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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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C21 Tokyo Challenge

Report on the 21 Tokyo Challenge

This summer, 59 students from the University of Washington (UW) implemented for the first time in Tokyo a three-week summer program called C21 Tokyo Challenge. 20 Students from Waseda University participated for three days of the program (from July 29 to July 31) and carried out a special weekend project with the students from the UW.

The first day of the project started with a lecture at Waseda University. Afterwards, Waseda students joined UW students at the Olympic Center for three days and two nights, where they spent in 10 different groups of eight students (six from the UW, two from Waseda) throughout the weekend.

In order to find “something which is a result of a fusion between the cultures of the US and Japan”, which is their assigned theme, the students took to the streets in Tokyo amid the scorching heat in groups, holding discussions. Thus they prepared for the presentations they were supposed to give on the third day. All of the presentations were very interesting, as the students directed their attention to various phenomena and deepened their understanding in the society, culture and history, including sushi, jazz, pop music, tattoos, and rap music.

The professors also participated as judges. At the reception, Outstanding Performance Award, Innovation Award, and Popularity Award (which is given to the group which proved to be the most popular among students via a student vote) were announced. Each of the students seemed to have felt a sense of achievement, whether or not s/he has received an award, and thus the three-day project ended. Many students, professors, and staff members from both universities who participated in the program gave favorable comments about the project, saying that the three days were truly meaningful.
(Miki Mizuno, C21 Tokyo Challenge Program Coordinator)




Excerpts from the messages from Waseda students who participated in the project:

- Cross-cultural communication with UW students was fun. I could talk with them on topics including not only cultural “fusion”, a theme assigned for the project from an academic perspective, but also daily matters such as daily life, student life, family, friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, shopping, music, clothes, movies, and apps. I was inspired by them, and am happy to have participated in the project as the time spent with students from a foreign country with different mother tongues and backgrounds was truly worthwhile. As we were divided in small groups, everyone had a chance to speak up, and I was happy we could share our opinions.

- Being provided a chance to conduct an interview on the street with the students from the UW and Waseda in groups was the most impressive. It was very fun to see the students learn the Japanese culture through me. It is very important not only to talk with each other but also to actually do something together. This way, we can get to know each other better and become good friends.
- The professors from the UW talked to us from various angles about the theme and how to tackle the assignment. When it was time for the professors to give each of the groups advice, we (the professors and the students) sometimes clashed with each other hoping to gain understanding from each other. This was very new to me. The fact that the professors eventually understood us led to our confidence and sense of achievement. 
- The assignment was more interesting with less restriction than I had expected, and truly required the originality of ideas. In addition, the style of the assignment in which we go out to town and gain information from there was very new and interesting. Furthermore, UW students were given a chance to explore Tokyo. The assignment was a very good idea.
- It was not easy to tackle an assignment while exchanging opinions with the students from a foreign country; however, this became a precious experience for me. The largest fruit of this experience is that I could find many things in myself I should carefully rethink about.
- As the number of UW students was larger than that of Waseda (2:6), it was a truly international environment and fun. As there was much time to talk with everyone, I could talk about various values and differences between the US and Japan, which proved to be quite stimulating. I was satisfied to have walked around Tokyo with UW students, and been given the opportunity to see creative presentations of various groups. Most of all, I became friends with many UW students, and am looking forward to keeping in touch with them.
- It is a nice program.  For Japanese university students, we do not really have an opportunity to study with American students like we did in this program.  It was good that we spent lots of time with each other.  It was not just during lectures.  I could communicate a lot with the UW students and go to many places together.  I was able to learn how they think and take an action.  And it was interesting to see that sometimes they do differently from Japanese students.

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