- Contains a desk with chair, clothes bureau (like in freshmen
dorms), and a very large closet (for your futon and everything
else you bring)
- We roomed with one other person, leaving the third room
available for anything else
- You will have a communal kitchen with cabinet for dishes and silverware already
there. Only cold water comes from the faucet. A stove is also provided with a few
pans and small bowls.
- Large Shower provided for each room.
- A/C in each room, along with a balcony overlooking a small river and then the
We lived on floors 4-6, stairs and elevators can be used.
Where you live
5 min from your classes, 10-15 min from
stores by foot, 10 min by bike from
everywhere you could possibly need to go,
45 min from downtown by bike, or 30 min
from the train station by bus
Mostly just program participants in the
building, but also your teachers
Washer/Driers on floors 4 and 6, community
rooms on 3 and 5, and internet room on floor
3 – only 7 ports (wireless router might be
Study room available 24/7 with Internet
Total Estimated Cost
Depends on what you want to do…
Plane tickets = $1000
Food = $8-16 per day, or $320 - $640
School activities = $100
Host family gift (beforehand) = $30-100
Then whatever else you want to spend
on omiyage and the Long Weekend
Spending 6 weeks in Japan = priceless
2007 course project
Make a Rube Goldberg machine
Work in pairs of Japanese and American students
Spent several meetings talking with other groups in
English and Japanese explaining about our ideas
Have a final presentation of the machine and brief
speech about it in Japanese (your partners will help
Rose Japanese courses prepare you well
for the courses
Good vocab building
Lots of good review
Don’t sweat the placement exam
(written and verbal)
Places to go…
pretty much every sport and club for it available
used everything stores
hyaku en stores
random places with funny signs
Bowling (round one)
Hyakumangoku Matsuri (Festival)…
Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen
Downtown shopping center
Okashi (Candy) making
Ninja Dera, Geisha District, samurai house
Homestay and Long Weekend
Seisan Gijitsu (Robot Factory)
Get gifts beforehand
2 day, 1 night stay
Any number of different families
They’ll take you to do anything… literally, so be careful
what you ask for
Challenging, but they understand!
Sometimes you get another program participant to go
Dream big, dream now
Kore wa onegaishimasu
I’d like this (ordering in restaurants).
Betsubetsu de onegaishimasu
We’d like to be billed separately.
Onaka ga suita.
Things we wish we knew beforehand /
Leave room in your luggage – LOTS of room
Buy luggage with wheels… seriously
Make a budget beforehand for each week to keep you on track
Keep a journal (at least if you get a grant from the HSS department)
Get a coin purse
Don’t be a jerk with the bikes!
Rent bikes early and often, and get out!
Spend time with the Japanese students
Don’t forget the region restriction on games and DVDs
The outlets there work the same as the US, only they have slightly less volts
– DO get a 3 to 2 prong plug for your lappy, though.
Internet will be scarce.
You do not need superior Japanese speaking skills
Don’t be afraid to talk in Japanese! They are all there to help you learn.
If you have to call home, buy headphones with a microphone in them and
download Skype so you can talk for free.
JR Pass available if you want to ride the train a lot on the Long Weekend or
afterward. Only available to foreigners and runs about $300 for a week
(maybe a little less) – check around for best prices. Increments of 1, 2 and
3 weeks available
Other fun things
Tons of vending machines
Karaoke is awesome
You will most likely be the only non-
Japanese you’ll see
Don’t be a jerk with the bikes!