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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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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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