Student Orientation 2017 – International Event in Tokyo Hosted by Go! Go! Nihon
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Student Orientation 2017 – International Event in Tokyo Hosted by Go! Go! Nihon


Hi, I’m Catherine. I’m here with Go! Go! Nihon live from our Go! Go! Nihon Orientation. So, right now, we, as you may be seeing, so
we’re currently doing the preparation for orientation, which will happen in about 5 minutes. So during this orientation, we’re going to
teach you a whole bunch of stuff about living in Japan, making things easy to get a head
start and we’re expecting over 150 students to show up, and then, even more people. So, stay connected and we’ll start in about 5 minutes. Get ready for tonight. Okay guys, sorry for the wait. Sorry for waiting because we’re 15 to
20 minutes late, but welcome. Welcome to Japan. Welcome to Tokyo. I hope you had a great flight. Who came in the last week? Can you raise your hands because this is easy? Okay, who came in the last two days? Oh, wow, one, two, three. Who came yesterday? Okay, two days, where did you come from? Yeah, Australia? Brazil? Wow. And who else, two days ago? England. Okay, Brazil, how long does it take from Brazil
to come to Japan? How many days? How many hours? 30 hours of flying. 30 hours of flying, okay. Two days ago, you can sleep. It’s okay. I won’t be worried. Who, because we have here always with Go! Go! Nihon, we have a lot of people from the US,
a lot of people from the UK, from Australia, sometimes from Brazil, Italy, Sweden, Spain. Who came from a country I haven’t mentioned yet? Okay, not Canadians, okay? Who came from a country I haven’t mentioned yet? What about you? From Latvia? South Africa, wow! Wow, amazing. How long does it take from South Africa? It took me about 24 hours. 24 hours, it’s easy; 24 hours flying. It’s easy, Oh, amazing, South Africa. Any other person that didn’t come from the
countries I mentioned? Yeah, you? Philippines. Philippines, 4 hours? Four hours. Okay, but it’s really nice to see you and
the thing about Go! Go! Nihon is that it’s so international nowadays. People from all over the world can share the
same passion of living and studying in Japan, learning Japanese, maybe even start your new
life in Japan, but it doesn’t matter which country are you from, what’s your age, what’s
your background. You’re all here and what I always say in these
orientations is that you are starting today a new life in Japan. And most of you, I think, are going to be
long-term students, which means you are going to stay in Japan six months or more. I came to Japan nine years ago thinking to
stay six months. So life in Japan can give you really everything. It’s a fantastic country to come at your age. Some of you are very, very young. Some of you are young. Some of you are my age, okay, which means
kind of young. And it doesn’t really matter. Japan, in 2017, is a fantastic place
to start a new life. As you know, Japan has won the bid for the
Olympics, so in three years, there will be the Olympics in Japan and what I see now that
so many students find part-time job opportunities, full-time employment. I saw nothing like this any time before, so
this is really a great opportunity for you to improve yourself, learn Japanese, use your
skills, your native language together with the Japanese language you’re going to learn
to make a difference. Japan needs people like you. Every time I meet Japanese companies or Japanese
people, the only thing they say is that they need more foreigners to speak their language. They need more foreign force in Japan. They’re trying everything they can to get
more foreigners here and, you know, you’re still one of the few foreigners in Japan right now. You have a huge opportunity to really do something
you may not be able to do in your country. What you can do in Japan, probably, would
not be that easy in your country. So I really want to say, from the time you
start studying, maybe next week, try the best you can to learn Japanese. It’s not going to be as easy as learning English
or Spanish, of course, as you come from Western countries, I mean, most of you come
from Western countries. However, never give up. You have a goal. You need to learn Japanese and you want to
use Japanese on the rest of your life. It could be at work, it could be for your
hobby, it doesn’t matter, but you need to learn Japanese in order to achieve that. Don’t give up. I’ve asked you to fill the questionnaire. If you haven’t done, please do it as soon
as this orientation is finished and give it to Laura. Laura, can you raise your hand? She’s just behind you. She’s going to collect your questionnaire
if she hasn’t done yet so. And sorry, one of the questions was short
answer, we forgot to take it out, so that’s obviously is about operation. So who am I? I don’t really know who am I, so I don’t expect
you to know. I’m the CEO of Go! Go! Nihon, but what’s more important is who I was. I was a student like you. I came to Japan nine years ago and I came
to Japan to study Japanese, like all of you guys. At that time, there was no Go! Go! Nihon. There was no service like Go! Go! Nihon and it was really a pain in the ass
