June 2010  >>


  1. Career
    1. My One and Only
    2. Interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
    3. S. Takata Memorial Research Library and My Research Theme
    4. Building a Career in Japan - Don't let the Japanese people beat you in linguistic skills and cultural comprehension -
    5. 67 years after World War II
    6. What is a life plan? From the National Bar Exam to becoming a painter
    7. Job-hunting experience note -Receiving a job offer from the first-choice company is not a dream-
    8. Job-hunting experience note -Self-analysis is about "Constructing one-self"-
    9. The skill-levels of world-class top talents are extremely high. That is why, in order to compete against the world, ambition and aspiration is necessary.
    10. Japan's passport did not come falling from the skies. Fight now for the respect of the future Japanese.
    11. OECD Internship Report
    12. Settling down in Waseda
    13. Be true to yourself, boldly step forward into the things that excite you!
    14. Job Hunting experience notes
    15. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    16. Using My experiences from Waseda,
    17. Waseda:An everlasting bond
    18. Recent report from Denmark
    19. Submission from WiN member (Recent Report)
    20. Memories of Waseda
    21. My experience at Waseda
    22. My time at Waseda University
    23. Teaching Position at Korea University
  1. Event Reports
    1. C21 Tokyo Challenge
    2. Enjoying a taste of South-East Asia: Vietnamese Bánh Mì Sandwiches and Milo
    3. Looking Back on the "Go Global Japan" English Presentation Contest
    4. Student Visa Day at the American Embassy
    5. 3rd Place Finish in the "Hong Kong Cup"
    6. Students' Day at the American Embassy
    7. ASIAN STUDENTS ENVIRONMENT PLATFORM 2012: Environmental field studies by students from Japan, China, and Korea
    8. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 2: Non-academic conference learning
    9. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 1: Academic conference learning
    10. The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview
    11. [Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!
  1. Gourmet
    1. What Do You Do With a Major in Ramen?
  1. Others
    1. "Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)"
    2. Exchange Students from US Reunite at Waseda after 30 years
    3. "Like" WiN on Facebook!
    4. WiN Blog starts
  1. Sports
    1. Learning How "To Think" Through Waseda University's Track & Field
    2. Participating in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
    3. "Participating in the XXV Winter Universiade Games (2011/Erzurum)"
    4. My experience with Waseda's American Football Bukatsu
  1. Study Abroad
    1. Shifting Cultivation and the Challenge of Sustainability in Mopungchuket Village, India
    2. Building the TOMODACHI Generation
    3. Kakehashi Project Report
    4. The Double Degree Program at Peking University
    5. Camping and Snowshoeing in Canada
    6. An Encouragement of two-stages approach to study abroad
    7. Studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia
    8. A new kind of Study Abroad
    9. 14-Day Short term Study Abroad Program in Chowgule College, Goa - "What can I do? What can they do? What can you do?"
    10. From Tsugaru strait to the African highest peak Kilimanjaro
    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
    12. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    13. What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University
    14. Why are those who've experienced study abroad programs a little different? -Full Japanese SILS student reveals the whole story of studying abroad -
    15. China, The Neighboring Country You Do Not Know ~ My Encounter at Peking University ~
    16. Study Abroad Experience Notes
    17. C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.
    18. Study abroad @ Taiwan
    19. Study abroad @ Beijing
  1. Study in Japan
    1. Visiting the Prime Minister's Residene
    2. IPS Summer School 2016: Culture Meets Culture
    3. The World is Smaller than We Think
    4. Waseda Summer 2016
    5. The Opportunity of a Lifetime
    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
    7. A Fantastic Opportunity
    8. A Rewarding Experience
    9. An Amazing Experience
    10. Take Me Wonder by Wonder
    11. I Couldn't Ask for More
    12. Another Kokusaibu Story
    13. SAKURA Exchange Program in Science
    14. I Want to Go Again!
    15. More than Good Sushi
    16. Immersive Experience into the Japanese Culture
    17. 40 Years of Memories in a Photo
    18. Experiencing Everything First Hand
    19. Waseda Summer Session wasn't like any other Summer Camp
    20. Looking Forward to the Past
    21. Weeding a Rice Paddy ~Field Trip to Niigata~
    22. Japan Study Students to Waseda: A message from the class of 1983-84
    23. Developing Medical and Welfare Robots ~The Challenges of Kabe Laboratory, Faculty of Human Sciences~
    24. Recollecting experiences of Exchange Programme at Waseda
    25. Kuroda Kazuo Interview: About Studying in Japan
  1. Volunteer Activity
    1. Taking the first step in volunteering
    2. "Volunteer experience in earthquake-hit area Natori"
    3. "The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Volunteering"
    4. How my perspective changed through volunteering
    5. Tohoku Volunteer
    6. Great East Japan Earthquake    "Fumbaro East Japan Support Project"


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What Do You Do With a Major in Ramen?


