About Noriko Takeda

Senior Lecturer of Japanese at Emory University.

Dinner with the Emory Japanese Community

Throughout this semester, our Japanese program has been successful to bridge our students with the Japanese community at Emory. MBA students and their families, researchers at the Medical School and Yerkes, and students at Public Health participated in our programing by coaching job interviews and serving as speech contest judges and class guests. In addition, they offered their generous time for 10 students of JPN402 to conduct individual interviews to share their experience on the Tohoku Earthquake and discussed their views on the Fukushima disaster and Japan’s energy policy. To show our appreciation, about 25 people got together on April 18 and shared a more personal side with dinner. Japanese guests commented highly about our students language skills as well as their ways to see the current issues around Fukushima. We hope to have this support and engagement for our students from the Japanese community next year!夕食会1


2014 New Year’s Cards (Nenga-jyo)

Time flies! We will have the last day of classes this Tuesday, December 10 and then have the final exams to complete this fall. We cannot wait to head home to celebrate the holiday season. As you know, January 1st is the biggest Japanese holiday with various New Year’s foods (Osechi), New Year’s parties (Shin-nen-kai) and New Year’s Cards (Nenga-jyo). As in the past years, our students created their own Nenga-jo this year! Some of them will enter the New Year’s Card Contest organized by the Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese. We will see who will win the contest!

Yang ChenyueKatrina WorshamAmie RheeShijian Jin


The TE-form Video

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Miyake Harumi sensei, our new teacher for 2013-14, created a supplementary video for the TE-form. Since flash cards are built-in, students can practice how to make the TE-form orally while watching it. The TE-form is very important in building up structures and we hope that Miyake sensei’s video will help students to master the TE-form. She will create more videos later, so please stay tuned!


Origami Workshop

We had an origami event on Thursday, Nov. 14. This event was supported by the Masse-Martin funds, REALC, and Japanese Culture Club. About 50 participants including six people from the local community learned three types of Origami from an origami teacher, who is actually our student, Jonguk Lim (junior, political science major). With help from JCC origami experts at each table, participants followed a step-by-step folding by Jonguk shown on the screen through the document camera. Everybody did excellent! Many participants were first-time origami folders and enjoyed this meticulous multi-dimensional origami art. Thank you for all who helped this event.20131114_18215820131114_19453820131114_182119

Sushi Night

On Monday October 28, the Japanese program and the Japanese Culture Club (JCC) held a joint event “Sushi Night” in Few Hall. About 70 students participated in the event to learn Japanese table manners as well as a little history of Japanese Sushi. We welcomed Mr. Noguchi, a local sushi chef and each participant made their own California rolls with step-by-step instructions from Chef Noguchi and the leaders of JCC. For the first hands-on experience, many students were able to make amazingly beautiful rolls! Most students took pictures of their own rolls, enjoyed eating them, and took a picture with Chef Noguchi. This event was co-sponsored by the Dept. of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Emory College Language Center.



Excellence in Language Studies in Japanese Award

Andres Oliver is the recipient of the Excellence in Language Studies award in Japanese. The ceremony was held on April 29, 2013. Andres started Japanese from scratch at Emory and went to study abroad in Kyoto with a prestigious Bridging Scholarship. He is a double major in Japanese and Creative Writing. He received highest honors in his thesis and Summa Cum Laude in Creative Writing. He is one of the fortunate students to be chosen for Salman Rushdie’s class this semester. His language skills and in-depth knowledge of Japan are truly among the best in our program.  Omedeto! Oliver san.

Reflection before Graduation in May 2013

You will read reflections written by students who are graduating in May, 2013. Students with the Japanese majors and minors and students who completed our four year language sequence looked back their Japanese language study and commented on their experiences. Please enjoy reading what our students have learned at Emory and how their study of the Japanese language became an important part of their undergraduate academic experiences.

Zhongyu Ken Zhang

I believe I am one of the few students that are pursuing Japanese major along with a hard science. I came to Emory intending to follow the pre-med track. When I saw that Emory offered Japanese classes, I decided to take these classes because I wanted to improve my Japanese skill. After living in Japan for four years as a child, I had a great appreciation for the Japanese culture and I did not want to give up that part of me. After my taking Japanese language classes and participating in the “Japanese Happy Hour”, I saw tremendous improvement in my Japanese skills and decided to continue and major in Japanese. I believe that understand the language is crucial in understanding a culture. My time as a Japanese major has not only reconnected me with a part of myself and improved my Japanese skill, but also, taught me how to understand a culture, thus, its people. I believe this knowledge of connecting with people would help me with my future career in medicine.

Translation: 私はエモリーで多くの学生が専攻する生物学と少数しか専攻しない日本語 の二つを終了しようとしている。医者になるつもりでエモリーに来た私は日本語のクラスがあることに気付いて自分の日本語を磨くために日本語のクラスを取り始めた。日本で四年間過ごした私は日本の文化を愛し、自分の一部と考えていて、それを失わなかった。日本語のクラスをとり、“ハッピーアワー”に参加続けた私の日本語はさらに上達し、日本語を専攻にする事を決めた。私は文化を理解するためにはその文化に係わる言葉の理解が欠かせないと考えている。エモリーで日本語を専攻している間、私は自分の一部を取り戻し、日本語のスキルを上達させただけでなく、文化、つまり、人の理解の仕方を学んだ。人をより深く理解しようとするすべは必ず私の将来、医者になる夢に役立つだろう。





Josephine Duan (A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Highest Honor in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude)

This has been my seventh year of Japanese language study. I have learned about Japanese culture, history and social issues in addition to Japanese language study at Emory. I feel fortunate that I met my teachers and friends with whom I will graduate this May. My teachers always gave us support and helped us to get ready for the job-hunting process and interviews. I am excited about going to work in Japan this October, and will continue to polish up my Japanese. I feel fortunate that I majored in Japanese at Emory. Please accept my sincere appreciation.

Translation: 日本語の勉強はそろそろ七年になります。エモリー大学にいるこの四年間で日本語言語の勉強以外には、日本の文化、歴史、それに社会的な問題についてもいろいろ学びました。学部の先生と同級生たちと出会って本当によかったと思います。先生たちは授業以外でも私たちを支えてくれて、就職活動、面接などの準備や練習をやってくれて本当に助かりました。私は今年の10月から日本で働くことになりましたから、これからも頑張って日本語の勉強を続けて行きます。エモリーで日本語を専攻して、本当によかったです。ありがとうございました。