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Getting around Tokyo is easy

Do you use train every day in Tokyo? Have you ever got lost in the train station? This article will help you to go around easier in Tokyo with some tips. This year is almost my fourth year in Japan and I hope that you see this one is useful. I have used train in some other countries but for me the train network in Japan is the most complicated.

It looks scary right? But it would be fine if you stay calm and carefully check the signs! And don’t forget that all the staffs are very friendly and always be there for you!

Today I will talk about the city that never sleeps and it almost reach 14 million people this year, Tokyo. It has 882 interconnected rail stations in the Tokyo Metropolis, 282 of which are Subway stations, with several hundred more in each of the 3 surrounding densely populated suburban prefectures. Tokyo is covered by a dense network of train, subway and bus lines, which are operated by about many different companies. People in the city mostly use the train lines by JR East because it’s convenient and famous stations. When I first arrived in Tokyo and lived inside the downtown, I always used JR Yamanote Line. I guess a lot of you have already known this line as it’s passed by Takadanobaba and some other famous spots like Shibuya and Shinjuku. The city’s 13 subway lines are operated by two companies and run largely inside the Yamanote circle and the areas around Ginza and the area east of the loop line. Most of the many suburban train lines commence at one of the six major stations of the Yamanote Line (Yellow-green): Tokyo, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Shinagawa.

Besides that, there are some major JR lines in Tokyo: Keihin-Tohoku Line (Light- blue), Chuo/Sobu Line (Local) (Yellow), Chuo Line (Rapid) (Orange), Saikyo Line (Green- blue), Shinkansen.

I have some friends who spend more than 2 hours every day from Chiba or Saitama to Waseda University which makes them very tired when they arrive at school. There are many other lines connect Tokyo with the metropolis’ outer regions and surrounding prefectures. There is one interesting fact is many of the private railway companies also operate department stores usually at their train lines’ major stations. That’s why when you see the name of the line; you will feel familiar because they have many famous department stores around all the famous tourist spots. Some of them are:

  • Kanagawa – Tokyo: Tokyu Railway
  • Saitama – Tochigi (including Nikko): Tobu Railway
  • Tokyo Tama Region – Saitama: Seibu Railway
  • Tokyo Tama Region: Keio Railway
  • Kanagawa: Odakyu Railway (you also can go to Hakone) & Keikyu Railway (including Haneda Airport also)
  • Chiba (connect Narita Airport to central Tokyo): Keisei Railway
  • Akihabara – Tsukuba, Ibaraki: Tsukuba Express

Here are some useful websites for your information:

Another way to go around the downtown is the Tokyo Metro. It’s one of Tokyo’s subway operators. Waseda and Nishi Waseda are the nearest station to Waseda University. There are some major lines: Ginza line (Orange), Marunouchi line (Red), Hibiya line (Silver), Tozai line (Sky blue), Chiyoda line (Green), Yurakucho (Gold), Hanzomon line (Purple), Namboku line (Emerald), Fukutoshin (Brown).

You will find it more easily as the website is very useful and friendly display in English!
Tokyo Metro Website: https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/

Finally, as I’ve said at first paragraph, Tokyo’s train network is very complicated and hard to use but after a few times using, you will feel better as you can follow the website and the train apps on your phone! With a bit of planning and research, you will find it more interesting and easy to go around by yourself!

S.R (Student Staff Leader)

Myanmar in me

An enjoyable night with ICC Myanmar culture night

This will be a very long blog; I hope that you could find it’s not so sleepy. Today I will write about my experience in ICC Myanmar culture night. It was a very nice and fun memory for me. I have met many interesting people and made a lot of friends (of course ate tons of foods, too). Let me tell you a bit about my past experience with Myanmar.