to do all the process. I had no idea how the school
was going to look like. I had no idea about the visa procedure. I had so many problems that postponed my arrival
to Japan for several months. The accommodation was really bad and so on. So based on this great experience I had, I
could build a website at the beginning to give more information to people who had the
same idea, so living and studying in Japan. And then, the site became popular and now,
thanks to all of you, we have so many people coming in Japan through Go! Go! Nihon This is a photo I took during the Disneyland
trip with my school mates. Some of those people are from my class. This is _ from Sweden is the Co-Founder of
Go! Go! Nihon. So the two of us met at school and decided
to put a website, and that website became what Go! Go! Nihon is today. So that’s when I say, you’re going to have
a lot of opportunities in Japan is because I experienced this myself. I had no idea about making a company in Japan
or starting a business in Japan or even, you know, putting a website in Japan, but that
happened. And I really want you guys to do the same;
maybe not the same as Go! Go! Nihon, a similar thing. This is me struggling. It’s not going to be easy. Japanese is not easy. It’s easier in Japan, of course, than studying
in your country. It’s not going to be easy. You need to study every day, but eventually,
you will succeed. So this is where we are now. This is Go! Go! Nihon today and this is part of our staff. This is our office, you can see. That’s where every day, you know, when you
receive an email from Lindsay, from Donna, from Andra and so on. You received an email from one of those people
from this office. And these are some of the other people in
Go! Go! Nihon. As you come from so many different countries,
we speak some languages, you speak also different languages. We need to have people from your country,
so you know, we have the best people to support you, to understand for example, the location
in your country and so on. That’s why Go! Go! Nihon is so good. This is a trip we did. I’m going to show you why– You’re going to
know why I’m showing you photos of Go! Go! Nihon. So this is a trip we did all together. That’s a company trip we did two winters ago. It was one year and three months ago. This is the Hanami party we had, not this
year, but last year. So, again, it was one year ago. So we do all these parties and events. And one other thing that Go! Go! Nihon does is we try to globalize Japan. We try to bring people from so
many different countries. Each year, we have about 50 different countries
to come to Japan. We give support to people from 50 different
countries. So why am I telling you all these things about Go! Go! Nihon? Why am I showing you how much fun it is to
work for us, how much good we do, not just for students like you to have a free service
to come to Japan, but also, we try to help Japan to become more globalized, because Japan
really needs it, by the way. It’s because I want you. I want you to work for Go! Go! Nihon. So we always say that, you know, there’s a
lot of part-time opportunities. There is a lot of full-time opportunities
in Japan. We’re going to show you other part-time opportunities
later in the orientation. Lindsay will follow up with me, but right
now, the most important thing for you to know that I want you. So what’s available in Go! Go! Nihon right now? I should show this later, actually. Who wants to work part-time, raise your hands? Okay, that’s good. I didn’t scare anyone. Keep your hands up. Who likes one of those? Marketing, Video, like thinking videos, editing videos? Or social media, Facebook, Instagram? Who likes those things and what’s your preference? Keep the hands raised. There’s a lot. There’s plenty of you. I’ll remember everyone, so don’t worry. I have a very good memory. So we look for people that like Marketing. Most people like Marketing, but in general,
Marketing, preferable, of course, if you got experience is better, but it doesn’t really matter. We can teach you what to do and how to do it. We just want people to really want to work. People who like taking videos, you know, you
like taking video, you like your handicam, you like your Snapchat, things like that,
that’s great, and also connects with SMS. So I really want you so much that the first
five people that will email from now, they will get an interview in our office 100%. That’s my word. So this is the email, the race is starting now. It is starting now. If you send before this time, you are disqualified. I don’t know how you know it. So as of this time, [email protected], the first five people doesn’t have to worry. Even if you send me a dot, if I see your email,
I reply to you and I’ll say you come Thursday for an interview. Guys, if you want to work part-time this time because
the best company in Japan. Okay. One thing we also do is we have a live show
every morning. Anyone of you who have seen my live show? Four, five, six, seven, okay, eight. Okay, great, eight people out of 120. It’s close to 10%, okay. There is a lot to improve, right? I did one great live show with the guy there. Yes, it was the best one. 7,000 views, clearly not in the office; not
