Nikkei Youth Cultural Heritage Program (NYCHP)

Here is information regarding the Nikkei Youth Cultural Heritage Program that Andrew Murase introduced during last week’s meeting:


The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) is currently seeking applicants for its Nikkei Youth Cultural Heritage Program (NYCHP). In cooperation with the Kobe YMCA Language Program (Hyogo Prefecture, Japan), the NYCHP is designed for participants to gain a better understanding of their cultural heritage and discover Japan in a unique and exciting way. This program will allow participants to immerse themselves in Japanese culture through Japanese language and writing classes, attend introductory classes in traditional Japanese art forms, take late afternoon and Saturday excursions exploring different parts of the Kansai region, all while having the opportunity to use and practice their Japanese language skills on a daily basis with their homestay family.

This year, the Nikkei Youth Heritage Cultural Program will incorporate a mandatory pre tour trip to Japan. The purpose of the tour is to introduce students to important historical and cultural assets in Japan so that they can increase and deepen their knowledge and interest while spending their month stay in Kobe. Highlights of the pre tour will include a trip to Hiroshima’s Peace Park and Museum; a visit to Miyajima – considered one of Japan’s most beautiful sites and a two day walking and cycling tour of Kyoto. The students will also be able to partake in local delicacies and regional sites.

This program is open to students at any level of the Japanese language, even those with little or no experience. Applicants must be 18 years of age and older and have completed a minimum of one semester of college studies.

The JCCCNC has partnered with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, the Japanese Cultural Center of Washington in Seattle and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Honolulu to offer this opportunity to those who may not be able to attend the interview and orientation workshops in San Francisco. For more information, please check with the Cultural Center in your area.

The 2010 program participants will be chosen based on their application, essay and interview. Participants selected to the 2010 program must be able to attend all pre-trip workshops in preparation for their one-month stay in Japan. Applications are due on Friday, March 5, 2010.

The NYCHP discounted program cost is estimated at $3030.00* per participant.
Included in the tuition:

Pre-trip to Hiroshima’s Peace Park and Museum; a visit to Miyajima; walking and cycling tour of Kyoto (includes three night hotel accommodations)
Summer Intensive Language Class (three hours per day for four weeks)Afternoon Writing Class (one hour class, two days a week)
Preparatory Workshops at the JCCCNC, JACCC, JCCW or the JCCH Prior to your Trip to Japan
Text and Class Materials
Hotel Stay for Two Nights (one night before and one night after the program)
Homestay Fee (includes breakfast and dinner daily)
Volunteer Opportunity at Nagata Kodomo Home (orphanage)
Welcome Meeting
Airport Pick-up From Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Kyoto Guided Tour and Transportation (does not include lunch)
Nara Guided Tour and Transportation (does not include lunch)
Traditional Cultural Art Classes
May include ikebana (flower arranging), karate and shodo (calligraphy)

Other costs not included are air travel to/from Japan, domestic transportation in Japan (personal time and travel to/from your homestay) and personal spending.

Thanks to our partnership with Japan Airlines (JAL), we are able to offer a group discount estimated roundtrip airfare price of $850.00 per person (does not include fuel service charge or tax) for NYCHP participants departing from SFO/LAX and estimated $800.00 for those leaving from HNL.

Check out our website for the application and important notices.

Contact Aya Ino, Project Coordinator (JCCCNC) at or call (415) 567-5505 for any questions or notices.

Aya Ino
Program Associate
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
1840 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567-5505 x228
fax: (415) 567-4222


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