My first knowledge about Myanmar is from Myanmar friends. I’ve met them from The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP). SSEAYP is the program from the Japanese Government which promote friendship and mutual understanding among the youths of Japan and the ten Southeast Asian countries, to broaden their perspective of the world, and furthermore, to strengthen their spirit of international cooperation, and practical skills for international collaboration. Each contingent will have 28 participants and 1 National Leader. The program will hold a few days in Japan including the homestay program and Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders’ Summit (YLS). After program in Japan, we started our on-board program on the trip name Nippon Maru.  The Government of Japan chartered the Nippon Maru and entrusted its operation to Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line Ltd. for the 42nd SSEAYP in 2015. The Nippon Maru is an ocean liner with an overall length of 166.6 meters and a gross tonnage of 22,472 tons. It is equipped with 202 cabins, a hall, a lounge, a theatre, a library, a Japanese tea room, a swimming pool, a clinic, laundry rooms, a dining room, and grand baths, etc.

“Nippon Maru, sailing the blue ocean…”

The time when I went to Myanmar, it was a few years after the country opened up so I felt that Myanmar people were still not get used to the tourists. The first impression was Myanmar people were very nice and friendly. Because the weather in Myanmar is very hot so both man and woman in Myanmar put the traditional sun cream and wear their traditional clothes everywhere.

Myanmar national costume consists of two sets, one for men and one for women.

I stayed 4 days in Yangon which is the biggest city in Myanmar. Before I came to Myanmar, my image of this country was just the small and not developed country, but when I put my first step in Myanmar, my eyes were wide open because of its beauty and the modernist of the city. My host family was a very happy family which has 4 people. Dad was a songwriter who graduated in America and his daughter was a very famous singer. Mom stayed home and cooked so many delicious foods every day and one young son who was a junior student. Their house construction is not too big and modern but they used the hover board inside house. Everyone has their own latest Samsung phones which made me feel so cool. Because the family was working in the music industry so they owned a lot nice guitars, piano and some other modern instruments. Just in a few days, they took me around the city and shown me all the famous spots of Yangon, I have bought a lot of souvenirs because everything was very cheap and beautiful. Especially for some of my jewellery which I bought from Myanmar, I wear them every day as my luck charms and they always stay the same condition like when I bought them.

Most of all, after a while staying far from my family, I was missing my family vibe a lot. However, I felt like I was in my house when I stayed with them. The yummy foods of Mom, the warm care of Dad and too funny siblings which made me cried a lot before I came back to the Nippon Maru ship after the host program. If I had chance, I will definitely come back to Myanmar and see them again.

When I heard that ICC would hold an ICC Myanmar Culture Night, I immediately cleared my schedule and asked my best friend to join the event with me. There were so many people took part in the event, even Waseda student and other people outside the school also came to the event which made me so surprised. At first, the students from Myanmar did some presentations about Myanmar and even the Counsellor of Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar also gave us an opening speech. Next, there is a professional traditional dancer from Myanmar shown everyone the beauty of their dance and she even taught some individual volunteer learners (including me). The most impression when I stayed close to her was her “beautifulness” and the good smell from the Myanmar cosmetics. The light spots were all focused on her as there was a miracle light made her dance “bling-bling” in front of all the guests.

Myanmar Beauty

As I have mentioned how nice and friendly the Myanmar people are, there foods were a big treat for everyone joined the event. There were many kinds of foods including the main foods and some other snacks. They also brought their famous instant milk tea and coffee for everyone to enjoy which made so impressed.


Oishii snacks and drinks from Myanmar

After the event, I saw everyone were so happy and enjoyable. I bet they had tons of fun and must be so full thanks to Myanmar delicious foods. My friend and I were also very happy and she thanked me a lot for inviting her to the event. She had learned a lot about Myanmar culture as well as made a lot of friends through the event. I hope that ICC will make more events like this in the future!

S.R (Student Staff Leader)

O-Ku-Ri-Mo-No Holiday!

