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Mori no Ike
森の池

Japanese Language Village
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About the Village

At Mori no Ike 森の池, our Japanese Language Village, you can experience both traditional and modern Japanese culture—even trend-setting Japanese lifestyles—all while learning and practicing your new language skills. You’ll experience an array of authentic cultural activities at Mori no Ike, from traditional music and crafts like taiko (drumming) and shodo (calligraphy) to martial arts and sado (tea ceremony). You’ll dine on traditional foods like udon and soba (noodles), tempura (battered meat, fish and vegetables) and gohan (rice). At Mori no Ike, you’ll be immersed in the culture of Japan while studying the unique language of Japan’s 130 million people.

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Calligraphy
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Culturally Appropriate Cuisine
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Pottery Making
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Origami (Paper Folding)
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Friendships Form in the Great Outdoors
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Custom Birchwood Nametags
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Traditional Desserts
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Mealtime Community Building
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Kakigori (Snow Cones)
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Maneki-neko (Lucky Cat)
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Experience

Mori no Ike | 森の池

A Lifetime of Learning

From our flagship summer youth camps to family programs and adults-only sessions, Concordia Language Villages provides a lifetime of language learning and cultural adventure. Find the program that’s right for you!

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Youth Overnight

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks

Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.

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High School Credit

Season: Year-round

Duration: 4 Weeks | 24 Weeks

Earn a year’s worth of language credit in just four weeks (24 weeks for Virtual fall/spring option). Accredited by Cognia.

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Adventure Day Camp

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week

Daytime programming for young villagers ready to explore the Village experience without overnight stays.

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Youth Virtual

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.

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Family Weeks & Weekends

Season: Year-round

Duration: 2 Days | 3 Days | 1 Week

Fun and learning for the whole family (and friends)! Enjoy culturally immersive activities, meals and tailored learning.

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Adult Virtual

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Choose from a variety of programming options including Conversation Hours, Classes and more, for ages 18+.

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Government & Corporate

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.

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Upcoming Japanese Camps & Programs

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Japanese Virtual High School Credit
Youth Virtual
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Japanese
Dates:
Sep 19
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Apr 4
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 13 - 18
Cost: $
4565
Registration closes
Sep 5, 2023
Male openings:
26
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Female openings:
26
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August 30, 2023
Japanese Club Mori no Ike
Youth Virtual
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Japanese
Dates:
Feb 3
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Mar 9
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 10 - 18
Cost: $
230
Club Mori no Ike meets on Saturdays from 12:00-1:00pm Central and offers an opportunity for practicing Japanese and engaging with peers in a fun and supportive environment, led by an experienced Mori no Ike staff member. Join us for one hour a week for six weeks to experience hands-on activities and Japanese language learning in an immersion setting.
Registration closes
Jan 29, 2024
Male openings:
25
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26
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September 19, 2023
Japanese Adult Virtual Class
Adult Virtual
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Japanese
Dates:
Feb 6
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Mar 14
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 19 - 99
Cost: $
470
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm Central time. This class for beginning language learners, taught by experienced CLV staff, offers real-time, interactive small group learning using CLV's language immersion teaching methodology. Build your confidence in understanding and speaking Japanese, learning real-life language you can use to communicate with real people. Classes include activities you complete on your own time to extend your learning.
Registration closes
Feb 1, 2024
Male openings:
11
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Female openings:
9
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October 27, 2023
Japanese Youth Virtual Workshop: Video Game Design
Youth Virtual
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Japanese
Dates:
Feb 12
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Apr 29
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 10 - 18
Cost: $
470
This 12-week workshop for language learners of all levels, taught by experienced CLV Japanese teacher Satsuki, offers the chance to learn how to program introductory “visual novel”-style video games using the RenPy programming language. Students will learn the Japanese needed to write simple dialogue, short character descriptions, and practice reading simple games in Japanese. Students will need access to a device or computer capable of running RenPy (check out the specs on the official website, renpy.org), but the software itself is free. Monday evenings 6:30-7:30 Central Time
Registration closes
Feb 5, 2024
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9
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November 7, 2023
Japanese Adult Virtual Class
Adult Virtual
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Japanese
Dates:
Apr 2
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May 9
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 19 - 99
Cost: $
470
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm Central This class for beginning language learners, taught by experienced CLV staff, offers real-time, interactive small group learning using CLV's language immersion teaching methodology. Build your confidence in understanding and speaking Japanese, learning real-life language you can use to communicate with real people. Classes include activities you complete on your own time to extend your learning.
Registration closes
Mar 19, 2024
Male openings:
12
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11
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October 24, 2023
Japanese Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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Japanese
Dates:
Jun 10
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Jun 15
2024
Location:
Cass Lake
Ages 8 - 15
Cost: $
1345
Registration closes
May 10, 2024
Male openings:
42
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Female openings:
45
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October 11, 2023
Japanese High School Credit
Youth Overnight
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Japanese
Dates:
Jun 17
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Jul 13
2024
Location:
Cass Lake
Ages 13 - 18
Cost: $
5710
Registration closes
May 17, 2024
Male openings:
18
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Female openings:
18
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Session Full
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October 11, 2023
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Government & Corporate Programs

