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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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40 Years of Memories in a Photo

Name: Roger James (Jim) Mockford
Country: USA
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University: International Division Program Student, 1974-75
Specialty at Waseda University: Japanese Language and Literature
Current Position: Software QA Engineer Wacom Technology Corp.
Job Description: Manage global certifications and quality assurance programs for
touch and pen tablet technology products

How has studying abroad at Waseda aided you in your career/academic path?
All of the jobs I have held during my career have involved Japan and use of Japanese including my
work as Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington in the 1980s,
Pre-collegiate Japanese language teacher in the USA in the 1990s, and for the past 15 years as a
Software QA Engineer Wacom Technology Corp.

Most memorable event at Waseda University
I was asked to give the farewell address in Japanese at the Sobetsu-Kai, final gathering of the
International Division held at Okuma Kaikan garden in June 1975. It was a beautiful day and my
Japanese host mother was so happy with my speech she cried tears of joy when I gave her and
her family credit for teaching me Japanese during my homestay and providing me with a cultural
understanding of Japan that I could never have learned just from classroom studies. We have
remained great friends and stayed in touch for the past 40 years.

40 Years of Memories in a Photo
Roger Jim Mockford

Dear WiN Members, How time flies over the decades which for me have spanned 40 years since my
year as a student at Waseda University International Division. As an exchange student from the
University of Oregon I arrived for classes at Waseda in the fall of 1974 and had a wonderful time with
my host family and many friends made in Japan during the year. During holidays I also traveled to
remote areas of Japan including Izu, Nachi Falls, Cape Shionomi, Cape Ashizuri, Aoshima and
Nichinan Kaigan, Hagi, Hiroshima, Fukushima, Matsushima, and Hokkaido. During the past 40 years
I have made about 30 trips to Japan and in 2012 I visited the Tsunami recovery areas of Tohoku that I
had not seen since my college year in Japan. My life was deeply impacted by the year at Waseda and
there are too many experiences to share in this blog.


Here we are in front of Okuma Auditorium at Waseda University 早稲田大学 on September 6, 1974
having just arrived in Japan on August 31 for a few days of dorm life before meeting our host families
on September 3 and then beginning the Fall 1974 Term. 2014 is the 40th Anniversary of our year in
Japan as exchange students at Waseda University’s International Division (Kokusaibu 国際部) so it is
a time to share and reflect on that experience with a few memories and photos.

I was a member of the Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE) Program at Waseda
having studied Japanese at University of Oregon and so most of my friends were students from
Oregon colleges but I also made friends with students from other programs such as CALPUC
California Private Universities and Colleges, CSU California State Universities, GLCA Great Lakes
Colleges Association, ACM Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and some independent students as
well as Japanese students studying in various departments at Waseda. The photo was taken as part
of our orientation to the university and we soon found ourselves living with host families in all different
directions from campus in the Tokyo area.


My host family Mr. Minoru Tanaka and his wife Fumiko
Tanaka generously opened their home to me as their
first foreign exchange student with the hopes that
their three children might find an interest in studying
English and learn to speak it with an American student
living in their home. The Tanakas lived in the Heiwajima
area of south Tokyo that today has a nice park named
Heiwa Koen or Peace Park but in those days was still
yet to be reclaimed from the industrial waterfront. I soon
learned to commute by train from Heiwajima to Shinagawa Station and transfer to the famous Yamanote
line that circles Tokyo where my hour long ride would take me to Takatanobaba Station and the subway to
Waseda. We students often walked the Takatanobaba to Waseda segment because the subway was
extremely packed with people and we didn’t mind the exercise.
Photo: Ms. Fumiko Tanaka in a red dress

My classes for Fall Semester 1974 included Economic Life of Japan by Professor Teichi Wada,
Contemporary Japanese Literature taught by Professor Katsuhiko Takeda, and Japanese Language
taught by the lively Sugiyama-Sensei. Professor Wada’s class Economic Life in Japan was probably the
most important class for my education about modern Japan. What was happening in the mid-1970s
was the recognition of Japan’s extraordinary economic growth in the 30 year period since the end of
the war and some likely forecasts of what that would mean for the decades ahead. In other words it
was a wakeup call to the opportunity for a college student beginning a career that this was a
promising country to select among the opportunities for international study and exchange and in
fact that choice to study Japanese and go to Japan in 1974 impacted my career for the next 40 years.

At the University of Oregon I had taken Introduction to Japanese Literature taught by Stephen Kohl
who accompanied the Oregon students to Japan as the Resident Director of the Oregon Program
and also taught Japanese Literature courses during the year. He brought his wife Stephanie and
three year old son David and lived in a guest house near Okuma Kaikan Garden. Since I had already
taken Professor Kohl’s introductory class I was interested in Professor Takeda’s class that required
readings by Japanese Novelists such as 1968 Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata, Yukio Mishima,
Junichiro Tanizaki, Shusaku Endo, Natsume Soseki, and other modern writers. Professor Takeda also
was an author, co-author, and translator of many books about Japanese literature and personally
knew writers such as Kawabata and many leading experts on Japanese literature.

