Spring’s Last Hurrah – April 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.

Cherry blossom season came and went, and the spring 2018 semester concluded soon after. From closing ceremony celebrations to the children’s kabuki performances, discover all that our students did in the last month of the 2017-18 academic year.

Events at JCMU

April 6th

Weekly Japanese exam

Private sessions with Japanese instructors
–  In preparation for final oral presentations

April 9th

Weekly Japanese exam

Private sessions with Japanese instructors
–  In preparation for final oral presentations

JCMU SPACE, English Language programs starts
–  For Japanese students/community members looking to study English at JCMU

Departure orientation for spring 2018 students

April 13th

Japanese final oral presentation

Last day to enter the April 2018 Photo Contest

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Final oral presentation

April 14th

Nagahama Hikiyama Festival field excursion

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Watching the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival’s children’s kabuki performance

April 17th

April 2018 Photo Contest winners are selected

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April 18th

Final exams

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3rd year students celebrating the end of class together

April 19th

Closing ceremony rehearsal

April 20th

2017-18 academic year closing ceremony

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Closing ceremony reception

April 21st

Departure day for spring 2018 students

Jack Noble - Before Departure
By spring 2018 student Jack Noble – visit him on Instagram @jack.noble23


Events in the Hikone/Shiga Area

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Beautiful sakura on Hikone Castle’s grounds

Sakura (cherry blossom) season

The beginning of April marks the start of sakura season in Shiga! You simply have to see all of the beautiful areas in Shiga to sit and enjoy the tranquil beauty of these flowers:

Hikone Castle (very very very beautiful, a MUST-see!)
Nagahama Castle
The bank of the Seri River
Ishiyama Temple
Mii Temple
And many more!

April 1st – 2nd

Ryotanji Daruma Festival

April 7th

Choshoin Zen Temple zazen practice

April 8th

Taiko (Japanese drum) festival
–  Location: Takamiya Shinto Shrine in Minami-Hikone

April 8th – 9th

Nagahama Hikiyama Festival
–  The children’s kabuki performance is the most famous part of this event!
–  What is kabuki?

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Nagahama Hikiyama Festival – Children’s kabuki performance

From April 14th – May 13th

Special photo exhibition: “Kyoto Dreams of Kagai” by Mika Ninagawa
–  Located at the JR Kyoto Isetan Station Museum

Until April 18th

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

Until May 6th

Special exhibition: “Travellers: Stepping into the Unknown”
–  Located at the National Museum of Art, Osaka

Until May 20th

Special exhibition: The Genius of Ike no Taiga
–  Located at the Kyoto National Museum
–  Who was Ike no Taiga?

Special exhibition: The 150th Meiji Period
–  Located at the Modern Museum of Art, Kyoto

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