event to experience the kaleidoscopic culture of Japan.
Twenty-two universities and language schools from Japan joined the event to showcase their programs and the services that they offer to foreign students, most especially to Filipinos who wish to Study and build a career in Japan.
A series of talks were conducted during the event including, Study in Japan Survival Tips and Opportunities & Demands in Japan for Filipinos.
The attendees also had the opportunity to learn the basics of Nihongo during the Nihongo 101-Nihongo Tutorial and Calligraphy activity presided by the Nihongo teachers of Jellyfish Education Consultancy (JEC) Manila and Cebu.
Japan is indeed a country with a flourishing culture in terms of Art, it was depicted during the event through various presentations such as the kendo performance, which a type of Japanese martial arts now known all throughout the world. Games and contests on kendama where most of the participants were invited from the attending crowd.
“It was educational and fun, Makes participants understand and appreciate Japanese Culture” said one of the attendees when asked about their experience during the 4th Japan Education Fair and convention.
Jellyfish Education Consultancy (JEC), the host of the successful event is very grateful to everyone who supported and joined the event. After seeing the love and interest for the Japanese culture from the Filipinos, JEC is more than excited to formally announce that the 5th Japan Education Fair and Convention will be on September 8 2018 in Cebu and September 9 2018 in Manila. JEC is inviting everyone to join again next year while they prepare for a bigger and more fun 5th Japan Education Fair and Convention.
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The pioneering students of Bridge Institute of Technology (BIT) arrived in Okutama Japan last Thursday, September 28 2017.
BIT is a language school owned by Jellyfish Inc. that offers internship for college graduates of Computer engineering, Computer and software programming and all I.T related courses.
The school trains foreign students to learn and master Nihongo, or the Japanese language while working on I.T related projects with part time pay.
BIT is situated in Okutama Japan, which is at the western part of Tokyo metropolis
Students from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines arrived on the same day to begin their intensive training with BIT.
Among the pioneering students is Dave Baclayon of Lapu-lapu City Cebu, a fresh graduate with a degree in Computer Science from University of San Carlos.
Baclayon wrote on his Facebook post last Monday,
“The people in Okutama are very kind. Although the speeches were given in Japanese, they gave time to deliver the translation in English. The words were also very kind, heartwarming, and welcoming. Who would have ever thought of leaving this kind of place with these kinds of people. I am really looking forward to do projects here and engage myself for the betterment of the town, hopefully, in my strength, and in God’s will, I will be able to do so.”
As many Filipinos aim for a meaningful success through quality education and hands on experience, Jellyfish Education continues to provide programs that helps mold individuals to be globally competent in preparation for a bigger career path in the future.
August 29, 2017 1:14 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Founded in June 1897, Kyoto University has been devoted to the advancement of tertiary level education and fostering free academic exchange in the school community.
Kyoto University is a comprehensive research university with students coming from approximately 100 different countries and region throughout the world studying in various fields. There are about 2,000 international students from the university’s overall enrollment of 23,000 students which makes the university have a dynamic scholarly environment. Currently, the university has: three campuses locatedin Yoshida, Uji, and Katsura, 10 faculties, 18 graduate schools, 14 research institutes, 16 educational institutes and other establishments.
Here are 9 reasons why you should study in Kyoto University:
There are 9 Nobel laureates which were awarded to either Kyoto University alumni or who were researchers at the university, which entitles the university as “A Research Leader in the Asian Region”.
Kyoto University has a community of 3,500 world-class faculty members, including both local and international researchers. The university’s researchers pursue interdisciplinary research in search of solutions to the world’s current problems and challenges.
The diverse range of programs being offered by Kyoto University is suited to the interest and situation of every student though their ten faculties and eighteen graduate schools. English-taught Degree Programs are also offered to those students with no Japanese language background. Students enrolled in the university are also free to attend Japanese language classes.
Through Kyoto University’s tradition of academic freedom, it endows its students and researchers with a distinct brand of talent and creativity. It also fosters its students and faculty to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogues and engage in innovative research.
Kyoto University practice small group discussion for a rich dialogue between the students and the teacher. The teacher-student ratio of the university is approximately 1:6.5, a highly favorable ratio than other institutions which enable the students to receive valuable advice and proper guidance by their teacher.
The University also offers “Study Japan and Asia in Kyoto” Program which covers the cultures, societies, economies, and environments of Japan and other countries in Asia. Students use this program to undertake interdisciplinary study of Asia and Japan extending beyond their own fields of specialization.
The historic city of Kyoto can be traced back for over 1,200 years, and is referred as a center of Japanese culture or as the “heart and soul” of Japan. The city has many historic sites, including an approximate 2,000 shrines and temples which are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Major technology companies, including Nintendo, Kyocera, and Omron, and a broad range of modern cultural facilities, such as the Kyoto International Manga Museum can be found in the city.
Enclosed on three sides by mountains, the city of Kyoto has a rich natural setting. The city is not as large as Tokyo and Osaka, and its population density is moderate. Kyoto has for seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Kyoto University has five accommodation facilities specifically for international students and researchers located in Shugakuin, Yoshida, Uji, Ohbaku, and Misasagi. The average living expenses for international students in the Kyoto and Osaka area are JPY134,000 per month, according to the “Student Guide to Japan 2014-2015,” by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).
Kyoto University graduates embarks on rich careers on their specialized fields. A global network of regional alumni associations (28 in japan and 23 overseas) supports the university graduates. Each year, Kyoto University Alumni hosts an annual homecoming day. Kyoto University Alumni supports alumni pursuing careers in Japan and around the world.
To know more about Kyoto University, visit their booth at the upcoming 4th Japan Education Fair and Convention on September 9 at Philippine Trade Training Center and September 10 at SM City Cebu, Trade Hall 2 from 11:00 AM to 5:00PM.
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Rising from the past and moving forward to the future, Hiroshima has been reborn as the industrial
center for Chugoku-Shikoku region. The city’s large portion of general machinery and equipment export
has involved innovative companies; some of them hold the top market share in their industry, to engage
in research and the development of new technologies. . In addition, the city’s commuting time rank
among the shortest in Japan.
Why study in Hiroshima University?
Innovative students that would like to widen their horizon and understand global issues with an
integrative perspective to pursue world peace, applying in Hiroshima University would be your first step
in achieving that goal. Hiroshima University has been selected as one of the institutions that were
designated under the MEXT’s (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) program
of promoting the enhancement of research universities. This put focus on the institution-wide function
of academic research. The program aims to further develop the research capability of each institution
and contribute to the strengthening of Japanese universities that are engaged in world-class research
Furthermore, the university is also part of the 13 Type A universities under the FY2014 Top Global
University Project, the type A being the top rank that is handed for world-class universities that have the
potential to join the ranks of the world’s top 100 universities.
It specializes in producing students who are globally competent, open minded and knowledgeable about
the world’s economic status while able to correlate the linguistic, cultural, and religious differences.
