Academics and Japanese Culture Come Together – April 2017 Events

If you study abroad with JCMU, you can participate in a wide array of activities at our campus and in the Shiga area! To showcase just how much you can do in Hikone, our Student Services Coordinator, Yasuhiko Harada, created a list of events/activities that students participated in this last April.

With April being the last month of the spring and academic year programs, much of the focus on JCMU’s campus is on academics. However, there’s still a bunch to do outside of class in and around Hikone! From beautiful festivals to special manga exhibits, students had plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in the local Japanese community.

Events at JCMU

April 5th

Meeting with ALTs
– 3 ALTs from Shiga will come to JCMU to speak about their experiences working in Japan

April 7th

Weekly Japanese exams

Individual sessions with Japanese instructors
– In preparation for final Japanese presentations

April 10th

JCMU English program starts
– For Japanese community members looking to learn English

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April 12th

Japanese program evaluations

April 14th

Japanese final oral presentation

April 17th

Last day of Japanese program evaluations

April 19th

Japanese final written exams

Prince and Princess Party
– English program for family and kids open to all community members and JCMU students

April 20th

Closing ceremony rehearsal

April 21st

JCMU spring semester program closing ceremy

Farewell reception

Final grade distribution


April 22nd

Spring students depart from JCMU
– Have a safe trip! Bon voyage!


Events in the Hikone/Shiga Area

April 1st

Zen practice at Chochoin Soto Zen Temple
– Free admission!

April 1st – 2nd

Ryotanji Temple Daruma Festival
– Admission fee: 400 yen
– So, so, so, soooo many darumas will be at this festival!


March 26th to April 9

Sake tasting at breweries in Otsu

Until April 11

Special exhibition of the work of Naosuke Ii at the Hikone Castle Museum

April 16th

Hikone Farmers Market at Shiga Gokoku Shinto Shrine

March 22 to April 16

English Garden Rosa & Berry Tawada in Maibara

Pansy and Viola Festival

April 1st to April 16th

Biwako Otsu-kan Tulip and Cherry Blossom Festival

Miidera Temple Cherry Blossom Season
– Onjoji Temple/Miidera Temple is a really famous temple. There is a beautiful pagoda that you can see while you’re there.

April 9th to April 16th

Nagahama Hikiyama Festival
– Experience kabuki, as performed by children!

Until April 19

Pieris japonica Tree Exhibition at Daitsuji Temple

March 25th to April 20th

Michigan Boat Early Morning Cruise

April 1st – 20th

Hikone Castle Cherry Blossom Festival
– Free admission
– You MUST see it! It is just stunningly beautiful. You can visit both in day and night time. In the night time, the cherry trees will be lit up.

Nagahama Castle Hou-Park Cherry Blossom Season


April 15th to April 30th

Making Koinobori at Biwako Museum in Kusatsu
– Biwako Museum is a large nature museum in Kusatsu. There is a botanical garden and even an aquarium there!

April 28th to April 30th

La Folle Journee de Biwako 2017 at Biwako Hall
– Classical music concert series at Biwako Hall

From the end of March

Ishiyama Temple Cherry Blossom Season

From the end of March to early May

Hikone Castle Town Prosperous Market
– Special Ohmi beef, boiled fish from Lake Biwa, Japanese sweets, pickles, Hikonyan (Hikone Castle kitty mascot) goods, and more are sold at this market. They are all “Made in Hikone” products.

Until May 8th

Saimyoji Temple pagoda opening

Until May 14th

Kyoto International Manga Museum
– Special Exhibition: “Drawing!” Manga Exhibition – Approach to the drawing technique: Line, frame, frame and character

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April 8th to May 20th

Hokkoku Kaido: Historical Ando Family House special exhibition
Korantei (small house) on display
– Admission is 400 yen
– The Ando family’s house was built between the Meiji and Taisho periods. As you can see on their webpage, there are historical gardens, well-designed old-style rooms, and more that you can witness there!

April 11th to May 21st

Special Exhibition of Kaiho Yuusho at the Kyoto National Museum
– Who is Kaiho Yuusho?

March 18 to December 10th

Hikone 410 years Anniversary Festival

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