2013 Summer Ticket to Japan

7 Aug

The 2013 Summer Ticket to Japan is up!

Email japan_trip2013@yahoo.com if you are interested or have questions in regards to traveling to Tokyo in the Summer of 2013.

Optional Tour Information: Taiko Drum Workshop

13 Jul

Do you know Taiko? Well, Taiko is a Japanese traditional drum which is very exciting, healthy, and fun instrument. I started practicing Taiko two years and half ago here in Austin, and so I wanted to attend a workshop when I go back to Japan this summer. And I found a very exciting summer camp last night online. I contacted the owner/instructor by email right away and explained him about our situation, and he said he will give my students a special discount if you guys are interested in.

Here is a link of their website. http://www.tomida-net.com/taikoa00.html

Go to this website first, and then scroll down to the middle section until you see「初夏の大太鼓合宿」6/23-24. Click on the poster, then you will find the summer camp information and a video. Unfortunately everything is written in Japanese, but try to look at it. If you have any questions let me know. I will write brief information about this camp.

Dates: June 23rd (S) & 24th (SU)
Place: Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture (It takes about 40 minutes to an hour from Olympic Center)
Cost: The camp cost is written 18000 yen on the website, but as I said, he will give my students a special discount, so the total cost will be 15000 yen. It includes two days practicing sessions, accommodation for a night, 3 meals, and a party after the practice.

Since this is an optional tour, I cannot pay for you from the program fee. However, if everyone participates and we have money left over in the program fee, I will attempt to pay a small portion but not the entire cost of the camp fee. This is a great opportunity for you to learn traditional Japanese culture as well as meeting local Japanese people who don’t speak English at all. Since you must speak Japanese, it will be a good practice opportunity thought the camp. If you are not sure about Taiko, please come look at our performance on June 2nd from 11:00 to 11:30am at the Austin Zen Center(3014 Washington Square Austin, TX 78705). My taiko group will perform 3 songs at the time.

Daily Schedule in Tokyo Japan

28 May

Bellow is the schedule for the Summer Ticket to Tokyo trip!

6/4 Leave for Japan
6/5 Arrive in Japan
6/5-6/10 Stay in Olympic Center
6/9 1:30-3:00pm Visit Mejiro to watch their work (how to make Ukiyo-E painting) http://www.adachi-hanga.com/. Afterwards, visit Tokyo metropolitan government building for some sight-seeing.
6/11-6/13 Nikko trip
6/13-6/27 Stay in Olympic Center
6/17 Visit Asakusa and Sky Tree area
6/19-/21 Visiting a middle school in Chiba prefecture
6/19 (T) B day schedule
You will teach 3rd & 4th period, so we should be there by 10:00am.
6/20 (W) A day schedule
You will teach 2nd, 3rd, and 4th period, so we should be there by 9:10am.
6/21 (Th) B day schedule
You will teach 1st & 3rd period, so we should be there by 8:10am.
A day schedule:
1時間目 8:40~9:30
2時間目 9:40~10:30
3時間目 10:40~11:30
4時間目 11:40~12:30
給食  12:30~13:05
B day schedule:
1時間目 8:40~9:25
2時間目 9:35~10:20
3時間目 10:30~11:15
4時間目 11:25~12:10
給食  12:10~12:45
How to get there:
1. Take JR Soobu line from Akihabara station
2. Get off the train at Inage station
3. Take a bus from east gate No. 3 Keisei bus For Keisei Danchi and get off at Ensei elementary school

6/28 Leave for U.S.

Japanese lessons:
6/6 10:00am – 12:00pm
6/8 9:00am – 12:00pm
6/10 10:00am – 12:00pm
6/15 10:00am – 12:00pm
6/18 10:00am – 12:00pm
6/22 10:00am – 12:00pm
6/25 10:00am – 12:00pm
6/27 10:00am – 12:00pm


14 May

Please make sure you bring these very important items:

• Passport
• Travel insurance card/certificate
• Either a rain coat or a travel size umbrella (June is rainy season. It can be raining all day & every day while we are there.)
• Bathing suit – There is a indoor swimming pool at Kinugawa Onsen hotel & Olympic Center.
• Special long sleeve swim shirt or surfing “rashguard”. This is for students who have tattoos. Remember, anybody who has tattoo will NOT be allowed in any public places such as swimming pool, onsen, or spa resort in Japan.
• Enough money for food & drink (Obviously food price is varies, but here is some idea. A bowl of ramen noodle is about 500 yen, a lunch box at 7-11 is about 500 yen, a pack of sandwich at 7-11 is about 300 yen. The breakfast price is 450 yen, the lunch is 590 yen, and the dinner is 690 yen at the cafeteria of Olymipic Center.)
• Textbook, Japanese lesson’s packet, flashcards
• Small suitcase or bag pack (This is for the over night trip to Nikko.)
• Bath towel & face towel; the Olympic Center does not provide them
• A gift for your host family. My suggestion is something that represents Texas, so you guys can go to a Texas souvenir shop and buy $5.00 to $10.00 item(s). The store that I usually go is one at the corner of S. Lamar & Ben White in a shopping plaza.

