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Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria, Canada, Cody Poulton specializes in Japanese performance. Author of numerous studies on and translations of Japanese theatre, he has also translated kabuki and contemporary Japanese drama for such multivolume series as Kabuki Plays on Stage and Half a Century of Japanese Theater. He is co-editor with Mitsuya Mori and J. Thomas Rimer of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama (2014) and served as contributing editor to The Cambridge History of Japanese Theatre (2015). He is editor and chief translator of Citizens of Tokyo: Six Plays, by Oriza Hirata (Seagull Press, 2019) and co-editor (with Peter Eckersall, Barbara Geilhorn, and Andreas Regelsberger) of Okada Toshiki and Japanese Theatre (Performance Research Books, 2021).

Faculty

Orie Maeguchi

Orie Maeguchi

  • B.A. in Western philosophy from Ritsumeikan University
  • M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Illinois
  • Taught at Columbia University, UCLA, the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies in Yokohama, and in various other programs
  • Joined KCJS in 2006
  • Also teaches Japanese Pedagogy at Ritsumeikan University
  • Publication: Shauman’s Outline of Japanese Vocabulary, McGraw-Hill (co-author).

I have been teaching Japanese for 25 years, and I still enjoy what I do. It is because I like language, teaching, and the “I-have-got-it” faces of students. Other things I like are reading and walking. Yoroshiku.


前口織江

  • 立命館大学人文学部卒業(西洋哲学専攻)
  • イリノイ大学 修士号(アジア研究)
  • コロンビア大学、カリフォルニア大学ロサンゼルス校、アメリカ・カナダ大学連合日本研究センター(IUC)などにて日本語教育に携わる
  • 2006年より現職
  • 立命館大学で日本語教授法を教える
  • 出版: Shauman’s Outline of Japanese Vocabulary, McGraw-Hill(共著)

日本語を教える仕事を25年間していますが、まだこの仕事にあきていません。言葉が好きで、分かりやすく説明することが好きで、分かった時のうれしそうな学生の顔が好きだからでしょうね。他に好きなことは、本を読むことと歩くことです。どうぞよろしく。

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Itsuko Nakamura

  • B.A. in Asian Studies from New York University
  • M.A. and Ed.M in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College Columbia University
  • Taught at New York University, Trinity College, Mount Holyoke College, Harvard University
  • Joined KCJS in 2007

You can study Japanese in the States. So, why study abroad? The answer is to learn from the host country and its people. Kyoto offers a lot to learn from – food culture, traditional culture, traditional arts, nature, etc. Also, you can find wide-ranging grassroots activist groups and interest groups. The city is fairly small, so it’s easy to get connected. For example, I practice yoga and the shoulder drum of the Noh theatre. If you are interested, please join me!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to ask yourself what kind of activities you want to be involved in and what kind of people you want to meet before coming to Kyoto. Also, please come for two semesters if possible. One semester goes really fast. Your Japanese communication skills will improve tremendously in two semesters.

I look forward to studying with you in Kyoto!


中村伊都子

  • ニューヨーク大学卒業
  • コロンビア大学ティーチャーズカレッジ 修士号(教育修士課程修了)
  • ニューヨーク大学、トリニティ大学、マウントホリヨーク大学、ハーバード大学で日本語教育に携わる
  • 2007年より現職

日本語の勉強はアメリカにいてもできます。留学でしか得られないこと、それは、「京都」から学ぶことです。食文化あり、伝統文化、伝統芸能あり、自然あり。京都は学ぶには素晴らしい町です。また、草の根レベルの活動や小さい趣味のグループの活動が盛んです。小さい町だからこそつながりやすいです。ちなみに私はお能の小鼓の稽古、ヨガなどをしています。

京都でどんな活動をしたいか、どんな出会いをしたいか、イメージをふくらませて来てください。また、できれば2学期間来てほしいです。ぐんと日本語力がつきますよ。

みなさんと勉強できるのを楽しみにしています。

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Kaori Nakata

  • B.A. in English Literature from University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo
  • M.A. in Japanese Literature from The Ohio State University
  • Taught at the Ohio State University, Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Joined KCJS in 2013
  • Currently serves as CIP Coordinator

