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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:Sep, 2015

A Fantastic Opportunity


Helen Whalan
Home Institute
: Australian National University
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University:
Waseda Summer Session, June-July 2015

Before attending the Waseda Summer Session I had never travelled alone, never been to a non-English speaking country, and could not speak any Japanese. All a bit challenging!

However, attending the session proved to be an incredible experience and a fantastic opportunity. The Waseda staff had everything well planned to look after us all and were incredibly supportive. Staff met us at the airport, and the pre-arranged accommodation and events made the first few days easier. We had opportunities to meet other students and we rapidly got to know each other and became friends. Along the way I found out that others had also been daunted at first, but by the end of the session, none of us wanted to go home!

It was fantastic to meet people from all around the world with such different backgrounds, to work together, share new experiences and to become friends. We also met Waseda students, who were really helpful. They met us on our first day, assisted in classes and directed us on our field trip; it was also great to get to know them.

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The classes were interesting and offered new ways of thinking and understanding the world. I studied economics, business and Japanese. My core classes were fascinating as they offered insight into the history and culture of Japan. They also incorporated a lot of fun field trips: to museums, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and homework assignments to explore areas of the city. My language classes were a lot of fun and our small class got to know each other very well. Because of the way the timetable was structured, we still had time to explore Tokyo thoroughly between classes and homework – and we were able to use our new language skills straight away!

Tokyo itself is diverse and exciting. Tokyo Tower, Harajuku, the Imperial Gardens, the Japan Tokyo National Museum, and many more… I loved exploring the different sights, new and old, and soaking up the flavour of the city in a way I don’t think is possible just from a vacation. Tokyo rapidly began to feel like home

The field trip to Nikko was a highlight of the session. By that stage we all knew each other and it felt very laidback as we explored Nikko Toshogu and Edo Wonderland. Plus some of us tried the onsen.

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Waseda ran multiple programs throughout the session, such as traditional cultural experiences and meet-and-greets with Waseda local students. I only wish I could have gone to more of these!

Attending the Waseda Summer Session is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Japanese world. My experience has shifted my perspective and it is truly incredible to have made so many friends from all around the world.

My experience at Waseda will stay with me for the rest of my life.

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A Rewarding Experience


Martin Mathisen
Home Institute
: University of Tromso, Norway
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University:
Waseda Summer Session, June-July 2015

I applied for the Waseda Summer Session as I really wanted to see, explore and experience what Japan has to offer, while still being able to attend a university to give me valuable insights of Japanese business and culture. At Waseda University, the courses I attended were led by motivated professors encouraging the students to conduct a high level of independent thinking. In addition to the great lectures at Waseda, there was always some place new and unique to discover in Tokyo.

Upon my arrival in Japan, I had never been in any countries outside of Europe and the US. It was definitely hard for me to have any clear expectations of how my month in Tokyo would be like, especially considering my non-existing skills in Japanese. However, my experiences in Japan were entirely positive from the very first moment my flight landed at Narita airport. The staff of the Summer Session had organized a shuttle service taking us directly to our accommodations. At this point, I already got to meet participants from a wide variety of countries. I highly appreciate the opportunity to meet people not only from Japan, but also getting the chance to make friends from all over the world. It really did not matter where people came from, everybody where just looking forward to enjoy the summer program in Japan together. All the countless events one can experience in Japan can only be enjoyed better accompanied by great friends, and everybody I got to meet at Waseda University were knowledgeable, funny and caring people.


Okuma Garden, Waseda Campus

Although I have numerous of memories after my attendance at the summer program, I only have the opportunity to share a few of these memories. Throughout the summer program, we sometimes left the classroom to get a first-hand look at relevant places. For instance, in one of my business courses, we got to go on an excursion to the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which was definitely an exciting adventure for a business major. Also, during the Summer Session we got to go one weekend to experience the historical and beautiful Nikko. I found the trip to Nikko as an incredible trip to see historical sites, as well as a cool way to see some of the countryside of Japan. Even though I loved attending these trips, we also had plenty of time to travel and sightsee Tokyo on our own. One thing that still amazes me is the fact that even though my friends and I continuously tried to explore new places, one month stay was not enough to see everything we wanted in Tokyo.


