New Semester, New Arrivals – January 2018 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 over the month.

The snowy season has arrived in Hikone, and with it a new group of JCMU students for the spring semester! From new student activities to winter festivals in Shiga, discover all that our students were up to in January.

Events at JCMU

January 4th

Spring semester students arrive at JCMU

Academic year students on their way to the airport to pick up spring students

January 5th

Spring semester orientation

January 8th

Japanese National holiday: Coming of Age Day
–  No class!

January 9th

Japanese language placement test

January 10th

First day of Japanese class

January 11th

First day of JCMU elective courses

Fire safety drills with the Hikone Fire Department

Fire safety drills

January 12th

Gohanya Kumakuma party
–  Introduce yourself to local Japanese college students and community members

Gohanya Kumakuma party

January 15th

Long term homestay meeting
–  For students that would prefer to live with a host family rather than the JCMU dorms

Group one: Obtaining residency/health insurance cards
–  At the Hikone City Hall in Alplaza

January 16th

Long term homestay interviews

January 17th

Long term homestay interviews

English Program Wednesday Night Activity
–  Quiz Night: Try your hand at trivia together with our Japanese students learning English at JCMU!

January 18th

Group two: Obtaining residency/health insurance cards
–  At the Hikone City Hall in Alplaza

January 19th

Weekly Japanese exam

Friday Japanese cultural activity
–  Japanese flower arrangement (kado): Create your own kado creation!

January 22nd

JCMU Bunkasai (Cultural Festival) discussion meeting

January 26th

Friday Japanese cultural activity
–  Playing the koto: Learn about and make your own music with the koto, a traditional Japanese harp

January 27th

Shiga University elective class field trip to Koga

January 29th

Last day to change Japanese class!

Presentation from JCMU English Language Program student

English Language Program student presentation


Events in the Hikone/Shiga Area

From January 10th to March 11th

Nagahama Bonbai (Japanese plum tree) Festival
–  Located at Keiun-Kaku near JR Nagahama Station
–  The air in the building will be filled with the alluring smell of plum trees!

From January 11th to February 6th

Special exhibition: Seals of the Ii Family at Hikone Castle Museum
–  The Ii Family is the clan that founded Hikone and lived in Hikone Castle
–  Admission is free for all JCMU students with JCMU ID card

From January 20th to March 4th

Special exhibition: Van Gogh and Japan
–  At the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art

January 21st

Hikone farmers market (8:30am-12pm)
–  Located at Shiga Gokoku Shinto Shrine in front of Hikone Castle
–  Get your fresh fruits, veggies, and more!

Zazen practice at Seiryoji Temple (8:30am-2pm)
–  Seiryoji Temple is the family temple for the Ii clan
–  What is zazen?

January 25th

Kitano Tenmangu First Tenjin Festival
–  There will be lots of food, games, and other booths to see at this Shinto Shrine!

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An earlier Hikone festival (photo by JCMU academic year student Mikolaj Firlej)

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