Take a slight turn into a back alley, and you’ll find traditional Kyoto houses, temples and shrines with histories of 1,000 years or more. Enter the main streets and you’ll find a treasure trove of cutting-edge pop culture. Then, find yourself in amidst a riot of green along a hiking trail within minutes of swaying back and forth on a city bus. For studying Japanese, one could rightly say that there is no more fertile soil than that of Kyoto in which the modern and the ancient, the metropolitan and the nature have been distilled. With the multiplying effect of students brimming with motivation gathered from all over America and an army of instructors, when you complete your study abroad at the KCJS Program born of this fertile soil, you will be fluent in Japanese, and have grown one or two-fold as a person.

I eagerly await those of you who want to challenge themselves and their Japanese in Kyoto!


中田かおり

  • 聖心女子大学英文学部卒業
  • オハイオ州立大学 修士号(日本文学)
  • オハイオ州立大学、ワシントン大学セントルイスで日本語教育に携わる。
  • 2013年より現職
  • 現在CIPコーディネーター

ちょっと裏道に入ると昔ながらの町屋が屋根を連ね、千年以上の歴史を持つお寺や神社が右にも左にも。大通りに出れば最先端のポップカルチャーの宝庫。そして、バスに揺られること数十分で緑まぶしいハイキングコース。新と旧、都会と大自然がぎゅっと凝縮して存在する京都ほど、日本語を学ぶのに豊かな土壌はないと言えるでしょう。その豊かな土壌で育まれたKCJSのプログラムでは、全米から集まってくる意欲に満ちた学生と教授陣との相乗効果で、留学を終えると、日本語能力はもちろんのこと、人間としてもひとまわりもふたまわりも大きく成長して帰っていきます。自分に、そして日本語に挑戦してみたいと思う学生、京都で待っています!

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Miyuki Nishimata (Fukai)

  • B.A. in Japanese Pedagogy from Osaka University of Foreign Studies
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Language Education from Indiana University Bloomington
  • Taught at Columbia University and Princeton in Ishikawa
  • Joined KCJS in 2008
  • Currently serves as Japanese Language Program Coordinator
  • Member of the Journal Committee, Acquisition of Japanese as a Second Language (journal of JASLA) (2018-2021)
  • Reviewer of Acquisition of Japanese as a Second Language (journal of JASLA) (2014-2018)
  • Publications: Nihongo de shakai to tsunagaroo [Let’s get connected with the community in Japanese!]: Coco Publishing; Chapters in Shakai sanka o mezasu nihongo kyoiku [Japanese language education toward participating in society]. Tokyo: Hituzi Shobo and Asesument to nihongo kyoiku [Assessment and Japanese language education]. Tokyo: Kuroshio; Articles in Japanese Language and Literature, vol. 42 and Japanese-Language Education around the Globe vol. 19.

Open your laptop or tap on your cellphone. That may be how you go somewhere or meet people. Almost everything is at your fingertips. Yes, it’s convenient, but the world can offer more to you. Nothing substitutes experience accompanied with the five senses which is only possible by putting yourself in the real world. KCJS alumni often say, “KCJS gave me wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience.” I hope you will be a member of our KCJS family and have the life-changing experience!


西俣(深井) 美由紀

  • 大阪外国語大学(外国語学部日本語学科)卒業
  • インディアナ大学ブルーミントン校 修士号・博士号(言語教育)
  • コロンビア大学、プリンストンイン石川にて日本語教育に携わる
  • 2008年から現職
  • 現在KCJS日本語プログラム コーディネーター
  • 『第二言語としての日本語の習得研究』(第二言語習得研究会学会誌)ジャーナル委員(2018-2021)
  • 『第二言語としての日本語の習得研究』(第二言語習得研究会学会誌)査読委員(2014-2018)
  • 出版:『日本語で社会とつながろう!』(ココ出版)、『社会参加をめざす日本語教育』 (ひつじ書房) 『アセスメントと日本語教育』 (くろしお出版) の章、”Japanese Language and Literature”、 『世界の日本語教育』 などの学会誌での論文発表

