Spring Festival Season – March 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 in over the month.

The spring festival season is upon us! From hosting their own bunkasai (school cultural festival) to the beginning of cherry blossom season, discover all that our students were up to in March.

Events at JCMU

March 1st – 4th

Spring break
–  No class!

March 2nd

Kokunai Ryugaku 1st term final oral presentations and closing ceremony

February monthly student photo contest winners are selected

March 5th

Kokunai Ryugaku 2nd term begins

Welcome snack party for the new Kokunai Ryugaku students


March 7th

English program Wednesday night activity
–  Scavenger Hunt: A great opportunity to work with the new Kokunai Ryugaku students.

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March 9th

Weekly Japanese exam

Friday Japanese cultural activity
–  Calligraphy: Practice the traditional art of kanji


March 10th

Ninja/Shigaraki group field trip


March 14th

English program Wednesday night activity
–  Movie night: Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) together with our English language students!

March 16th

Weekly Japanese exam

Friday Japanese cultural activity
–  Aikido: Get an introduction to and practice the Japanese martial art

Kokunai Ryugaku 2nd term final oral presentations and closing ceremony

March 17th

Japan and Nature Elective class field trip
–  Kyoto City natural disaster Prevention center

Guest speaker at JCMU
–  Samuel Sorenson

March 19th

JCMU Director and Michigan State University Vice President arrive at JCMU’s Hikone campus

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March 21st

Japanese National holiday: Vernal Equinox Day
–  No class!

March 23rd

Weekly Japanese exam

Practice interviews
–  With members of the Hikone community

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March 24th

Spring JCMU Bunkasai (Cultural Festival)
–  All activities are run by JCMU students
–  Hikone community members are welcomed to attend!

Game show bunkasai

March 30th

Weekly Japanese exam

Practice interviews
–  With members of the Hikone community


Events in the Hikone/Shiga Area

Starting February 14th

Special exhibition: “Kyoto: Sleeping under foot”
–  Location: Kyoto University Anthropology Museum
–  Archeological exhibition from Asuka to Muromachi Period

March 3rd

Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Day)

Hina Matsuri

Sanju-Sangendo Spring Festival

Until March 4th

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

Special exhibition: “Spring has Come: Glass Hina dolls”
–  Location: Kurokabe Square

Until March 6th

Special exhibition: Hina dolls and Hina doll items
–  Location: Hikone Castle Museum

Until March 11th

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

March 17th

Hikone Farmers Market
–  Located at Shiga Gokoku Shinto Shrine

Seiryoji Temple zen practice
–  Experience zen meditation

Until March 18th

Higashiyama Flower Lantern Street
–  Located near Kiyomizu temple, Yasaka Shinto Shrine, and Chionin Temple
–  The area is lit up during the evening!

Until March 25th

Special exhibition: “Mushroom World”
–  Located at Kyoto Station Museum in the JR Kyoto Isetan Department

From late March to early April

Cherry blossom (sakura) season starts in Shiga! There are plenty of famous areas where you can sit around and look at the cherry blossoms, including:
–  Hikone Castle
–  Nagahama Castle
–  Seri River
–  Ishiyama-Temple
–  Mii-Temple


Until April 18th

Asebi (Japanese andromeda) exhibition
–  Located at Daitsu-ji Temple in Nagahama

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