Tokyo Tech News
The Student Association for Global Exchange in Tokyo Tech (SAGE) hosts Tokyo Orienteering twice a year to help new students from overseas better navigate Tokyo and to provide Japanese students a chance to interact with international students. Participants are divided into groups made up of students of various nationalities and sent to locate places and solve missions at or near Tokyo Metro stations. Groups communicate with SAGE staff via Twitter to answer mission questions and compete for points. This fall, the 11th Tokyo Orienteering event was held on October 24.
In the morning, the participants were explained the rules and divided into 9 groups. They then departed Tokyo Tech and started carrying out the missions they were given. These included naming the Kitajikken River which flows near Oshiage station by the Tokyo Skytree, the highest tower in Japan, and purchasing and eating ningyo-yaki, a famous Japanese cake, on Nakamise Street near Asakusa station.
This year, Tokyo Orienteering included "Mission Hunt", a new feature which gave groups a bonus mission if they were able to locate a SAGE member while out around town. Based on the photos taken, the groups all had a blast, but many also said they felt relieved when they met SAGE members amidst the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
An exchange party was held after the teams returned to Tokyo Tech, allowing students to meet and make friends with members of other teams. The party also included a contest for the most unique photo taken during the orienteering, and a Bingo game using Tokyo train station names instead of numbers. To end the friendly event, the winning team, which was decided based on points accumulated during both the orienteering and the party games, was rewarded with prizes.
The number of Tokyo Orienteering participants this fall was the largest ever. The event is open not only to Tokyo Tech students, but also staff and students from other universities. SAGE hopes to see even more people at the 12th Tokyo Orienteering scheduled for next spring!