Name in full : SHOCKEY, Nathan
Nationality : U.S.A.
Period attended at Waseda : September 2008-present
Affiliation / Program at Waseda : Double Degree Program
Field of Study / Research at Waseda : Modern Japanese Literature
Academic Supervisor at Waseda : Professor TOEDA, Hirokazu
Present Residence : Tokyo, Japan
Present Affiliation and Position : Researcher, Department of Literature, Waseda University
Any message to the WiN members?
Send me an email if you know any good ramen shops!


“You’ve never heard of Merci? Hurry up and go! You can’t call yourself a Waseda student
if you haven’t been to Merci!” My friend, a Waseda graduate himself, was scolding me.
I had just arrived at Waseda to begin my studies as an M.A. student, and I had yet to recover
from the jet lag induced by my long trans-Pacific flight a few days before. So what could some
French-sounding word have to do with the Japanese university I had just enrolled at?

A few days later I went to seek out “Merci”, and I took part in a ritual that’s as important for
a Waseda student as participating in the school entrance ceremony or submitting a graduation
thesis. That is to say, I ate ramen.
In addition to Merci, the well-loved local institution, Waseda is brimming over with an almost frightening
number of ramen shops, and Takadanobaba has come to be recognized as one of the biggest “ramen
zones” in the country. When Waseda’s “Wind of the Northwest” blows, it carries
along with it the scent of boiled pork bones and onions.

I came to Waseda to study modern Japanese literature, but in ramen I had found another, secret object of
study. Growing up in America, my mother would often prepare instant ramen or cup noodles for me as an
afterschool snack, and when I first visited Japan ten years ago, all it took was one bite of real ramen for me
to fall in love for life. Before arriving this time around, a friend of mine who had spent time as a researcher
at Waseda told me of a plan he had devised to try and eat at every ramen shop on Waseda-dôri.
I decided to do him one better and resolved to try each and every ramen shop in the entire Takadanobaba-Waseda
area. Before class, after class, on study break from the library, whenever I had a free moment of time,I sprinted
off to try a new ramen shop, eating well over a hundred bowls before I graduated. Hot bowls of ramen brought
me back from the brink of collapse while poring over dusty Taisho-era literary magazines, and I celebrated
completed deadlines with more noodles. I was afraid that if my professors found out about my ramen addiction
they might tell me to quit with the noodles and get back to work, but my “secret” pastime was soon discovered
by almost everyone in my department.
My thesis adviser even started reading my ramen blog and recommending new shops to try.

In the process of searching out every last ramen shop in the vicinity, I came to know and love Waseda and
Takadanobaba, getting to know every corner of the neighborhood and experiencing life as a student lucky
enough to be enrolled at a school located in the ramen Mecca of the universe.  I waited in line then ate noodles
until my stomach was about to burst at Benten. I was warmed up in the dead of winter by piping hot tanmen
soup and friendly smiles at Inaho. And of course, I savored Merci’s thick shôyu flavors, the flavors loved by
generations of Waseda students. In the biggest city in the world, a city in constant flux, it’s a special pleasure
to savor such experiences that are shared by almost every student at Waseda. But just as new faces come
and go with each passing year and with each graduation ceremony, so do ramen shops change as well. 

After arriving at Waseda, I saw many shops close, and just as many open their doors. There are as many
ramen shops in Takadanobaba as there are stars in the sky, and maybe even as many as there are books
in the library. Like the emeritus professor who gives the same lecture to every new class, some shops haven’t
changed a whit since the days of Showa, and other shops are leading new trends with experimental soups,
unusual toppings, and epoch-making concepts to revolutionize the ramen world. And just as students come
from all over Japan to study at Waseda, the local ramen scene is populated with “transfer students” from Sapporo,
Ôita, Tokushima, Hakata, and beyond.
People often ask me if I want to open my own ramen shop someday, but I’d rather just keep enjoying it eating it.
If I was to start a ramen shop in Waseda however, I think I’d call it “Tsubouchi Shôyu.”  No doubt the taste would
be deep, rich, and delicious. I may have graduated from Waseda University, but I hope I never graduate from
Waseda ramen.


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