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Cultural Programs
(a) Japanese Culture Orientation
The course is best suited to the requirements of business people and their spouses who have newly arrived in Japan. In a short span of the training time (2-6 hours), the participants are introduced to the useful cultural information and a few survival Japanese words indispensable to comfortably start their social and business life here.

Half-Day Orientation (Sample)

Session Contents
S.1 Japanese Culture
(90 min)
Japanese Culture & Cultural Gap

- Annual Events & Ceremonies
- Manners & Etiquette

S.2 Selected Real-Life Japanese
(90 min)

- Japanese Pronunciation
- Greetings, Numbers
- Self-introduction
- Ordering a Meal (Restaurants)
- Buying Things (Shops, Supermarkets)
- Using Transportation (Stations, Taxis)
S.3 Field Trip
(30 min)
- Using Japanese to interact with people outside
- Survival Kanji

(b) Cross-Cultural Communication Program
MACC runs cross-cultural communication programs for the participants who wish to acquire the necessary information about Japanese culture and the Japanese way of thinking in order to experience a comfortable life in Japan and successfully conduct business with Japanese people.

Sample Plan
(2.0 hrs)
Formation of Japanese Culture & Typical Behavior
・Geographical, Historical & Religious Background
・Japanese Way of Thinking
・Typical Behavior
・Business Customs
・Case Studies
(1.0 hr)
Cultural Gap & Cross-Cultural Communication
・Japanese Calendar
・Japanese Ceremonies
・Do's & Don'ts
・Manners & Etiquette
・Culture Expressed in the Language

(c) Cultural Events
MACC organizes some cultural events every year for the trainees. To stimulate their motivation, the events contain a variety of programs such as speech contests, demonstrations of flower arrangement, calligraphy, Karate, and a tea ceremony session. These provide the trainees with experience of Japanese culture and way of thinking, offering them a deeper understanding of living, working and communicating in Japanese society, and accelerating their rate of learning. Furthermore, the trainees can enjoy the opportunity to meet with other trainees, not only from their own company, but from other organizations, and to use their Japanese to interact with people from different countries.
New Year Party (SHIN-NEN-KAI)
Everybody had a good time, talking to different people in Japanese and celebrating the year ahead.

'Sakura'(Cherry Blossom) Festival
Every participant wore pink in appreciation of the color of the blossom.

Visiting Sake Breweries in Kobe      image
Participants learned a traditional sake brewing process.
Participants also enjoyed sake tasting.
Guinomi (small sake cup) for tasting
Comments from participants:
たいへん おもしろかったです。

Great! Yokatta. Arigato Gozaimashita.

Sake tour was nice. Informative and enjoyable. Also met some new people.

My husband and I really enjoyed the sake tours. We would be happy to participate in other similar events. Thank you for organizing the event.

Tea Ceremony

Comments from participants:
Gaikokujin nimo wakari yasuku setsumei sareta node honto ni tanoshimeta. Toku ni nenpai no kata no shosa ga, kantan so ni miete jitsu wa 30-nen no keiken ni urauchi sareta mono da to shitte, odoroita. (A.M.)
My wife and I greatly enjoyed attending the tea ceremony with the MACC instructor. It was a wonderful cultural experience. Having the MACC instructor there made it much easier for us to understand and appreciate the nuances and the beauty of the tea ceremony. (J.R.)

Field Trip

Trainees can be accompanied by a MACC instructor to go to Kyoto, Nara or Kamakura to experience the 'old Japan'. Also they can go to a nearby shop or restaurant to carry out assignments in Japanese.