Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Orientation for Leaving the Dorm

It is already the time to discuss about details on getting back home! There was an one-hour orientation this afternoon, and every one had the details on ways to go to the airport, as well as expectations of the cleaning before the leave.
There is an extra photo here, a typical lunch scene from a few days ago...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

School Visit

This is another unforgettable afternoon. The entire group had a chance to visit an elementary school, and received a warm welcome. We first shared a school meal with those students, joined their daily activity of cleaning classrooms, and then enjoyed a culture presentation formed by many small sections. Obviously it took an enormous amount of time to prepare such great presentations for all of us.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Third Blog Entry in Japan

We had another set of fine writing on our blogs. More and more rich culture and social facts are discovered and discussed, many with wonderful pictures.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

GSP Japan Culture

On Friday, GSP on Japanese culture from University of Calgary arrived at the same dormitory. The instructor of that program, Sharp-sensei is writing a blog on their daily activities. A link has been added to the right section. Please take a look!

Home Vist, day 2

Home Visit is on its second evening. So much information was shared and discussed at the Line Group. Here are a few photos from there, obviously on selected topics.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Home Visit

This weekend all will leave the dorm., and each finds and stays in a host family for two nights. Needless to say, it is a nervous experience. But surely it is valuable, unique and will not be forgotten.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


It took us almost 2 hours to get there. The entire group enjoyed sightseeing, and then walked to a popular hot spring. For quite a few, this was the very first of such an experience, and surely it provided an unforgettable memory.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Open-air Folk House Museum

It was a hot day. But the Museum was wonderful. It provided many beautiful moment that was more than many expected.

Monday, May 22, 2017


Classes divided into two groups on Monday and Tuesday, and each had a big lesson to learn how to cook a dish of okonomiyaki. Wish this practice will be repeated after returning home!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Second Blog Entry in Japan

One more week past. It is simply amazing to see how many activities all have covered. At the meantime, while came to the deadline on Sunday, all blogs have been updated. One more set of careful observation and wonderful writing!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kamakura Trip

Saturday was a trip to Kamakura. Much bigger number of local students came to meet us, formed more than ten groups, and each took a different rout at the famous site. The instructor stayed home, and here are a few from the shared album at our Line group.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sushi Party

There was an short orientation in the afternoon, on the coming home visit next weekend. Every one found out details about the host family. In the evening, we had a huge sushi party -- it is simply amazing, such delicious dishes in a reasonable price! Many surely consumed more than their own average.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Normal Class Day

Class starts at 9:00 am every day. This is the corner of the classrooms. A few run into the class at the very last minute. There is no schedule in the afternoon today, so quite a few visited popular places in the city. Meantime, sensei had a walk near the campus, and found a nice photo spot -- can you find our dorm in the picture?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Calligraphy Class

For most of us, this was the second time to take a similar practice after enrolling into this program. Many were able to demonstrate that we are better prepared. Six young teachers gave us a great help!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Class Placement

Two main events took place today: in the morning, there was a long placement test; in the afternoon, Opening Ceremony and Welcome Party. Many local students came to the Party, and from our group, many speechs had a good personal touch. By the late afternoon, every one found the class which officially starts tomorrow morning.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

First Impression Presented at Blog

Blog writing is due on every Sunday. This is the very first week in Japan. Although many had to adjust quite some their original plan and scope, nonetheless, all entries well reflect everyone's fresh and keen sight to the daily life in Japan.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Saturday was a raining day. It started with a formal meeting. Everyone received a student card and other documents for the coming days. Near the noon time, a similar number of local students came and took all of us in groups. In the evening, we had the very first party, and had a very conversation.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Meiji Shrine, Skytree

We have completed our first highlight in Tokyo. All the schedules were carried out smoothly, without any unexpected interruption. The last full-group photo were at the very top of Skytree, around 3:00 pm. To a few, that was still far to the end of the long day...

Thursday, May 11, 2017


We have arrived! Every one had a high spirit during the long bus trip  to the campus, and we settled into a simple snack around 6:30 pm, Tokyo time.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Leave for Japan!

We are heading the boarding -- Tokyo, here we come!

Five Blogs

On May 7th, Sunday, five blogs serves as the main research project for this course work have been published by five groups. On its first entry, each blog briefly introduced the group members and described its working plan while in Japan. Here are two sections from "A Piece of Cake", an example of the writing achievement.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Last Class at the Compus

By now, all five Blogs became online. At the first hour, each group was requested to present some highlights of their work, and then, read and further provide critical suggestions to one other group's work. At the second half, various details of trip were confirmed. We will meet together at the airport in two day

Friday, May 5, 2017

Blog Presentation

On 5th, the topic of the instructor's lecture was the daily life in Japan. Thereafter, each group had a 10-min presentation on their blogs. Now we have five key words: Cafe, Missing, Tech., Street and Students.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

One More Week to Go

At the very last week until the departure, it is scheduled three 150-min classes. On 4th, the instructor gave a lecture on Senshu University. During the break, entire class walked across the campus and took a few photos.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Highlight of Internationalization

Our program is mentioned at the newly launched Faculty of Arts Strategic Plan 2017-22: "Energizing Arts". Well done, Alvin!
Energizing Arts