Likewise, the various interdisciplinary arts and science courses offered in the university aims to develop
a variety of options when solving problems and to think beyond the borders. Lastly, it prepares students
to be equipped and work-ready whether in Japan or abroad, reaching new heights and for a brighter
Source links: https://www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/igs
《News》Department of Integrated Global Studies is Expected To Be Opened in the School of Integrated Arts and Sciences is…
Department of Integrated Global Studies
To extend its commitment to become a research university that joins the rank of the world’s top 100
universities within the next 10 years, Hiroshima University promotes thorough “university reform” and
globalization; with that comes the newly established school of informatics and data science, and the
Department of Integrated Global Studies at the School of Integrated Arts and Sciences.
The Department of Integrated Global Studies aims to provide a style of education that is integrated
wherein the Arts and Sciences are both taught, with a view to clarify and find solutions to issues and
problems that the international communities face. It intends to cultivate global-minded individuals who
are team players by enhancing their communicative abilities and debating skills.
IGS Scholarship is a 600,000 JPY worth of scholarship which approximately amount to a one full year of
tuition. Successful applicants who have Ryugaku student visas, including those who have initiated the
application process are eligible for the first-year IGS Scholarship. Then from 2 nd year onward, the
recipient and the amount of the scholarship will be determined based on the student’s academic record
and financial circumstances.
What is a Ryugaku student visa?
Ryugaku Visa is a Japanese Visa that is intended for the use of the international students who plans to
study in Japan for higher educational purposes such as an undergraduate, graduate and even a
doctorate degree. This type of visa allows the student to study in Japan in four academic years.
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Successful applicants of the IGS Scholarship are eligible to stay at Ikenoue Student Dormitory for their
first two years of study in the promotion of mutual understanding and international exchange between
the Japanese and International students. Its rent ranges from from 4,700 JPY to 15,000 JPY per month.
Upon the student’s third year of study, he or she will be assisted to move to private apartments, whose
most rooms include a kitchen, bath and bathroom with rent ranges from 20,000 JPY to 50,000 JPY per
month, depending of the room size.
The average monthly living expenses of the International students with the exclusion of the school
expenses would approximate to 74,000 JPY. Furthermore, living expenses around the vicinity of the
university are cheaper compared to that of the other large cities in Japan such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto,
or Fukuoka with the national average of 88,000 JPY.
May 9, 2017 9:52 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
After another year of an undeniably successful event, Jellyfish Education Philippines launches the 4th JAPAN Education Fair and Convention to promote Education in Japan, its distinct and beautiful culture and the importance of learning the Nihongo language.
JEC promises a bigger and more eventful Japan Education Fair on September 9 2017 at Philippine Trade Training Center Pasay City Manila and on September 10 2017 at Trade Hall II, 3rd floor Sm City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City.
The two day succeeding event will be participated by students from different universities and business professionals, culture enthusiasts that aims to learn more about the Nihongo language and the study and work opportunity that is in store for them in Japan.
With a whole new level of learning and culture appreciation, The 4th Japan Education Fair and Convention will start accepting registration entries on May 2 2017.
JEC is expecting more than a thousand attendees this year following last year’s number.
March 30, 2017 5:46 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Tochigi International Education Institute celebrates another year of triumph as they send off their new graduates to the world full of opportunities.
After a year of elbow grease, juggling with Nihongo classes and their part time jobs, it was indeed a day of fruitful events for the entire school and for the new batch of graduates.
Mr. Shawn Nikkolai Tan, a graduate of this year’s batch now works for TIEI as their student support. Mr.Tan enrolled to TIEI April of last year.
“The most amazing thing for me so far is the relationship that I have made with new friends coming from different countries like Japan, U.S.A., Indonesia, Vietnam, and others. These experiences made me grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Thanks to their program that I am now able to communicate in Japanese, work alongside other nationalities, and have a career to build here in Japan.” Said Mr. Tan.
The students are in Japan for a year of language study in Tochigi International Education Institute and part time job in preparation for a greater career opportunity in the future.
The students will be accompanied by Jellyfish Inc. Japan to Utsunomiya Tochigi to their dormitories.
Twenty-nine students from the Philippines left for Japan early this morning, they were met and accompanied by Jellyfish Inc. Japan to Utsunomiya Tochigi to their dormitories along with students from Vietnam, and Indonesia.
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A simultaneous seminar was hosted by Jellyfish Education Philippines in both Manila and Cebu last Saturday March 11 2017 to promote the study and work in Japan program for software developers, systems and network engineers and Information Technology graduates and professionals.
The program sends IT practitioners to study The Japanese language or Nihongo for 1 year and 6 months in Bridge Institute of technology, a school owned by Jellyfish Education Inc. located in Okutama Tokyo Japan.
The program includes 6 months preparatory training in Vietnam to help prepare the students for their 1 year and 6 months language course and part time job in Japan.
A pre-qualifying examination was conducted after the orientation to gauge the proficiency of the IT engineers.
Jellyfish Education is now accepting enrollees for October 2017 intake.
Jellyfish Inc. continues to open greater opportunities and build wider career path to pave the way for aspiring individuals in reaching their goals.
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March 10, 2017 6:06 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Jellyfish Education Philippines and AMA Education System signed contracts for partnership renewal last Tuesday, March 7 2017 at Jellyfish Education Philippines office in Pasig.
The two learning institutions are in reciprocal agreement to enhance and provide a better career path to the students of AMA Education System and its affiliates.
Along with their agreement to make available the STUDY AND WORK in Japan program is the agreement to open local work opportunities and on-the-job training to the students and graduates of AMAES.
The contract signing ceremony was headed by the Director of Jellyfish Education Philippines, Engr. Jonieces Acaylar and Vice President for Academic Affairs of AMAES, Engr. Emelin M. Magada.
Also present during the event was the senior marketing Ms. Shea Leyros and Goldwin Fontanilla, marketing associate of Jellyfish Education, alongside with AMAES’ Deputy Chief Academic Officer Dr. Llibeth F. Taa, Manager Industry Linkages Alumni and Placement, Ms. Llen C. Gabasa, MPA and Alumni and Linkages Specialist Ms. Luisa S. Cruz.
Jellyfish Education is one of our country’s leading provider of Nihongo lessons and Study and Work opportunities in Japan to Filipinos who aim to achieve global competence in both local and international business industry.
March 7, 2017 9:16 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Japan is undeniably one of the countries in the world that has a very rich and distinct culture.
From food, to ceremonies, to fashion and festivals.
Celebrated annually on every 3rd day of March is the Hina matsuri or doll dfestival. It is a traditional event in Japan to celebrate good health, wealth, happiness and growth for young girls in Japan. Parents, especially those with daughters celebrate Hina matsuri by putting dolls on their windows or shelves and offer food to the hina dolls.
Hina matsuri is also one of the many Japanese festivals celebrated in Tochigi International Education Institute (TIEI) to implement culture immersion which is one of TIEI’s goal.
One of their activities during their 2 hour celebration of Hina matsuri is Origami, a Japanese art of paper folding. The students made dolls out of art paper and decorated their classroom with their handmade paper dolls.