in the orientation. We do a live show every Monday at 11 AM and
one thing I’m doing is to invite you to the live show. So, if you guys are interested in coming,
sharing your experience, even if you have, for example, a blog you want to talk about,
if you have your own side business, I will let you, of course, I will let you talk about
it and at the same time, I would like to collect your experience of student in Japan. So any time, guys, you can come to the office,
to the live show and I love to interview, so just let me know. The best way for you guys to give back to
us is to share about Go! Go! Nihon. So I hope I will see the questionnaire later
and usually, the feedback we get is really, really good and that’s also what keeps us
very motivated and always we try to improve. We know, sometimes, we do mistakes. Sometimes accommodation changes suddenly. Accommodation that was really nice and clean
becomes, I don’t know, so, so, so we try to change it but maybe it’s too late. There are mistakes that we do sometimes, but
like 95 to 98% of our students are very, very happy about our service. So we know that people, sometimes they’re
like, “Thank you so much. Thank you so much,” and then we’re very happy
to hear that, but we want people, we like for you guys to just share about this Orientation. We are live, by the way, so we are on the
international English page. If you see this video, you can share it. Anything that we do that you like,
you can share it. Don’t forget that we also are on YouTube. We are on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. We often post on Instagram and Snapchat like
behind the scene kind of thing, very funny, so you guys can also join our other social media. Those are some examples. For example, Connor made a review of Go! Go! Nihon last year. He came to the Orientation. He made a short video about the Orientation
and just put on his Facebook channel and we featured him in our Facebook and YouTube as
well and we got a lot of views, thanks to that. So, guys, let us know if you write about us,
if you take a video about us, anything you do about us, if you let us know, we will definitely
give you a lot of exposure and we will like, of course, to get your feedback about it. Now, my part is over. Then I invite the beautiful Lindsay to do
the second part of the presentation where she will give you very important information,
so please be very kind to what Lindsay will say. Okay, thank you Lindsay. LINDSAY: Hi, everybody. So my name is Lindsay. I’m from the UK. I’ve been living in Japan for just over a
year now and I need the clicker. So, yeah, I’ve been living in Japan for just
over a year now. I’m probably one of the few students involved with Go! Go! Nihon now that have been through the processes that Go! Go! Nihon have. So three years ago now, I came to Japan on
one of their summer study trips and I came here for four weeks and I loved it so much that when
I went back to England in August, I lasted until about Christmas, New Year and that was it. I knew I want to come back. I knew I wanted it to be full-time. I wanted to study and so I made it happen. I arrived April last year and I’ve been loving
it ever since. So I arrived in April and shortly after,
there were some positions available at Go! Go! Nihon and I have a job there. So if you are interested, definitely get in contact
with them and make sure you do it quick. So I’m going to go through some of the information
that I think a lot of you, you may not be aware of. You’ll find it very useful, so if you have
anything or if you want to ask us about it later, we’re going to make notes of it, do
it and we can tell you about it and other points as well. So, daily life in Japan, it can be difficult
when you first arrive because you’ve been here for a little time, maybe a week or so
already. You might find that people don’t speak English
or different languages and you find it’s difficult to communicate when you don’t speak much Japanese. And I experienced that myself when I’m trying
to get on track, so I understand. So some useful things about Japan, so there’s
a website called CLAIR. You can just type there in “CLAIR Japan” and
it’s a really useful information website that provides information about life in Japan. It also has things like natural disasters,
what to do. There’s so much information on there. It has a lot of different languages, so I
do really recommend. Just take a quick look. You can find your language and hopefully it
will be of some use for you guys. Another thing that a lot of people don’t think
about is actually talking to their school. So some people that I go to school with, I’m
a student as well. I’m studying and I will start again tomorrow. I just have my spring holiday. A lot of people don’t realize that the schools
have a lot of experience with students and they do know it’s hard and if you have questions,
ask them. They may not always be able to answer your
questions. They will do their best. A lot of people don’t, you know, the teachers
don’t speak, necessarily, English or your language, but if you do your best to communicate,
they would do their best to help you. And it’s not just the teachers, but, you know,
