Tokyo Tech News
The Tokyo Tech International Student Association (TISA) and Tokyo Tech Photo Club joined forces to hold Let's Shoot Photos! on December 3, 2017. Domestic and international students gathered in Todoroki Valley Park during the autumn leaf season to take photos of flora, fauna, and each other while communicating without the stress of cultural or language barriers.
Let's Shoot Photos! was a wonderful event for anyone who is interested in photography. The location of Todoroki Valley Park was really nice and the idea of forming small groups for taking photos was brilliant! It allowed us to interact with our teammates and share and learn new ideas and techniques for taking better photos. There were both international and Japanese participants in the event and so it was a nice opportunity to meet new people and make friends. The whole event was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it! I hope TISA and Tokyo Tech Photo Club will hold similar events in the future.
The photography club and TISA prepared an awesome event for Tokyo Tech's international students. We formed groups of six, which was just the right size to tour Todoroki Valley. Also, it was great timing to enjoy the colors of the Japanese maple. We looked around the area and drank green tea at a traditional teahouse. Talking about cultural differences and similarities was also very meaningful. The most exciting part was taking photos for the contest. We shot a lot and thought about how to take the most impressive photos. It was an unforgettable memory. I hope that other students can enjoy this event next time.
I organized this event for international exchange because I thought there might be many international students who are interested in photography, and because there are many international members in our photo club. I'm so glad to hear that the participants, including the photography beginners and Japanese students, enjoyed this event. TISA's past events have been mainly sports events, but I learned that there are no borders in art either. I want to thank all the members who participated. I hope TISA and the Photo Club can plan and engage in more joint events in the future.
A photo contest was held after the shooting session. Despite everyone visiting the same location, the broad range of subjects, perspectives, and techniques provided for more interesting conversation. The following photos were voted as the top shots in the contest.
TISA is a student organization that supports international students and works to enlarge the human resource network among Tokyo Tech students around the globe. TISA promotes cross-cultural understanding among Tokyo Tech students in addition to organizing useful academic, educational, social, cultural, and recreational activities in the best interest of the association, its members, and the Institute.