The event was celebrated with a bountiful meal and their version of Chirashizushi, genji pie and Okaki or rice crackers which is famously offered to the Hina dolls during doll’s day.
The Hina matsuri started during the Edo period, it served as their way of warding off evil spirits. It is believed that the girls must put away their dolls immediately after the festival or they have to face the curse of not being able to marry for a long time.
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After last December’s Leyte –Samar Caravan, Jellyfish Education Cebu brings the Study in Japan Caravan to the city of smiles- Bacolod City.
With the company’s aim to help aspiring individuals who seeks for greater opportunities in other countries, JEC-Cebu introduces Study and Work in Japan opportunity to the people in Bacolod City and as well as its neighboring towns.
The seminar will be about career building and an orientation about the programs that are offered by Jellyfish such as Nihongo Class, their new program for I.T professionals and software developers, STUDY in and WORK in Japan for fresh graduates of any course and their internship in Japan for Culinary and HM students.
The caravan will be held on March 18 2017 at Check INN pension Arcade from 9am-12 noon.
Free online registration is already available, you may reserve a seat when you visit their website:
January 27, 2017 6:08 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
GDG-Cebu holds meetups, workshops and events in Cebu City every month to give updates and seminars on most recent developments in the industry of computer technology.
A fundraiser meetup was hosted by the said group last night to raise funds for a member of the organization whose mother is currently confined in one of the hospitals in Cebu City.
The program includes training in Vietnam for 6 months and language and technical training in Okutama Japan for another year and 6 months with part time job salary.
The fun filled event held at iioffice near capitol site Cebu City is just the first of the many events that JEC-Cebu will be joining this year.
January 26, 2017 3:21 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Craving for something between a pizza and a pancake seems too hard to figure what exactly it is you want. If you can’t have both then definitely try something new to your liking, something like Okonomiyaki that literally means “to one’s liking”.
Okonomiyaki is often times compared to an omelette or pancake and may be preferred as a “Japanese pizza” with its selected toppings and ingredients added which can differ greatly from meat and seafood to wasabi and cheese. It is a flour based mixture cooked on a griddle, similar to how a pancake is cooked but very different in taste since it doesn’t have the sweetness or fluffiness of that to a pancake. Just like how you can have whatever you want in a pizza, you can have whatever on your Okonomiyaki. There are different styles of cooking Okonomiyaki depending on the region you are in Japan which is the Osaka style and Hiroshima style. An Okonomiyaki is not just appetizing but also pleasing to the eyes with all the stuff put in it, it’s a fun-filled food experience.
The possibilities are endless with Okonomiyaki from the fact that you can add whatever you want on top of the essential ingredients. Be sure to spoil yourself to whatever you like and experience another food that’s a huge part of Japan’s food culture.
Written by: Bea Isobel Quiachon
January 24, 2017 2:11 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
The samurai (or bushi) were the warriors of pre-modern Japan. They later made up the ruling military class that eventually became the highest ranking social caste of the Edo Period (1603-1867). Samurai employed a range of weapons such as bows and arrows, spears and guns, but their main weapon and symbol was the sword.
Strongly Confucian in nature, bushido stressed concepts such as loyalty to one’s master, self-discipline and respectful, ethical behaviour. Many samurai’s were also drawn to the teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism.
War played a central part in the history of Japan. Warring clans controlled much of the country. A chief headed each clan; made up of related families. The chiefs were the ancestors of Japan’s imperial family. The wars were usually about “land.” Only 20% of the land was fit for farming. The struggle for control of that land eventually gave rise to the Samurai.
One of the important dates in the history of the Japanese warring class is 660 B.C. According to legend, Jimmu Tenno became head of a confederation of warlike clans. Tenno was known as “The Divine Warrior.” He led his people from Kyushu to the Kinki region and conquered the people there. Tenno settled in the area of Yamato. This eventually gave rise to the Yamato dynasty and state. The leaders of Yamato believed themselves to be of divine origin.
The Yamato clans conducted many military campaigns on the Asian mainland. The targets included Korea and China. These campaigns led to the importation of Korean and Chinese culture, technology and martial arts.
The Samurai wore two swords (daisho). One was long; the other short. The long sword (daito – katana) was more than 24 inches. The short sword (shoto – wakizashi) was between 12 and 24 inches. The Samurai often gave names to their swords and believed it was the “soul” of their warriorship. The oldest swords were straight and had their early design in Korea and China.
Next, the sword tester took the new blade and cut through the bodies of corpses or condemned criminals. They started by cutting through the small bones of the body and moved up to the large bones. Test results were often recorded on the nakago (the metal piece attaching the sword blade to the handle).
Written by: Dee Llenos
January 23, 2017 2:03 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Jellyfish Education Consultancy Philippines Inc. is a company that is known in the industry which provides and promotes educational services to those Filipinos who want to Study, Live, and Experience Japan. And together with the company’s management policy “Expand Your Horizon”, year 2015 when the company offered Study Nihongo program for those people who wants to learn the language and be globally competitive.
So as the New Year starts, with a server and domain name www.studynihongo.com.ph., JEC proudly launches its newly designed website for the Study Nihongo program to give a hassle-free and convenient service for their customers.
January 19, 2017 11:00 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
The anime/manga Naruto is probably where we first heard about a human and a fox having a connection in some way. In Japanese folklore however, the fox or kitsune is a common subject and is presented as an intelligent and wise being with the ability to change into human form. In ancient Japan the foxes and humans have lived closed together that made the legends about this animal become a part of the culture.
In the Edo period, during New Year’s Eve it was believed that foxes from the Kanto Region gather and disguises themselves as humans to visit Oji Inari Jinja, the regional head of Shinto shrines dedicated to the deity of foxes. The story became so popular that a painter named Utagawa Hiroshige did a painting depicting the story inspiring the Oji Fox Parade to be organized. As a way to keep traditional culture relevant in the new community, the Oji Fox Parade became an annual event where local residents including children dress like foxes and start parading from Shozoku Inari Jinja, a very small Inari shrine, toward Oji Inari Jinja just in time to greet the new year. Oji Inari Jinja is located 1 hour and a half away from Tochigi Prefecture and is one of the most visited shrines in Japan. The event is graced with folk music and lion dancers while parade goers bring lanterns representing the light of life and hope, wishing for happiness of the children, passing down the history and culture of their hometown, and giving them hope for a better future.
There’s so much to learn about Japan and the best way to do it is to see, feel and hear it. Be one with the culture and people of Japan and enjoy a unique way to countdown the New Year.
Written by: Bea Isobel Quiachon
January 19, 2017 10:55 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
While people who travel to Japan typically dream of green tea, local brewed beers and sake; coffee lovers from around the globe are starting to take note of Japan’s booming specialty in the aspects of coffee.
There’s no right or wrong way to get your coffee fix in Japan, but our focus here is on specialty coffee shops, where—as Tessier says—”beans are ground to order and coffee is being made by hand with care.”
