2014年7月

SSIP2014-DAY12 [2014年07月07日(月)]

SSIP12日目は、横浜・鎌倉旅行へ行ってきました。残念ながら横浜は時間があまりなかったので通り過ぎるだけになってしまいましたが、鎌倉では鶴岡八幡宮や鎌倉の大仏様などを訪れ、おみくじを引いたりお守りを頂いたりと鎌倉を満喫できたようです。夕方から東明学林へ行き、夜は花火をしました。線香花火は留学生にとって珍しい花火だったようでみんなでどちらが先に落ちるか勝負したり、日本の花火を楽しんでいました♪


Yokohama and Kamakura
The SSIP students woke up bright and early today for their trip to Tomei Gakurin, Showa’s off-campus facility! Before going to Tomei, we passed by Yokohama briefly and got a glimpse of the Chinatown gate. Afterward, we drove to Kamakura, where the participants were able to enjoy a traditional, vegetarian Buddhist meal for lunch. Later, they visited two temples, both decorated for tanabata, and they got their fortunes told. Our final stop in Kamakura was the Great Buddha statue, which some of the students were able to go inside of!

Arrival at Tomei Gakurin
We arrived at Tomei Gakurin right in time for dinner, and many of the participants enjoyed the fantastic views of the ocean and city under the mountain. Later in the evening, the students were able to play with some firework sparklers. It was also the Fourth of July, so it was pretty good timing for the Americans in the group! They had a lot of fun lighting their sparkers, making patterns in the air, and having competitions for how fast their fires would burn out! A great start at the new accommodation!

SSIP2014-DAY11 [2014年07月04日(金)]

SSIP11日目は、午前中に日本の食文化について講義を受けランチは日本料理を食べに行き、午後は
日本の教育について学びました。
『日本の食文化』の講義では、わらび餅の制作過程を見学し出来上がったわらび餅をいただきまし
た。わらび餅の柔らかい食感が初めてだったようで、多くの留学生が驚いていました( *´艸`)ま
た、日本のテーブルマナーも学んだので、ランチで早速実践していて、みんなお箸の使い方が上手
でのみこみが早いなと感心しました。

Japan Studies: Lecture⑧ Japanese Food Culture
The SSIP participants started out the day with a lecture by Professor Imai about
Japanese cuisine and etiquette. Students were able to sample some 100% warabi mochi (a
rare treat!) and green tea (sencha) made by the Japanese students, who are training to
get food preparation licenses. After trying the mochi and tea, the international
students socialized with the Japanese students who prepared the mochi. Then, the
instructor taught them some basic Japanese table manners, which served useful for the
next lunch activity!
Lunch: Tasting Authentic Japanese Cuisine
For lunch, the students were able to enjoy a many course meal at a tofu house a few
subway stops away from Showa. The dishes included steam mashed corn, grilled meats,
eggplant and eel, crab sushi, a cold tofu dish, and a sweet wheat ice cream dessert. The
students really enjoyed the meal, and there were many foods the students had never tried
before!
Japan Studies: Lecture⑨ Japanese Education
In the afternoon, Professor Kiat gave a lecture to the students about the Japanese
educational system and the value of women’s universities. He mentioned a lot of
interesting statistics about Japan and the home countries of the international students;
most concerned the rankings of those countries in standardized testing and student
happiness. He gave some time at the end for the Japanese and international students to
discuss their own educational experiences, which was very thought-provoking.

SSIP2014-DAY10 [2014年07月04日(金)]

SSIP10日目は、午後から日本の女性へのインタビューと多文化協働プロジェクトを行いました。『日本の女性へのインタビュー』では、ランチを食べながらリラックスした雰囲気でスタート。多文化協働プロジェクトで”それぞれの人生に性別がどのように関わっていくか”がテーマでもあるので、当日お越し頂いた多彩な経験をお持ちの日本の女性の方々に、留学生が熱心にインタビューをしていました。また、多文化協働プロジェクトでは、最終プレゼンについてレクチャーを受けていて、SSIPも折り返し地点に差し掛かっているなと感じました(*^_^*)

Interviews&Lunch with Japanese Women

In our first activity of the day, the students were given the chance to interview multiple Japanese women over lunch. The Japanese women shared stories of where they traveled, what kinds of jobs they held, and what a normal day for them was like. It was a great opportunity for our participants to learn about women in the Japanese culture.


