Welcome Letter from the Director
Welcome to the Japanese Academy!
Dear Parents and Students,
Congratulations on behalf of the staff of the 2022 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 35th year of the Academy, and it is a very special year. For the first time since transitioning to an online format in 2019, the Academy will be held entirely in person this year. Online learning has brought both blessings and challenges. Here at the Academy, we have long hoped for the chance to give students the immersive experiences that are a hallmark of our Academy – wearing traditional Japanese clothing, eating sushi, even simply trying to use chopsticks. Now, we are once again able to offer our students all of these experiences, and more. This year, students will participate in face-to-face Japanese language classes, conducted at several learning levels to accommodate students of various proficiencies. The instructors of the Academy will teach cultural classes to include Japanese traditional cooking, yokai (Japanese ghosts), rakugo comedy, and more. Academy participants will certainly have the opportunity to study the culture of Japan from an array of perspectives. Additionally, we will be having an ochakai (tea party) for bonding, and the Resident Assistants 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 things to do in order to prepare for the Academy. Please make sure that both parents and students carefully read the entire packet to fully understand the Academy and its requirements.
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,
Director, Governor’s Japanese Language Academy