Salvete! SSL(Student Staff Leader)のR.T.です。最近入学したばかりと思っていたらもう12月で、SSLにも後輩ができていました。直近の感想としては、「ラテン語の文法が難しすぎる」。格変化と動詞の活用が多すぎて覚えきれないです…


◆第5位 クルンテープ・マハーナコーン・アモーンラッタナコーシン・マヒンタラーユッタヤー・マハーディロック・ポップ・ノッパラット・ラーチャタニーブリーロム・ウドムラーチャニウェートマハーサターン・アモーンピマーン・アワターンサティット・サッカタッティヤウィサヌカムプラシット(タイ王国)


◆第4位 サマルカンド(ウズベキスタン共和国)


◆第3位 イスタンブール(トルコ共和国)


◆第2位 シンクヴェトリル国立公園(アイスランド共和国)

第2位はアイスランドにある世界遺産、シンクヴェトリル国立公園です!アイスランドは北大西洋にある島国で、歴史はヴァイキングによる植民活動から始まります。長らくノルウェーやデンマークの植民地でしたが、1944年に独立。また古ノルド語で書かれた民俗叙事詩『サガ』が地理的要因から良好な状態で保存されるなど、独特な文化を形成してきました。アイスランドといえばやはりその広大な自然が有名で、シンクヴェトリルはその代表例でしょう。シンクヴェトリル付近は大西洋中央海嶺の地上露出部分となっており、ユーラシアプレートが東に、北米プレートが西に広がっている光景を眺めることができます。各地にギャオ(アイスランド語: gjá)と呼ばれる大地の裂け目が見られ、独特な岩肌や氷河、雪解け水が溜まった湖など、壮大な自然に圧倒されることでしょう。それだけではなく、この地はアイスランドの歴史に深くかかわる場でもあります。930年、植民者たちによってこの地で「アルシング」と称される民主的な全島集会が開催されました。これは単に植民活動の完了を意味するだけではなく、欧州最古の民主的議会の開催として、アイスランドの歴史的方向性を決定するものでした。この人類史のロマンが私の胸に深く突き刺さり、私は死ぬときはこの場所がいいと思っています。みなさんも、この美しい国をぜひ五感で楽しんでください!

◆番外編 碓氷峠(群馬県・長野県)

第1位発表の前に、いま私が一番気になる国内のスポットをピックアップ!その場所とは、群馬県横川と長野県軽井沢を結ぶ難所、碓氷峠です!その特徴はなんといってもその急峻な地形で、長野県側の軽井沢は標高939mと峠 (960m) との標高差がほとんどないのに対し、群馬県側の麓・横川の標高387mと極端な片勾配となっています。そのため、一般的な山脈をトンネルで抜けることで峠越えの高低差を解消できる両勾配を持つ峠と異なり、通行には近代に至るまで多くの困難を抱えてきました。最大66.7‰、水平方向に1000m進んだ時に66.7mの高低差がある状態、といえばその急峻さが伝わると思います。この急勾配を解消するためにアプト式を導入した「横軽」の歴史はここに書ききれないほど興味深いものです。また、碓氷峠にまつわる駅弁で有名なのはいわゆる「峠の釜めし」で、碓氷峠通過に際し補助機関車の連結が必要なために長時間停車するという条件下から流行しました。北陸新幹線操業に伴い信越本線横川 – 軽井沢間は廃止されましたが、現在では北陸新幹線内や麓のドライブインなどでも販売されており、その気分を追体験することができます!

◆第1位 グリーンランド(デンマーク王国)

第1位はヨーロッパ最果ての大地、グリーンランドです!グリーンランドといえばメルカトル図法でやたらと大きく見える寒い島、というイメージでしかあまり知られていないかもしれません。しかし、この島は実に魅力あふれる土地なのです!この島はアイスランドと同じくヴァイキングによる植民活動からデンマーク=ノルウェーの支配を受けることとなりましたが、カラーリット(イヌイット)という先住民たちがいました。キリスト教の影響をふんだんに受けた北欧文化が政治的にも強い影響を及ぼしていた一方で、カラーリットたちは現在に至るまで独自の文化を保持し続けています。また2018年、氷河の大地とフィヨルドの海の間で4,000年前から狩猟生活を営むカラーリット文化が残るイルリサット・アイスフィヨルドはUNESCOの世界遺産に登録され、まさに今注目を集めています。グリーンランドといえば、かのタイタニック号を沈没させた氷河のように氷の大地が広がっていると、私は思っていました。もちろん北極圏には大陸氷河が広がっていますが、しかしその名の通り「緑」が生い茂る場所もあります。夏には平均気温が10度近くまで上がってトナカイやホッキョクウサギなどの哺乳類が顔を見せ、家畜たちは牧草地を駆けます。フィヨルドの間を船で廻って、しばし上陸しその広大な自然に身をまかせる… これが今の私の夢です!