go to the reception, ask them questions and they will help you the best they can. I really recommend doing that. It’s very important. Don’t keep it to yourself. If you have questions, always ask them. And also, hopefully this won’t happen, I’m
not having problems, so I don’t have to use this myself. But if you get sick or you need to go to the
hospital, to a doctor, Himawari Tokyo Medical Information, I think it’s possibly just in
English, but hopefully, if you have to, you can use this to find somewhere that you can
go to where they will be able to help you in their language and it would be more easy
for you to understand. And especially, when it comes to medical problems
and things, it’s a little bit difficult to translate, and also it can be a little bit
more expensive if you don’t have a way to communicate what your conditions are or something
like that, so definitely better if you don’t have any problems. Another company that we’re actually partnered
with and I’m talking about is something called HelloTalk. Anybody ever heard of it? Has anybody ever heard of it? Yeah? Okay, good. So it’s a really great app for you to use and
basically, well, it’s an application for messaging. It’s for language exchange and we actually
have a deal with this company so you can get VIP access and you’ve got unlimited translations,
increased notes that you can meet your partner, more contacts, and if you contact us, you
can get the VIP access. So if you’re interested, we can send you the link. So if you write us an email, your student
coordinator can send you that information. Okay, have any of you guys are using it? Do you like it? How did you find it? Is it interesting? Yeah, it’s all right. Yeah? You use it for Japanese? Okay, so what you can try and do when you got somebody like that is try and agree like to reverse, so maybe you do your language and then say, well this time I want to do Japanese, and then, if you keep doing that, you’ll get into a rhythm. So I think it’s a very good product to use. So on to very useful things. Daily life travel in Japan. So I think there’s no tunnel south of England and we don’t have Metro or that many trains. I only use the trains if I’m trying to get to London and I don’t do that because it’s super expensive to go there. But I highly recommend Google Maps for checking timings and how to get places. It’s amazing. You can go door to door. You can do it from where you’re staying to your school to a restaurant, a cafe, anywhere you want to go, and it’s fantastic. It will give you the timing, walking distance, the cost as well, which is really good because basically we’re students and we don’t have money. So definitely, definitely, get that on your phone and I really suggest using that. And resource are great but I’d recommend that one for long-term trips, you could go in to say, for example, with your school buddies, go to Kyoto or in the south, further away. Get _ and that will give you some information about one-time tickets. And something that I actually didn’t know about when I first arrived here, it probably took me over a month or two to find out about this is that there are two types of discounts. There are cheaper ways to get train fare in Japan. So _ is useful if you are using, for example, one network. So there are two networks. You’ve got Metro and you got the JR lines, for example. If you’re going to be using only one, if you are going to be using that one line to go all over the city, you can buy repeat tickets for the same journey or for the cost of that journey and it’s very, very useful if you’re going to be doing lots and lots of traveling around the city. However, for most of us, for example, myself, I use a commuter bus because I’m usually going just from my home town train station to where I work or school or whatever and then in the evening. If I want to go somewhere else, I’ll do that then I just load my Suica card and use it for that. But the commuter pass, if you buy say a month or two months, three months or even a year, it will save you some money rather than keep loading your Suica card with just cash. So I’d definitely recommend looking at this. You can Google it if you want more information or something and there’s a lot of information on the internet about how to do these things. This is just a bit of information to get you thinking about that. And, also, if you are planning on going traveling, again, if you are really concerned about cash, then definitely, highway busses. There are overnight busses and, personally, I haven’t used one yet, but you can leave late in the evening and then you’ll arrive at your destination in the morning and then you got the whole day to go and travel and it’s a lot cheaper; a lot cheaper than a Shinkansen. Another one is bicycles and in Japan, a lot of people got bikes. And in my town, not that many people do, but you’ll notice here, they’re everywhere on the streets, on the sidewalks and you sometimes have to kind of dodge out of the way and I’m sure some of you have already experienced that at some point in the last week, maybe nearly getting run over. It has happened to me and sometimes when