For an interesting contrast, also be sure to visit a kissaten. These are old-school Japanese tearoom/coffee shops where students and salarymen take their coffee with breakfast or curry rice lunch sets in delightfully vintage surroundings.
Despite the drink’s popularity, however, coffee is a relative newcomer to the Japanese market. Like many other foreign imports, the drink first came to Japan hundreds of years ago, but only hit its stride starting in the 1970s, with the introduction of one of Japan’s first indigenous chain retailers, Doutor.
Relatively speaking, that puts Japanese coffee culture in its infancy. So, how does it compare to the “authentic” coffee cultures of traditional consumer nations like Turkey, Yemen, and Italy and the institution of the coffeehouse popular throughout the Western world?
The comparatively quiet atmosphere of the Japanese coffee shop may also tie in to another obvious difference from the coffee culture of the rest of the world: the briefness of the typical Japanese coffee shop visit.
Written by: Dee Llenos
January 19, 2017 10:54 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
A dish where highly nutritious meat and vegetables are boiled in a large pot, chankonabe is famous as the dish used by sumo wrestlers to build up their bodies.
Nabe means “Pot” (or a meal simmered in a pot); chanko is the meal eaten by sumo wrestlers. At the sumo stable—the place where wrestlers live and train—there is no hard-and-fast rule about what goes into the pot. Common ingredients are chicken, tofu, and vegetables like Welsh onions and Chinese cabbage, all cooked in a seasoned soup stock.
Japanese cuisine offers a variety of one-pot meals served with rice. Soup stock is heated in a pot at the dining table. Previously cut ingredients, generally vegetables, fish and/or meat, are simmered and eaten around the table. The Chanko-nabe is also prepared and cooked by the sumo wrestlers themselves!
There are basically two kind of flavors; mizu-taki (chiri-nabe) and shio-taki (yose-nabe). Chanko-nabe has been eaten for almost 200 years at sumo gyms.
It is cooked with water and put chicken, mushrooms, cabbages, green onion, and so on. You can add any seasonings such as soy sauce, sugar, or sake so that you can eat different Chanko flavor everyday like sumo wrestlers do.
The Japanese enjoy the camaraderie that comes from gathering around a nabe with family members or good friends, especially when it is cold outside.
January 19, 2017 10:51 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Taking a walk around Japan is definitely worthwhile with all the things that you can see and do. It is something that everyone can appreciate about Japan despite how busy everything seems to be, there is still a distinct energetic and joyful vibe in it. Around November to around Christmas or New Year, Japan has many illuminations that can be witnessed in a lot of cities in the country that puts you into an entirely new setting of vibrant lights. One of the most well-know seasonal illumination in Japan is the Rikugien evening illumination.
The Rikugien Garden is located in the Northern part of Tokyo and is a well-known garden of feudal lords during the Edo Period. Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, one of the most influential of feudal lords, designed the garden after the land was given to him by the fifth shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa. A two-hour trip from Tochigi, the Rikugien Garden holds an annual illumination event where the garden is illuminated with colourful lights that give a majestic touch to the greenery that surrounds the garden. There are 88 spots in the garden; specifically the inspiration from it came from famous classical Chinese and Japanese poems that created the spots described in poems. A very quaint place to visit for those who love the art of writing and history at the same time, Rikugien garden brings a mystic vibe as little smokes are put out to add a special touch to the illuminated trees. Paths are mostly flat and easy to walk on, making it convenient for when visitors take a stroll, with an artificial mountain pass that gives a view of the entire garden and tea houses.
The best way to enjoy Japan’s nature, art and history at the same time is by visiting the Rikugien garden or the Garden of Six Elements of Poetry. It’s everything you’ll want to experience Japan’s distinct culture. You’ll be able to indulge in vibrant lights and amazing art while leaving with a peaceful feeling from the garden itself.
Written by: Bea Isobel Quiachon
January 19, 2017 10:49 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
When a dumpling has its own festival that’s probably one way to tell it is definitely
something worth eating.
The Gyoza dumpling is a half-moon shaped dumpling made out from flavoursome pork and vegetables served as a side-dish or appetizer. Gyoza dumpling is one of the things Japanese will think about when you mention Utsunomiya which is hailed the Japanese capital of Gyoza.
It may be similar to a lot of food that’s made out of wrap dough, pork and vegetables but one thing that stands out of this half-moon shaped dumpling is its popularity that paved way to the Gyoza culture. Although it originated from Jiao-zi which is a boiled dumpling in China, the Gyoza dumpling in particular is a redefinition of the boiled dumpling under the influence of Japanese food culture. It is not difficult to find a restaurant that serves Gyoza in Japan, in Utsunomiya alone, the consumption of this dish on weekends reaches up to 12,000. There are three types of Gyoza, the Yaki Gyoza (pan fried), Sui Gyoza (boiled) and the Age Gyoza (deep fried). It’s thin texture and delicious taste have made noises across the globe as other countries are getting caught by the Gyoza dumpling’s popularity that they now have their own Gyoza bars.
Utsunomiya isn’t stopping from producing creative versions of this dumpling that there’s always something new to this dish to look forward to. The Gyoza dumpling isn’t just famous for its taste but also from the fact that it embodies two cultures and merged into something great. The time you visit Japan make sure you try out Gyoza dumpling and have a taste of something more than just great food.
Written by: Bea Isobel Quiachon
January 19, 2017 10:46 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Tokyo, Japan just experienced its first snow in 54 years last November 24, 2016. Japan Meteorological Agency said it was the first time since fallen snow was on the ground in November since such records started to be taken in 1875 and it was during November of 1962 that snow last touched the soil of central Japan.
The snow, which began as sleet around dawn but turned to snow soon after, was sparked by an unusual cold front spreading over the Tokyo area that sent temperatures down to near 0°C (32°F).
Though Tokyo, which is on roughly the same latitude as the US city of Raleigh, North Carolina, does see snow at least once a year, it usually falls in January or February and rarely accumulates for long.
As much as 2cm of snow was predicted for central Tokyo by the time the snow stops, likely by early afternoon, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.
Written by: Dee Llenos
January 19, 2017 10:45 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Green tea is known as the “healthiest” form of tea due to its lack of processing, resulting in extremely high nutrient levels. Matcha Green Tea originated in Japan, and because the entire leaf is ingested in powder form, it is the most potent green tea in the world.
In Japanese “cha” means tea, and “ma” means powder, thus the word Matcha translates literally as powdered green tea. It is believed that the very first green tea seeds were brought to Japan from China by the Zen Monk Eisai in 1191 A.D., who planted them on the temple grounds in Kyoto. Eisai, who introduced the Zen philosophy to Japan, was the first person to grind and consume green tea leaves in powdered form. Zen and Matcha became inextricably bound together, in the form of the exquisite tea ceremony.
The tea ceremony celebrates the profound beauty of simple things, the extraordinary in the ordinary, and is intended to bring all participants into the here and now. The drinking of Matcha Tea as the focal point of the tea ceremony was a perfect choice, as Matcha stimulates presence of mind, mental alertness, and a calm, meditative state simultaneously.
