1-1.夏季交流プログラムSWU Summer International Program

SSIP2015-DAY20,21 [2015年07月27日(月)]

SSIP 20日目は東明学林から鎌倉へ。精進料理を楽しみ、鶴岡八幡宮や鎌倉大仏などの観光をしました。渋滞のため十分な時間はとれなかったようですが、お守りを買ったり大仏のなかに入ってみたりとそれぞれに満喫したようでした。
最終日の21日目はCross Cultural Workshopの最終プレゼンテーションがありました。テーマ“School Education”について、国籍も文化背景も違う仲間同士でつくりあげた過程はそれぞれ山あり谷ありだった様子。生みの苦しみに悩んだグループもあったようですが、最終的には各グループ趣向をこらした完成度の高いプレゼンとなりました。
閉会式では、坂東学長より留学生とCross Cultural Workshopを履修していた日本人学生に修了証が手渡されました。送別会では、インターン生の石井さん・辻さんが作成したこれまでの写真のムービーが流れ、楽しかった3週間を皆でふりかえりました。別れが近いのもあり、何人か涙する学生も…。留学生にとってもただ日本に来て観光をするだけでなく、世界各国に「本当の友人」ができる貴重な体験であったことと思います。




Saturday, July 12

All Day Trip to Kamakura
Today was our full day visit to Kamakura! Despite getting stuck in traffic for a while, the participants were able to enjoy a traditional, vegetarian Buddhist meal for lunch. Later, they visited a temple, where they got their fortunes told and bought cute good luck charms! Some of the students also explored the streets for shopping, and bought sweet potato ice cream and more souvenirs! Our final stop in Kamakura was the Great Buddha statue, which some of the students were able to go inside of! Even though it was very hot, everyone was in bright sprits to be exploring the historical town of Kamakura!

Sunday, July 13

Cross Cultural Workshop (Final Presentations)
The first event of the day was the presentations of the final Cross-Cultural Collaborative projects of this year’s SSIP participants! Several of the groups improved tremendously from the practice presentations, and many of the revisions should the amount of work and dedication the students put into their plays. The plays ranged from serious to silly, but overall it really seemed like all of the Cross-Cultural students were able to learn about education and its importance. Each play was thought provoking and elicited discussion afterwards, which means the workshop was a success!

SSIP Closing Ceremony and Farewell Party

As part of the closing ceremony, Bando-sensei presented each international participant and Cross-Cultural Workshop student a certificate confirming their completion of the program.


At the farewell party, delicious food was provided, memorable pictures were taken, and many tears were shed. The staff and interns were able to give a speech about the program, and a short movie was played with photos and music as a reflection of the good times of the program. Many of the students expressed that this was not goodbye, but just a “see you soon!”, with some even planning a reunion in the future. As the party came to a close, the students began to part ways, but we said goodbye hoping that our paths will cross again in the future.

SSIP2015-DAY18,19 [2015年07月27日(月)]

その後はCross-Cultural Workshop参加者全員で東明学林へ。期間中何度も顔を合わせている参加学生ですが、一宿一飯をともにするとこれまで以上に交流も深まるようです。グループごとに最終プレゼンテーションに向け磨きをかけました。


July 10th, Friday

Japan Studies: Company Visit to Shiseido

With everyone packed, we loaded up the bus bright and early on Friday to head to Shiseido Headquarters in Ginza! Once we arrived, the students listened to senior advisor, Hisayuki Suekawa, explain the company’s unique marketing strategy to compete as a global company. This strategy, called “Omotenashi“ is the reason why Shiseido is able to survive and compete on a global market, as they are able to anticipate the customers’ needs. After the lecture, we were taken to Shiseido the Ginza, the famous cosmetic location with three stories of beauty treatments. We were given a private tour of the building, and the students were amazed at the luxurious design of the building. After the tour, we were able to try the the mirai “future” mirror, which gave us a glimpse of how different makeup looks on us using a specialized camera. Shortly after, we visited the Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building where we had a lecture about the history of the Ginza Parlour and were given original ice cream sodas! At the very end, Shiseido sent everyone home with a souvenir bag containing a packet of oil blotting paper (which is unique to Shiseido’s corporate museum!)

