After your first year of Japanese language studies you will be able to speak and write about everyday life. After your fourth year you will be able to write and present a term paper on a topic you choose. Your courses will emphasize language and introduce you to Japanese literature, film, culture and society.

Jack Lyons '16 in Kyoto.

A student’s immersion on campus and abroad

Jack Lyons ’16 started studying Japanese language and culture in high school and even went abroad for a few weeks, during which he fell in love with the city of Kyoto. One reason he picked Hamilton College was it enabled him to study abroad his junior year at the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Study. He's an Asian studies major with a focus on Japan and his favorite language.

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Karen Haedrich '06 at an event for NHK, the radio station she works for in Japan.

A graduate’s progress: a career abroad

Studying in Tokyo junior year clinched Karen Haedrich's ’06 passion for Japanese language and culture. She graduated from Hamilton College with a minor in Japanese studies and a major in creative writing and moved to Tokyo. She works at NHK, writing and narrating for an English radio program called Kiso Eigo Two (Basic English Two) for junior-high students.

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