The long standing tradition of Japanese culture, Matcha Green Tea is the highest quality powdered green tea available. It is made from the nutrients of rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, Matcha Green Tea is steamed, stemmed and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder.
Matcha green tea powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green colour and antioxidant properties.
What are the benefits of Matcha Green Tea?
1. High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies. Antioxidants are something that all health-conscious individuals seek from such foods as raw fruits, green veggies and dark chocolate. The amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food containing the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method.
2. Loaded with Catechin, EGCg
Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.
3. Enhances Calm
The Matcha Green Tea gives your mind clarity and increases the level of calmness in your body and your state of being in general.
4. Boosts Memory and Concentration
Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration.
5. Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
Samurai, the noble warriors of medieval and early-modern Japan, drank Matcha Green Tea before going into battle due to the tea’s energizing properties. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a bowl of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s good, clean energy.
6. Burns Calories
Drinking Matcha Green Tea has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Again, unlike many diet aides currently on the market, Matcha causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
7. Detoxifies the Body
During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested to be made into Matcha, Camellia sinensis are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea not only give this tea its beautiful vibrant green color. Matcha is also a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
The catechins in Matcha Green Tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium. Further studies have even suggested that the nutrients in Matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.
9. Improves Cholesterol
Researchers aren’t entirely certain how Matcha Green Tea has such a positive effect on cholesterol, however studies of different populations have shown that people who drink Matcha Green Tea on a regular basis have lower levels of bad cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of good cholesterol. Men who drink Matcha Green Tea are about 11% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t drink Matcha.
For over a millennium, Matcha Green Tea has been an elixir used by Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. This is why it is called the “Elixir of Immortal”. Now, we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make Matcha. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers.”
Written by: Dee Llenos
January 19, 2017 10:40 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Winter is fast and approaching and the best compsnion during the cold nights is food. Tonkatsu is another Japanese favourite and is actually satisfying for the winter weather.
The fried pork cutlet from Japan is said to be an adaptation of Western, European food that was beginning to become more popular in the Meji era.
Emperor Meji sought to see Japan become a modern westernized country that would go on to lead in development. More traditionally the katsu (katsuretsu, or cutlet) was made using beef.
It was the western adaptation that introduced pork into the mix. The word was shortened and combined with the “ton” for pork. Traditionally tonkatsu is served with a combination of pickled vegetables called tsukemono and a katsu sauce.
The sauce is a thicker less-intense worcestershire sauce. With development tonkatsu became popular to be served with Japanese style curry.
Tonkatsu is so popular that you can enjoy it in various forms, such as: katsudon, sliced tonkatsu with onion and scrambled egg served over rice in a deep bowl; katsu karē, curry over rice and tonkatsu; katsu sando, tonkatsu sandwiches; kushikatsu, bite-sized tonkatsu on a skewer; tonkatsu ramen, a bowl of ramen noodles with tonkatsu; and even oddities such as chocolate-stuffed tonkatsu and tonkatsu parfait.
Written by: Dee Llenos
January 19, 2017 10:36 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Another key characteristic of Japan is that it also turns into a “Winter Wonderland” during mid-January until late February.
On the month of February, they celebrate the “Sapporo Yuki Matsuri” or The Sapporo Snow Festival.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is held during one week every February in Hokkaido‘s capital Sapporo. It is one of Japan’s most popular winter events.
Since then, it has since developed into a large, commercialized event, featuring spectacular snow and ice sculptures and attracting more than two million visitors from Japan and across the world.
The reputation of the festival crossed borders and in 1974, it was held with an international ice carving competition. Since then it has become one of the world’s largest winter events.
The Snow Festival is staged on three sites: the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsu Dome Site.
The main site is the Odori in Sapporo is centrally located 1.5 kilometers along Odori Park. The festival’s famous large snow sculptures that are part of the exhibit is usually measure more than 25 meters wide and 15 meters high.
The Odori site exhibits more than one hundred smaller snow statues and hosts several concerts and events, many of which uses the sculptures as their stage.
By day, everyone can admire the talent and dexterity of the artists who are part of the different teams and create giant works which are limitlessly inspired by fantastic animals, scenes of everyday life, frescos and historical monuments, and even Japanese celebrities of the moment!
Feel free to stroll around works by local artists, they are a lot of fun, and some represent popular cartoon characters.
At night the sculptures are illuminated. Wander into a dreamlike atmosphere until 10pm in Odori and until midnight in Susukino. This is a good opportunity to enjoy the view of the exhibition from Sapporo telecommunications tower open until 10:30pm during the festival.
A Japanese festival is never complete without gourmet festivities. Sapporo alone offers many local specialties, famous throughout the country. You will find ramen on the stands set up for the occasion, especially miso ramen or butter corn ramen.
Don’t forget to try the curry soup, the grilled scallops’ cheese-filled pumpkin skewers finished off with a delicious local beer. Another more expensive but no less popular dish is the Genghis Khan; composed of fine slices of lamb grilled with vegetables.
Written by: Dee Llenos
January 19, 2017 10:33 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Japan is not only about ramen’s and sushi’s but they also have their own sweet little pleasures. One of the famous desserts in Japan is called Dango.
Dango is one of the most popular Japanese desserts. This is very traditional, but it is really familiar confection in Japanese people’s life.
Dango’s are small dumplings made of rice flour, served skewered on a bamboo stick, extremely popular everywhere in Japan.
There are, of course, region-specific versions made from various types of flour (potato or millet flour) and with various ingredients like azuki bean paste, black sesame or green tea.
There are actually different kinds of Dango such as Hanami Dango which is considered to be the most popular. Hanami means cherry-blossom viewing and Hanami Dango is Dango to eat at Hanami. It also comes in different colours like pink, pale green and white like the colours of a cherry-blossom.
There are also the sweet soy sauce flavoured Dango; Mitarashi Dango and Tsukimi Dango being indulged during a moon-watching party.
One of the most common versions is Mitarashi dango, coated in sweet syrup made from soy sauce.
Originally made at a tea house from Kyoto called Kamo Mitarashi located near the Shimogamo Shrine, the name is said to come from the similarity between the dumplings and the bubbles made by the purifying water (mitarashi) from the entrance of the shrine.
There is also a story that originally the Mitarashi dango was served skewered in groups of 5, the top one representing the head, the next two the arms and the last two the legs.
Since this is a common dessert, you can buy it at any Japanese-style confectionary store. You can also purchase it at the supermarket, grocery store and even at any convenience store in Japan.
Written by: Dee Lenos
January 19, 2017 10:31 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
On November 15, the parents will be moving down or up to the local jinja (shrines) together with their kids dressed in kimonos. It may give you a little shock but one morning Japan suddenly travels back in time. This is Shichigosan Celebration with the direct meaning is 7.5.3.
The children that age in 7, 5, and 3 are being celebrated by their parents.
