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


Haiku Workshop

Students in JPN401 organized a haiku workshop for the students in JPN201 and JPN301!

In JPN401, they learned about Haiku in the textbook and also from Dr. Crowley. They also created their own haiku and shared their work in class.

Here is one haiku created by Jun Son from JPN401.






The spring wind
Blowing away the worries
Pristine state of mind


The spring wind entails the coming of a new season. When embracing the wind, one feels as if it carries away any fear or trepidation, ultimately revitalizing your mental state. The metaphorical comparison between the wind’s blow and one’s worries blown away, and between the new state of mind and the arrival of the new season, is highlighted in this haiku.



At the workshop, they demonstrate their knowledge including the history of haiku, famous poet and rules of creating Haiku. And the participants created their own haiku with the assistance of the students from JPN401. Even though they were given such a short time, all participants were able to create their first haiku or senryu with the great assistance of advanced students.


Here is one haiku which a participant, Jinhee Park from JPN201 created.


She explains about her Haiku, “I tried to express my feeling about the guy that I loved. I used the  seasonal world 秋(Aki, autumn)   and 月見 (Tsukimi, moon viewing) to represent loneliness in autumn.
Whenever I see the moon, I believe he also sees the same moon somewhere in the world.”



In the end of the workshop, each group chose the best haiku which the participants made and finally Pudi Wang’s Senryu which made everyone laugh was chosen to be the best work of the day. His Senryu was “花粉症 風が吹いたら 泣きたいよ”, which means Seasonal Allergy, when the wind Blows, I want to cry.”

Congratulation Pudi! And Congratulation students in JPN401 for such a success!!


Here is a Kansoobun, feedback report by the MC of the day, Yong Jun Kim. (It’s in Japanese.)


Extravaganza-Digital Story Screening Event for JPN202 and JPN302


Extravaganza, digital story screening event for JPN202 and JPN302 were held on April 29th, the last day of Spring semester 2013.

In JPN202, students made digital story movies to introduce their favorite sights or the cultural differences between Japan and their cultures.  Two movies each were chosen from three sections of JPN202. The following are the six finalists. We enjoyed viewing all of the movies!!

  1. Cheng Yue 清水寺(きよみずでら)
  2. Jiang Xinyi ウィリスタワー
  3. Nie Jiayi 張家界(ちょうかかい)
  4. Sun Shine 東京大神宮(とうきょうだいじんぐう)
  5. Wang Sijia お笑い(おわらい)
  6. Williams Denton ルーブル美術館(びじゅつかん)
The winners are:
1st Wang Sijia
2nd Nie Jiayi
3rd Sun Shine

Students in JPN302 made “my story” as their digital story assignment. Three movies were chosen from each section. The following are the finalists we viewed at the event. Some of them were heartwarming and some of them were energetic.  We enjoyed learning about each of you!!
Great job everyone!!

2013 Speech Contest/2013年のスピーチコンテスト

On March 30 Georgia’s Annual Japanese Speech Contest was held, where several Emory students participated.  The following students participated:

Speech Division: Calvin Tong, Alex Ankar, Jonguk Lim
Recitation Division: Alexa VanDemark, Shumei Zhang, Yue Cheng
Open Division: Nie Jiayi, Sun Shine

Everyone gave wonderful speeches and several students received awards. For the Recitation Division, Yue Chang received the first place award, and Alexa VanDemark received the third place award. For the Open Division, Nie Jiayi received the second place award, and Sun Shine received the third place award.

Thank you to all those who participated and also to those who made the event possible.

Here are some pictures from the event:

2013 New Year’s Cards/2013年の年賀状

Hello everyone,

I know this is very late but thank you everyone for sending the wonderful New Year’s cards, or nengajo.  Emory students, with the nengajo they sent, won first, second, and third place for the GATJ 2013 Nengajo Contest. Congratulations!

Here are some of the cards students made and the results of the GATJ 2013 Nengajo Contest:

  • First Place – Katina Warsham

  • Second Place – Linda Yi Lin

  • Third Place – Jasmine Hensley

Here are all of the nengajou sent by Emory students: