Who We Are
Throughout high school, students are presented with a multitude of paths, any of which could lead to a bright future. However, confronted with numerous options within a limited amount of time and resources, students might find discovering their passion quite difficult. We, at Komatsu Summer School, strive to provide a safe and open space for students to explore new paths, many of which are ones that they would not find within their comfort of their homes.
Founded in 2014, Komatsu Summer School (KSS) connects Japanese high school students and college students from around the world to befriend, learn, discuss with each other. Through the guidance offered by house and seminar leaders, participating students receive advice and mentorship, providing them the opportunity to inquire and explore new interesting fields. Additionally, finding themselves among a total of sixty peers, they are able to build long-lasting friendships with those also zealous about growth and self-improvement. Activities including liberal arts style seminars, forums featuring Japanese global leaders, and local traditional activities, create numerous opportunities for development.
KSS 2019 Overview
- Dates: August 2nd to August 8th, 2019
- Location: Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture
- Languages: English and Japanese
KSS gives you the chance to teach something you are passionate about, be exposed to the Japanese language and culture, and connect with Japanese society on an even deeper level. You have the opportunity interact with high school and college students from various backgrounds and participate in fulfilling activities. More importantly, KSS fosters lasting relationships between the high schoolers and college students, which will allow you to stay connected to Japan even after you return home. While KSS may only be a week long, you will be surprised by how much you grow and how everyone becomes a close-knit family!
Founded upon the mission, “To expose Japanese students to a variety of opportunities and to expand their horizons,” Komatsu Summer School continues its mission by providing high school students with the following four programs:
“Through dialogue, experience true scholarship.”
Break the barrier between humanities and sciences, explore your interests, and experience a liberal arts education* through seminars led by college students from throughout the world. From pre-seminar preparations, to in-class discussions and final presentations, these seminars are, for the most part, conducted in English. Through active participation and continuous communication, the participating students will not only gain experience of a liberal arts education, but also further explore subjects that stimulate their intellectual curiosity.
*What is a liberal arts education?
The phrase “liberal arts” originates from the Latin roots libertas (“freedom”) and ars (“concepts that can be taught”). Broadly defined, the phrase means the power to choose and contemplate upon various concepts deemed necessary to live as a free, autonomous human being. Break away from chugging along a pre-defined rail, and instead, explore the essential question of “Who am I? What do I want to do with my life?,” while gaining the ability to create your own unique path.
“Listen from and interact with familiar role models. Learn and further your inner self.”
Busy with academics and extracurricular activities, high school students may struggle to develop their inner selves and contemplate their future. At forums, role models and global leaders are invited to provide insight on a variety of topics within their respective fields and industries. Through these interactive and lively talks, we hope to inspire students to pursue their dreams and realize their infinite potential. At the same time, we invite them to sit down and contemplate which paths they wish to explore and ultimately decide to pursue in the future.
Komatsu Cultural Workshop
“Immerse yourself in timeless traditions. Experience Komatsu.”
Break free from learning passively in a classroom and, instead, learn through interactive, hands-on workshops! Taste traditional Japanese sweets, be immersed into kabuki theatre, and experience hand-crafting. Through these workshops, we allow students to experience Komatsu’s timeless traditions and rediscover Japan’s unique cultures.
“Interact with others from diverse backgrounds. Journey to discover your true self.”
Through the activities such as the seminars and forums, students gain new experiences every day. Free Dialogue is an opportunity for students to share these experiences with other professionals, college students, and high school students. These interactions, ranging from casual conversations to serious discourse, students are tackled with a variety of perspectives, encouraged to break out of their comfort zones, and embark on a journey to discover their new, true selves.
Seminer Leader Application
What is a Seminar Leader?
As a teacher and mentor to Japanese high school students, your role as Seminar Leader will have two parts. You will design and teach a seminar, but also actively engage with a group of five students called a “house” outside of class at cultural and social events and meals. In both roles, you will not be alone; you will be paired with a Japanese college student who will co-design your seminar and help you lead your house.
How can I apply?
SL application has closed on 25th March.
Thank you for your considering.