These ages are particularly celebrated because the ages of 3, 5 and 7 are seen as important markers of stages in a child’s growth and because odd numbers are seen as lucky in Japan.
Shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa was said to be celebrating the growth of his son, Tokumatsu, on that day. The festival is said to have started in the Heian period (794-1185) where the nobles celebrated the growth of their children on a lucky day in November. The festival was subsequently set on the fifteenth of that month during the Kamakura period (1185-1333).
By the Edo period (1603-1868), this practice spread to commoners, who began visiting shrines to have prayers offered by priests. The shichi-go-san custom followed today evolved in the Meiji era (1868-1912). November 15 was chosen for this celebration because it was considered one of the most auspicious days of the year in the Japanese almanac. Since the day is not a national holiday, most families pay their shichi-go-san respects on the weekend just before or after the day.
Today, parents celebrate shichi-go-san as their boys turn three and five years of age and as their girls turn three and seven. The boys wear haori jackets and hakama trousers, while the girls would wear a special ceremonial kimono when making their shichi-go-san visit. In recent years though, an increasing number of children are wearing Western-style suits and dresses.
Following the visit to the shrine, parents buy chitose-ame (a thousand-year-old candy) for their children. The candy is shaped like a stick and comes in a bag that carries illustrations of cranes and turtles – two animals that traditionally symbolise longevity in Japan. The candy and the bag are both expressions of parents’ wish that their children lead long and prosperous lives.
Finally, the flexible choice of date for the shichi-go-san shrine visit may also be a sign of the times.
Visit a Japanese shrine even a couple of weeks before or after the official day of November 15 and you will be sure to witness a happy shichi-go-san family group. The Japanese today are choosing to keep the warm sense of togetherness and childlike fun of this family-focused heritage.
January 19, 2017 10:28 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
The name Japan is associated with a number of things like Robots, Hello Kitty, Technology and the like. Japan in Japanese is “nihon” which means “sun origin” or as it is known as “The Land of the Rising Sun” But most of us tend to question; where did the name “Japan” come from and why was it called Japan in the first place?
It is commonly believed that the word Japan comes from the famous Italian traveller; Marco Polo (1254-1324). He wrote a book about his travels and was entitled “Il Milione”.
He said, “People on the Island of Zipangu have tremendous quantities of gold.”
Marco Polo first called Japan as the Island of Zipangu or The Land of Gold. This was said to be the origin of the word Japan (or Giappone in Italian, Japon in French, etc.)
But why did Marco Polo call it Zipangu?
Gold was first discovered in Japan in 749, in river deposits. In that year, about 38 kg of gold from the Oshu region in north eastern Honshu was presented to the capital city of Nara to help build a statue of the Buddha.
When the Great Buddha was completed in 752, about 439 kg of the gold covering it had come from Oshu.
The glittering Buddha, measuring 15.8 meters in height, was viewed as an impressive display of Japan’s wealth by official delegations from the Kingdom of Silla (Korea) and Buddhist monks from Tang China and India.
So it was natural that, over time, legends about the enormous riches of the country of Wakoku (Japan) can be heard in the capital of Tang, China. The tales that were picked up by Muslim merchants in the Chinese port of Khānfū (Guangzhou) was the talk of the town that later on reached as far as western Asia.
During the time of China’s Sung dynasty (960-1279), Japan exported large quantities of gold to China, and in return imported copper coins, silk, ceramics and other goods. In 1124, a golden hall was constructed at Chuson-ji Temple in Oshu, and this made Chinese merchants even more interested in tales of Oshu gold.
The Mongols and Muslim traders played a vital role in China during the time of the Yuán (Mongol) Empire. Chinese trade goods spread throughout Eurasia and that became an international port for trade as far as Alexandria in Egypt. The more than 10,000 Muslim traders living in Zaytún played a leading role in that trade.
These tales probably sounded even more convincing when certain facts were added, such as the golden hall of Chuson-ji Temple, which Chinese merchants knew about.
Marco Polo’s book spread word in Europe about Japanese gold and he apparently learned about it from Muslim merchants in Zaytún. He wrote that the Emperor Khubilai Khaan sent a military expedition to the Japanese archipelago to take its gold but that the expedition failed after a huge storm scattered the Mongol fleet.
Today, the rapid increase of Japan advancement is no doubt one of the reasons why Japan is considered to be the modern day “Land of Gold”.
For those of you who are hungry for history and a good career, Japan is the best place to be.
Written by: Dee Llenos
January 19, 2017 10:26 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Japan has an endless amount of things to do and see when you are there to either visit or work. If you are one of those wander lust who likes to go on breathtaking sceneries with a little bit of adventure especially at this time of the year, then a travel to Mount Nasu is worth your time.
Mount Nasu is located on the border of Tochigi and Fukushima Prefectures and from Tochigi alone, it will take you a good 1-2 hours of travel depending on your mode of transportation. For those who enjoy trekking and hiking to sweat out the everyday struggles of life and see the great views of nature then Mount Nasu is definitely a place for you to go. The autumn season is the best time to go to Mount Nasu especially when you go as far as Chausu Peak, the mountains major peak that rises 1,915 meters above sea level. The panoramic view of the autumn leaves on top of the summit makes it seem like you are in a different world entirely with its beauty. The shades of autumn will surely leave you in awe looking at it from the top where the colors of orange, brown and yellow leaves mix, giving you great aesthetic delight. If you are still new to trekking and reaching Mount Nasu’s summit seems to be a little too much for you then you don’t need to worry because Mount Nasu has five major peaks known as the Nasu Five Peaks. The five peaks are Sanbonyari Peak 1916.9 meters, Chausu Peak 1915 meters, Asahi Peak 1896 meters, Minamigatsusan 1776 meters and Kuro-oya Peak 1589 meters above sea level. The way up to these peaks are not much of hassle since a clear path is set out for travellers to follow and a huge number of tourists visits the mountain all year long. There are also hot springs open during the months of April to December where you can stay and enjoy a few days to relax and unwind.
There is surely something for everyone to do in Japan whether it is in an urban or rural area setting. Living and experiencing Japan still leaves you a time and place to live your life with adventures and do what you love.
Written By: Bea Isobel Quiachon
January 19, 2017 10:24 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
What is in a person’s bucket list? It probably has something to do with travelling, learning a new language, live in a foreign country and everything else that screams new experience.
What if there was a way to literally put a check mark on all of these in just one sitting? In this day and age, as much as we love to always try new things, reality sets in and reminds you that you also need a job.
Japan is one of the most sought after place to travel because of its numerous attractive places and distinct culture. If there was an offer to be able to experience Japan, have a job and learn their language at the same time there wouldn’t be a person who’s not going to take that opportunity.
As Japan becomes more competitive with other countries, they have opened their doors to the development of international exchange student to create excellent individuals for the development of their own country. This is Japan’s “New Growth Strategy” and they are aiming to have high quality foreign students from up to 30 million which is their target for the year 2020. So, about that bucket list, Tochigi International Education Institute can definitely help you with that and a job to throw at reality and say, “Watashi wa kore o eta!”