A global outlook is important for success in the domestic and international arena. Concordia Language Villages offers customized corporate, government and military training programs to meet the specific needs of our clients.

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OPPORTUNITIES

Need-based scholarships are available for Japanese summer youth immersion sessions through the Passport Fund. Scholarships are based on a family’s adjusted gross income, number of dependents and the length of the session.

Additionally, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1,000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.

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Our Location:

Mori no Ike

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Minne-wa-Kan

Mori no Ike is located at Camp Minne-wa-Kan on the shores of Lake Andrusia, near Cass Lake, Minn. Cass Lake is located within the boundaries of the beautiful Chippewa National Forest, home to one of the largest populations of breeding Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states. We are currently raising funds to build a permanent facility at our Turtle River Lake site.

Camp Minne-wa-Kan features classic log-cabin architecture, groomed swimming and canoeing beach, sports field, lakeside dining hall and a central activity building. Cabins house up to 16 villagers and staff in bunk beds. Bathrooms and showers are housed in a central building just a short walk from the cabins.

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Read more about our professional staff at Mori no Ike, our Japanese Language Village.

Meredith Koyomi Hanson

Dean

Koyomi began learning Japanese as a villager at Mori no Ike, and has worked at Concordia Language Villages since 2003 in the Japanese and French Language Villages, as well as providing professional development to staff members from all languages. For her master's degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Koyomi conducted research with villagers at Mori no Ike. During the school year, she teaches English, ESL and Japanese at a boarding school in the Northeast.

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Jack Tamaki Shimuzu

Dean

Tamaki has worked with Concordia Language Villages since 2009 and has served as our Dean for Japanese programming during the second half of the summer since 2016. He holds a bachelor’s in East Asian Studies and Psychology from The College of William & Mary and a master’s in Japanese Linguistics from the University of Hawaii. During the school year Tamaki works full time as a Japanese language immersion teacher at a public elementary school in his home state of Virginia.

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Kaylene Hideko Ruwart

Kaylene Hideko Ruwart is co-dean of Mori no Ike (first half), the Japanese Language Village. Hideko started learning Japanese in the late 90s armed with a dictionary, highlighters and a whole lot of Sailor Moon songs. Through the years, she has been a villager, counselor, credit teacher, credit facilitator and assistant dean, as well as the unofficial Official Graphic Designer for Mori (and creator of mascot Kouta). Outside of the Concordia Language Villages, she works for college readiness programs AVID and TRIO Upward Bound and occasionally does graphic design and illustration work. When not working, she’s usually found reading sci fi-fantasy novels, writing one or drinking tea.

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Kenia Akari Hara

Program Leader

Kenia Akari Hara is the Lead Teacher for Mori no Ike's fall/spring virtual high school credit program. Akari first joined Concordia Language Villages in 2013 as a Credit Teacher and became Lead Teacher in January 2022. As a D.C.-raised global citizen with roots in Cuba and Spain and her heart in Japan, race, identity and hybridity have been a constant point of interest. She has a passion for teaching Japanese to students of all ages as a fun, fascinating and complex language and culture.

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Kai Shouya 翔也 Martin

Program Leader

Shouya 翔也 (he/they) is currently a student of Japanese and Religion at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. They spend the few weeks of the year that they aren't in Minnesota in New Jersey with their family and many cats. The welcoming camp culture he experienced as a villager inspired him to grow into a leader striving to translate that same compassion through a virtual setting.

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Magda Umi Fuller

Program Leader

Magda Umi Fuller is a former El Lago del Bosque villager of 10 years and has worked at Mori no Ike since 2020, most recently as the two-week activity facilitator. She's excited to be involved with Concordia Language Villages again after seven years of living and working in Kanazawa, Japan. When she's not at camp, she enjoys visiting offbeat tourist traps, collecting strange GoogleMaps reviews and meeting new dogs.

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Concordia Language Villages staff may speak a Village language, creatively teach culture, work and play hard. They also develop skills and qualities that will make them excellent employees in any field.