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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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Experiencing Everything First Hand

Name: Jenjira Yossomsakdi
Home Institute: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University: Waseda Summer Session, June-July 2014

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Jenjira is the rightmost in the front row

An Overview of My Experience during Waseda Summer Session 2014

received the great opportunity to study in Japan at Waseda University during the summer of 2014.
Having been interested in Japan, including the language and culture for a number of years, I was
able to experience everything first hand through the Summer Session. An invaluable aspect of this
program is that I was able to gain both a local and international experience at the same time.
Living off campus, studying at Waseda, to speaking Japanese in restaurants allowed me to fully
experience the daily life of a local student in Japan. At the same time, I made many connections with
a large number of students from all over the world who shared my interests in Japan, providing me
with an international learning atmosphere.

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Waseda Campus/ Waseda WISH (dormitory)

Summer Session Courses

There were a variety of subject courses offered in the Summer Session ranging from Japanese
History to Politics to Culture as well as the opportunity to learn and improve Japanese language
skills for everyone at different levels. I took part in three courses including Japanese Business,
Culture 1, and Learning Japanese 3, all of which specialize in Japan’s take on the subject area.
Insightful lecturers in the field of Japanese business and Japanese culture research gave lectures
and held discussions on various topics from marketing campaigns to business cultures to the ie
family system and its role and impact on today’s generation as well as the education system.
Although I was unable to take part in more than my three subjects, my friends from the Summer
Session immensely enjoyed their courses. Other courses included interesting and fun field trips into
the city center of Tokyo to see and enjoy modern day Japanese pop culture including animes and
cosplays. Others had trips outside of Tokyo to a more rural area to learn about the culture and life-
styles of the locals there, to consider the impacts of concepts learnt and discussed in class lectures.

Experiencing the Tanabata Festival

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A trip to Japan would not be complete without enjoying local festivities. The Summer Session duration
covers the Tanabata Festival in July, and it was an exciting experience to walk down colorfully
decorated streets celebrating the festival. I was able to see and taste how locals enjoyed the festival,
walking past one food stall after another, seeing children play games to watching dance performances
as well as a marching band down the festive streets.

Weekend Field Trip to Hakone – Kamakura
As part of the program, there was an organized weekend field trip to Hakone and Kamakura. This
trip provided us with a change of surroundings from the bustling city of Tokyo, where the university
is located. We were able to experience a Zazen session, a type of seated meditation, before enjoying
the shopping streets of a nearby area. We enjoyed a night’s stay at a hotel with an onsen before
heading to Owakudani the next day to taste the infamous black boiled eggs. A short cruise then
took us to enjoy the sights of Shinto shrines and the culture of how and why locals visit shrines.
I really enjoyed the change of setting and had fun with all my friends in the summer session taking
part in new activities and sightseeing.


Engakuji Temple in Kamakura


Zazen session at the Engakuji Temple

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