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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:Oct, 2013

A new kind of Study Abroad

Continuing the tradition from last year, a 17-day Global Pioneer Spirit Walkathon was held by
Sungkyunkwan University. Through invitation, 19 students participated from Waseda University.
Students from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, Peking University in China, and Waseda
University in Japan gathered. The purpose of this event is to walk 300 kilometers from Moppo
in the southern area of Korea to Pusan, marching about 25 kilometers per day, and think about
a peaceful future in Asia. Below is a report from Yuma Eguchi, who walked as a participant last
year, and participated as a student leader of Waseda this year.

Name:Yuma Eguchi
Affiliation:School of Political Science and Economics Year 4
Program period:August 4th ~ 20th 2013


Yuma Eguchi in the middle

I served as the leader of this year’s China-Japan-South Korea Global Pioneer Spirit Walkathon,
a program that Waseda University has been invited to since last year. It is difficult to explain this
program in just a few words. However, if I gave it a try, it may be “harsh” or “rough”. Or even,
“University students from China, Japan, and South Korea eat, sleep and cooperate together to
walk an estimate of 300km in about 2 weeks”. The program may sound like a good time, but it’s
not that easy. Students go through many rough patches and grow immensely over the 2 weeks.
This year was no exception. There was a lot of drama.

A Korean participant jokingly said, “This program is harder than serving in the army.” I too, had
never been in such a harsh environment, even through my journeys in the Middle East, Africa,
and South East Asia. This was the most shocking trip I had ever done. I haven’t participated in
any other programs offered by the Center for International Education, but I think it is safe to say
that this kind of program cannot be found anywhere else in Japan. There is no program that
surpasses this one, on all levels of mind, skill and soul.



On a scorching midsummer day, it is hard just to walk 25km, but in this program, there is no rest.
Just when you are thinking, “We are finally done walking”, you have to take a shower; within the
limits of 8 minutes per group, and finish your laundry too. On top of that, even if you are feeling
hungry and you want to go to a convenience store to get some food, this is not allowed. We all
had to eat whatever was served to us, 3 times a day. No matter what your liking or disliking is,
you must eat it. And at the end of the day, we all usually slept together in a small room with no
air conditioning. If anyone broke any rules, the whole team had to take responsibility. We had to
gain a lot of patience and strength to persevere such strict rules.


Sleeping together in a huddle

Although we were all from East Asia, we all spoke in different languages, had different sense
of values. Still, we all had to, 24/7, walk the same way, eat from the same pot, live in the same
house. This obviously causes some problems. While experiencing these problems, I gained
3 things.

The first thing that I gained is a lot of courage. I gained the courage to face any difficulties that
come my way. There were students that carried a lot of stress, had stomach aches, headaches,
and ones that thought their Achilles’ heels were going to burst. Some had the strength to think
“I will finish the walk, no matter what!” but in the end the walk is a battle within each person.

The second thing that I learned is that: English is only a tool. The main language in this program
was English, but in the 12 people per group, 8 were Korean, 2 were Japanese, and 2 were
Chinese. This made the Chinese and Japanese minorities, and there were times where Korean
was the main language communicated. In this situation, I thought to myself, how can I use
English well, and I came to a conclusion that it didn’t matter how I spoke it, it was the content of
what I was trying to say that was important.

Lastly, I gained some unbreakable bonds with the other students. Students from different
countries all working together to achieve the same goal of walking 300km surpassed borders
and cultural differences. With the recent political relationships between these countries, the
fact that the younger generations that will be leaders of their countries in the future, experienced
overcoming difficulties together surpassing borders, may be of great value.


The Waseda team on top of Mt. Jiri

For any program, the end and saying goodbyes are the hardest to do. Even if when we meet it
may seem like a happy time, this also means that there will be a time where we must go our
separate ways. I cannot get the image of the last day of the program, when most of the students
in the Waseda team were crying the whole bus ride home, out of my head. This program is not
just a “fun” program; it is a “harsh” one. But because of that, behind these tears were the
emotions that we all experience during both the difficult times, and the great times we had
during the program. The best part about this program cannot be experienced or understood
without enduring the many difficulties. I think this is a new kind of study abroad.


Saying Goodbyes

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