How Mega Cities Survive from Natural Disasters ~A Visit to Underground Discharge Channel~

This year in October, there was a huge typhoon hit the whole Kanto Area. When I went to the grocery shop to purchase food and other necessities, the shelves for all kinds of bottle water and bread were empty. Through the fear of residences in Tokyo, I realized that even big cities could be vulnerable encountering natural disasters. Luckily, most of the areas of Tokyo survived in this typhoon and the heavy rains following. But it raises the question, how mega cities like Tokyo deal with these kinds of crisis?

I happened to learn the theory about public goods and infrastructure construction in my Development class. As an example of a successful infrastructure project that protects public security, our professor reserved a tour of the Metropolitan Outer Area Underground Discharge Channel, 首都圏外郭放水路 in Japanese, in Saitama Prefecture. I have heard this place since couple of years ago. It is famous not only because it protected the capital of Japan and other areas around for lots of times from heavy rains, but also because it was the stage of lots of movies and TV shows.

Metropolitan Outer Area Underground Discharge Channel in Saitama Prefecture is a huge infrastructure project taking over a decade to complete totally. It consists of 5 water tanks in different sizes and a pressure adjusting channel, which is the only part open to the public. The length of this project is 6.3 km and it is completely underground. Compared with other cities in Saitama, according to the manager of this infrastructure operation team, the altitude of Kasukabe city is relatively low which made it often a stricken area of flood and typhoon. To protect the city and Tokyo as well, this project was launched in Kasukabe. Thanks to this infrastructure project, the city of Kasukabe could develop its local industry. Warehouses and factories were built and the local economy became more active than before.

During the heavy rain, this discharge channel gathers the water from the small rivers around this area and near Tokyo, stores it and after the water goes over a certain level inside the channel, it will be pumped into Edo River which is a big river in Tokyo with well-built embankment along it. The place I visited was the office building of the control room and other daily operation located above the pressure-adjusting channel. It has a very lovely nickname  “龍Q館”. It was chosen from hundreds of ideas raised by the public. In the ancient legend, dragon is the animal in charge of rain, lightening and thunders. Q also has a similar pronunciation with the Dragon Palace, the ball dragons always take with, forever in Japanese and AQUA in English as well. The name of 龍Q館 shows the capability of this infrastructure project to control the damage of water disasters and protect the public security.

This field trip gave me an opportunity to see something invisible in daily life but very important to the stability to our city. It was breathtaking to image the scene when huge amounts of water floating through these huge water tanks and channels. Lots of us took the stable life in big cities for granted, but the truth is that lots of people are making efforts behind the scene. To launch such a huge infrastructure, money is not the only inevitable element, the wisdom of architects and engineers, efforts of the residents, and other compromises are also needed to ensure the success of the project. It also builds an example of how infrastructure construction is related to the development of the whole area. I think when we enjoy the happiness of the life in a big city, we should always remember the people who support it in the back and thank for their efforts to make our life better.

T.L (Student Staff Leader)











H.S. (学生スタッフリーダー)



Miss you so much, Korean Food!

Hello everyone. This is the new ICC Student Staff Leader H.S.. Studying abroad in Japan for the first time in my life, the thing I missed for the most is not my family, nor my friends, or even my home (sorry to you all), but Korean food. When I was living in Korea for about 17 years, I had never knew that I would loved Korean food this much. There are Korean restaurants in Japan obviously, but I realized that the Korean food here is not the original taste. These days, I always dream of eating Korean food and I have started to watch Mukbang (videos eating Korean food), which I never watched when I was in Korea, because now I have reached to the level that I can feel full even just watching the Youtubers eating happily. In this article, I am going to introduce four Korean foods that I love the most.