Tochigi International Education Institute is a school located in Utsonomiya, Tochigi, Japan. It started last 2014 and is offering Japanese Language Education and overseas student support seeing that learning the language and being able to adapt to a country’s culture is an edge for a foreign worker. The school’s curriculum concept is “Using Japanese in the daily life to work”; even for the first time learner, the student will be able to understand everyday conversations, helping them communicate effectively in their future work place. TIEI offers affordable dormitory that is nearby the school itself. They will guide you to your new life in Japan and make it less of a hassle. Their dormitory includes furniture and electronics which will help students spend less on their living expenses.
What are you waiting for? Go and check out http://tiei.jp/en/ learn more about the school and be able to live your life beyond your bucket list.
Written By: Bea Isobel Quiachon
January 19, 2017 10:22 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Japan is indeed small but terrible; they are considered to be a major economic power in the modern world and it currently stands as the 3rd largest economy in the entire world, trailing behind only the United States of America and The People’s Republic of China.
The application to some of their cultural philosophies contributed to the success of the country in the economic sector. For example, they have a principle called “Nemawashi” where before making any major change in business, you gather the support and input from all those involved whether it be a manager or a low level employee and by doing this you gain their support which makes the change easier to deal and adapt with. This adaptability helps them to stay competitive in the world market.
Manufacturing is one of Japan’s strengths, but the country has few natural resources. One common pattern is for Japanese companies to import raw materials and then process them to make finished products which are sold domestically or exported.
Japan’s largest imports are raw materials for production as well as oil to fuel their machinery and vehicles. Japan’s largest import partners are The United States and The People’s Republic of China.
Due to the number of factories and companies in Japan, the unemployment rate stands at only 4%.Most Japanese companies basically offer lifetime employment unless you do something really bad; the Japanese will keep you as they believe that “kaizen” (continuous improvement) also extends to the employee.
The Japanese appreciate loyalty among all else with the myth of the loyal samurai adapting to the corporate world. They understand that the economy is cyclical and they always want to keep their people around.
If you want to stay around and feel as if you belong somewhere for your entire life, there’s no better place to do so than at Japan.
Written By: Dee Llenos
January 19, 2017 10:18 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
You’ve probably heard a lot of story about Japan from their history to myths and legends which piqued your interest to it.
Well, just when you thought you’ve heard it all, Japan still has a lot of story left for you to know.
The Japanese Railway system has a high reputation for its quality and punctuality and it’s something that became a part of the Japanese scene that we seem to not put much interest to. It’s just a mode of transportation, right? There is nothing to know aside from the fact that one railway in particular is almost like a yin-yang symbol when seen in an aerial view.
The Yamanote Line is a railway loop and one of the most important lines in Tokyo, connecting most major stations and urban centers in Japan. The yin-yang similarity of the railway loop line became symbolic down to the history of its creation. The top part of the loop between Ikebukuro and Tabata opened on 1903, and both lines were merged to become the Yamanote Line on 1909. The Yamanote Line became complete on 1956 when it was given its own set of tracks along the eastern side of the loop between Shinagawa and Tabata. During the Edo period, Yamanote was the higher caste where people with higher position lived while Shitimachi was the lower caste where the working class lives. The loop is a half of Yamanote and half of Shitamachi and one could say that it is a yin-yang symbol. Even though the distinction became geographically blurred and almost unrecognizable it still holds the history of Japan’s meaning to class boundary. The yin-yang symbol describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
Isn’t it amazing how a railway system can hold so much meaning to ones country? It is definitely another story to appreciate behind the mundane things in Japan and something to encourage us to learn more about the country, its culture and history. This little part of history manifest that Japan has a lot more to offer than what we actually see and have heard about.
January 19, 2017 10:15 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
The Mayor of Okutama-machi, Fumio Kawamura, and the president of the multinational firm Jellyfish Inc. ,
Mr. Sho Tanaka, officially signed contracts last July 14th, for the proposed Okutama Japanese Language School (temporary name) which is expected to open on October of this year.
Plans on putting an accommodation on the 3rd floor of the school building for the students were discussed. “At the ceremony, we have to take hands with the residence to put this project to success.” said Mayor Kawamura.
Okutama-machi sets up committee and council consisting some of the local organizations for this project. Last August, Okutama-machi and Jellyfish Inc. started with the preparation of houses for rent to be made available to the employees and teachers who will attend on February 2017.
Enrollees from south-east Asian countries, especially those who graduated from national universities with advanced knowledge on computer technology will be trained to become expert IT engineers and developers of specific software applications while studying the Japanese Language, helping aspiring individuals to land a job in one of the top I.T companies in Japan.
Along with this goal, the institution aims to promote the Japanese language to be one of the most used language in the business industry to support Japan’s rising economy.
With about 30 pioneer students to attend the entrance ceremony on October, the school is expecting 200 more members including staff and students to join the institution in the coming months.
Together with the institution’s grand opening is the opening of opportunities for the residents of the area. The school is pleased to announce their need for a school principal from the locals of Okutama-machi. The applicant must be a Japanese national, has knowledge on education, with at least more than 5 years-work-experience on the same field. He or she must Have the awareness of regional recreation, as well as multiculturalism, must be dedicated and with the desire to hold the future of okutama-machi.
For further inquiries, you may contact Jellyfish Okutama Japanese Language School Office (03-5437-0135).
Okutama-machi is looking forward to this great opportunity for their beloved town and for the people in their humble community.
January 19, 2017 10:13 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Okutama-machi, in Tokyo, where we have been faced to severest condition in its aging rate of all the Metropolitan area in Tokyo, rent the closed junior high school to a company which is running Japanese language school, aiming the increase of the young population. The company will reform the school into a Japanese language school where oversea student is going to be trained to become IT engineer.
The 3-story school building of the former Kori Junior High School in Okutama-machi,
that was closed last March because of a declining birthrate, will be rented and converted into a Japanese language school next autumn. Okutama-machi has already signed the contract with the company, JELLY FISH (shinagawa, in Tokyo), which handles this reform.
The target of this new school is foreign students graduated from Science University. Students is also studying Japanese for one year and half while training to become IT engineers. Accommodation will be attached to school building. The school will start with around 30 students at first year and is aiming to reach 120 students in the future.
Okutama-machi has been gone through hard time in increasing age population in spite of the decrease of younger generation population. They recorded 48% aging rate out of only 5,300 residences. We’re also trying to increase the number of population by getting the teachers or IT staffs, especially the young, living in Okutama-machi, making this sever condition better.
‘With this project, it can help the younger population to move to Okutama-machi. Since we will accommodate many foreign students who have different life style from us, we need to consult and orient the residences living in Okutama-machi about the project.’ Nijima Kazuki, officer-in-charge for younger population reservation, said.
