Discover Japan “Fuji Residential Seminar” from June 28 to 29

July 15, 2014

Over two days and one night from June 28 through 29, the Discover Japan “Fuji Residential Seminar” was held to cap the Discover Japan I course (persons in charge: Mark Field, Professor of the Faculty of Intercultural Communication, and Akiko Murata, Specially Appointed Associate Professor for International Strategic Planning and Cooperation). The course is part of the Exchange Students from Overseas Program (ESOP), a program supported by the Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development.

The seminar was conducted for the students who participated in the Discover Japan I course of the Exchange Students from Overseas Program (ESOP). A total of 15 Japanese students and 25 international students took part in the seminar. During the seminar, they were divided into groups consisting of both Japanese and international students, and made prepared presentations by group. In addition, they experienced firsthand the beautiful nature at the foot of Mt. Fuji and Japanese traditional culture.

On the first day, they went to Fugaku Wind Cave to feel the nature of Mt. Fuji. The natural coolness inside the cave, three degrees Celsius on average all year round, greatly surprised the students. They also visited the Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum within the Roadside Station Narusawa and learned about the nature at the foot of Mt. Fuji, as well as the area’s history and minerals.

After that, they made group research presentations at the Hosei University Fuji Seminar House. They also presented their group’s ideas in English or Japanese on how to further activate international exchange at Hosei University. It was a very meaningful time for them to encounter various ideas unique to international students and to have an active exchange of opinions. The groups’ efforts were evaluated, and three groups received commendations and awards.
In addition, they were given time to review their own activities during the Discover Japan I course in the spring semester and wrote reports about the activities until late at night.

On the second day, they watched the majestic Mt. Fuji from up close under a sunny sky. The magnificent landscape overwhelmed not only the international students but also the Japanese students. At Sengen Shrine, the Japanese students explained to their international colleagues how to pray at the shrine. Luckily, they happened to see the traditional rite for children called miyamairi and a wedding ceremony. The international students, in particular, watched the events with keen interest.
Furthermore, they felt the beauty of the unspoiled scenery of Japan, such as streams full of flowing spring water from Mt. Fuji and bogs with remarkably high visibility in the Oshino Hakkai area.

In the afternoon on that day, they tried Hoto noodles, a specialty of Yamanashi Prefecture, visited local sake brewing facilities to learn about sake producing methods and enjoyed sake tasting. It was the first time for some of the international students to drink sake. As a result, they also experienced Japanese traditional food culture.

We believe that through this seminar, the international students experienced some attractions of Japan they had never encountered before, while the Japanese students had difficulty conveying such charms of Japan to others. By spending the entire two days and one night together, they had a good opportunity to deepen understanding among themselves, improve their language skills, and make friends with people from various countries.

Students presented outlines of the sites they were scheduled to visit by group in the bus.
Students presented outlines of the sites they were scheduled to visit by group in the bus.
At the Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum
At the Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum
A group making a presentation
A group making a presentation
Three groups received commendations and awards as a result of the evaluation.
Three groups received commendations and awards as a result of the evaluation.
Participants enjoyed Japanese foods both for breakfast and dinner.
Participants enjoyed Japanese foods both for breakfast and dinner.
Group photo in front of the Hosei University Fuji Seminar House
Group photo in front of the Hosei University Fuji Seminar House
Students saying “itadakimasu!” before eating hoto noodles
Students saying “itadakimasu!” before eating hoto noodles
 Group photo in front of Ide Sake Brewery
Group photo in front of Ide Sake Brewery

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