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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, 2014

Weeding a Rice Paddy ~Field Trip to Niigata~

On July 5th-6th, 2014, 12 Waseda Summer Session students joined a weeding and mowing
session as a part of the so-called ”ABC in a Rice Paddy”, a holiday agricultural course held
in a rice paddy in Tochikubo Village, Minami Uonuma City in Niigata Prefecture by ECOPLUS.
The students from seven countries and regions including the Netherlands, Australia, China, and
Hong Kong participated this program with aims to learn about Japanese culture and society.
They were given advice from frequent participants while they diligently worked covered with mud
in the rice paddy.

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On the 5th, the first day, the participants walked around the Village guided by a senior citizen
of the Village. At the Juuni Jinja Shrine which enshrines the God of the Mountain, the students
were given explanations that the “three brave men” who lost their lives in a dispute over the
boundary of the mountain in the Edo period are still worshiped at the small shrine at the side
of the main building. They could actually feel that the life at the Village is being inherited for
hundreds of years.


The small shrine at the Juuni Jinja Shrine

At past eight o’clock at night, the participants headed for a rice paddy located in the far end
of the Village, and enjoyed the fireflies which came out of a nearby river. They cheered at
the blinking light by the fireflies flying over them.

On the 6th, they headed for a rice paddy. They learned how to use sickles and together tried
to mow the plants on the footpath. Some of the plants were knee-high, but were mowed and
the 50-meter long footpath was trimmed in a few minutes by 40+ hands.

Next, they stepped into the paddy with bare feet and experienced weeding in the paddy.
They pulled out the weeds that grew around the roots of the 30-centimeter high rice plants,
rounded the weeds up, and pushed them back into the soil again and again. As the paddy
uses absolutely no agricultural chemicals, the weeds were healthy and strong, and there
were places where barn glasses as large as the rice plants were growing close together.
The students were saying that agriculture without chemicals was truly difficult.


Everything was a new experience, for example, the weeding wheel

The participants enjoyed Japanese rice balls for lunch by the rice paddy, admiring the
2,000-meter high mountains surrounding the region. The local women also prepared for
the students soup with various vegetables, boiled edible wild plants, and pickles made of
uncut long cucumbers.

The participants enjoyed the strong sunlight and the beautiful scenery of continuous rice
paddies, sitting with their feet in a U-shaped ditch where the water was running.

U-shaped ditch.JPG

Students enjoyed sitting with their feet in a U-shaped ditch

The students have learned the true face of Japan after participating in the lectures on the
first day about the depopulation and the aging society in the countryside.

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