Recognizing the declining position of Buddhism in contemporary Japan, young Buddhist
priests are creating and implementing a variety of new strategies in an effort to revitalize
the teaching of the Buddha and adapt it to the needs of modern society. These strategies include
writing general-audience books, appearing on variety television programs, and giving Dharma talks
in venues such as schools or businesses.
Rev. Shojun Ogi is the Vice Resident Priest of Chosoji Temple in Yamaguchi, Japan. He completed
an MA at the Graduate Theological Union/Institute for Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA and was recently a
Residential Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School. He regularly appears and radio and television and is
the author of multiple popular books in Japanese including Understanding the Buddha through English.
Please contact Ms. Lee first, if you would like to take the placement exam. Please do not just show up to the exam if you have not yet contacted her. Thank you.
Summer 2018: Japanese Language Courses
- Japan 1: June 25 – July 13
- Japan 2: July 16 – August 3
- Japan 3: August 6 – August 24
You can complete first year Japanese in 9 weeks.
If you want to crash or add your name to the waiting list, please contact Yoko Yamauchi <email@example.com>.
If you have studied Japanese previously or speak it at home, you must take the placement exam to take Japanese language courses at UCSB.
To sign up for the placement test, please send your background information sheet to Yoko Yamauchi <firstname.lastname@example.org> by May 31, 2018.
Note: This placement exam is only for the students who are planning to take the first-year Japanese (Japan 1 to 3) during summer ’18. If you need to take a placement exam for a regular academic year, please check the website again in September for the announcement.
You can download the information sheet from the link below.
For all summer course inquiries before or after May 31, 2018 contact: Yoko Yamauchi at <email@example.com>.