Nikko Trip informatio​n

14 Apr

1. Meet at OC lobby at 10:00am and check out
2. Go to Shinjyuku station to catch an express train
3. Arrive in Nikko around 2:00pm and visit Nikko Toshogu shrine (one of a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
4. Check in the Guest House and have dinner on your own (we may go to a restaurant together)

1. Meet at the lobby of the guest house at 9:30am and check out
2. Go to Fuji-ya to catch a bus at 10:00am
3. Arrive at Nikko Edo Wonderland and hang out there until 5:00pm
4. Go to Kinugawa Onsen Hotel and check in, and we will have dinner together

1. Meet at a dining hall and have breakfast together
2. Check out at 10:00am and then you will have free time until go back to Tokyo and check in OC

Things include for this trip:
– Round trip express train tickets (OC – Shinjyuku – Nikko – Kinugawa – Shinjyuku – OC)
– Guest House on 6/11
– Hotel on 6/12
– Admission fees for Toshogu shrine & Edo Wonderland
– 2 meals (a dinner on 6/12 & a breakfast on 6/13)

The 3rd day (6/13) is totally free day. You can go back to Nikko area or stay in Kinugawa area whichever you prefer. Both areas are ones of the biggest tourist areas in Kanto, so there are so many things to do and so many places to visit. You should check them out by using internet and make a plan what you want to do the day. I attached the website address above, but if you go to Edo Wonderland website or Kinugawa Onsen Hotel website, you will get links of other activities.

I am thinking about doing a river cross by a special boat. Here is a link, but unfortunately only in Japanese. If you are interested in doing this with me, please let me know in advance so that I can make a reservation for you as well.http://linekudari.com/

Japanese Rental Phone

16 Mar

While staying at the Olympic Center, it should be noted that there is no room service or telephone in an individual room; it is recommended that you rent a mobile phone. Also Students’ families are not allowed to call the Olympic Center’s main number to look for you unless your family cannot hold of me. I will make arrangements for a rental mobile phone in advance and can give my cell phone number to your family before we leave. I suggest that you should call your family at least once a week to let them know how you are doing by using own cell phone, Skype or a public phone; however, if it is extremely important or family emergency, your family can call me so that I can pass the message to you right away. Please check the website for plans and price. This is just one of your options. There are many phone companies in Japan, but I usually use this company. You can make a reservation online and pick up the phone at Narita Airport when you arrive.

Take a look PuPuRu rates, there are even a few student plans!

Dates / Fees / Includes / Orientation

5 Feb

Schedule for the Summer Ticket to Tokyo trip:

6/4 Leave for Japan
6/5 Arrive in Japan
6/5-6/10 Stay in Olympic Center
6/11-6/13 Nikko trip
6/13-6/27 Stay in Olympic Center
6/19-/21 Visiting a middle school in Chiba prefecture
6/28 Leave for U.S.

Japanese lessons: 6/6, 6/8, 6/10, 6/15, 6/18, 6/22, 6/25, 6/27
10:00am – 12:00pm

Place to stay: Tokyo Yoyogi Olympic Center

Program fee: $1600 (this amount is based on this past summer program fee & currency rate. So it may change a little bit next summer.)

A $400 non-refundable deposit in order to secure a spot. I will start collecting $200.00 increments from December to May. All participants should pay whole amount by May 31st.

A first payment in the form of a $400.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot in the program. Additional payments need be made in $200.00 increments starting in December running through the month of May when the program must be paid in full.

Program fee includes:
•  Survival Japanese lessons
•  Accommodation for a month at the historic Olympic_Center in Yoyogi_Park
•  Weekend Tokyo tours
•  Over night trip to Nikko
•  Cultural activities such as tea ceremony, making Japanese sweets at a factory
•  Teach English to Japanese students
•  Dinner cruise at a Tokyo Bay

Things not covered by the program fee: airfare, travel insurance, and meals.

Our first meeting will be November 12th Saturday 6:00pm at Cafe Express on N. Lamar Blvd.
The 2nd meeting will be on December 17th from 6:00pm at Cafe Express.

This is a first come first service basis, so I will take first 15 participants.

Email Emi Schuster at japan_trip2012@yahoo.com if you are interested in traveling to Tokyo in the Summer of 2012.




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