something rings a bell, it scares me. So just a few rules: You need to make sure that you remember this. Both the schools have probably told you this, if they haven’t done already as well, there are quite strict rules and if you don’t follow them, you do run the risk of being stopped by the police, so just please, remember to follow the rules. Don’t use your mobile phone when you’re on your bike. Don’t have headphones in because if you have headphones in, and I think, now, they changed the rules recently, it’s a lot stricter so don’t do that and don’t –I know a lot of people do it–but don’t ride with an umbrella and make sure that if you do get a bike that it’s in good condition. You have to have brakes on both front and the back. I know somebody that got stopped by the police at some point because they didn’t have the correct brakes, so they promptly went to go and get one. And parking bikes, I don’t know if you’re following that just from outside the stations and they got little tickets on them. Those are warnings. If you keep doing it or if you’re lucky and maybe somebody’s not having a very good day and they’re feeling unkind, you run the risk of getting a big fine parking your bike somewhere it shouldn’t be, so please be careful. Use the bike parking areas. They’re always around by the train stations and check whether your school has parking because not all of them do. And I know the school that I go to ISI Language School in Takadanobaba, they don’t have bike parking and they will tell you to remove it or it might get removed, so that’s another one to be careful of. Another thing is you can actually rent bikes. If you don’t want to buy one or you’re not sure about yet if you just want to just rent them, you can get them near train stations or usually in kind of tourist spots, for example. I think there’s definitely bike rentals by the Imperial Palace, for example and you can bike around on Sundays or things like that, so it’s really nice to have that as well. Again, Cheap Life. This is really useful stuff, so remember this. At Tokyocheapo–I don’t know if you have heard of that website before–anybody? Okay, it’s really useful. It has everything. It has places to go and what to do in Japan. It’s got what’s happening this weekend, next week, next month. It’s got festivals. It’s got absolutely everything you can think of –food, drinking, shopping, travel, and I use it quite regularly to go and look at things to do and where to go. Donkey Cafe is also your friend. It has everything in it, anything you can also imagine. I don’t know if you guys have been there yet. It’s a great bar. I like everything that have strange things. There’s a lot of strange things in there. Try to find some and take pictures. I mentioned earlier that I had problems getting in a contract when I first arrived and we actually have some information that will be helpful for you, so you can get things in Yodobashi Camera or Bic Camera and you have to take your residence card. Credit card, they don’t generally accept debit cards so just be careful because I had a problem with that at the time. Also, some other things that are really useful is 100 yen shops like Daiso. Have you guys been to one of those? They’re great. They have everything and it’s so cheap; much cheaper than England. So, yeah, definitely look out for those and there are also the ones that you can get like supermarkets as well, like the Lawson 100 yen stores. So those have some food and some of them maybe have some– I’m not sure if they got fresh food; no I don’t think so. 100 yen Lawson’s, they have fresh food, everything you can need, you’re going to need on a daily basis and you can get like a points card as well and you get like discounts and things over time, so definitely have a look at that. It’s not that hard to register, so I have one and I’ve used it lots. Craigslist or Facebook is also another good one for some of the sales, so for example, we have expats or somebody that’s leaving Japan or somebody only here for a short term, they’ll be selling their stuff and they want to get rid of it. They don’t have time, so keep a look out for those because they can be very useful if you’re staying, you know, for two years. You’re going to need some furniture in your room or something. Keep an eye out for those. The second-hand shops is kind of on sales, but you know, it’s actually places you can go to, so Mode Off, 2nd Street, you can get clothes, you can get furniture and Yahoo Auction is another one that’s really good. Nitori is a furniture store, I believe, and it’s actually very popular in Japan because it’s quite good quality and still it’s not expensive; it’s reasonable, so if you’ve got a need, you may take a look; it might be useful. And because you’re students, so I’d imagine at some point you will end up going to Book Off. It’s a good store. It’s got books, games, manga. I’ve already been there and bought a ton of books and so I spent too much money in there. Also, there’s some things to look out for that you might not be aware of. When you go to karaoke and places like amusement centers and things like that, there are sometimes deals at the karaoke, so have that