Updated on May 20 2020
At every beginning of the semester (April and October), we have Welcome Party, and also at the end (July and January) , we have Farewell Party for international students.
The number of participants is about 100 at each party.
The welcome party is aimed to encourage both Japanese and international students to be friends, and the farewell party helps them to make great memory in their colleges life.
Food and non-alcohol drinks are provided for free.
The information of those events will be announced in the entrance orientation.
The Understanding Japanese Culture Events are the Field Trips to learn about Japanese culture.
Here are some examples.
・Watching the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament
・View a beautiful traditional Kabuki play at The National Theater
Aizome is a traditional Japanese indigo dye method. We will visit a local Aizome lab where the owner creates Aizome as it has been done over three generations. We will get to know how to dye Japanese indigo blue, and experience the process.
・Houses in the history / 17c to 19c in the city area
To learn the examples of residential houses in the cities of Edo period, or 17, 18 and 19 centuries, we will visit “Edo Tokyo Museum.” Edo, former city name of Tokyo, was a newly constructed city and the population exploded in 17 centuries. Especially, regular citizens who are engaged in commercial or craft job had to live in small apartment, called “Nagaya.” Because it was the regular citizens that contributed to the development of the culture of the period, knowing the structure of Nagaya and the lifestyle there will help you understand the some art works such as literature, movies and theaters. The secondary objective is to learn the lives and the system of Edo through the museum exhibitions.
We will hold the International Coffee Hour as a place where students can encounter “something” new!!
Would you like to open the door to feel “something,” think, and act through participating in this international exchange event?
The requirement to participate in the International Coffee Hour is a little bit of courage and your preferred language (Japanese is OK too, of course).
During the second half of the 2016 academic year, the International Coffee Hour will take place on the following schedule.
No advance registration is required. Find us when the time comes.
Schedule: Almost every week on Thursday
Place: On the 3rd floor terrace (where there is lawn) of Building No. 5
Time: During the 5th class for 1 hour (16:15-16:45)
Changes to location and other latest information is posted on the Facebook group page (Kokugakuin K-STEP).
Students of this University who are interested are strongly encouraged to register.
Kokugakuin University plays a central role in the world in terms of the studies of Japanese culture and society.
Every year many scholars and researchers in Japanese studies visit this University.
We have invited these scholars and researchers dedicated to study our culture and society to have a talk at the Global Lounge.
We have requested the following two points from them.
We have posted articles on past Global Lounge Study Groups. We hope that you enjoy the perspectives of scholars and researchers who look at Japan from overseas.