2013年9月

SWU Summer Program オプショナル会津ツアー [2013年09月20日(金)]

SWU Summer Program終了後、8月10日(土)から3泊4日で会津ツアーを実施しました。
参加学生は上海1名、プノンペン1名、ハーバード2名の計4名でした。

1日目:会津キャンプ村へ出発!

新幹線と在来線を利用して、福島県猪苗代にある昭和女子大学学寮施設の「会津キャンプ村」に行きました。
初日は野口英世記念館天鏡閣の見学です。

歴史ある素敵な洋館で皇族気分を味わいました。

2日目:日本の農業見学と五色沼散策
今日はトマト農家と水田の見学です。

真っ赤なトマトと黄色いトマトがたくさんなっています。ビニールハウスの中は猛烈な暑さで作業をするのはとても大変だそうです。
でも、そのおかげで甘くて美味しいトマトができるのですね。

午後は、エメラルドグリーンやコバルトブルーに輝く五色沼を散策しました。
木蔭は少し涼しい風が吹いています。

3日目:蒔絵体験と鶴ヶ城見学

会津は漆器の産地としても有名です。お椀や手鏡など自分の好きな漆器を選んで蒔絵体験です。
みんな熱中して作成しています。

難攻不落の名城とうたわれた鶴ヶ城。今なお、古い石垣が残っています。

大河ドラマ「八重の桜」で注目される会津木綿の工場を見学させていただきました。

参加した学生は全員「会津に来てよかった!」と言ってくれました。
日本の文化や生活、歴史など、肌で感じることができたようです。

SWU Summer Program-Day17~19 [2013年09月17日(火)]

2013.8.7~9–Participants went to TOMEI, SWU’s off-campus facility located in Kanagawa prefecture, on a mountain side, to work more on the cross-cultural project and finish up on the presentations.

On the way to TOMEI, we dropped by POLA Museum of Art where we enjoyed a big collection of spectacular impressionism.

Due to heavy traffic, we arrived at TOMEI more than an hour behind the schedule. Soon after lunch, students started working on their presentations in groups of three which were assigned by Nico.

The next day on Aug. 8, students had a whole day working on presentations exchanging opinion and making further research. In the afternoon, each group had a chance to do a rehearsal of their presentations. Nico and students were the audience and gave appropriate advises among one another.

After breakfast on Aug. 9 before our departure from TOMEI, the singing club of Showa Jr./Sr. High School that happened to also stay there sang a few Japanese songs for us. Their singing was so beautiful.

After coming back to Tokyo campus in the afternoon, the final presentations took place.
Several faculty members including the president, vice president and faculty member who gave a lecture to the group in the program, showed up to hear students’ presentations.

Eight groups, each consists of three students from different background, chose their own topic related to gender roles for 10-minute presentations.
Amazingly, all groups made such a big progress overnight, successfully accommodating advises received by other students and Nico.

Following their final presentations, the closing ceremony took place.
Each student received a certificate for completing the program from President Mariko Bando.
A SWU representative student, FK, addressed a short speech sharing her comments participating the program and how much she enjoyed it.

AK, a representative of participating international students gave a closing speech, conveying she had had special experiences in the program.
President Bando as well as Prof. Nishikawa, Director of Center for International Exchange made closing remarks expressing how special this program was and celebrating to be able to finish it in a success.

Believe it or not, the three week program is coming to the end. The very last farewell party was thrown having the last meal with everybody.
All students enjoyed talking, taking pictures and spending the last moments together. A microphone went around and each student had a chance to say good bye sharing their thoughts, comments and anything they wanted to say.
All shared the precious time together, and it was indeed very difficult to finish the party.
Needless to say, a big promise was made for a reunion some time somewhere!

SWU Summer Program-homestay [2013年09月09日(月)]

It was the first time I experienced  homestay in Japan for a day.
My host family guided me about their house expecially how to use “ofuro”. Then my host sister brought me to department store near their house. It was the first time I took “purikura”.
In cambodia, there is no modern purikura like that. So I always want to take it in Japan. I was so excited that I could make it with my cute sister.

Then we returned home to have dinner. Dinner was so delicious. We ate together while watching firework on tv and talked about many fun things. I really enjoyed it at that time. Then they showed me a nice Japanese-style room for sleeping. It was the first time I slept in “washitsu”. It was so comfortable and interesting. I really slept well :)

Next morning, we had a big breakfast together then we went out. They brought me to Yokohama landmark.
I felt so fresh seeing the beautiful view of yokohama. We did take a lot of photos there. Then we went to 5 stars hotel to eat delicious cake. I really love Japanese cake. I really enjoyed eating it while seeing a nice view around . There they aked me about my dream, what I want to do in the future. I told them that if I have a lot of money, I will open okonomiyaki resturant in cambodia.


Then they brought me to okonomiyaki restaurant. I was so touched. They are so kind. They are one of the people who helped me to reach my dream. I took video carefully about how to make okonomiyaki and the decoration of restaurant.
I really had a nice moment with them. A day with them was so short. I didn’t want to leave them. But due to the time, they brought me back to the dorm. I’m really grateful to my host family. They really took  good care of me and made me feel so warm. I love them. Homestay was such a nice experience I had for my first time in Japan. Thank you so much !!!