Summertime Happiness – June 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 June.

June was a fun month for us: the inaugural JCMU Symposium was a success, the 2017 Summer Intensive Language program just started, and we now have a mascot courtesy of our JCMU Mascot Design Contest! There were also a great deal of activities outside of JCMU that our students had the opportunity to participate in as well. Read below to learn more about everything happening in Japan last month!

Events at JCMU

June 2nd

The JCMU Mascot Design Contest winner was chosen
– Meet “Hiraku,” our new adorable mascot!

Hiraku was designed by the wonderful artist “Pupppet”

June 3rd through June 4th

Inaugural JCMU Symposium
– Japan scholars from around the world, along with some of our summer students, participated in an academic, intercultural exchange of information like no other!

2017 JCMU Symposium

June 5th

Summer Intensive Language program students arrived in Hikone!

June 6th

Orientation (for Summer Intensive Language students)

June 7th

Placement test (for Summer Intensive Language students)
– Required for students looking to place into 2nd-4th year language classes

Tour Hikone!
– Newly-arrived language students are shown around Hikone by local Japanese university students

Summer Language
2017 Summer Intensive Language students touring Japan

June 8th

First day of class (for Summer Intensive Language students)

The following JCMU programs finished up on June 8th:
– Teaching English in Japan
– Health & Culture of Japan

June 13th

Mandatory fire drill
– With the Hikone Fire Department

June 14th

Last day to request class change

June 16th

Friday Japanese cultural activity
– Learn how to play the koto (Japanese harp)

JCMU students learning to play the koto

June 19th

Curry night!
– With Shiga University School of Education students

June 23rd

Midterm exam #1

Friday Japanese cultural activity
– Create your own ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement)

June 24th

Gohanya Kumakuma Party


Events in the Hikone/Shiga Area

Happening now: Season of hydrangea!

What are hydrangeas?

These locations feature blooming hydrangeas:
Mimurotoji Temple in Kyoto
Fujinomori Shinto Shrine in Kyoto (there are 3,500 trees!)
Moriyama Ashikarien Hydrangea Field in Moriyama City, Shiga (even more here – 5,000 trees!!)

Moriyama Ashikarien Hydrangea Field

Until June 4th

“Kirameki” Exhibition at Aiso-cho History and Culture Museum
– Modern Buddhist painting exhibition with traditional “gold painting” style
– Take a train until JR Inae Station, and take a bus from there and take off at Kongo-rinji Temple Station

Special exhibition at the Nara National Museum
–  “The Buddhist Master Sculptor Kaikei: Timeless Beauty from the Kamakura Period”
– Nara National Museum is located in Nara Park ( Deer Park). It takes about 10 minutes from Kintetsu Nara Station, and 20 minutes from JR Nara Station.
– Who and what is the sculptor “Kei group”?

June 4th

Blue Impulse Aerobatic show above Hikone Castle

Blue Impulse flying above Hikone Castle (photo credit fairy,

Until June 11th

Lake Biwa Otsu House Spring Rose Festival

Nagahama Azaria Festival at Keiunkan

“Yes, We Love Cats Any Time!” Exhibition at Kyoto Culture Museum

June 14th through June 15th

Yasaka Shinto Shrine Mikagura Hono (Dedication of Kagura) and Rei-sai (large festival)
– Yasaka Shinto Shrine is Located at the east end of Shijyo Street in Kyoto

June 17th

Hikone Morning Farmers Market

Shiga Gokoku Shinto Shrine Farmers Market
– Small, but you can buy fresh vegetables, coffee, sweets, handmade craft, and more

Seiryo-ji Temple Zen Practice with Lunch
– Seiryo-ji Temple is located near Hikone Castle
– It is the Ii family’s (The Lord of Hikone) temple.
– Every third Sunday, they host zazen practice demonstrations. If you attend only zazen practice, it costs 200 yen. If you want to have a Shojin Ryori (traditional Buddhist vegan meal) after zazen practice, it will cost 900 yen.

Statue of a monk in zazen meditation

April 15th to July 23rd

Symphony of Bakuzan Sakaki and Shisyu at Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
– Bakuzan Sakaki is a famous Japanese calligrapher
– Nara Prefectural Museum of Art is located in Nara Park, next to the Nara Prefectural Government Office

Until August 6th

Special Exhibition at the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art
– Exhibition title: “High Jewelry”

June 21st to October 8th

Special Exhibition at the Kyoto University Museum
– Exhibition title: “The history of zoological science study at Kyoto University according to zoological and botanical specimen”
– Kyoto University (Kyo-dai) is one of the leading universities in Japan. If you are in science major, and thinking about graduate school in science major at Kyoto Univ, it will be a good chance to visit.

Kyoto University

Until October 15th

Special Exhibition at the Nagoya-Boston Museum
– Exhibition title: “Parisienne”

Until November

Seta River Cruise and Music

March 18 to December 10th

Hikone 410 years Anniversary Festival

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