Cross-Cultural Workshop④

SSIP had its fourth cross-cultural collaborative workshop today with Nico. Students came with their notes from a homework assignment (in which they sat down and observed people for 30 minutes). They had many interesting findings, including observations about the clothing style difference between males and females among other data. Students went to a variety of places for observation, including restaurants, train stations, and even a maid cafe. Later, Nico gave a brief overview of anthropological interviewing methods and described his expectations for the final SSIP assignment. The students then worked together to come up with many questions for their interviews of each other later!


SSIP2014-DAY9 [2014年07月02日(水)]

SSIP9日目は、『日本のポップカルチャー』『日本の美術』『日本のファッション』について学びました。日本のアニメや漫画、現代のファッションについての講義を受けたり、日本の伝統的な着物を間近で見たりと留学生も興味津々な様子でした。また、この日の授業は、留学生だけでなく日本人学生にとっても関心の高いテーマが多かったので、貴重な一日になったのではないかと思います。

Japan Studies: Lecture⑤ Japanese Pop Culture

We started out this lecture-filled Tuesday with an introduction to Japanese popular culture. Before the lecture started, the international students had some free time, so they mingled with Japanese students (who came to attend the lecture as part of their “Culture Today” class), sharing some of their cross-cultural experiences. The lecturer, Patrick Galbraith, specifically went over the topic of manga, emphasizing its historical origins and prominence in modern Japanese society. He also discussed reasons why the medium of manga is able to attract such a large audience and paid tribute to the famous Tezuka Osamu (often referred to as the “God of Manga.”)

Japan Studies: Lecture⑥ Japanese Art
For the second lecture, the students learned about the traditional art of the kimono. Professor Reiko spoke about kimono styles through the different periods of Japanese history from the elaborate courtesan style of the Heian period to the fashionable simplistic style of the 18th century. She also explained the methods of creating the design for the kimono: Yuzen (textile dyeing method), Komon (woodblock method), and Shibori (tie-dying method).

Japan Studies: Lecture⑦ Japanese Fashion
In the last lecture of the day, Professor Takamura from Bunka Gakuen University came to talk about modern Japanese fashion. He explained how some elements of Tokyo (such as its large population, stable economy, and seasonal climate) allows it to be a center of fashion. Takamura-sensei also elaborated on the roots of modern fashion, and how contemporary Japanese fashion calls inspiration from both foreign and domestic influence.

SSIP2014-DAY6-8② [2014年07月02日(水)]

SSIP2014 6-7日目のホームステイ体験談、第2弾です!
カンボジアからの留学生の体験談を紹介します。


Homestay 2: Student from Cambodia
My name is Chanpisey Lim. I am Cambodian. I would like to thank SSIP for providing me an opportunity to live with my host family. I experienced living with a local family in Japan for one night and two days. The family’s name is Fukai, which includes Fukai Masaki (a sixty five-year-old husband), Fukai Toshie (a sixty three-year-old wife) who is a former student of SWU, and Fukai Miki (their twenty five-year-old daughter). On the way to their house, they asked me about food that I want to eat and places that I want to go, so, truthfully, I told them, “I do not really have any special recommendations besides going to Fuji Mountain, but I know that it is far from your home so I will not ask to go there.” Anyway, just spending time with them staying at home, learning the Japanese language and culture, and cooking are enough to me. Arriving at their home at about 3PM, they gave me a glass of Japanese green tea (ryoku-cha) with rice crackers (senbei) and cookies. They gave me very nice gifts and I brought some gifts from Cambodia for them too. Then, we walked to a local supermarket to buy ingredients for our dinner. They decided to cook Rei Shabu (cold pork salad) because this is a seasonal dish for summer. After that, we went back home and cooked. I helped her boil the pork and took many pictures of her cooking. At about 7PM, we started eating a very tasty dinner by saying ‘’Itadakimasu”, and we finished our dinner by saying ‘’Gochisou sama deshita”.

