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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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Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira

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Some international students currently enrolled at Waseda University left the busy downtown campus where they usually spend much of their time to visit Kijimadaira, a nature-rich farming village located in the northern part of Nagano prefecture, with staff members from the Center for International Education (CIE).

Since six years ago, Kijimadaira Village and Waseda University had continued to promote meaningful exchanges including jointly holding workshops every year to suggest measures to revitalize the region. Last year, we formally concluded a collaboration agreement and became partners to cooperate with and support each other in researches and activities aimed at contributing to the development of the region. Many students were attracted to Kijimadaira and a student club was inaugurated in 2013 to continue holding student-led exchange activities.

The Center for International Education (CIE) implemented a 3-day “Experiencing the Village Life” program in order to have international students studying at Waseda actually see Japan’s rural area which have always played a part in Japan’s long history and have significantly supported the Japanese society.

As the program was scheduled for the busy period when the fall semester was just beginning, we were a small group; however, as it was on the weekend when reaping rice was just about to start, there were some festivals which are held in the region before harvesting. As a result, it seems that participating in the program was a very precious and memorable experience for international students. Here are the reports from the international students who have participated. (The Center for International Education)

Kijimadaira Village

Nguyen Tran
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University:
2nd year of the Waseda Business School

When I registered for this activity, I was not very well prepared for a extraordinary experience where I did only get out of Tokyo to enjoy fresh air but also had an opportunity to explore a famous agricultural area, and learn Japanese culture sights. A few highlight activities include:

• Interview with farmers and see how they invest rice field.
• Visit a small wood factory and agriculture high school.
• Attended a traditional festival in the village
• Staying at the Mayor house


Learn how to village farmers use machine to harvest rice field.

There are times when we walked around the area, we received free fruits and offers to visit houses and businesses from villagers. I have never seen that kind of great trust in other countries, so amazing. Unfortunately, I could not speak Japanese well enough to show all my appreciation toward those kind villagers.


Attending a wonderful village festival

The group was taken care very well by two Japanese from Waseda office, Yamaguchi san and Tanimoto san who were so patient to explain for us Japanese traditions, helped us show our appreciation toward village citizens and resolved our troubles along the adventure. Thank to you that we can have care-free time and enjoy the amazing experience completely.


Look! My gorgeous dinner in the host family

In the past, I spent much time to travel around Japan by myself because I like exploring and enjoying many different types of activities that tour group can not offer. However, the Kijimadaira trip was very different and amazing in the way that we did not only enjoy sightseeing but also learnt about business, agriculture and cultural insights in a very natural and interesting way.


Experiencing Village Life

Name: Daniel Somerset
: Israeli
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University: 2nd year at the School of Political Science and Economics

“Experiencing Village Life” program organized by CIE (Center for International Education) office of Waseda University is definitely one of the most vivid and rich experiences I have ever had. This trip was particularly memorable, because it provided invaluable insight into Japanese rural life and unique opportunity to communicate with local residents.


Uncompromised hospitality and help of people with whom we interacted during the trip, especially assistance of Takehara-san who was our guide and host throughout our stay in Kijimadaira, were beyond any expectations. These people were instrumental in creating atmosphere and social setting in which we felt that we were not simply an outside observers but direct participants.

The range of activities planned and conducted by CIE in this village were interesting, entertaining as well as profound in their importance. CIE office representatives engaged local residents into conversation, interviewing them about their life and work in the village, while encouraging students to ask questions. This exchange between students and local farmers, entrepreneurs and village officials would be impossible without members of CIE office.


Since my arrival to Japan I was constantly amused by how well known and influential Waseda University is. But during this program I truly appreciated the mere magnitude of this influence. Often simple mention of the name were already enough in order to engage people into friendly conversation. This long-lasting reputation attest for Waseda University’s commitment into social welfare and degree to which Waseda is integrated into Japanese society. The best thing we can do as a students is to take advantage of this state of affairs in order to find more about Japanese society and CIE’s “Experiencing Village Life” program provide exactly this opportunity.

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