January 19, 2017 10:10 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
The first thing that will come up to mind when we imagine Japan is their breathtakingly beautiful cherry blossom
but did you know that aside from it, Japan is also abundant of sunflowers? The sunflower or himawari in Japanese can be seen even in urban areas of Japan, for them the flower symbolizes hope and recovery for it has a property that extracts toxic substances on soil. Every midsummer, a vast field of these flowers, at approximately 100,000 will bloom in Kaminokawa, Kawachi District which is just less than an hour drive from Utsunomiya. In celebration and appreciation for the flowering of these sunflowers, Kaminokawa Sunflower Festival will be held from the 26th of August down to the 28th this year.
The Kaminokawa Sunflower Festival will have a lot of fun events that will take place including singing, dancing, band performances, charity karaoke and many more. The 3-hectare field looks as if it is covered with a carpet of sunflowers by looking at it from a distance and there is also a pathway for you to see it up close. In line with these events and activities, attendees will be allowed to take sunflowers from the field for free as long as it is the designated area for picking. Now, isn’t that one of the many things to do to complete your Japan experience?
January 19, 2017 8:27 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
While English and Chinese mandarin tops the list,the Japanese language landed number 6 as the most potent language to be learned and used in today’s business world.
Bloomberg; a major global provider of news,data and information surveyed and scored the languages based on the number of speakers, number of countries where the language is official,nation’s population, financial power or stability,educational and literacy rates and other related measures.
“Speaking the language confers a huge advantage for anyone who wants to do business in a non-English-speaking country,” he said. “It gives you flexibility, knowledge that you need, and personal connections that can make a difference in the speed and effectiveness of your negotiations.”
Said Leigh Hafrey a senior lecturer in communications and ethics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in one of her phone interviews with Bloomberg.
Japan is a non-English speaking country, yet It is fast growing in terms of economic and industrial business growth. Businesses that offers jobs for the skilled and academically competent are available, more so for those who are fluent in speaking Nihongo which is Japan’s native language.
It is irrefutable that Japan is one of the countries with high paying jobs with best work culture.
According to the Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk/education)
The Japanese language is one of the best languages for graduates to study if one aims to be globally competent in the world of business today.
January 19, 2017 8:24 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
January 19, 2017 8:19 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
From the past until the present, the convention is supported by the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Embassy to the Philippines, Japanese language schools based in Japan and the Philippines, as well as local sponsors, schools, and universities. It has found success all over the Philippines from its humble beginnings in the Japan Foundation Manila to as far as Baguio and Cebu
In 2016, the Japan Education Fair and Convention becomes bigger, better, and bolder, giving Filipinos a special chance to immerse themselves in the rich culture of Japan. The convention will be held at Silver City Decagon, Pasig City on Saturday, September 3, 2016 and in SM Cebu on Sunday, September 4, 2016.
The Japan Education Fair and Convention aims to promote study in Japan and equip all attendees with useful local, Japanese knowledge. Notable Japanese speakers will discuss several topics including:
January 19, 2017 8:15 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Tochigi International Education Institute (TIEI) is a Japanese language school that partners with 3-5 Star Hotels and Restaurants for work training. The school makes sure that the students learn the language faster through interaction with the locals. Once a week, the school has a meeting with the work establishment to get feedbacks about the students.
According to research, most Japanese companies don’t expect anything more from foreign students other than the ability to understand and express thoughts. TIEI uses this concept and that’s why it has partnered with the Hospitality Industry because it is where these abilities are most important.
School days are from Mondays to Fridays, and work is usually 4-5 hours a day. Learning does not only occur inside the classroom but outside as well. There are cultural exposures or field trips and other excursions.
January 19, 2017 8:12 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
From the words “Matsu” (pine) and “Shima” (island), it is indeed a natural beauty. Yet, in all its complex configuration of black and red pines in its 260 islands, tourists still come flocking all year round to be lost and mesmerized in its majesty. A natural park of the Miyagi Prefecture, the islands spread out for a few kilometers, giving you a fantastic view of the peaceful inland sea.
The Matsushima Islands have been greatly affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country last 2011. Only several rock formations collapsed but the beauty of the islands was kept intact, considering that Matsushima was near the epicenter. And remarkably, the islands were known to have prevented more damage to the coastal area.
A weekend cruise shall let you see the Matsushima islands up close and experience its timeless beauty. It surely is a tour you shouldn’t miss while you’re in Japan!
Now, if you’ve seen quite a handful of anime, you’re probably already familiar with Miyajima island. It’s also called Itsukushima and is considered to be the island where the gods dwell. Its most iconic attraction? The Itsukushima Shrine—best known for its floating Torii gate—a World Heritage site.
Surrounding areas are filled with temples and shrines, letting visitors feel the serenity of the place. There are many hiking trails for those looking for an adventure, and walking around the landscape can provide some sort of enlightenment for those on a vacation, away from their daily urban life. And from the summit of Mount Misen, you get to have a panoramic view of MIyajima. Plus, an overnight stay would surely pay off as the traditional Japanese-style inns and hotels seem very inviting.
Miyajima has seen wars and calamities. Nonetheless, the shrine has been rebuilt time and again, stronger at each time, and still stands as a major manifestation of Shinto faith—Japan’s major religion alongside Buddhism.
If you have not yet stepped foot on a sand bar, and have yet to see one in real life, it’s about time you do! And no, it’s not a bar where you can have drinks with friends. It’s a work of art, handcrafted by Mother Nature herself. A sand bar, also called a shoal, is a strip of land form that’s usually composed of sand and silt that extends over a body of water.
Just in the Northern part of the Kyoto Prefecture lies one of the most pristine scenic views of the world—the Amanohashidate. The name translates to “bridge in heaven,” and the real thing does not disappoint. It’s a very beautiful sand bar that spans to about 3.6 kilometers across the Miyazu Bay. Within the vicinity are various spots that should be every tourist’s delight.
You can walk it all the way to the other end. You can rent a bike and take a slow tour, exploring its corners. You can ride a boat and take a relaxing cruise. All in all, it makes a great immersion to Japanese heritage.
It won’t hurt to take a detour every now and then when you’re studying Nihongo in Japan. After all, there are too many sights to behold, and experiencing their beauty first hand may only come once in a lifetime—all the more reason to go there! You may even want to form an excursion plan with us. Just contact us today and we’ll gladly assist you.
January 19, 2017 8:07 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Japan is home to 8 Pokemon Centers. Yep, that’s right! 8 of ‘em in just one country. From Sapporo, to Tohoku, to Tokyo and Tokyo Bay, to Yokohama, Nagoya and Fukuoka, and the biggest of them all, the one in Osaka—wherever you’re studying Nihongo while you’re in Japan, there will definitely be a Pokemon Center near you! It may take a few minutes to maybe a couple of hours before you reach one, but getting to a Pokemon Center means an overload of Pokemon stuff that’s all too adorable to handle. Once a Pokemon fan, always a Pokemon fan. This is a mantra that Pokemon lovers live. From the first generation of Pokemon fans who used to watch the show at a local TV channel more than a decade ago, to the youngest and most recent generation that’s been exposed to this wonderful world, fans come in all ages.
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