Attending the summer session at Waseda University gave me the most optimal way of meeting and creating new friends to explore the city of Tokyo with. At the same time, we could attend highly rewarding courses at the university taught by engaging professors. My many great moments at Waseda University’s summer session certainly motivated me to return to Tokyo one day.


An Amazing Experience

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Elizabeth Briggs
Home Institute
: University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University:
Waseda Summer Session, June-July 2015

My interest in Japan began when I stumbled across the Studio Ghibli film ‘Spirited Away’ in the library, and since then, everything I learned about Japanese culture and history only made me want to visit Japan more. The opportunity to study at Waseda University, therefore, was too good to miss, and it was truly an amazing experience.

Summer Session Courses
The courses I chose to study were Culture 1, History 1 and Learning Japanese 2, which alongside the everyday experiences of living in Tokyo really helped deepen my understanding of Japan and its people. Learning about and discussing Japanese social organisation in terms of family, ageing, and education in Culture 1 was challenging at first because it is so different to cultures I have studied before, as was the economically-complex modern history of Japan, but that made it all the more rewarding to finally understand and see how Japan’s past and present political and economic environment affect its people’s thoughts and attitudes towards life. It was also fascinating learning this from and with people from all around the world, and seeing how each of our own cultures affected our interpretation of Japanese culture and history. Studying Japanese from native speakers was also incredibly valuable, and I learnt so much more over one month than I ever thought I could.

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Field trips
As a class we all had a field trip to Nikko, which was a great chance to explore the Japanese countryside independently and visit the famous Tosho Shrine and Shinkyo Sacred Bridge. We also stayed in an Onsen, which was a completely new experience for most of us, but one that we all really enjoyed.

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I also went on the optional trip to Niigata with other Culture 1 and 2 students, where we stayed with families in Minamiuonuma City, visited local elementary schools and helped the elderly residents of a small village in the mountains. This was probably the highlight of my stay in Japan, as we could actually experience some of the issues facing Japan’s rural areas, such as the decreasing and ageing population, and talk to school teachers and elderly residents about their own experiences. We also visited a Shugen monk, who told us about the traditional practices of his temple and said a prayer for us. Everyone was so welcoming, but none more so than the family I stayed with, who, even though I didn’t speak very much Japanese, really went out of their way to make me feel at home, introducing us to some amazing Japanese food and including us in their everyday lives. 

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Take Me Wonder by Wonder


Jui Yu Tsai (Eric)
Home Institute
: National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University:
Waseda Summer Session, June-July 2015

Summary- "Take me wonder by wonder"
I have been to Japan for seven times as a tourist, but this is the first time that I “experienced” and “felt” Japan in a way I never had before. Never had I imagined that this summer school would turn out to be such an enlightening experience and become precious memories of my summer vacation.

During the whole month, I have had the chance to be truly immersed in the authentic Japanese culture, not to mention, sitting in the same classroom with elite students from all around world. Also, I felt privileged to be part of the courses taught by the best lecturers who are also experts in their own fields.
Beside school life, Waseda Summer Session (WSS) arranged dozens of activities and events such as Yukata wearing sessions, Rakugo (verbal entertainment) performances, Matsuri (festivals), etc, in order to allow us to better experience Japanese culture. During the 2 days field trip, we had the chance to visit rural areas near Tokyo and, what is to me, the best hot-spring ever. This summer, WSS had filled me with so many pleasant experiences and memories that I dare say it really took me wonder by wonder.


School Life- Overwhelmingly joyful and illuminating
This is my first time coming to campus as a Waseda student, and the campus is so beautiful that anyone would feel lucky and happy everyday by simply exploring the campus. Waseda succeeded in creating an immensely enjoyable atmosphere not only through the courses with some of the best lecturers but also with educational fieldtrips. Since I am an economics major and a fan of Japanese manga, the courses I chose to take are Business I and Culture III, both of which are so informative as well as absorbing.

