Ahead of the upcoming two-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, The Peninsula Tokyo held a ceremony on Jan. 22 to honor Mizuki Kumagai as the first recipient of the Great East Japan Earthquake Hotelier Scholarship.
In February 2012, the hotel established the scholarship to benefit students from the devastated Tohoku region and this is the first and only full scholarship offered by a luxury hotel in Japan.
The scholarship is offered to one student every two years and covers 100 percent of the Japan College of Foreign Languages’ two-year academic hotelier program’s entrance fees, tuition, books and dormitory expenses. In addition, The Peninsula Tokyo will provide students with a part-time job while attending JCFL, which was established in Shinjuku, Tokyo, in 1970.
Upon graduation, students will be offered a full-time position at The Peninsula Tokyo and a three-month cross-training program at The Peninsula’s flagship hotel in Hong Kong, should they accept.
Kumagai, 17, is a native of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. She will be among 1,500 freshmen entering JCFL on April 8.
In the photo above are The Peninsula Tokyo’s general manager, Malcolm Thompson (right), JCFL Executive Director Kumiko Hirano (left) and Kumagai.
For more information, call (03) 6270-2888, or visit www.peninsula.com .
Charity film screening
In cooperation with Hands On Tokyo, a nonprofit volunteer organization, the International School of the Sacred Heart in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, will hold a charity film screening at the school on March 8 from 6 p.m.
The movie was an Academy Award nominee for short documentary in 2012. “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” shows survivors in the areas hardest hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake finding the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins.
To attend, a donation of ¥500 is requested. Donations will be used for Hands On Tokyo’s Tohoku relief activities.
New visitor guidebook
3A Corp., a publisher of “Minna no Nihongo,” one of the leading textbooks in Japanese language education, has released a free Japan sightseeing guidebook called “Wasshoi Nippon” as the government’s official tourism brochure for foreign visitors.
The brochure introduces Japan through Mike Miller, a cartoon character of the “Minna no Nihongo” series, as the tour guide. The booklet offers various information not only on traditional sightseeing spots, but also shopping areas, Japanese food, accommodations and Japanese language schools.
If people bring the booklet to certain stores or attractions, they will be able to receive discounts or commemorative gifts.
The brochure is available in over 10 languages and can be found in many countries, including the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Vietnam, France, Russia and Germany, mostly at educational institutions.
For more information, visit www.3anet.co.jp/english .