in mind and go ask if you can when you get there. Sometimes if you register, like if there’s a repeat user of a particular chain, you can get discounts on things, so I think it’s quite easy. You can set up an application on your friend or something like that and it’s very, very useful. For any of you that wants to go to the gym, there are obviously the big chain ones you can go to, but some of them, if you want to find somewhere that is cheaper, if you find a public gym, some of them are called sports center, so look up for something like that. You can Google it if you’re not sure and try to find one that’s near you. This one is really useful. Supermarkets. This here is great. At the end of the day, when the fresh food is still fresh, the food turnaround in this country is very fast. So, at the end of the day, they mark everything down, like 20% and 40% and it will keep going. If you go late in the evening, you can get great food pretty cheap, pretty cheap. If you like to eat out, for example, but you’re tight on money or if you want to go have a nice lunch somewhere, there’s a lot of these chain restaurants, they’re all, like Saizeriya is a family restaurant and these ones they serve things like udon, rice bowls, lots and lots of different things and it’s really cheap. You can get it full at 500 yen, 600 yen. You can get a decent portion as well. When you’re at school and you prefer to make a bento or make something for yourself, you can head to one of these because they’re the most definitely going to be one near your school. Okay, so just a few like more serious things. So, in Japan, you may have noticed, especially in the mornings and the evenings –maybe not so much in the evenings–but in the mornings it’s very quiet. Be respectful. People work very early to very late and don’t talk on your phone. Don’t keep your headphones in really loud because if you can hear it next to you, it’s kind of irritating when you’re a bit tired and you want to have a bit of a nap. I never thought I’d nap on a train. I’d never thought I’d do it. I napped on a train. And when you’ve been at school and you’ve gone to work and then you’re going to party, and then the next day, like “Well, I’m going to go to school.” It happens. I fell asleep in the morning with my mouth open. It’s kind of embarrassing. So, yeah, just try and be respectful. Think about where you are in the train. Take your rucksack off your back and bring it on your front and just think about the other people on the train and that kind of thing. And so, Japanese social norms as well, arrive on time. If you make plans with somebody, maybe you’ve made friends with, make sure that you’re not late or if you are, make sure you keep in contact because it’s really important here. I know you’ve got, in a lot of countries, like Italy, Davide, like Davide, it’s really important, so just keep that in mind. And some people are very shy as well, so we’re going to have some Japanese people joining us later and do be a friend and talk to them, but just be aware that they may be a little bit shy, so just give people time and people will come around. And just take it easy. Don’t try and push too hard or whatever. It will be really easy to make friends here. I’m having a fantastic time. I’ve made fantastic friends in my house so I’m sure you will find great people to hang out with. Personal space as well, people don’t generally touch each other like shaking hands. Yeah, so like, maybe in Italy, you do the greeting. It’s not really something that’s done here, although people are aware of other cultures and things here, don’t expect them to be like a reciprocating person. It might be a bit like “Oh,” so just think about that. And something to be careful of is _. There are some areas that there are some shady characters around. Don’t get me wrong. Japan is super safe. You can walk around late at night and I’m pretty confident that nothing will happen to you like you won’t have any problems while living here, but we did have an experience recently. We have a study trip student who went to one of these locations and one of the guys outside the bars promised free drinks and fun time. He got in and had one drink. There was something maybe put in that drink that made him drunk very fast. So he, then, was promptly made to withdraw lots of money and give them money. Now, in Japan, the club thing it’s not, I don’t know if it’s illegal as such, so there’s not much the police can do when they think you’re in these situations, so you really need to be smart. If somebody’s promising you free drinks, it’s probably not true. Don’t go in there. And also, cheap is like used sometimes, it’s the same thing, they’ll say it’s really, really cheap, you’ll go in, and then suddenly, boom! You have a massive bill. So just think about it. Be smart and you’ll be fine. And you don’t need to tip in Japan, so I’m sure you might have heard about that before. If you haven’t, you don’t need to do it. Don’t do it. And this bit is really important–police, fires and medical help. If you have a mobile phone or you have something to write this down on, write them down because it’s not the same, maybe in England as it is