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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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Blog:Jul, 2012

The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview

Concept of Foreigner’s Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition
Spreading artistic and cultural activities across national borders is essential to the promotion of Japanese culture. We provide opportunities for foreign residents in Japan, exchange students, and Japanese students to receive training in traditional Japanese dance and perform. Through these opportunities, our mission is to increase continued interest in traditional Japanese culture, raising international understanding. 


Outline of the 7th Foreigner’s Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition
The 7th Foreigner’s Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition was held on 23rd June, 2012 at the event hall of Japan Women’s University. It started with an opening greeting where there were already many people had gathered. There were 51 performers of different countries and different universities. They danced in a group of 4 or 5 people with the songs “Fujimusume”, “Kotobuki” and “Hanakage”.

First place: Zhu Tong, Waseda University, China
Second place: Elin Gustafsson, Waseda University, Sweden
Third place: 2 students of Aoyama Gakuin University and Tokyo University, who are respectively from South Korea and China

Waseda University student performers’ questionnaire interview
13 of the 51 performers were Waseda students. We took a questionnaire interview about their preparation before the performance and thoughts after the performance.

▽About preparation
Many of them replied that the preparation was hard, but spending time with friends was fun. They are also very thankful to the teachers.

★From Fall Semester, we practiced about twice every month. The teacher was very nice. Even when everyone made many mistakes, the teacher was always funny, and taught us how to dance. The Japanese traditional dance is difficult, so the lessons were a little challenging, but it was a lot of fun. I am so sad that it is over now. (E.G)

★For the preparation of performance we practiced for 6 months which was a long period. But we all enjoyed it. And our last month, we did a lot, we accepted the guide and instruction from our professional teachers, and adjusted our action in order to get the most standard one when we got back. We also practiced looking the video of teachers. I believe our efforts were not a waste. If possible, could teachers teach us one more pieces of dancing for performance. Thanks a lot. At last the experience will be teacher of my while life and if I have another chance, I wanted to carry on the dance. (T.Z)

Actually I didn’t prepare so much for the final performance. Since I participated in the intensive practice one month before the presentation, each movement that I misunderstood had been corrected by our sensei. The only thing we need to do was trying hard to memorize the whole set of movements. It is a pretty special event about Japanese traditional dance and culture. Therefore such kind of interesting activities are supposed to be promoted to more overseas students in Japan. (W.Z)

★We went to receive lessons from the teacher every other Sunday. After returning home, I reviewed what I had learned. Right before the competition, I had additional lessons with the teacher, and worked hard to be able to perform well. (Y.J)

★Rehearsals from last November were a little challenging, but to think back on them now, I think they are precious memories. (L.P)

★The rehearsals were always fun. My legs and hips shook, and muscle pains the next day were inevitable. But having tea with friends from various countries after the rehearsals were incredibly fun. I made some truly wonderful friends. (I.T)

★Rehearsals were truly a lot of fun. Because of the teacher, I learned a lot. And through the traditional Japanese dance, I was able to learn a lot more about Japanese culture. Teacher, thank you so much. (E.H)

★The night before the performance, I was practicing with the teacher until after 9pm. After I woke up this morning, I practiced one more time by myself. I think it would be nice if Waseda University could hold cultural competitions and events like this too. (C.W)

★We only practiced twice or three times a month, so it was challenging. It was difficult for me when I could not even wear the Yukata in the beginning. In the end, when returning the Yukata, it made me sad to wonder whether I would ever have the opportunity to wear it and dance again. (B.C)

★With the support of teachers and friends, I learned everything from the basics. With strong ties, and without ever forgetting to appreciate, I continued to practice. (A.I)


▽Reflections after the performance
Many of them replied that they were little bit nervous but it finished soon and they enjoyed the event.

