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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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3rd Place Finish in the "Hong Kong Cup"

Name: Sae Aoki
Nationality: Japanese
Status at Waseda University: 4th year at the School of Law

4th year undergraduate law student Sae Aoki recently participated in and won third prize in the “Hong Kong Cup All Japan University Student Ambassador’s English Programme”, a contest held by the Hong Kong government and supported jointly by Japan’s Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science  and Technology (MEXT). Through both her pending Hong Kong study tour and her future endeavors, Ms. Aoki is poised to become a vital link between Japan and Hong Kong contributing to the promotion of mutual understanding between the two.

What are the reasons for applying?
When I was in middle school, my father was posted to a job in Hong Kong; and since then I have visited the city many times and have even studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an exchange student. Based on all my experiences there I grew to really love Hong Kong, so when I heard about this contest from the Center for International Education I decided to apply. The encouragement I received from my friends both in Hong Kong and here in Japan also contributed to my decision.


The Main gate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong where I studied as an
exchange student, the academic gown was borrowed from a friend

Please tell us about your speech.
Five presentation topics were offered in this contest, and I ended up choosing the topic, "Introduce the magic of Hong Kong to your friends and family." The title I chose for my speech was the ‘Never Ending Story of Hong Kong’, and in my speech I tried to show that since Hong Kong has so many different interesting sides, no matter how many times you visit you can always make new discoveries there. I think that, in general, Japanese think of Hong Kong as a financial center, or as the home of dim sum; or else they might know it for its night views.

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Hong Kong’s famous “Million Dollar Night View” / Dim Sum for 15

I think that most tourists, Japanese included, come to Hong Kong largely for the above reasons. But these aspects are only a small part of what makes Hong Kong so special. As I came to know more about Hong Kong’s history, its unique culture and about the kindness and warmth of the people living there, I realized just how multifaceted a place it really is. In my speech I felt it was important to tell people about some of the more overlooked sides of life in Hong Kong that I personally got to see and experience.


For example, the first time I came to Hong Kong I had the impression that everyone down to even the waiters and waitresses was rather gruff and unfriendly. But as I adjusted myself to the culture there and communicated more with the local people, I realized that Hongkongers are really very warm and friendly. I remember one time I went into a small cafeteria called “Cha can teng” that served mostly locals. I had heard that this restaurant was very popular and that you were expected to order within 10 seconds of being seated at your table. At that time I couldn’t speak Cantonese (the official language of Hong Kong) so I wrote down my order on a piece of paper and showed it to them instead. When I showed my order to the waiter he frowned, and I thought he might be angry at having to serve a clueless foreigner like me at such a busy time; but then he took the paper, wrote something down on it and gave it back to me. When I took it back I saw he had drawn a cute little drawing on it.

I have had many experiences like this in Hong Kong. While my first impression of Hong Kong was that the people were loud and service was bad compared to Japan, When I approached Hong Kong with a more open mind, I began to see just how warm and friendly the people there are. I came to realize that Hong Kong is truly a place that can give you endless opportunities for discovery.

Tell us about the day of the presentation.
After passing through the preliminary round, each of the fifteen finalists gave a power point presentation of about 6 minutes. Each presentation was followed by a three minute question and answer session conducted by a panel of two foreign and two Japanese judges. I enjoyed listening to the other student’s speeches very much as well. During the first round of the contest, we were only allowed to show 5 slides while playing a three-minute recording of our speech, but for the final round we were allowed to use the entire stage and use gestures for emphasis while we spoke. After the contest there was a thirty minute reception where we could chat with friends and family and meet not only the judges but also the representatives of the various groups supporting the event.

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How did you feel to win?
I was honestly quite surprised, since I felt my Q&A session hadn’t gone very well. I didn’t enter this contest in order to win a prize, but rather to share my love of Hong Kong with everyone. Still, I was thrilled to think that the prize I received was proof that I was able to convey how I felt about Hong Kong. Part of my prize is a study tour of Hong Kong, and I am very much looking forward to taking classes again at my old university. I’ve always considered my connection with Hong Kong and Hongkongers to be very important to me, and as a "student ambassador" to Hong Kong I would like to create new connections in the future. After graduation, I hope that I can continue to be a bridge linking Japan and Hong Kong.


Receiving the prize


Participating as a guide at The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s 50 anniversary forum


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