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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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Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 2: Non-academic conference learning

Name: Alvin Ip
Home institute: University of British Columbia
Presenter at Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012


Non-academic conference learning (“playing hard”)
Aside from listening to academic research presentations at the conference, I also took advantage of the learning opportunities available. I think that one really great thing that the Waseda University conference organizers did was schedule in a full day for sight-seeing and tourism in Tokyo before the formalities of presenting our research.

Our first stop was at the Asakusa district of Tokyo, where we visited the Sensō-ji Temple.  As I walked along the traditional Japanese-style storefronts to the temple, I admired the interesting trinkets and souvenirs that they had for sale. I learned that Asakusa is famous and well-known for its preservation of older buildings. I also learned that Tokyo has very few buildings older than 50 years due to air raid bombings in World War II. I also bought a traditional Japanese sweet bun as breakfast here, and it was very good!

Another highlight of the day was travelling to Meiji Jingku, which is a Shinto shrine in Tokyo. I learned about Shinto (or Shintoism), which is considered to be Japan's original religion and deeply rooted in the way of life of Japanese people. Shrines are constructed and dedicated to “kami”, which are spirits. However, “kami” can be found everywhere, including people, nature, and animals. The Meiji Jingku shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.

Along the walkway to the shrine, I was very curious and so I read more about Emperor Meiji and his contributions to modern Japan. He was only 15 years old he ascended to the throne by traditional succession. He is most well-known for his reign over a rapid change in Japan, in which the country rose from a feudal shogunate to become a world power. Although Emperor Meiji only had a representational role (not real power), his support and commitment to serve his country were respected and revered by the Japanese people. Finally, it was very interesting for me to learn that the forest around Meiji Jingku was constructed as well; 100,000 trees were donated from all over Japan and even from foreign countries!


Through visiting and learning about these various places in Japan, I feel that I have a better understanding of the history, culture, beliefs, and way of life of the Japanese people. Before the conference, I had no idea about any of these things. However, I strongly believe that it is important to be aware, because one may be better able understand others if they are aware of their background.

By literally spending the whole day with the other participants of U21 URC, I was able to learn many names, recognize many faces, and make many new friends! The well-planned Tokyo day trip was a great start to the conference, and I believe that it made a big difference in connecting us together.

Great learning and networking opportunities are almost always present when people from many different countries come together. Through participating in nightly events, I felt that I had achieved a fine balance of working hard (in the morning and afternoon) and playing hard (at night). I was able to connect and converse with many other U21 URC participants, and it was really fun to make many new friends from all around the world. Even now (two weeks post-conference), I am still keeping in touch with many of the people that I have met at U21 URC. As I am currently in Hong Kong, I will be having a reunion with University of Hong Kong students from U21 URC in the near future! Other students, who are applying for exchange programs, have asked me questions about UBC and living in Vancouver.
Future directions
I am humbled by the opportunity to share my research at U21 URC 2012. I received helpful criticisms and encouraging feedback, for which I am grateful. This experience has motivated me to try my best to continue working on my research project (as it was a pilot study). I will cherish all of my fond memories from U21 URC.
But just because the conference is over does not mean my learning will end. This summer, I hope to experience personal growth by developing a global perspective and gaining an understanding of cultures other than my own. I stayed in Japan for one more week after the conference to visit the cities of Hakone and Kyoto. Currently, I am in Hong Kong for a period of two weeks. And finally, the last stop of my Asia trip will be Taiwan.
Through this experience, I am confident that I have grown personally and professionally as a student-researcher. I have learned that it is important to not only conduct research, but also ensure that its findings and implications are clearly communicated so that others can learn and benefit.
By sharing my experience of participating in an international research conference, I hope that it will inspire other students to start or progress along their journey of international learning and research.
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