Pork & Kimchi Jjim

First of all, the thing that I want to eat the most is Pork & Kimchi Jjim. Actually, I have never tried this before when I lived in Korea, but since it became popular among the Mukbang stars, I really want to try this delicious food. This one is a very simple dish because it’s just braising pork and kimchi, all in one dish. After watching the Mukbangs, I guess the taste is imaginable even for the ones who have ever tried pork and kimchi before. (My mom promised me to cook it when I return to Korea during the vacation. So excited!)


I was born and lived in Daegu for the most of my life. Daegu is located in the southern part of Korea, above Busan. If you ask Koreans what is the food that first comes to their mind when they think of Daegu, definitely 7 out of 10 will say that it is Makchang which is the food symbol of Daegu. As Makchang refers to pork or beef entrails, there are many people who can’t eat Makchang. However, the people of Daegu especially love it because it was first made in Daegu. There was a really delicious Makchang restaurant in my town, but the restaurant moved to another town and it became very hard to eat Makchang there. However, I have found a new great Makchang restaurant recently, so I can’t wait to try it there!


During cold days like these days, when you want to have a hangover soup(Haejang-guk) after drinking, or when you do not want to eat anything, the food that Koreans probably think of the most is Gukbab. Gukbab is a word that combined Guk and Bab, which refers to soup and rice in Korean. Simply, Gukbab is the food that we can eat rice with a certain soup. There are so many types of Gukbab so I will introduce you some of the bests that I love: Dwaeji(Pork) Gukbab, Sundae(Pork intestines) Gukbab, and Kongnamul(bean sprouts) Gukbab. Dwaeji Gukbab and Sundae Gukbab are the most common ones, while Kongnamul Gukbab is especially famous as a hangover soup. Gukbab tastes are really different in every restaurant, but I get used to the taste of gukbab of the restaurant right in front of my house, that one is the most delicious to me. I will definitely eat one of those Gukbab I have mentioned above, since there is no food better than this in winter.

Korean Chicken

As Korea is famous for its fast delivery service and late-night operation of stores, Koreans love eating Yasik(Late-night food). Among those Yasik, the most favorite one is definitely Korean Chicken (both fried and ovened). Korean Chicken is famouse not only in Korea but also in the world for its various flavors and types. Korean Chicken has a lot of brands and many different popular menues from those brands. Currently, Bburinkle from BHC, Red Combo and Honey Combo from Kyochon Chicken, and Golden Olives from BBQ are the most popular ones recently. Interestingly, many of the major chicken franchises, such as Hosigi Double Chicken, Tang Tang Chicken, and Mexicana Chicken, had started from my hometown, Daegu. I strongly recommend to visit the Daegu Chimac (Chicken&Beer) Festival which is held every summer in Duryu Park, Daegu.

Good news!!! I’m going back to Korea during this winter break! I would love to eat at least five meals a day just to eat all of the foods that I have missed while staying here. I will gain a lot of weight if I eat them all, but it is okay if I am happy. Thank you for reading it all and please visit Korea and try these amazing foods!

H.S. (Student Staff Leader)

Beginning my journey again with ICC

2018 September, excited with my Waseda half-year exchange offer, I flew 11 hours from Canada to Japan. It was really like a dream come true for me as I have always wanted to study in Japan. However, not until I really got on the Yamanote-sen have I realized I am really in Japan. People were speaking really fast and I really didn’t understand the Keigo(Honorific) part of the announcement. “I wish I could turn on subtitles like I always do when I am watching Terrace House” was what I had in mind. Maybe it was the jetlag and the whole new environment, I felt a little lightheaded and nervous.

ICC was a whole new definition for me when I heard it on the orientation day. It seems like another student circle but you don’t need a membership to attend. There are various international events with different organizations and institutions that cater to all interests. I soon filled my schedule with all sorts of ICC events and was dragging a couple international friends along with me. In the beginning, it was really nerve wrecking as I was really unconfident with my Japanese. Feeling a bit awkward and not knowing what to do, I attended my first Japanese Chat Club event. Even though I couldn’t come up with proper sentences and ended up just piecing Japanese vocabularies together, I got to make a lot of friends whom I am still close with. ICC really made Japanese less intimidating and gave me a sense of belonging.