★It was the first time to make a performance on Japanese traditional dance and felt a little bit nervous. So I made some mistakes during the performance. However, it was a really good experience for me to make a better understanding on the Japanese traditional culture. With the 6 months practice, I not only learnt a piece of dance, but also built a deep friendship with my dancing fellows and tutors. We shared our landscape and culture with each other and together experienced a very good period of dancing. At last, thanks very much for our teacher. (T.Z)

This is an unprecedented event I ever had in Japan. The six months passed away so fast, I can’t even image today is the final of all I obtained during this period. My heart is fully filled with thankful and affecting emotion because of what this meaningful event gave me. The perception of such a traditional Japanese culture as well as the communication with our sensei and other dancers has touched me so much. (W.Z)

★The day was over quicker than I had imagined. I was very nervous before entering the stage, but the teacher kindly cheered me up, and I was gradually able to be calm. I had fun today. (C.W)

★I was nervous, but I am happy I got to dance with everyone. The teacher worked very hard to teach us, which encouraged me to work hard at the dance. (B.C)

★I had fun! Even if the dance was not perfect, everyone worked hard, making it a great competition. I am glad I got to see the other groups dancing as well. (E.G)

★I had fun! I worked very hard. I am so glad that I got to participate in the competition with the friends I met through the traditional Japanese dance! (Y.J)


Thank you all for answering the questions.

If you are interested in attending the next Foreigner’s Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition, contact the Japan Association for Performance Art (JAPA)

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[Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!

Undergraduate students from the world’s 19 leading universities gathered for the
UNIVERSITAS 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012
“Connecting to the Future” hosted by Waseda (July 3 to 5)

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Waseda University hosted the Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 (URC 2012) from July 3 to July 5. This three-day academic assembly held at Ono Azusa Hall brought together 58 undergraduate students from all disciplines at the world’s top universities, who were selected from among 19 universities, including Waseda, in 12 countries and regions. The participants showcased their research to an international audience and took part in active discussions.
Universitas 21 (U21) is an international network of 24 leading research-intensive universities in 16 countries and regions. The URC is one of the most important U21 activities that started in 2007, with each member university hosting in rotation since then. This occasion marked the 8th edition of the conference. Waseda, the only Japanese member university, hosted the event and provided eight student participants who are originally from three different nations. Students and faculty & staff who gathered for this grand event represented as many as 20 nationalities, imbuing a rich international ambience to it.
The URC 2012 was organized and operated by a volunteer group comprised of 10 Waseda students to make this a conference that would truly be developed by students. Under their leadership, the eight conference participants from Waseda also supported efforts to run a successful conference.
The student-led conference which was conducted exclusively in English reflected the realization of Waseda’s ongoing endeavor to promote global expansion university-wide, and therefore was well-received among the student participants and faculty from abroad in that it actually functioned as an international assembly “of the students, by the students, and for the students” in terms of both the program contents and the overall management.

Questionnaire interview of Waseda's presenter and poster creator students 

About URC
It was such a great opportunity to meet many students from different ethnic, academic background. Also, unlike other conferences, we could learn about other fields of studies which are math, science such as molecular biology.
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Reason of participation and choosing title
The word of ‘KIZUNA’ has been always in my mind since the 3.11 disaster in Japan. I thought theme of URC was very intriguing and decided to make my presentation! In my presentation, I wanted to take the notion of KIZUNA to the next level. Not only in the level of Japanese domestic society, but also when it comes to level of international community, I wanted to figure out what Japanese government and people can do to maintain their KIZUNA (friendly relationship) with other neighboring countries in Asia.
About URC
Learning not just the contents about the other fields, but also the presentation skills of each presenter hinted me on my future works. I also felt a strong need for this high level of research and presentation skills to be prepared in Waseda before participating and taking the opportunity in some sense.
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Reason of participation and choosing title
Initially wanted to do an oral presentation, but I am glad I was chosen for a poster, because it allowed me to express the flow and background of my research in image and a rapped up form. 
I chose this title connecting the theme of U21 2012 and trying to consider how my research can hold significance to the world community.

About URC
I’m glad I got to listen to presentations with so many varieties of themes. 
It was also very meaningful to me that I was able to have debates with participants and build friendships.
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Reason of participation and choosing title
Because there weren’t many places for undergraduates to present our own research works.
I chose it because nuclear nonproliferation and East Asian security were two interesting themes that overlapped. Because it is not possible to map out the future without discussing national security, a fundamental job for a country.


