Japanese Language Village

森の池へようこそ!Mori no Ike e yokoso, our Japanese language cultural immersion program is located on its own secluded lakeside campus in Dent, Minnesota, about 100 miles away from the main Concordia Language Village campus in Bemidji. During your time here, experienced, native speakers will guide you as you expand and intensify your knowledge of the language of the world’s third largest economic power through a fun, interactive program centered around the food, culture and lifestyle of the Land of the Rising Sun. #LivetheLanguage

Japanese Language Village

Activities

<p><i>Karate club in the Mori no Ike </i>Dojo<i> (training hall).</i></p>

Karate club in the Mori no Ike Dojo (training hall).

Activities

Villagers at Mori no Ike do not lack for things to do, and particularly new things to try from Japan’s abundance of both traditional and contemporary arts and activities. Those interested in the martial arts can try their hands – and feet – at aikido, judo, karate and kendo, or master the fundamentals of traditional Japanese arts such as origami (paper folding), ikebana (flower arranging), sumi-e (ink painting), sado (tea ceremony),shodo (calligraphy), and taiko (drumming). Japanese popular culture activities include fashion, dance, anime or J-pop. And of course, befitting Mori no Ike’s Minnesota North Woods setting, there is also canoeing, swimming and nature walks. Learn more about Japanese activities at Mori no Ike.

Authentic Cuisine

<p><i>Finishing up lunch at Mori no Ike.</i></p>

Finishing up lunch at Mori no Ike.

Authentic Cuisine

The kitchen staff at Mori no Ike excels at creating menus combining familiar American flavors with adventurous and nutritious Japanese fare. Among the many traditional dishes that you will soon be at home with are udon and soba (noodles), gohan (rice), miso soup, tenpura, shake (salmon), and karaage or nikujaga (dishes with chicken or beef).

P.S. Don’t worry about the hashi (chopsticks): you’ll get the hang of them in no time. Learn more about Japanese food at Mori no Ike.

Music and Dance

<p><i>Villagers practice </i>Taiko <i>drumming under the trees</i>.</p>

Villagers practice Taiko drumming under the trees.

Music and Dance

In addition to beingan integral part of Japanese life, music and dance are great ways to learn the Japanese language. At Mori no Ike, you will learn Japanese songs, try your hand at taiko (drumming), and participate in rajio taiso (morning exercises). Learning songs and dances—both traditional and modern—is a lot of fun! Songs are also a great way to learn and retain vocabulary and sentence patterns and get a sense of the culture, too.Learn more about Japanese music and dance at Mori no Ike.

Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information

Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school. Apply for a stipend here.

The Japanese Language Village is grateful for the support of individual donors, organizations, and companies, especially our premier sponsors, United States-Japan Foundation and OMRON.

Programs

Sleepaway Camps

Family Weeks & Weekends

Unplug from the bustle of your regular life and spend quality vacation time relaxing and laughing in another language with your family. ​

Japanese Family Fun Weekends

Programs for School Groups

Meet Our Staff

The dean is the on-site director of the Language Village. Our staff also includes enthusiastic native speakers, language experts, and those who have learned Japanese as a second language just like you! All of our staff are here to help you have fun while learning.

Why Learn Japanese

Japanese is the official language of Japan, a world economic power with exports ranging from comic books to automobiles. Although Japan is the only country in the world to have Japanese as its official language, 127 million people around the world speak Japanese. Learn more.