[Online] Japanese Language Workshop: Japanese for Travelers
Thursday, September 14 - Thursday, September 28
This interactive workshop is for travelers to Japan who are looking for useful travel tips and travel specific expressions. The workshop is divided into three parts and covers a wide variety of travel related topics as you practice some essential and useful expressions in Japanese. You can register individually or for all three for a discounted price. Prior knowledge of hiragana/katakana/kanji is not required to take this workshop. Please see below for detailed descriptions of each session.
Part 1: Preparing for Your Trip – Thursday, September 14th 7:00 – 8:30pm (central)
Part 2: You’ve Arrived! – Thursday, September 21st 7:00 – 8:30pm (central)
Part 3: Essential Travel Etiquette – Thursday, September 28th 7:00 – 8:30pm (central)
Sign-up individually or for all three for a discount!
This workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Attendees must have a device with audio and video capabilities, as well as an internet connection. The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth reserves the right to cancel the workshop if it does not meet the minimum attendance number. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this workshop and language classes.
This session focuses on the planning and pre-departure. The goal of this session is to help you feel well-prepared for your travel to Japan by providing you with a list of items to consider before your travel. Topics include Japanese currency, transportations, essential travel items and useful online tools. Language lessons covered: self-introduction, basic greetings, counting, and multifunctional expressions.
This session focuses on the early stage of your travel starting with the moment you arrive at the airport in Japan. The goal is to guide you through the first few hours of your arrival with some useful tips so you can feel comfortable enough to start your exciting journey. Topics include airports in Japan and the first three things to do, Japanese transportation systems, and general etiquette, such as tipping, train manners, and what to do when you are lost. Language lessons covered: purchasing tickets, asking for directions, saying no or no thank you, tipping, and other basic expressions.
The goal of this session is to have a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture as you learn some essential travel etiquette specifically related to dining, and visiting Ryokans (traditional hotels), Onsens (Japanese hot springs), and Japanese homes. While learning some of the dos and don’ts of visiting different places in Japan, you will gain insight into Japanese traditions and social customs . You will also learn useful tips for finding places to enjoy Japanese food. Language lessons covered: essential dining expressions, ordering food, tipping at Ryokans, and visiting/leaving Japanese homes.
Ikuko Fujiwara Her academic and professional background is in TESOL and Composition which began with earning a Master’s degree in TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her career has been devoted to instruction and supporting student success while promoting diversity and inclusion in educational spaces. She has experience teaching Japanese, ESOL and college composition at various colleges in the United States. She is committed to creating inclusive and meaningful learning spaces where people engage in cross-cultural/intercultural understanding and learn to use language in empowering ways.