Welcome Letter from the Director
Welcome to the Japanese Academy!
Dear Parents and Students,
Congratulations from the staff of the 2021 Virginia Governor’s Japanese Academy. We are all excited to have you at the Academy and cannot wait to welcome a new group of outstanding Japanese students this summer.
Our Academy has a tradition of providing an intensive yet exciting academic study of Japanese Language and culture. This is our 34th year of the Academy, and it will be a unique year as we are going to conduct the program entirely online. All the classes will be conducted synchronously (live classes) and asynchronously (not a live class, but will include materials to prepare for the live classes). Students will participate in Japanese language classes, conducted at several learning levels to accommodate students of various proficiencies. The students will also conduct research regarding the Geography (Chiri in Japanese) of Japan through our Chiri Project. The instructors of the Academy will teach cultural classes such as History of the Tokugawa Era, Tohoku Virtual Tour, Kimono and Calligraphy Lecture, and more. Academy participants may study the culture of Japan from an array of perspectives. Additionally, we will be having an Ochakai (tea party in Japanese) for bonding, and the RAs are planning to lead cross cultural language classes. Regarding the Japanese language classes, students are expected to fill out the placement survey by May 20th so as to inform us which language level they are comfortable with.
During this summer, we expect you to grow, learn, and expand your knowledge of and experiences with Japanese. The staff of the Academy are all here to support and help each one of you on your educational journey as you build a passion for Japanese studies. This being said, please come motivated and ready to challenge yourself, and never stop learning.
Please review your comprehensive welcome packet and guide for the Academy. This student packet includes a list of how to prepare for the online academy. Please make sure that both parents and students carefully read the entire packet to fully understand the Academy.
The Japanese Academy staff and I are thrilled to be meeting you and cannot wait to make this summer a lifelong memory for everyone. Good luck with the rest of your school year. Please contact me at VAJapaneseAcademy@gmail.com should you have any questions or concerns.
All the best,
Yoshiko Himata Paris
パリス 日俣 佳子
Director, Governor’s Japanese Language Academy