Sugiyama-Sensei worked hard to teach us Japanese and endured our misunderstandings,
misspoken utterances, and many hilarious exchanges as we slowly made progress towards speaking
Japanese. Some of us quickly got part time jobs teaching English and several of us worked at the
Tokyo Education Center on weekends where we began to understand the perspective of teaching
a foreign language in Japan. The calendar for fall quarter included an athletic festival and the
biggest university rivalry in Japan culminating in the Waseda-Keio University Baseball Game.

In December the school planned an optional tour to Kansai (Kyoto and Nara) but I had visited that
area in 1971 so I planned an independent tour to southern Honshu and Shikoku Island accompanied
by fellow student from Portland Tom Takeuchi. This turned out to be a great trip that included our
travel by train, hitch-hiking, boat travel, and hiking in some very scenic and out of the way places
in Japan.

Winter 1975 will be remembered as cold and occasionally snowy in Tokyo and we bundled up to stay
warm in the classrooms and in many of our homes that mostly had limited heating via space heaters
or electric kotatsu or if you had a really traditional home a hori-gotatsu (掘り炬燵) with charcoal burner.
My house had an electric kotatsu where the family gathered to study and watch TV and was the
location for a great deal of Japanese language learning for me. It is quite probable that I learned
more Japanese sitting in the warm kotatsu than in the cold classroom.

Several of my classmates from Waseda including Dan Foote, Mark Hirabayashi, Keith Petersen, and
Nancy Sydor had part-time teaching jobs at the Tokyo Education Center. We learned a lot of Japanese
while teaching English and went to 0ff-campus training programs called Gashuku at sports and resort
facilities on the Izu Peninsula and other scenic locations. The program included teaching English while
doing sports and I had fun teaching tennis in English and helping organize an orienteering course with
tips and directions in English for elementary and junior high Japanese schoolchildren.

I enjoyed a winter trip to Fukushima Prefecture and went skiing with the Tanaka family near Mt. Bandai
that I climbed later in the spring. The Tanaka’s maternal grandparents lived at Aizu-Wakamatsu in a
very traditional farmhouse that was able to visit several times during the year including fall rice harvest,
winter snow, and spring rice planting time. When it was time for Waseda spring break I decided to travel
to southern Japan via Kochi, Shikoku and Cape Ashizuri before crossing for Uwajima to Miyazaki,
Kyushu by ferry and traveling past the Nichinan Coast, Kagoshima, Kumamoto and finally Hakata
before crossing back to Honshu Island to see the town of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture and Hiroshima.


Cape Ashizuri

Returning to Tokyo for spring classes I felt my Japanese language abilities had really improved as a
result of these various experiences and challenges of traveling, teaching, and exploring Japanese
culture. In the spring my Japanese host family brother Shinya Tanaka and I travelled to Hokkaido as
the snow was just melting around Lake Mashu (摩周湖, Mashūko) and stayed in youth hostels around
Japan’s northernmost of the four major islands just as I had stayed in youth hostels on Honshu,
Shikoku, and southernmost Kyushu.

Professor Mori Johji Japanese Poetry Class.jpg

I remember the class taught by Professor Mori (Joji) who
happened to be the grandson of the Meiji period novelist
Mori Ohgai and how he carefully explained Japanese poems
to us. Professor Mori later became Professor Emeritus at
Waseda and I think he is now 83 years old. Years later I
occasionally stayed the Suigetsu Ohgai Hotel in order to
see the Mori Ohgai House in the hotel courtyard.
Photo: Professor Joji Mori in Japanese poetry class

In late May I learned that I had been selected to give the
farewell address in Japanese on behalf of the American
students in the International Division at the final farewell
party or Sobetsu-kai as our year at Waseda came to an end.
Several Japanese friends helped me write the speech
because I wanted to surprise my Japanese host mother and
give her and the Tanaka family a great deal of credit for my ability to become fairly fluent in Japanese
making my year in Japan an experience I have treasured for 40 years.

kimonos in garden .jpg

Sobetsu-kai in the Okuma Garden

Bruce Caroline Jim and Joani.jpg

Bruce in kimono, Caroline, Jim and Joani at the Sobetsu-kai

My Japanese father Minoru Tanaka passed away many years ago. Mrs.Fumiko Tanaka still lives at
the home I stayed at in 1974. The Tanakas hadthree children. The oldest son Shinya lives in Calgary
Canada and has owned and operated Sushi restaurants for many years and his daughter Atsuko
placed 12th in the Olympics at Sochi in the Women's ski Jump competition as a member of the
Canadian ski team. Tanaka's daughter Kozue is married and lives in Paris. The younger son Junya
is a well-known artist and sculptor living in Italy.

Some of us have had the chance to get together over the many years and some of us have had
careers that have been enriched by our experience at Waseda. We also have enjoyed the camaraderie
of the shared college experience and the opportunities for reunions with old classmates when possible.
Here some photos taken of classmates now 40 years after the exchange program in Japan.

bruce-and-jim-at-imperial-hotel 2012.jpg Jim Mockford and Dan Foote at University of Tokyo Restaurant Abrevoir 2012.JPG

Bruce and Jim, 2012/ Jim with Dan Foote, 2012

Carolyn Libby Dave Chris and Jim reunion in Eugene.jpg

Carolyn, Libby, Dave, Chris and Jim reunion in Eugene

Waseda classmates 2014 Carmen and Dave left and Joani and Jim with UO friend Marsha at center.jpg

Carmen and Dave left, Joani and Jim with UO friend Marsha at center

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