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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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From Tsugaru strait to the African highest peak Kilimanjaro

Name: Natsuki Wada
Period attended at Waseda University: April, 2009 to present
Affiliation at Waseda University: School of International Liberal Studies, 4th year
Exchange Study Abroad Destination: College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Second from the left

I was born and raised in Aomori. This environment is far from “global,” and our language is far from formal Japanese. I had no particular interest in travelling abroad, nor was I familiar with the urban city when I went to Tokyo for a school trip. Who would have known a country girl like me would be leaving Mount Fuji to experience living in Kilimanjaro?

---To Tanzania, first summer break in college

During the first summer of my University life, I discovered a post on a Mixi community site by an NPO called “NICE” (Never-ending International workCamps Exchange), recruiting members for a work camp abroad. This was the beginning of my journey to Africa. The University’s 2-month-long summer vacation and its lack of assignments was a big contrast from high school. My Friends were already planning to study or travel abroad. I didn’t want to waste my free time, so I applied immediately. I had interest in being in contact with people of various countries from my experiences in the School of International Liberal Studies and the International Student dormitory of Waseda. This led me to apply for a work camp that drew volunteers from all over the world. 


Ever since I was little, I wanted to stand out and be different from everyone else. If I am going to pay money to go somewhere, I want to go somewhere different. I chose the work camp in Tanzania for the following two reasons: This country uses Swahili, which I learned as my second language in the Open Education Center of Waseda; I had been considering studying abroad at University of Dar es Salaam, a partner university of Waseda, and it would be a good opportunity to preview the area in advance and make sure I do not worry my parents. 
Studying abroad is a requirement for sophomore year students at the School of International Liberal Studies. I had been wondering if I should go polish my weak English skills at an English-speaking country, but at the same time, the thought of having the same experience as the majority bothered me. It was necessary for me to go to Tanzania and see for myself if I could adapt to the lifestyle there. I also had a secret intention that would make me stand out, to write something that sounds “innocent” in a study abroad request essay like, “I already have experience travelling to Africa, and I want to study there because I want to see my friends again.”
The work camp was at a town called Mwika, in the heart of the mountains of Kilimanjaro. Near by is a trailhead to Kilimanjaro called Marangu. My tasks were to coat-paint at an elementary school, volunteer with sports and teach English. For two weeks, I lived with 15 people from Tanzania, France, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Korea, and Japan. Everyone from various countries spoke English as if it were their mother tongue. They spoke so fluently that I frequently had difficulty keeping up with their speed, leading me to spend my break time being with the children who did not require complicated English. 

---Falling in love with a 10 year old 


How cute the children were that gathered at our lodgings. Language was no barrier for them; they would approach us adorably. With the Kenyan conversation book in hand, I would use my freshly-learnt Swahili. Although I was speaking in broken language, I felt the children and I connected and understood each other. 
One child I became especially close to was Milan (10 years old). I had bought candy near by one day, and gave them to the children. Milan was the only one who did not want it. I assumed he just did not like sweets, but that was not the case. One day, Milan and his mother brought a blood sugar level measurement kit to our lodging. This meant he had congenital diabetes. I had a classmate in elementary school with the same symptoms, so I recognized quickly. Milan showed me the process of poking his finger with a needle, putting the blood on litmus paper, and inserting it into the measuring instrument. Just like waking up, washing your face, and brushing your teeth, Milan would check his blood-sugar level as a daily habit. This may have been an ordinary part of his life since birth. But he did not have a poor-spirited attitude toward his chronic disease. This fourth-grader Milan, smiling as he shows off the measurement process, seemed like more mature than my self. 
I experienced various things in Tanzania, such as exchanging of culture with the members, the safari, and socializing at the elementary school. However, what remained in my heard the most was Milan. With only a few days left until my departure, I wondered what I could do for Milan and all the children I became friends with.
But the final day came without an answer, and we said our goodbyes regretfully. In the airplane I repeatedly thought about Milan’s smile, and made a concrete decision to study abroad in Tanzania next year. 


In the course, anyway, I succeeded in achieving an “innocent” purpose to request to study abroad in Tanzania as I aimed at it. However, my actual life abroad was to be filled with unpredictable trouble… 

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