After lunch we traveled to Tomei Gakurin by bus, where everyone primarily slept. Once we got to the facility, we were able to stand on the balcony outside and, despite the fog, got to see the glimpse of Mount Fuji from a distance. With free time for the rest of the day, everyone got together and enjoyed their time of relaxation.


July 11th, Saturday

Cross Cultural Workshop⑪⑫⑬⑭

For a full day, everyone worked hard on their final presentation play! After many discussions and planning, the students were able to rehearse in front of one another in groups and give constructive criticism, which was helpful for many!


SSIP2015-DAY16,17 [2015年07月24日(金)]

SSIP 16日目は「日本の風呂敷」の実習から始まりました。「初めてのふろしきレッスン」等、現代の生活に合わせた風呂敷の活用についての著書をもつ山田悦子先生から風呂敷のレクチャーを受けました。ある留学生は習った風呂敷バッグを早速つくって持ち歩いていました。その後、5名の日本人女性にご協力いただき、日本人女性へのインタビューを行いました。どのテーブルも会話が弾み、時間が足りない様子でした。

July 8th, Wednesday

Japanese Cloth-Folding

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

Free Day
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!

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July 7th, Tuesday

Japan Studies: Lecture on Japanese Food Culture
Today the SSIP participants visited the classroom of Professor Imai, who taught the students about Japanese etiquette and cuisine! After having some of her Japanese students present a short description of their favorite dish using pictures, the students were able to see a live demonstration of how green tea and warabi mochi are prepared! Afterward, students were able to sample the warabi mochi and the green tea for a refreshing treat! After eating, the international students were taught about proper table manners, which included an explanation on the correct method on how to hold chopsticks and also on how to avoid cultural eating taboos.

Tasting Japanese Cuisine
For lunch, the students were able to enjoy a traditional Japanese bento box, which included vegetable tempura, tofu, a side of miso soup, assorted vegetables and fruit, and a yummy pudding dessert! Everyone really enjoyed tasting authentic Japanese cuisine, which many of them have never experienced tasted before


Japan Studies: Lecture on Japanese Women

In the afternoon, Professor Christie presented on Japanese Women, addressing issues such as the employment and wage gap between women and men, what higher education can do to help alleviate this inequality, and current feminist issues. By using statistics and graphs, the students were able to see how women in Japan have been dealing with these issues. There was a discussion between the students about females roles in their own cultures, and the lecture ended on a lighter note about how, despite there still being gender inequality, there has still been some tremendous progress toward equality made in Japan.


SSIP2015-DAY12,14 [2015年07月23日(木)]

SSIP12日目はCross Cultural Workshop参加者で唐澤博物館に行きました。


July 4th, Saturday

Cross Cultural Workshop ⑦⑧: Visit to Karasawa Museum

Today, the students went to the Karasawa Museum to learn about past education practices in Japan. This visit was the focus of a project that the students will present at the next workshop, where they will convince a specific audience to come to visit the museum! The museum had 3 floors of past artifacts, including toys from the Meiji and Edo Period and a replica of an elementary school classroom. With a guided tour by the daughter of the founder of the museum, the students were able to get a lot of material for their presentations while also learning a lot about historical practices in schools.

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理科室では、ちょうど5年生が魚の解剖をしており、中に入ることをためらう学生もいましたが(ひとりからはランチタイム?と質問が飛んでい ました…)、音楽室ではピアノで、校歌と、初日にお琴で披露された「さくら」を聴くことができました。



July 6th, Monday

Visit to Showa Elementary School
Today, SSIP participants got a chance to visit the Showa Elementary School, which is a private school located right within the main campus of Showa Women’s University! We were guided throughout many of the classrooms and got to watch some of the classrooms in action. Participants were surprised to see how independent and well-behaved (and not to mention adorable!) many of the elementary students were and how talented they were especially in the arts. We also got to hear a short rendition of the school anthem by the music teacher on piano. After the school tour, we gathered to get our bentos and had lunch with some of the older kids. The children were extremely enthusiastic about talking with SSIP participants and despite the language barrier, everyone had a great time!


