Japanese: the art of onsen

Course Dates: 05/11/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Japanese hot springs, or "onsen", are an important aspect of Japanese culture. More than just a way to cleanse the body, the onsen experience is about appreciating nature’s seasons, benefitting from natural minerals and feeling part of society. From historical sites to modern day spas, outdoors or indoors, the onsen offer a special way to enjoy Japanese culture. Open to all levels.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: LJW22

Fri, eve, 05 Nov - 05 Nov '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

The course will introduce you to the history of onsen in Japan and will explore the different regions and styles of onsen that are available. It will also give you some practical tips on how to make the most of your experience.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The history of the onsen and their significance for Japanese people. Etiquette on how to use the onsen. Some key vocabulary and useful expressions.The different styles of onsen available. The onsen Inn and regional onsen in Japan.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Have the confidence to use and enjoy a Japanese onsen
• Understand the significance of the onsen in Japanese history and society
• Understand the etiquette involved in using an onsen
•Identify the health benefits of the onsen
• Identify good onsen places in Japan.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No knowledge of Japanese is necessary. In this workshop you will learn some Japanese expressions.

You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, etc).

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials provided by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any Japanese courses advertised on our website. You can also ask your tutor for advice.

Chikako Nakagawa

Chika has over 27 years of experience as a Japanese teacher, 23 of which she has spent at City Lit. Her work was recognised with a Teacher of the Year award in 2017. She has a teaching diploma and a Degree in Fine Art. Since coming to the UK from Yokuska, Japan, in the late 1980s, Chika travelled extensively as a performance artist, taught Zig and Zag Japanese on the Big Breakfast TV show, and wrote pieces about Japanese life for various publications. Chika encourages her students to experience every aspect of Japanese culture, which she supports by introducing food, onsen, music and etiquette in her classes, as well as running special film night events at City Lit. Chika is constantly researching new methods to introduce students to the joy of learning, encouraging self- discovery and connection through class activities. Chika’s love of art and performance is reflected in her inspirational teaching materials, including original hand drawn certificates for student achievements which are displayed in the City Lit 100 years exhibition. Teaching and learning Japanese is a joy that Chika wants to share with everyone.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.