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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:Apr, 2016

Kakehashi Project Report

Name: Koki Otake
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University:
3rd year, School of Commerce

I visited San Francisco as a member of the “Kakehashi Project” from 3/8-3/15, 2016. Everything I experienced during the week was really inspiring and made me open-minded. Here is my report of what I did and learned.
“Kakehashi Project” is promoted by Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The goal of this program is letting Americans know about Japan’s attractive points and building good relationships. In the long run, we hope to become “Kakehashi” - which means “bridges” in Japanese - between Japan and the US. During the project, we held presentations at high schools and universities around San Francisco to achieve these goals.


In front of the Golden Gate Bridge, the symbol of San Francisco

23 students participated in this program from Waseda University. We prepared for a couple of months and had many meetings to make our presentation clear for foreigners. We were divided into 3 groups. Each group had their own theme: Sumo (traditional Japanese sports), Japanese food culture and “Soran-bushi.” We made our presentations better little by little even during the program in order to appeal to our various audiences, from university students in Japanese class to local high school students without knowledge of Japan. We hope these activities were able to bring something valuable to both sides. I myself danced “Soran-bushi” as a member of a performance group. Most of the members had danced “Soran-bushi” at least once before, but it was a little bit scary to show our dance to a large audience as a representative of Japan. In the end it was very successful and exciting, and we even asked some audience members to dance with us. Our performance was supposed to be held just once, but we ended up dancing four times in three days as every school asked us to dance. Even the sore muscles from our practices  became a wonderful memory.

We sung and danced to Soran Bushi at San Jose State University.
We wore a "happi" to create "Japaneseness".


Local students took us on a campus tour at San Francisco University.

In addition to teaching students about Japanese culture, we also learned and experienced a lot of things as well. We visited Japanese companies, a huge farm run by a Japanese American, the Mission District with its tremendous murals and so on. Every experience brought us new perspectives and knowledge about American culture. In particular, I vividly remember the speech conducted by a student in North Salinas High School. Over 90% of the population in Salinas consists of Hispanic people from Mexico, who have played a very important role in California’s agriculture. Many signs in this town are written in Spanish. Some of them crossed the border at great  risk to themselves. The student who gave us a speech also had this background, and from his presentation I could imagine how tough his life had been. These days, immigrant issues are very controversial. I realized that it is important to experience these issues not only through news articles but also through real conversations.


At Alisal High School

Though many days have already passed since we came back to Japan, this project has not ended. Rather, this is just the beginning. From here on we are going to carry out our action plans for promoting Japan’s attractive points. In addition to what I learned during the week, for me it was like a miracle to be able to make friends with the other 22 members .I would like to say thank you to them; they really inspired me a lot. Last but not least, I would like to show my gratitude to all the people who gave me such a wonderful chance such as the staff from the Center for International Education (CIE), coordinators and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). I’ll keep doing my best from now on. Thank you.


It was a big project in which six universities participated.


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