International Affairs Division, Waseda University
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Find out more about U21 at the following link:
Universitas 21

Kuroda Kazuo Interview: About Studying in Japan



Studying in Japan leads to a deeper understanding of Asia, and of the world.

‘Universities in Japan are a gateway to Asia.’ These are the words of Michael Green, a scholar of political science at Georgetown University. I agree with his stance and strongly feel that Japan serves this role as a destination for study abroad. In recent years more and more students from overseas are choosing Japan for their undergraduate and post-graduate studies. Japan has close ties with many Asian countries, and is viewed by many outside of Asia as a ‘gateway to Asia.’ On the other hand, as they view their own country from Japan, peoples from Asian nations are able to think in more complex terms about their history and relationship with Japan. In other words, I believe you could say that an advantage to being in Japan is an understanding of Asia as a whole. Asia is also a region of the world remarkable for the growth of its population and its GDP, both of which will only continue to grow in the future. One can no longer talk about world affairs without including Asia in the conversation, and studying these trends in Japan is directly tied to learning about issues on a global scale. Of course, studying abroad in Japan in order to understand Japanese culture is extremely important. However, Japan is also becoming place for people all over the world to gather and learn about issues on a global scale. The ability to study ‘Japan,’ ‘Asia,’ and ‘Globalization’ is a defining characteristic of higher education in Japan.

Infrastructure to support international students in Japan is increasing.

Japan has implemented the ‘Global 30’ plan, a project meant to increase its international student population to 300,000 by 2020. Waseda University, where I teach, is one of the 13 universities that have adopted this plan, and where 4,200 international students from all over the world currently study. We are aiming for a future population of over 8000 international students. As a leader in the internationalization of Japan, we have begun teaching courses in English in both our graduate and undergraduate schools. Our ‘School of International Liberal Studies,’ established in 2004, holds nearly all classes in English, and other undergraduate programs are starting similar English programs. We also provide thorough support to help students with their lives in Japan. Our international departments are staffed with personnel who can speak multiple languages and are active in visiting student residences as needed. We also recently constructed a large-scale dormitory in central Tokyo with live-in English-speaking staff. In recent years many universities (not just those that have adopted the ‘Global 30’ plan) have worked to create an anxiety-free environment in which international students can pursue their studies, making study abroad in Japan an option without borders.

Students with experience abroad in Japan find success all over the world.

Former students show great aptitude for success anywhere in the world after graduating from Waseda University. For example, one alumni now works for their home country as a member of its National Diet, another uses their knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture as ambassador to Japan, and yet another received a literary prize from their home country while studying abroad here. Of course, there are also many who have entered Japanese companies and are working in the business world. Many schools in Japan are accepting international students, and just as there are schools that encourage students to work in Japan after graduation, many also expect them to go on to become global leaders in international organizations. Recent years have also seen more and more companies expanding their business and entering the global market, hiring international students of many nationalities in the process. The variety of courses offered by universities in Japan, including politics and administration, business, culture, and art, in addition to the many options after graduation is one distinct benefit of studying abroad to Japan.

What you should gain by studying abroad in Japan.

I like to summarize what I expect from international students in ‘3 Cs.’ The first C is ‘Competitiveness.’ Political and economic competition in recent years has been fierce, and in order to advance in a globalized society one needs skills which translate across national borders, such as knowledge of foreign languages and the ability to thrive in different cultures. The second C is ‘Cooperativeness,’ as understanding people from other cultures and working together is also important to finding success in international society. The third and final C is ‘Contribution.’ One must not have only a competitive edge, but also use their abilities to assist other people. I believe a true citizen of the world is one who contributes to the prosperity and stability of global society. Higher education in Japan is in the midst of making some very drastic changes. The introduction of courses taught in English, fall enrollment, and double degree programs are all innovations meant to provide a rich learning experience for international students. Academic freedom in Japan is protected by the constitution, and it is clear that the educational standard in Japan is very high on an international scale. I believe that studying in such an environment has enormous value, and highly recommend studying in Japan to those of you who want to gain the above ‘3 Cs’ and have your sights set on finding success on the international stage.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Reprinted from Study in Japan

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