Then Miss Miki took me to a nearby primary school where there is a sport hall on the grounds. There, I saw Kendo (Japanese sport/martial art), which was very great to me, and people usually practice at night because it is the time that they come back from work or school.

Back at home, we had a chat and I also asked them to teach me Japanese. We had so much fun. Bed time came close, so I decided to stop asking them questions and we went to bed. My bedroom was a traditional Japanese-style room (washitsu) with mat flooring (Tatami) and sliding door/window (Shōji). I slept on a futon laid on the tatami. Moreover, inside the room, there was an instrument, a piano, which I love to play very much. That night I slept very well.

In the next morning, we had breakfast and then went to Mrs. Toshie’s mother’s house, located in Yukigaya, which is 50 years old. Her name is Tomi Kashima and she is 88 years old. Knowing that I wanted to go to Fuji Mountain, she gave me a big round cracker with Fuji Mountain painted on it. She also gave me a CD and folding paper (origami).
After we said goodbye to grandma, we went to Ikegami where the over nine hundred-year-old Buddhist temple Honmonji is located. There, I got a chance to pray for and offer flowers to Mrs. Toshie’s father. I learned a lot about the Japanese tomb, patrilineal family system and history of Honmonji. Mrs. Toshie told me that she was very happy that I could visit her father’s grave and I was too.

When we left Honmonji, we went to Kawasaki. Along the way there, we stopped at an old, Heian Era Japanese sweet shop where Ango are sold. We bought two flavors: soy sauce with sugar and red bean. Then we continued to Kawasaki. There, we watched a movie dubbed in Japanese because they wanted me to learn the language. Actually, I learned a lot of new words from that.

When we left the cinema, it was already 2PM and we went back home. Arriving home, they ordered Chinese food. We had dinner at around 5PM so that they could bring me early to Shibuya Station where I took the bus back to my accommodation. My two days and one night at my homestay came to an end with so much memory to remember and a promise was made to keep in touch and meet each other again one day. I cannot describe in words how much I loved staying with them. I felt like I was at home, and their generosity meant a lot to me. Finally, I would like to thank them for everything they did! I will always remember them. Having a loving, caring, and close-knit family in another country is happiness to me.

SSIP2014-DAY6-8① [2014年07月01日(火)]

SSIP6日目の午前中は、多文化協働プロジェクトを行い、各自の『女性と美』への考え方を発表しディスカッションしました。午後からはホームステイを体験するため、それぞれのホストファミリーの方に紹介し、7日目の夜までホストファミリーと一緒に過ごしました。留学生はどんな体験をしたのでしょうか(*^_^*)?
まずは、タイからの留学生のホームステイ体験談を紹介します。



Cross-Cultural Workshop③
Today, the students started off with their third cross-cultural workshop with Nico. They shared videos and personal items to the entire group and explained why they were important to them. Several of the shared items dealt with gender roles and feminine beauty.



After the workshop, the students went off to spend the rest of the weekend with their homestay families. Below we have some of our participants’ personal experiences:

Homestay 1: Student from Thailand
Before I was going to stay a night with a Japanese host family, I did not expect anything from them except for acknowledgement of Japanese cultures and lifestyles such as Japanese homemade food and house. But when I stepped into their house, I was surprised by a warm welcome party which there were some neighborhood friends coming to join the party. We had so much fun and had a chance to get to know each other through conversations.  This allowed me to get familiar with the family’s atmosphere and be able relax myself. I was so grateful that all of these things was especially for me.
The next day of homestay was far out of my imagination. We went to Tokyo tower and Odaiba Gundam museum and a hot spring called Oedo-onsen Monogatari. We had a good time together and I was so heartbroken when we were about separate. I realized that I became part of the family even though we only had a short period of time together. It was this SSIP program that gave me this precious memories and I would never forget all of them.