From attending chat club events, elementary school visits, cultural night events, to sports events, I met people from all around the world. These all gave me the opportunity to get to know the local Japanese culture and myself better. Other than all the evens, it is absolutely normal for someone to just drop by the ICC lounge and talk. With the friendly space, I never have to worry about where to chill or meetup with my friends. If it hadn’t been for ICC, my exchange life wouldn’t have been that colorful. I wouldn’t miss Japan that much and come back to Japan if I didn’t get “lured” by the amazing ICC staff (not saying that because I am one of them now XD).

Half a year really passed by like a blink. It was too difficult to say goodbye to this lovely country, city, campus, and most importantly, the people. Having that in mind, I decided to apply back to Waseda for Graduate program which was the only program I applied. And…now I am back! Back to this familiar place for another two year to research on labor issues. Everything seems the same but also surprisingly different in just a year. I was fortunate enough to know the opportunity of becoming one of the supporters and lucky enough to have the opportunity to join ICC team.

I still remember the conversation I had in ICC lounge with a few of my friends-every one of us is just like a playlist. We have different styles, different tones, and different stories to share. Knowing people from other cultural backgrounds really give you a new perspective of the world and whole new playlist to listen to. ICC, to us, was just like Spotify, where we can share our stories freely. It is up to you to have your own definition and make the most out of your university life. I am not saying all these because I am part of the team now; it is because I really created special memories in ICC. As a supporter now, I truly hope I can share this with each one of you. Look forward to seeing you here at ICC .

Pic: 2019/1/1 Sunrise @ Yokohama

C. Y. (Student Staff Leader)





現在はICCの学生スタッフリーダー(Student Staff Leader)としてコミュニティ作りに夢中になっており、将来はこの経験を活かして自分の店舗を運営しつつ、社会起業家として教育問題の解決に取り組んでいきたいと思っています。このように夢中になっていることや将来の目標を持っている今、以前に比べて充実した大学生活を送れており、生き生きとしているのが分かります。だからこそ、それが見つからなくてモヤモヤしている人にはぜひ見つけて欲しいと強く思います。
































こんにちは!新SSL(Student Staff Leader)のW.K.です!


この度独自にアンケートを取らせていただきました(7/9計 18人)。ご協力くださったみなさん、ありがとうございました!

Q1. ICCをどれくらい訪れますか?
44.4% … 月に2回
22.2% …1学期に1回
22.2% … 月に1回
11.1% … ほぼ毎日!

Q2. あなたが参加して楽しかったイベントを教えてください!
1位 ICC・ビジター・セッション
2位 日本語ペラペラクラブ
3位 ノーボーダー・スキーキャンプ / English lunch / Japanese Lunch / English Chat Club / シンガポール・ナイト / インドネシアン・ナイト / 生け花体験ワークショップ

Q3. どうしてそのイベントが気に入りましたか?
・ICC・ビジター・セッション:他大学の方と話すことができたところ。 / 短期で留学してきた留学生と関わることのできる機会を得たこと。できる限りの英語を活用してコミュニケーションをとる練習になった。
・日本語ペラペラクラブ:I can speak Japanese as much as I want. / It was a great chance to speak with Japanese native speakers.
・ノーボーダー・スキーキャンプ:It was fun and affordable. Plus, I like the theme and concept of the camp. It is a really effective way to make new friends! Looking forward and hope to participate next year’s as well!
・English Chat Club :新しい知り合いができること。様々なゲームを通して英語が使えること。
・インドネシアン・ナイト:Indonesian traditional dance

Q4. ICCのどんなところが好きですか?
・I like the atmosphere which makes me feel comfortable.
・The flyers are always informative and easy to understand!!
・The more event the better.
・I like how there is an abundance in the number and variety of events. I can learn about countries I’ve never heard of and I can meet the people of the country too.








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