July 8th, Wednesday
We started off today with a lesson on furoshiki or Japanese cloth-folding by Etsuko Yamada, a well knowned furoshiki cloth maker! SSIP participants were welcomed to beautiful cloths on their desks and a brief history of furoshiki, which actually goes back over 1,300 years! Participants were taught multiple ways to use the furoshiki from its traditional uses in transporting objects such as bottles and food, to being incorporated as part of modern fashion. Participants were thoroughly impressed by the versatility of the cloth and got to take one home at the end! All in all, we had a great time and we learned some valuable techniques to using furoshiki!
Interviews with Japanese Women
For lunch, the students were given the opportunity to talk to Japanese women over a buffet lunch in the Global Lounge. The Japanese women shared stories of where they traveled, what kinds of jobs they held, and what a normal day for them was like. On top of that, the students were able to ask questions that they have had about Japanese culture and here it from women with a multitude of perspectives. It was a great opportunity for our participants to learn about women in the Japanese culture!
Cross Cultural Workshop⑨⑩
For today’s workshop, the students presented their projects about the Kanazawa Museum that they visited last Saturday. The groups were really creative with their presentations, with some groups even making their presentations interactive! Overall, everyone was able to convince the audience in a fun and engaging way to visit the museum, making every group presentation a success!
July 9th, Thursday
The students spent their last free day exploring the last corners of Tokyo to go on shopping trips and explore some last minute scenery before going to Tomei Gakurin the next day!