here, so police, 110. For ambulances and fires, it’s 119. So just please remember that, maybe write it down. And, finally, what has happened quite often, if somebody does, if a police asked you to stop and always keep your details, just be cooperative and make sure you keep your valid card and your passport around. I don’t think you need to carry your passport if you got a study card if you’re short term students here for three months, keep your passport with you, okay? Okay, so I think now, I’m going to get Davide to come and talk to you about something really exciting for you guys. Davide: Okay, thank you Lindsay. First of all, Melissa, _, Harry, David, Bim, you have an interview. You send this within the first minute. We got 13 people and so the first five, as I said, we’re going to send you a message back. You will have an interview now at our office next week or in two weeks. And the other people that I haven’t mentioned, the ones who replied, you guys can go through the normal way because we have many positions open in our company right now. If you go to our site, Career, you can see what position is open and you can apply there, so absolutely, please guys, send us an application. What I would like to say, as some of you know, we also have a sister service called Go! Go! Hanguk. Hanguk is Nihon in Korea; it means Korea. And we help people who want to live and study in Korea. We just started to make a partnership for this summer, so we made a special summer trip to Korea for our Go! Go! Nihon students in Japan, which means the plan is tailored to people that will fly from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Sapporo, so from Japanese airports, and we’ll go in Korea between the 24th and the 2nd of July. So it’s pretty much one week or eight days. Why did we choose those dates? Because your school is closed. So it’s a great time for you to experience Korea. So for all of you who talked about going to Korea or maybe they’re also curious about learning another culture, we have made this program for you and you will be going together with some people in this room or some other Go! Go! Nihon students or some other Japanese people that come to our events. So those are the types of people that we participate and we met. Now, because this is between Go! Go! Nihon and Go! Go! Hanguk, the price is extremely low. The flight is optional, so you can decide, for example, to go with our flight altogether or you can go earlier, for example, you can leave later if you want to stay longer. You can just deselect the flight when you go to the application form. Also, the language classes are optional. If you guys want to try one week of Korean, why not. It’s an interesting thing to do as well. You can do it. However, you don’t have to do it. So what is included based on the package you will see on the website is accommodation altogether, activities. So, every afternoon, you have an activity for eight days together with the Go! Go! Hanguk team, which is basically like us but in Korea. And participate to this with all the other students. If you are interested, you can send an email to the Go! Go! Hanguk team, which is [email protected] or I have a flyer here that has more information, including the website where you’ll find the photos of the activities, the price of this and so on. If anyone of you is interested in this, could you raise your hands if you want to get a flyer. Okay, so if you guys stay with your hands raised, while Lindsay continue, I will give you the flyer because we don’t have that many so I can only give to the people that are interested, so please keep the hand raised. And so, I know we already mentioned briefly that we have some part-time works available, so if you are interested, we’ve got Marketing, Student Coordinator positions available and also study trip and event positions as well, so if you’re interested, then please ask some of our staff and they can direct you to the right person for which area are you interested in, and then, we can email you with further information at a later point. So, also, as you said, a lot of you will be looking for part-time jobs. If you want to look at some other things, if it’s of interest to you, then we’ve also got this aitaikuji and I think they export anime foods and things like that abroad, so if you’re interested, by all means, get in contact with them. And Spark Dojo is a company that help teach English to non-English speakers, so they will hire as well. So, if you’re interested, get in contact with them or if you’re just interested in improving your English, if it’s not your first language, then you could also use them as well. They’re in Japan, so if you’re interested, take a look at that. And then, finally, zehitomo is a company that help find freelance work, so if you have a specific skillset, get in contact with them and then they’ll help you. Okay, you may not be thinking about this now, maybe you have; I don’t know. Once you’ve finished your language studies, what do you do? So the main thing you need to think about for the time being is that for the majority of companies in Japan and JLPT N2 is the minimum requirement. So it goes from N5 