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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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Immersive Experience into the Japanese Culture

Name: Justin Daniel Pereira
Home Institute: National University of Singapore
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University: Waseda Summer Session, June-July 2014


Me (second from left) and some of my new found friends on the field trip

Inaugural Waseda Summer Session 2014
What does it mean to be a Waseda summer student? I’ve to say that it was a whirlwind of exposures
in experiencing a part of Japanese life and history beyond that of the regular traveller. While the tourist
may get a glimpse of the daily lives of the Japanese people, visit places of interest that are commonly
found in guidebooks, it is the experience of being a student living in the city for an extended period of
time that provided a different insight into the daily ticking of the Japanese heartbeat.


Waiting for the train to Waseda University

Time essentially slowed down to a pace that allowed one to truly have a taste of city immersion that
went beyond any regular trip. Be it from living at the fancy dormitories at Nakano; to the experience
of riding the railway system; or to have tsukemen in an off-road restaurant, the journey was both an
adventure and a memory. This was best coupled with Waseda University offering of two intensive
classes throughout the one month stay Summer Session. It furthered in providing a perspective that
allowed me to put what was learnt in the classroom into thought and action as I travelled around the
city of Tokyo. As I took the classes on Japanese history and Japanese politics, I was able to better
understand why society behaved, believed, and dreamed as such. On the international front, there
was greater clarity in seeing what motivates the state to react in such a manner. In short, it was an
excellent, compact and immersive experience into Japanese culture through a glimpse in the
Japanese education system.

The classes and learning environment
Despite the short stay, I also had the privilege of making friends with students and faculty both from
Japan and from around the world. It was an excellent experience of diversity as each brought in their
own insights, shaped by their various disciplines and socio-political context in which they grew up in.
Having that presence of interdisciplinary and international learning in the classroom certainly provided
a different dimension in how regular classes are taught and best appreciated.

I appreciated the complexities of thought brought in by A/P Yuichiro ONISHI and Professor Toru
SHINODA as they explored the historical processes in which the Japanese race and identity came to
be made. It was a mind-provoking exercise as the class compared African-American texts in coming
to understand the negotiable part of identity formation within a nation.


Waseda Summer Session Politics Class in front of the Japanese Diet

A/P Mieko NAKABAYASHI in her politics class provided valuable insight from both her experience as
a politician and practitioner. Her extensive networks in bringing various guest speakers and their
own thoughts to the classroom was something that one wouldn’t expect from a regular day to day
class. And to put learning in context, the class had a close look and visit at the Yasukuni Shrine as
well as the Japanese Diet.

Parting thoughts
The Waseda Summer Session is an excellent way to have both an academic as well as a cultural
exposure to the wonders and realities of Japan that takes learning well beyond the regular classroom.
It becomes a new type of adventure all in itself. With such memories, I look forward to my next return
visit to the country, and discover even more of the society that is close to my heart. Maybe then I’ll
stay even longer and be further surprised by what I didn’t know as I experience a new learning
journey all over again.



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