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December News

Hey guys, Marky here!

The year is coming to an end. I want it to hurry up and finish as soon as possible because I’ve been focusing all my energy on 2008.

But, the month isn’t over yet, so I’d like to get some important information out there about December.

◎ Mixi
We finally got off our lazy butts and set up a mixi community. I’ll be posting little tidbits here and there about upcoming stories and behind the scenes things. Next year we’ll be trying some new approaches, so if you’re obsessed with JPod like some people are, you’ll definitely want to check it out from time to time.
http://mixi.jp/view_community.pl?id=2858106

◎ My Tokyo Travelblogue 
For fans of the Agnes Murakami saga, December is a good month for you! There are 4 Agnes lessons this month. Day 22, Day 23, Day 24 and Day 25. I can’t remember a time when the Agnes story went this long uninterrupted. I go into a little more detail about Agnes on the Mixi page, so Mixi members may want to check it out.

◎ Japanese Culture Class
We keep getting a lot of requests for explanations about the Intros gags. We recorded this one at the same time as the last JCC on the same topic. We are finally releasing it during the Holiday Break. Actually, we’ve gotten soooo many requests for this, that we decided to act upon it. in 2008, the intro scripts will be included in the PDF’s. I’ll talk more about that next month.

◎ Nihongo Dōjō - Welcome to Style You
This is probably the most popular thing we’ve done to date. The character Fabrizio has taken on a life of his own. I tip my hat to Naomiさん and Yoshikaiさん for that one. This 25 lesson newbie series will end on 12/17. But have no worries, Part 2 will begin next year!

◎ Holiday Schedule
Our usual schedule will be disrupted during the Christmas and New Years Holiday.

The Tokyo office will be closed from 12/28 - 1/6.
In past years we just shut down completely, but I’m happy to say this year will be different. We will still be releasing lessons for most of the holiday break.

On 12/24, we’ll put out a podcast detailing the lesson schedule. Intermediate learners will be loving it, I think!
The new seasons will begin 1/7. Again, I can’t tell you how excited I am to get these out to you!

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