being the lowest, up to N1. N2 is considered proficient in the language, so by all means it’s not fluent. Don’t get that mixed up; it’s proficient. So if you’re interested in getting work here after you finish your language studies, aim for N2 and do whatever you can to pass that one because it’s not easy. I haven’t done it yet, but she has. We also have some other schools and things that we’ve been part of, so if you’re interested in going on to further education, for example, if you’re interested in animation and design and things like that, we have a partner school, Nihon Kogakuin College. And so, if you’re interested in that, you can apply through us and we can help you with the process. If you want to go to university, there’s a lot of universities in Japan as well. We partnered with Tokyo International University and it’s a 4-year Bachelor’s degree and it’s in English, so it’s on International Relations or Business and Economics. And so, if you’re interested in that, just so you know, they also have Japanese lessons covered separately, so you’re not just going to be doing everything in English. You still get to study Japanese. So you all have got your member’s card, I think. Everybody’s got their member’s card? So keep one of those for future events. You have a chance to win prizes, discounts and we’re going to have a lot of events coming up so keep looking on Facebook and Twitter and once you can follow us at the moment, I don’t know which one you guys are using. And we’re also going to be having or we’ve already been doing this. We hold weekly international events. In Shibuya, we are doing a weekly event. It’s great fun. We have a special 500 yen food and drink menu. It’s Mexican food. There’s a lot of people that come from everywhere, just like you are in this room. You have all the Japanese people coming to want to speak to you. They don’t want to just speak one language. They want to speak to everybody and anybody. So, if you want a chance to practice, make friends, come along. It’s really great fun. I go most weeks. And we also do a lot of activities, so for example, every half an hour starting from around 7:30, we do a free drink giveaway, so you’ll get a little number, keep hold of that. We’ll shout out a number, do a bingo lottery, and you’ll get a chance to win a free drink. And at the end of the night, we also have a special prize. So, if you stay and have your number, you might win movie tickets or bath gels or something like that, so definitely come along. Everybody can come. You can bring friends with you. They don’t have to be Go! Go! Nihon students–anybody. You can bring Japanese friends, it doesn’t matter. So even your school friends when you’ve been at school for a week or whatever and you made friends there. Bring them along. Everybody’s welcome. And so, yeah, also we’ve just actually made this. So this is a new incentive we’re doing. We’ve got a guest card and although you can’t really see it, every five times you come you’ll get a free drink. Every five times you come to our weekly event, you’ll get a free drink as well, so it’s another one. So on that one we have, like I said, a lot of events going on, and we just did a hanami. It was great fun. Thankfully, the weather cleared up for the Sunday. It was meant for a Saturday, though, but it was raining. Yeah, so we had the hanami on Sunday. It was fantastic. We had a lot of people turn up and we had somebody demonstrating the acrobatic skills with I don’t know what they are. There were stick they’re throwing it up in the air. It was really cool. And if you have a chance to go to a hanami, if you haven’t been already, go. It’s amazing and awesome; crazy things happening. There’s people wearing weird outfits. I remember when I came last year, there was some people wearing skin suits, like completely head to toe. There was about six or seven of them, all in different colors. I didn’t know if they could understand who is who, but it look like fun. I don’t know, not my thing though. And yes, of course, we post our events on Meetup as well. That’s another one that’s really good to use and there’s so much happening in Tokyo, so give that a look as well. And like us on Facebook. We have an events page on Facebook and an events page on our website as well, so just that here and it has all the up and coming events that’s going to be in the future. We also did a free pizza party. I didn’t go to that one because I have to leave and sounds like it’s great fun. A lot of people were very hungry for pizza. Okay, so starting to get you guys involved in this evening and go and talk to each other there is going to be a contest. So with the best photo contest, we want you guys to take a photo. It doesn’t matter what kind of photo and if I can get you guys, okay, so I’m going to ask you guys to come and we’re going to move this table and if I can get you guys to…

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    Hi I ran across this video in my recommended and im a senior in highschool graduating this year. And I was wondering does Go! Go! Nihon have financial aids or grants to go there. Thanks!

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