自分の足で行けるところに行き、そこにいる人としか交流できなかった時代から考えると、家にいながらにしてどこにでも「行き」、誰とでも交流できる現在は夢のような時代かもしれません。しかし、自分の身体をその場に置くことを通してしかできない、五感の感覚を伴う経験は何ものにも変えられないと思います。KCJSの卒業生はよく「KCJSは一生に一度の素晴らしい経験だった」と言います。みなさんにもぜひ私たちKCJSファミリーの一員になって、人生を変える経験をしてほしいと思います。

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Adjunct Instructors

image Patrick Strefford is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Kyoto Sangyo University. He earned his BA at Hull University, his MA at Leeds University, and his PhD at Kobe University. At Kyoto Sangyo University, Dr. Strefford teaches courses on International Relations, International Development and the Theory of Knowledge. His research focuses on Myanmar’s foreign relations, particularly aid donors’ policies and practices towards Myanmar. Dr. Strefford has recently published articles on Japanese diplomacy towards Myanmar, Myanmar’s transition and the international ODA regime, and on capacity development in Myanmar, among others. From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Strefford was the Principal Researcher on a Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences grant to support research into international aid to support the transition in Myanmar, focusing on donor assistance to capacity building in the public sector.
Diego Pellecchia is an Associate Professor at Kyoto Sangyo University’s the Faculty of Cultural Studies where he teaches courses on traditional Japanese performing arts. He obtained a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, in the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies. His area of expertise is noh theatre, which he also practices and performs 2006. His research interests include amateur studies, reception studies, and digital humanities. He has published various articles on the reception of noh theatre in the west and on noh training.
Galia Todorova Petkova is a Professor at Eikei University of
Hiroshima.She has been teaching and conducting extensive research on Japanese traditional performing arts at universities in Europe,Canada, Indonesia and Japan for over 20 years. She earned her PhD in Japanese Studies from SOAS, University of London. She has been in receipt of grants from Japan Foundation and Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, and has undertaken research at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan) for four years. Her investigative interests are performing arts in Asia, focusing on Japan, and gender studies – cultural re/presentation of gender and construction of idea(l)s of femininity and masculinity in performative space. Galia’s two more recent projects focus on regional performing arts in Japan and the female versions of all-male traditional performing arts and kabuki masculine heroes in Japanese culture.
Carmen Sǎpunaru Tămaș is a Romanian anthropologist, currently in charge of the Japanese language and culture program at the University of Hyogo. After obtaining her PhD from Osaka University in 2009, she has been teaching Japanese mythology and anthropology at Osaka University, Kobe University, and Lakeland College. Her most recent publication is a volume on Japanese rituals and their ties with the local communities, “Ritual Practices and Daily Rituals. Glimpses into the World of Matsuri” (Pro Universitaria 2018). She is also the author of a textbook of Japanese mythology (Osaka University 2012) and of several academic papers in Japanese and English, on topics related to the mythology and ethnology of Japan.
Kjell Ericson is a program-specific assistant professor of history at Kyoto University, where he teaches in the Graduate Faculty of Letters and the Kyoto University-Heidelberg University Joint Degree Master Program in Transcultural Studies. He has a BA from Dartmouth College, an MA from Stanford University, and a PhD from Princeton University. His courses encompass transnational Japanese history, histories of oceans and animals, and various approaches to transcultural history and environmental history. His main line of research focuses on fisheries history and aquaculture in coastal Japan and elsewhere in the Pacific, with an additional ongoing project on the history of biopatenting in Japan. His in-progress book manuscript re-examines the history of Shima, the Japanese region at the center of saltwater pearl cultivation in the twentieth-century world.

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Staff

 

Left to right: Hollstein, Toda, Shore

Fusako Shore is the KCJS Senior Associate Director, handling office management, student services, academic reporting, scheduling, planning of enrichment programs, faculty relations, alumni affairs, and cooperative arrangements with Kyoto-area universities and organizations. She is a native of Kyoto and has been at KCJS since the first class in 1989-90.


Keiko Toda is the KCJS Program Coordinator, overseeing housing, planning and managing extracurricular activities, and maintaining KCJS website and social media sites.
She joined KCJS in 2015.


Yoshiko Hollstein is the KCJS Financial Officer and oversees all financial matters. She manages the payment of bills, the movement of funds, and regular financial reporting.

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