きんようび - Friday

ふゆやすみ - Winter Vacation

ハッピーホリデー  Happy Holidays!

Important Course Information

Today is the last day of class before NCVPS' Winter Break!


Japanese 1 resumes on Monday, January 4, 2016. Your final exam opens the same day and must be submitted before 11:59PM on Thursday, January 7th.


The final covers your grammar, vocabulary, hiragana and katakana learned from Lessons 1 - 13. Cultural discussion info will not be on the exam. Thanks Hannah G for asking me. ;)


The final is a one part exam similar to the quizzes you took all year. There is no written portion of the exam.


Make sure the computer you take the final exam on allows you to read and type in Japanese characters AND has Quicktime! You will need Quicktime for part of the exam and cannot use the Google Chrome browser to take it. You will also need headphones or speakers.


Contact me with any questions about the final exam.

Overdue Work

At this point, everything except your final exam should be submitted, including Linguafolio and the EOC Project!


If you have any work that is marked with a 0 or not submitted, plan to work on submitting as many assignments as you possibly can today. Contact me if you need help!

Today is the last day to submit your survey for Japanese 1!

Hello Students!


NCVPS is seeking your feedback as we continue to review and revise our processes and services. Your feedback is very important to us!


All NCVPS students are being asked to participate in this survey because, as a student, you are in a unique position to provide feedback on what you learned from the experience, supply information about our program, and offer suggestions for improvement.


This online survey will take about ten-fifteen minutes to complete.


Please submit your responses to the survey no later than Friday, December 18th.


NOTE: IF YOU ARE TAKING MORE THAN ONE COURSE, PLEASE SUBMIT A SURVEY FOR EACHCOURSE.


Please provide feedback specific to the course in which you are responding.


You may access the survey using this link:

https://ncvps.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4Sm8S6bCovxuuQl

Russell B's Origami!

しゅみはおりがみですか。


Check out these amazing photos of origami made by Russell B! Excellent work Russell! おりがみがとてもじょうずですね。

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KFC = Christmas in Japan

When we think about Christmas traditions in the USA, we typically think of gatherings with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts from loved ones, singing Christmas carols, and eating traditional Christmas foods like Christmas cookies and buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken.


Wait…Kentucky Fried Chicken?! Huh?


It all started in a KFC location in the early ‘70s when a westerner who was having a Christmas party came to KFC to buy fried chicken because there was no turkey. KFC was still fairly new to Japan and it came up with the brilliant marketing slogan Christmas = Kentucky. Since then, KFC has been a cornerstone of celebrating Christmas in Japan.


Many people in Japan believe that westerners celebrate Christmas by eating Kentucky Fried Chicken because of KFC’s clever marketing campaign, so there is always a frenzy related to KFC around Christmastime in Japan. Meals like the one pictured below are ordered in advance from KFC locations all over Japan. This one is one of their best sellers around Christmas. Do you recognize the katakana?

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The meal pictured above would be ideal for a family. Christmas Eve in Japan is a bit more focused on couples. It’s more like Valentine’s Day where couples make plans to eat fancy meals together and exchange (often) expensive gifts with each other. KFC sells a lot of meals for 2 because of this as well as traditional family meals with buckets of chicken.


On Christmas Eve, it is common for people to wait in long lines outside of KFC locations across Japan to pick up their chicken for Christmas. All KFC employees in Japan (including the accountants and executives) close up the business end of things and work in stores to help alleviate the long lines of people waiting for their Christmas chicken.


As you can see, the Christmas = Kentucky ad campaign of the '70s was very successful. Surprisingly, KFC doesn’t do much advertising at all around Christmastime these days because they already have so much business from the pre-orders for Christmas that come in weeks and months before the holiday that they don’t want to risk creating too much hype and completely selling out of chicken which would leave lots of people disappointed.

PTC Recruitment Continues!

Don't forget that the PTC is seeking volunteers to help out in many different areas! Contact me if you are interested in doing this!


The PTC is also here for students who need help!

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Enjoy Your Winter Break and Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

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Contact Boutin Sensei

Friday Office Hours: 10AM - noon


I can be reached through any of the contacts below. During the school week I respond to all messages within 24 hours, often much sooner.