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Let's Experience Japanese New Year Together! "Year In, Year Out, Let's Share the Japanese New Year Experience with our Friends all Over the World"


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Applications are now being accepted to participate in this year's "Year In, Year Out, Let's Share the Japanese New Year Experience with our Friends all Over the World;" a program in which foreign and Japanese students enjoy the New Year together! This program, organized by the National Institution for Youth Education is a three-night, four-day event held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku. Last year, a total of 271 participants from 26 countries and regions around the world enjoyed the experience of a Japanese-style New Year together.

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This year's fourth annual event will be held December 30th – January 2nd. During the four-day schedule, participants will enjoy a full-packed and exciting program featuring traditional Japanese cultural experiences such as decorating Daruma dolls and eating year-crossing noodles, etc. Participants will also count down to the new year together, and stroll through Tokyo in the New Year! During the event, by forming small groups of foreign and Japanese students from throughout Japan, friends will quickly be made.

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For foreign students experiencing a Japanese New Year, the event will create precious memories. For Japanese students as well, the event will offer a valuable opportunity to both enjoy exchanges with other students from around the world, and to rediscover wonderful aspects of Japanese culture. Wouldn't you also like to welcome in 2014 with friends from all over the world?

Let's Experience Japanese New Year Together!
The Fourth Annual "Year In, Year Out, Let's Share the Japanese New Year Experience with our Friends all Over the World"

Dates: December 30th (Mon.), 2013 – January 2nd (Thurs.), 2014 (3 nights/4 days)
Location: The National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (3-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku)
Participant Criteria: Participants must be able to participate in the entire schedule of events (including sleeping over)

 Foreign Applicants

  •  Be a foreign student in Japan (at a university, junior college, graduate school, specialized vocational high school, vocational school, Japanese language school (a government-recognized institution of any type)), or an assistant language teacher (ALT).
  •  Possess valid residence status in Japan, and be able to conduct simple everyday conversation in Japanese.

 Japanese Applicants

  •  Be a student (at a university, junior college, graduate school, specialized vocational high school, vocational school, miscellaneous school, senior high school)
  •  Possess Japanese nationality

Participation Fee: ¥5,000 (includes accommodation, meals*, activity fees) *3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Application Period: October 23rd (Wed.) - December 5th (Thu), 2013
Organizer: The National Institution for Youth Education

Please refer to the following webpage for more details. ⇒
http://www.niye.go.jp/services/plan/honbujigyo.html  (in Japanese only)
Please refer to the following webpage for details of last year's event ⇒
http://www.niye.go.jp/files/items/854/File/yukutoshi24_1.pdf  (in Japanese only)