I’Mc Center administers EJU with the cooperation of JASSO (Japan Students Service Organization). The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is used to evaluate whether international students who wish to study at the undergraduate level at universities or other such higher educational institutions in Japan possess the Japanese language skills and the basic academic abilities needed to study at those institutions.




Japanese Class

Japanese Regular class or Private class is available from Basic level to Advance level. Another interesting programs you can join are Kanji class, Conversation class (Kaiwa), Origami class and JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) preparation class. Let’s study Japanese language for learning Japanese culture in nice and fun atmosphere of class room at I’Mc Center.




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I’Mc Center is the only organization in Indonesia that got printing and publishing licence of Japanese books 'Minna no Nihongo I and Minna no Nihongo II from books publishing in Japan, 3A Network.




Hospital Visits and Potted Plants

A close Japanese friend of mine was hospitalized the other day. I’m thinking of taking some flowers when visiting him, but I was told that I shouldn’t take poted plants. Could you tell me why is that so?

(Francois/ France)

There appear to be many Japanesewho avoid taking potted plants when paying a visit to someone who is injured or ill. The reason is very simple. Potted plants have roots, don’t they? That is to say, they take root. The verb “take root (netsuku)” is a homonym for the verb “be laid up (eith an illness-netsuku).” That is why it is thought to be unlucky.


Of course, this is just a superstition; there are many people who don’t care at all. But anyone tends to become weaker and more sensitive when he is ill. And what’s more, even though most people say they don’t care about superstitions, they do seem to stay at the back of one’s mind most of the time. Unless you are perfectly sure that your friend loves plants and would be delighted with your present, I think it would be better to avoid taking such a gift.

What’s more , cut flowers which have gay colors have more of a brigthening-up effect on the hospital ward. They’re also more convenient, not adding to the luggage when the person leaves the hospital. Wouldn’t you feel a bit reluctant to get rid of a living plant, when you’ve finally recovered your health yourself?


Source: The Nihongo journal (Monthly Maret 1988) page 110-111


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