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.

Monday, February 27, 2017

12th UNC Charlotte Japanese Speech Contest

On Friday afternoon, February 24th, 2017, we celebrated our 12th Japanese Speech Contest.

40 contestants prepared for their speeches with unique topics such as "Students and Homework," "A Boy Drawing Cats" and "Small Happiness."  This is a very good chance to meet students from all 4 different levels and to listen to their speeches.  
The top two students from each level were awarded a certificate and gift card, and all contestants received buttons with one of a handful of Japanese words on it. The buttons were donated by the Japan Foundation.

The 1st place winners from each of the three levels (elementary, intermediate and upper intermediate) will participate in the speech contest held at Duke University on April 1st. The Japanese teachers are all proud of our students and are excited to take them to Duke University! 

Level 1: Elementary
1: Ahmad Banks - "Fun in my Old Town"
2: Andrew Kotula - "Happy"

Level 2: Intermediate
1. Wing Yin Lee - "Wonderful Travel"
2. Samuel Mitchell - "Circus School"
3. Charles Shintaro Maxwell - "Thank you, Mother."

Level 3: Upper Intermediate
1. Joey Ledrew - About My Study Abroad
1. Deborah Chapin - The Tortoise and the Hare

Level 4: Advanced
1. Hope Mclean - My Dream
2. Daniel Campbell - Tohoku Earthquake
3. Chaz Greenberg - My First Two Reasons Toward Japanese Learning

Saturday, December 10, 2016

On Friday, December 2nd, our annual event called Year End Presentations was held, and more than 140 people enjoyed each performance including singing, playing skits and making presentation about Japanese culture all in Japanese.

 First, Dr. Ann Gonzalez who is the Chair of the Languages and Culture Studies at UNC Charlotte at  made a short speech. She reminded us that we have the biggest Japanese program in North Carolina, and there are a log of opportunities to enrich students knowledge and improve with communicating people in Japanese.

It is very precious time for the Japanese students from all levels get together and see their achievement of Japanese language. Especially for students who have just started to learn elementary level of Japanese, seeing upper level students' performance has become a very good motivation.

At the end of the event, Christina Sanchez, Associate Director of International Programs made remarks. She has lived in Japan as an Assistant of Language (English) Teacher of JET Program, Her presence made a big impact for the students who wishes to work in Japan after their graduations.

Not only Japanese learning students and teachers, but teaching assistants helped the event. 

Year End Presentations has tighter our bond among students, instructors and teaching assistants.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ALTIA CENTRAL Presentation

Mr. Graham Van Zwoll who is a recruiting manager at ALTIA CENTRAL visited UNCC on Friday, October 28th, and made a presentation about his company and his experience of teaching English in Japan.

 Mr. Van Zwoll's speech was very informative for the students who wish to work as an English teacher in Japan after the graduation. He has lived in Japan more than 25 years, and stories out of his experience inspired the audience.

He mentioned that Japanese language ability is preferred since  not so many Japanese people can talk in English at work. Also, flexibility and acceptance is very important to understand Japanese culture and society.

ALTIA CENTRAL have enough support for their workers providing orientation and workshops, also there is always supervisor available for each teacher.

We hope that many of our students make their dreams (living and working in Japan) come true in the future.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

UNCC 41st International Fesival

UNC-Charlotte's 41st International Festival was held on Saturday, September 24th.
The booths represented over 50 countries, and people were enjoyed its diversities.

At the Nihon (Japanese ) Club booth, they were selling KARAAGE (one bite size- fried chicken) and drinks. Their popular performance was drawing names in Japanese Calligraphy.

The interesting part was the students who helped at the booth were getting their customers by calling out in Japanese like IRASSHAIMASE (Welcome to our booth), KONNICHIWA (Hello) and KARAAGE HITOTSU! (One cup of fried chicken, please!) etc. It is a typical way of selling things in Japan.

I hope that everybody at the Festival enjoyed good foods, good performances and beautiful smiles.

Dr. Ryan Spring visits UNCC

Dr. Ryan Spring from Tohoku University visited UNCC to make presentation for our students on Friday, September 21. 

Dr. Spring is an alumni of UNCC, and now he is working for Tohoku University which is our new exchange partner. 

During his presentation, he answered the questions from faculty members and students about how the curriculum meets their majors' requirements.

Dr. Spring provided detailed information on various study programs at Tohoku University. Many of our students double major in Japanese with computer science, engineering, English and so forth, and Tohoku University offers good number of courses taught in English at both baccalaureate and graduate programs. The students can obtain credits for both majors which is great time saving for them to graduate.

Dr. Ryan Spring is a wonderful representative of successful alumni, and we hope that our students can follow his path.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

JASNC Speaker’s Series Program

JASNC (Japan American Society in North Carolina) hosted Speaker’s Series Program on September 8th 2016 at Center-City Campus UNC Charlotte and UNC Capel Hill.

At Center-City Campus UNC Charlotte, the successful event was began by registration and breakfast at 7:30 am, and Introductions & Welcome Remarks were followed by Dr. Tracy Tsuetaki, Chairman Japan-America Society of North Carolina, Consul Tomoko Ohyama, Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, and Dr. Ann Gonzalez, Chair the Department of Languages and Culture Studies UNC Charlotte.

As a representative of Study Abroad Returnee, Haochen Tian made a speech about his experience in fluent Japanese and then in English. Mr. Tian obtained N1 (the highest level of Japanese ability) of JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) while he studied abroad at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

At 8:00 am, Dr. Aaron Forsberg, Economic Unit Chief Japan Affairs at the U.S. Department of State made a informative presentation titled, “The United States and Japan as Global Partners.”

After the presentation, we had active discussions about Japan- America relations in the future, and our contributions to the communities.

As UNCC Japanese Program, we believe that this opportunity has made participants to grasp deeper understanding of US-Japan relations, and has created bridges among schools, state organizations and global companies. We hope that students who study Japanese language and culture will have more opportunity for internships and study abroad in Japan.