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  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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My time at Waseda University

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Name in full : Anthony Cannon Walker
Nationality : U.S.A.
Period attended at Waseda :2001-2002
Affiliation / Program at Waseda : International Division (Bekka Kokusaibu)
Present Residence : New York

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 I studied at Waseda University’s International Division for one year in 2001. At the time I was majoring in Japanese language at San Francisco State University, and having done an earlier yearlong exchange program in high school, I was pretty confident in my language skills before arriving in Tokyo--- perhaps a bit too confident for my own good.

 Looking back on it now, I remember making a conscious decision when I was still in San Francisco not to actively try to learn to read and write proficiently in Japanese. That seemed awfully difficult to me at the time, and besides -- I probably wouldn’t ever use a skill like that all that much anyway. I figured I would just focus on becoming as perfect a speaker I could and then maybe I would focus on literacy at some point in the future. Boy was I in for a surprise…

 Shortly after arriving at Waseda, I tested in to the top-level of Japanese language classes -- the dreaded J-13. At first I was feeling pretty good about myself for doing so well on the test but the more I sat in these classes, the more I began to wonder if I wasn’t in over my head. The bulk of the curriculum at this level was geared toward doing none other than improving our reading and writing skills in Japanese. I spent much of the year secretly feeling like I was in some kind language boot camp. While my friends in the lower level classes joined club after club and made tons of new friends, I spent a lot of my time at home struggling through the homework.

 But then somewhere along the way it all started making sense. Suddenly, doing things like reading a novel in normal adult level Japanese and having an opinion to share with the class, or rifling through a Japanese newspaper and writing short essays about current events didn’t seem so daunting. And because I already had a good amount of vocabulary under my belt coming into the program, I was having the ‘Oh! So that’s how you write that word!!’ epiphany on practically a daily basis. Kanji was making infinitely more sense in context and sticking to my brain much better than it ever did just rifling through flashcards. I look back on that year now, and am so very thankful that I had the opportunity to do it. In the end, I think I was exactly where I needed to be.
 After returning to the US and graduating from San Francisco State in 2003, I decided to come back to Japan to live. I started off teaching English full time, as many people do, but eventually grew tired of that and went on to follow my other passion---fine art. I was lucky enough to secure a full scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to attend the MFA Program in design at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Having always been an artist, this was an invaluable opportunity to study Art in a formal University setting, begin making connections with likeminded people and to continue studying Japanese and live in a country that I loved all at the same time.

 After completing the MFA program I figured it was time to look for work and a way to stay in Japan through the private sector. Since I had been studying art and now had a degree in the subject, I wanted to try to find a way to make all this possible via an art related career.
 Through an incredible stroke of luck, I found a position as International Director of a major contemporary art gallery in Tokyo. In this position I learned how to run and operate an art gallery and had the chance to participate in numerous international art fairs ---connecting with new artists and collectors all over the world. As an artist, this also gave me an invaluable perspective on the way art world economies function and where my place in the grand scheme of things might potentially be.
 I stayed in this position for close to two years, but the more involved I became in the business side of the art world, the more I yearned to continue creating my own artwork. After seven consecutive years in Japan (nine if you include my time in high school and at Waseda) I made the decision to move back to the US and pursue my own career as an artist.

 Everything that I have been able to accomplish subsequently has been largely thanks to my time at Waseda. It has left an indelible mark on my future and propelled me toward my lifelong goals in directions that I never knew were possible. I am eternally grateful to all my teachers and classmates for everything they taught me. As I continue to grow as a person, Waseda and my time in Japan will always be a part of who I am and where I go from here. 

Examples of Anthony Cannon Walker’s artwork can be seen at www.walker-art.net

 

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