Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Game Night with Students from Sophia University

On Tuesday 27th, 2018, Nihon Club which is one of the UNCC Student Organizations held the Game Night with students from Sophia University. This event was supported by the Office of International Programs.

Currently, 14 students from Sophia University are visiting UNCC for their program called the English for Scientific Purposes Program.

During the program for three weeks, UNCC students who are studying Japanese have chances to spend time with them during their break time and a few events include the game night. However, some of them already knew each other prior to their arrival to Charlotte, NC since they exchanged emails through UNCC Japanese Pen Pal Program.

At the event, they enjoy foods and drinks, plus several games including Jenga, UNO, Twisted and card games.

It is always nice to see students' smiles.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

14th UNCC Japanese Speech Contest

The 14th UNCC Japanese Speech Contest was held on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.
This event was made possible by great support from the Department Languages and Culture Studies and the Office of International Programs at UNC-Charlotte.

Dr. Joseph Hoff from the Office of International Programs made a Welcome Remarks and shared his story when he taught English in Shizuoka, Japan.

Passionate contestants from all levels of Japanese and shared their original speeches.
There were so many audiences who were their classmates and great supporters for the contestants.
The 1st prize winners from each level have possibilities to participate in the speech contest at Duke University on March 31st, 2018.

We greatly appreciated all supporters and the three judges; Jinko Dailey from South Mecklenburg High School, Kazue Shamburg from the Japanese Language School in Charlotte, NC and Shoko Tokoro from the Atkins Library at UNCC.


JAPANESE STUDIES  YEAR-END PRESENTATION was held on December 1st, 2017.
This event was sponsored by  Department of Languages and Culture Studies,  Japanese Studies and
the Office of International Programs.

We had two special guests; Dr. Suzuki Shin’ya,  Associate Professor from National Institute of Technology, Nagano College and Dr. Ann Gonzalez Chair, Languages and Culture Studies.

After Greeting from Dr. Suzuki, Dr. Gonzalez made a Welcome Remarks and Peer Tutor Awards Announcement was followed.

Japanese learners from all levels at UNCC got together and shared their achievement for the year.
Logan Lampkins who won the 2nd prize of  J-Live Talk 2017 presented his speech as well.

We truly enjoyed each performance!

Monday, October 9, 2017

KOI Dance

The five UNC- Charlotte students who took Japanese courses in Spring 2017, tried KOI Dance.
Within a very short time during the final examination week, they were prepared for this project.
We truly appreciate their dedication to this project, and hope that they enjoyed it and keep their motivation to learn Japanese.

Study Abroad Report

Every fall semester, the UNCC Japanese program host the Study Abroad Report for future exchange students. On Friday, September 29th, representative students who studied abroad in Japan made very informative presentations. They shared their honest thoughts about their experience and some of them stayed after the presentations and answered audiences' questions. UNCC has varieties of study abroad program with Japanese partnered universities. Please click the link below to see the programs in detail.

Dr. Ryan Spring's Presentation

On Monday, September 18th, the UNCC Japanese Program hosted the presentation of Dr. Ryan Spring from Tohoku University, Japan.
Dr. Spring visited UNCC with his 16 Japanese students to have them participate in an intensive English program for two weeks.
Dr. Spring talked about his career after the graduation from UNCC, and M.A. program at Tohoku University. There were students who were taking Japanese courses of elementary to advanced levels and learned a lot through his informative presentation.
 Surely, Dr. Spring is an ideal alumnus to these students since most of the students wish to live in Japan after graduation.
Dr. Spring and his students went back to Sendai, Japan after the two weeks, and we hope that they had a great experience and built a bond with UNCC students.

Game Night with Tohoku Univ. Students & UNCC Nihon Club

Profile of Dr. Ryan Spring:
Dr. Ryan Spring graduated with a  B.A. from UNC Charlotte in 2005, where he majored in German and minored in Japanese and Film Studies and was also the president of Nihon Club. He graduated from Tohoku University with an M.A. in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2014. Currently, he is a Senior Assistant Professor at Tohoku University. He and his colleagues have connected UNC Charlotte and Tohoku University, creating study abroad exchange programs. He has also created a two week faculty-led program, and this September, he was bringing 16 Tohoku University students to UNCC for the first time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bon Odori Festival

On Saturday, August 5th, the Japanese Association in Charlotte hosted their 33rd Bon Odori Festival at Wells Fargo Atrium in Uptown Charlotte.

11 students and faculty members from UNCC participated in the communities' favorite event. as volunteers.

They helped at Japanese cultural booths such as Yukata (summer casual kimono) fitting, calligraphy, tea ceremony, origami, Taiko drumming, martial arts, lunch boxes, and so forth.

For students, it is precious opportunity to interact with Japanese people who live in Charlotte area.
We hope that we will continuously participate in the event following years.