“Discover Japan” Fuji Seminar Held

July 29, 2015

During the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2015, a “Discover Japan” Fuji Seminar was held to cap the course “Discover Japan I” (under Professor Mark Field of the Faculty of Intercultural Communication, and Associate Professor Akiko Murata of the Global Education Center) as part of our Exchange Students from Overseas Program (ESOP). The two-day, one-night residential seminar saw the participation of 19 international exchange students and 18 Hosei University students. The “Discover Japan” course is aimed at encouraging both international exchange students and Hosei University students to understand each other’s countries and cultures and establish stronger relationships with each other through cooperation in researching Japanese society and culture. It is offered as part of Hosei University’s Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

On the first day, students gave presentations by group on their research results in English and Japanese. The presentations showed their findings from each group’s original point of view about various subject matters, including aging society, elections, and minorities in Japan, and many questions were asked and answered between them. At the review session in the evening, the most valuable presentation and valuable presentations were selected through a student poll.

On the second day, fine weather despite the rainy season afforded participants a breathtakingly magnificent view of Mount Fuji from a short distance. While conducting fieldwork in diverse places, including Fuji Sengen-Jinja Shrine and Oshino Hakkai Springs, and on various local specialties such as hoto noodles popular in Yamanashi, and breweries, the students were able to experience some history and culture related to Mount Fuji as a world cultural heritage.

It seems that sharing experiences during the two days and one night caused the students to actively communicate with one another and helped them understand each other more deeply. While exchanging ideas both in English and Japanese in classes and the seminar, the Japanese students and international exchange students with diverse cultures and backgrounds sometimes faced tough challenges in the process of examining a subject and then developing their findings into a presentation. After overcoming the challenges, they have surely built irreplaceable friendships. We hope they will continue to strengthen their ties.

About ESOP
Hosei University’s Exchange Students from Overseas Program (ESOP) is designed to offer classes in English in diverse subjects related to Japan, including literature, society, politics, the economy and management for exchange students from our partner universities abroad, with the aim of further internationalizing our university. Since these classes are also open to Hosei University students, this program is highly valuable also for them to improve their abilities in language and international communication. The program’s biggest advantage for domestic students is that it provides them with opportunities to establish better intercultural communication with students from abroad.

Final preparation for presentations
Final preparation for presentations
Making a presentation on research results
Making a presentation on research results
Participants on the bus
Participants on the bus
Group photo with Mount Fuji in the background
Group photo with Mount Fuji in the background
At Fuji Sengen-Jinja Shrine
At Fuji Sengen-Jinja Shrine
In the Oshino Hakkai area
In the Oshino Hakkai area

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