In Business I, Professor Parissa provided a clear view of comparison between the values held by Japanese and non-Japanese companies not merely from the viewpoint of a scholar but an observer who has lived in Japan for almost a decade. Case by case we gradually grew our own opinion and had some great discussions in the class which had inspired many new ideas I had never come up with before.
 In Culture III, I have to say Professor Lim really had brought us in to the wonderland of Japanese ACG industry (anime, comics and game). The lectures given by him was amazing in itself. However, what swept me away was the field trip which was so exciting since it was a visit to the renowned “Heaven of Otaku” - Akihabara. If I were an otaku, I wouldn’t have left the “heaven.” A sentence to sum up for being a part of Professor Lim’s class is that it really creates a path back to your childhood when all the manga characters you know are still so vividly alive! Not the mention exploring the various factors and theories influencing the culture that, as a child, I would not have picked up on.


Reflection- How I am moved by WSS
The kind of shock and how deeply I was moved during the past one month is impossible to describe with mere words. Images of the field trip to Nikko and the great times spent walking around Tokyo are still so clear as if it were yesterday. Time really flew and the journey of fantasy in Japan ended so fast that I have no time to reflect on these memories well.

However, I know that the friends I have made would always be there for me and these people are some of the most incredible guys I have ever seen. It has truly been an unforgettable month for me as well as for many of my new-found friends. This was absolutely the best decision I’ve made. For those who want to be exposed to the fascinating wonders of Japan both culturally and academically, and to make friends hailing from different cultural backgrounds, WSS will not disappoint. Many thanks again to all the faculty and student interns from WSS for giving me such memories I will cherish for a long time to come.


I Couldn't Ask for More

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Karen Chua Chen
Home Institute
: De La Salle University, The Philippines
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University:
Waseda Summer Session, June-July 2015

The Land of the Rising Sun. As an anime fan since my childhood, Japan has always been my favorite country and it has always been a dream to step foot in its soils. Never did I imagine that I would have the opportunity to do so and even study in one of Japan’s most prestigious universities.

For a month, Waseda University in Tokyo, through its summer session, has been my home and has truly allowed me to experience something incredible and somehow surreal. As a foreigner, one would surely expect to experience ‘culture shock’ due to the different practices. Yet, Japan’s distinctive culture is not only unique, but pleasant to observe as well ? from the constant bowing during greetings to the surprising amount of walking embedded in their daily lives.

With the schedule that Waseda prepared for the participants, there is a lot of time for students to explore various locations, such as the famous Tokyo tower, Tokyo Disneyland, Disney Sea, and even attend summer festivals, a must if you are visiting Japan in this season. There are also numerous shopping spots like Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Ikebukuro. All of these are in close proximity to the Waseda University campus and just a few train stations away.

The Waseda Summer Session itself includes a field trip along with all the participants wherein we were able to visit Edo Wonderland in Nikko. There are multiple shows in a day at Edo Wonderland; my personal favorite is the ninja show as it had astounding visual effects. I was also able to experience the soothing hot springs in Nikko. While at first, it was shocking to present yourself entirely naked in public, it was also fun in a sense that you are going with your friends who are also utterly mortified at the idea of being naked in public space for the first time.

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Aside from the already generous time available for sightseeing and hanging out with friends and the prearranged field trips, Waseda University ensures that the participants feel welcomed in their university. The International Community Center (ICC) of Waseda University hosts several events in which international students (even outside the Waseda Summer Program) as well as Japanese Waseda students are able to interact with one another. One example is the ICC Visitor Session. Other activities held by the ICC include the Japanese Flower Arranging or Ikebana, an event to try on a yukata, and calligraphy writing using a brush and black ink.


Curiously, I have as much fun inside the classroom as I do when I am out exploring. This may be because of the interesting lessons and activities we have and how the professors would carry out each session. I took up Sociology 1 and Culture 3 for my classes and enjoyed them quite well. For my classes, we would have field trips that are related to what we are currently learning as well as guest speakers from outside. I was able to meet a family of an ethnic group in Japan, the Ainus and was exposed to their cultural practices. It seems like a dream to visit Akihabara, the land of Anime, as part of class. These are what make classes truly appealing.


Before I knew it, the session was about to end.  Waseda Summer Session has not only made me fall in love with Japan all over again, but it has also made me want to enroll in the Waseda Summer Session again. (if only it was possible for me, since I am graduating) It has allowed me to create new friends and memories. I couldn’t ask for more.

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