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International Student Orientation Kyoto
It is crucial for international students in Japan to go through an intensive orientation program to get to know the basics of Japanese culture and lifestyle before their once-in-a-lifetime journey starts. It is well known that many international students experience culture-shock, miscommunication and even depression because of not knowing the fundamentals of the communication patterns, regulations and lifestyles of their host country. On the other hand, those who have a good understanding of the local values such as “process is more important than results,” or “perfection is more important than progress” tend to do better in Japanese colleges and have a better international experience during their stay in Japan.
Maikoya Kyoto has been conducting intensive international student orientation programs to help exchange students learn about the Japanese culture and experience various cultural activities conducted by professionals in less than 1 day.
- Gain the basic skills of Japanese communication style
- Get a better understanding of expectations from an international college student in Japan
- Learn common mistakes committed by international students
- Experience traditional Japanese arts and crafts to get a deeper understanding of Japanese culture
The orientation program lasts about 6 hours including a short lunch break in the facility. About 3 hours of of the program consists of cultural experiences (Kimono, tea ceremony and calligraphy) for the remaining time students participate in a workshop on Japan and the Japanese culture . The orientation usually follows this schedule:
- 10:00 Introduction
- 10:15 Welcome to Japan : Japanese Life Style
- 11:30 Calligraphy experience
- 12:00 Lunch
- 12:45 Listen First: Japanese Communication Style
- 14:15: Kimono experience
- 14:45 Tea ceremony Experience
- 15:30 End of the Program / Certificate
The orientation helps students answer these common questions and way beyond
- Why Japanese college students are usually quiet (priority of listening, sense of respect, sense of responsibility, perception of silence, group dynamics, junior-senior relations etc.)
- What are the unique cultural values that do not exist in other Asian cultures (aimai, zen values, bushido, privacy, life-time employment, etc.)
- What are the differences between the Japanese and Western education systems (lecture style, syllabus structure, collaboration over competition, student clubs, junior-senior relationships, student-teacher relationships, etc.)
- What should foreign students know about living in Japan (no cleaning after 10pm, no house parties, sexual harassment issues, privacy laws and issues, recycling rules, etc.)
- What are the basic concepts foreign students should know about Japan (Japanese annual calendar, Japanese festivals, transportation during major holidays, Japanese arts, etc.)
- What shocks foreign students in Japan (the summary of the research report of 100 foreign students who studied in Japan)
- What to do in an emergency situation (accident, earthquake and disasters, sickness, etc.)
Please kindly note that
- The cultural experiences are conducted in traditional Japanese style rooms of Maikoya and led by professionals who are trained in these fields.
- Workshops are conducted by professors who have a PhD in cultural studies.
- Participants get a certificate after completing the program.
- The Intensive Orientation Program can be adjusted based on the needs and characteristics of the student group.
- The cost per student or per group will depend on the number of students, time of the year, requirement and expectations. The cost of ￥０ is for only seeing the cultural displays with an advanced notice.
- The cost and conditions are negotiable depending on the number of students and timing of the year.
- These additional services can be added to the program
- Lunch box (bento)
- Daily tours to Kyoto, Himeji, Nara, Okayama, Wakayama, Hiroshima
- Daily tours or walking tours in Kyoto
- Ikebana experience
- Ko-do experience
- Origami experience
- Furoshiki experience
- Kintsugi experience
- Wagashi cooking experience
- Shamisen and/or koto concert
- Taiko concert
- Noh performance
- Kendo performance
- Rakugo performance (in Japanese or in English)
- Tour bus pick-ip and drop off
- Drop off to a clinic for vaccinations and health check
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya KyotoWe are a cultural experience venue located in the heart of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. We pride ourselves on providing authenthinc experiences in Kyoto. Founded on the four main pricinples of tea ceremony (Harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) Maikoya has gained recognition among both locals and foreigners. Maikoya also recently has been selected as one of the best tea ceremony venues in Japan by Tripadvisor. Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya Kyoto offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend an afternoon than learning a traditional, beautiful new art form with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn't find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendour. We are located near Honnoji temple.
Our address is 〒604-8006 Kyoto Prefecture, 5F, Nakagyo Ward, Shimomaruyacho (Kawaramachidori), 407-2 ルート河原町ビル google map
Our phone number is 075-606-5303
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Please let us know if you have any food allergies, Halal, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian preferences. Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
1. Do you accept walk-ins? Yes, we accept walk-ins. However, it is chepaer to book online and you may need to wait if you show up without a reservation especially during the peak season.
2. Do I need to wear a kimono? Traditional tea ceremony is usually conducted by wearing a kimono but since you may simply not be interested in it or you may be pregnant (earlier than 3rd trimester OK) we don’t require you to wear a kimono.
3. Do I need to sit on my knees all the time or I can sit comfortably? Can I sit on the chair? Yes you can sit comfortably without sitting on your knees. Yes we do provide chairs and desks if you need.
4. What is the etiquette for tea ceremony? Please remember to --take your shoes off, --be quiet and not talk to your partner throughout the ceremony, —not use your cell phone (we allow photos before and after) but ideally you should forget worldly and materialistic thoughts.
5. Do you have kimonos for kids? Yes, we do have small size kimonos for kids. Just let us know the age/height of your child in advance.
6. Do you have plus size kimonos? Yes we do have extra size kimonos. If you are a plus size please let us know when you reserve about your size.
7. Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day? Yes!
8. Do you provide any hairdo services? Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
9. Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc? Of course we explain all the meanings and symbols. We also answer many questions you may have (what tis the relationship between zen and tea ceremony, what is the relationship between zen and shodo, what is the difference between Shinto and Buddhism, etc.)
10. Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, etc. to remember my experience?. Yes we do.
11. Where can I buy a kimono? We can recommend you a few nearby shops that sell 2nd hand, upscale and economy kimonos, yukatas, samues and hakamas.
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