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Busy winter season for international students in AY2018

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Published: March 7, 2019

As of May 2018, roughly 1,700 international students from 84 countries and regions were studying at Tokyo Tech. In addition to their studies and research, the Institute's international students were also busy with the various events organized by Tokyo Tech's Student Global Exchange Promotion Section over the winter of AY2018.

September – Welcome Coffee Hours

Since last academic year, new international students have enjoyed Welcome Coffee Hours, held just after the Entrance Ceremony and Orientation. Once again in September 2018, new enrollees shared Japanese sweets, rice balls, and coffee and tea while getting to know their classmates and those already studying at Tokyo Tech. The gathering also gave new students a chance to discuss their Japanese language courses with attending Institute for Liberal Arts faculty members.

Lively atmosphere at Welcome Coffee Hours
Lively atmosphere at Welcome Coffee Hours

All smiles while enjoying the snacks and drinks
All smiles while enjoying the snacks and drinks

October – Chigirie: Creating Japanese collages

Original Japan-themed paper collages
Original Japan-themed paper collages

This event aimed to introduce students to the Japanese art of chigirie — hand-torn paper glued to a canvas to create a collage. The facilitator had prepared a simple sample, but the participants quickly took to their own paths by recreating images of their favorite fauna and places of interest in Japan.

November – Tea ceremony

The tea ceremony experience for international students has been held in collaboration with the student tea ceremony club for the past two years. The event — split into a group experiencing the ceremony as a guest and another preparing the tea — once again provided students with a chance to experience traditional Japanese culture while communicating amongst each other in both Japanese and English.

Experiencing the art of tea
Experiencing the art of tea

Preparing green tea
Preparing green tea

December – New Year's card workshop

During this gathering, students created stamps using erasers, and then used those to design their own New Year's cards. For most participants, this was also the first time to pick up a calligraphy pen to write Japanese characters. While working on their creations, participants exchanged information on New Year customs and astrological traditions in their countries.

Eraser stamp creations
Eraser stamp creations

Personalized New Year's cards
Personalized New Year's cards

January – Doll Festival

Tokyo Tech's ornamental doll display
Tokyo Tech's ornamental doll display

After facilitators introduced the history of the Doll Festival in Japan, participants worked together to arrange the provided set of dolls, flowers, and other ornaments on the red carpet-covered seven-level platform. The outcome was a presentation worthy of a group photo.

January – Pancake kitchen

After a demonstration by staff on how to prepare pancake dough, students used hotplates to prepare pancakes flavored with custard cream, cream cheese, and koshian sweet bean paste. The kitchen provided another great place to unleash students' creativity.

Focused on pancakes
Focused on pancakes

Itadakimasu!
Itadakimasu!

Comments from international students

  • I was not only able to make new friends, but I also got a chance to participate in Japanese cultural activities.
  • While the main activities themselves were interesting, I also enjoyed the fact that each event offered a chance to sit down and socialize over food and drink.
  • I look forward to more activities centered around Japanese culture.
  • Food-related events are great! More of these, please!

These events were carried out under the auspices of the Hisao Taki Japanese Language Supporting Project, sponsored by Tokyo Tech alumnus Hisao Taki. The Institute looks forward to providing more stimulating international exchange events in the future.

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Student Global Exchange Promotion Section, Student Support Center

E-mail ryu.kor3@jim.titech.ac.jp
Tel +81-3-5734-3027

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This article has been updated to correct a typographical error on March 7.

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