Japan Studies: Lecture on 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

SSIP2015-DAY11 [2015年07月22日(水)]

SSIP 11日目は外出の日でした。表参道にある根津美術館では日本の古美術品の鑑賞、その後国立劇場で歌舞伎と日本の美に触れる一日でした。


July 3, Thursday

Nezu Museum
Today was full of travelling for the students, who travelled far to the Nezu Museum in Omotesando! As an art museum, the Nezu Musuem comprises more than 7,400 objects including calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, bamboo crafts and textiles, all of which the students were able to explore! Additionally, the students were able to walk outside (despite the rain!) into a beautiful Japanese garden that reflected the traditional Japanese focus of tranquility and peace. Many of the students expressed that they were the most interested in the Katana exhibit, which displayed multiple katana swords along with katana sheaths and beautifully decorated medicine bottles.


Kabuki Theater Performance
After a brief lunch time in Omotesando, the SSIP participants travelled to the National Theater to watch an actual Kabuki performance! The Kabuki performance that the students watched is one of Japan’s most famous, Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura. The play tells the story of the combatting Genji and Heike families, and the students were able to watch a short summarized version of the battle between Yoshisune and Tomomori. With helpful translations in between and explanations of the performance, it was an immersive and new experience for everyone!


SSIP2015-DAY10 [2015年07月22日(水)]

SSIP 10日目は日本の文化について講義で学ぶ日でした。日本のファッション、日本の経営、日本の宗教といずれの講義もSSIP参加留学生は興味深そうに耳を傾けていました。英語で行われたこれらの授業は既存の授業にSSIPが参加したり、SSIPの授業を日本人学生が聴講したりして、昭和の学生もともに学ぶ授業となりました。各国からの留学生とともに学ぶ日本文化。日本人学生にとっても新たな発見のある時間となったのではないでしょうか。


July 2nd, Thursday

Japan Studies : Lecture on Japanese Fashion

SSIP participants started out the morning with a lecture by Reiko Koga on the evolution of Japanese fashion and the increasingly popular concept of “kawaii”. She explained to the participants about the spread of “kawaii” as it originated from various popular women’s magazines to becoming a worldwide phenomenon recognized in just about everywhere! She concluded the lecture with an interesting explanation of “yurakyara”, otherwise known mascot characters as an extension of the “kawaii” movement.


Japan Studies : Lecture on Japanese Business and Management

After lunch, the students joined Professor Masaharu Kuhara’s class to learn about the gloablization of Japanese business. By comparing human resource management and company strategies of both American and Japanese countries, the students were able to understand deeper theoretical concepts of business, and also discuss how corporate strategies of different nations are reflections of their cultural surroundings. Some Japanese students gave presentations to us about the readings Professor Kuhara had given, and additionally the students were able to learn a lot about the Japanese economy– both its strengths and current issues.


Japan Studies; Lecture on Japanese Religion

For the last lecture of the day, the students gathered back to the Global Lounge to learn about the history and aspects of Japanese Religion. The lecture covered traditions of religious rituals, behaviors, and explored the significance of religion in contemporary Japanese society.




SSIP2015-DAY9 [2015年07月21日(火)]

SSIP 9日目は留学生も日本人も大好き!なスタジオジブリの美術館へ。


July 1st, Wednesday

Japan Studies:Activity④ Ghibli Museum

Today we visited the super popular Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka! It took a while for us to get there and despite the rain (which prevented us from taking too many pictures outside), it was well worth the wait! Upon entering the museum, we were surprised by the admission tickets which included actual film strips from the film reel! We also got to see one of only a few short animated films only shown in the museum. The museum itself had a very open layout where everyone was able to wander around freely and even touch some of the things on display like a full-scale replica of Miyazaki’s workbench! SSIP participants really enjoyed getting a chance to view their favorite Ghibli films like Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, and Howl’s Moving Castle in a fun and interactive way.


Cross Cultural Workshop ⑤⑥

During today’s workshop, the students presented their group projects to compare a typical Japanese schedule with

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SSIP2015-DAY7-8 [2015年07月02日(木)]

SSIP7日目は、Free Dayでした。留学生それぞれが、東京の行きたい所へ行ったり買い物をしたりと自由時間を楽しんだようです(*^-^*)


June 29th, Monday

Free Day
SSIP students had a free day on Monday, and many of them went out to explore! Everyone spread out all throughout Tokyo, with some going to Akihabara and Shinjuku and others going to the Imperial Palace, temples, and gardens! It seems as though Tokyo is becoming a more familiar city for everyone!

June 30th, Tuesday

Japan Studies: Lecture ③ Japanese Art
After a restful and fun free day on Monday, the students came back to Showa for a full day of lectures! The first lecture was on Japanese art, where students learned about the symbolic importance of flowers and seasons in Japanese culture. Professor Tanimura took the time to explain the meaning of symbol and how they are incorporated into contemporary Japanese life and art. Overall, the students learned about the appreciation of nature and its significance to Japanese life.

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Japan Studies: Lecture ④ Kabuki
After a quick lunch, the students joined Professor Oyatsu from the Department of History and Culture who gave a lecture on traditional Kabuki. She explained to the participants about the history of Japanese dance and the mechanics behind the kabuki stage. This included explanations of a spinning stage, a runway and sound effects. Additionally, Professor Oyatsu described how the art is performed only by adult males and the significance behind different facial expressions, poses, and special effects. Some old clips of a kabuki play were also shown to help the students understand the elaborate nature of each performance, and two graduated students of Showa gave a presentation about kabuki make-up.
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Japan Studies: Lecture ⑤ Japanese Pop Culture
For the final lecture, the students dove into the world of anime and manga by learning about its unique history and its rise to global popularity! The lecture included some unique genres of manga comic books brought by lecturer Yu Shigematsu, who is himself a huge anime and manga fan! Professor Shigematsu explained about the development of the famous Ghibli Studio, which was a great way for the students to think about Ghibli before their trip to the museum! Along with getting to learn about the history of anime film, the students learned about popular themes and tropes of anime, and how these themes reflect common themes found in everyday Japanese society.
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SSIP2015-DAY5-6 [2015年07月01日(水)]

SSIP5日目の午前中は、多文化協働プロジェクト【Cross-Cultural Workshop(CCW)】を行い、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と合流し、6日目の夜までホストファミリーと過ごしました(*^-^*)


 June 27th, Saturday

Today was a cross cultural workshop day, with the students presenting about similarities and differences in education across numerous countries all around the world. Along with the Japanese students, the international students grouped together to compare their school schedules, and along the way were able to present how these differences defined their culture.

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Afterward, the students went with their homestay family to stay for a weekend. Below are some of their experiences:


Homestay 1: Naomi from the United States
When I met up with my host sister Faryon, she was very kind and asked me places I’d like to go and where I’d been. We went off to Harajuku after that to the famous Takeshita Street, which was more pink than I had imagined! We did the Purikura photo booths which were super high-tech, then we left to get back to her apartment in Hiro-o. Her mother is Korean, so she made us Sangyetang – a kind of chicken soup. Then we went to something I had been wanting to try – the Japanese Bathhouse. It was really great, and my host mother washed my back! It was a very relaxing experience. We left after about an hour and walked around Hiro-o at night. I saw the Tokyo Tower in the distance, all lit up. And we sat in a park and just chatted for a while. When I got back to their house I met their father who also love to sew just like I do. He told us how to get to some fabric and craft stores. He also gave me some nice needles and a thimble and showed me some sewing tips.


The next day Faryon took me to a crafts store in Shinjuku and a fabric store as well. The fabric store was FIVE stories of fabric. And they had an entire section of just Japanese made textile.


After the craft and fabric stores, Faryon and I went to the Tokyo Kinokuniya! We walked across the bridge pictured above and checked out a really famous department store in Shinjuku. Afterward, Faryon took me to see the Meiji Shrine, where I had a great time! I’m very grateful to my homestay family for giving me such a great experience during my stay!