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My daily life at Nishi-Waseda campus

Y.G (Student Staff Leader)

There are four main campuses in Waseda University; Waseda, Toyama, Nishi-Waseda and Tokorozawa. Waseda and Toyama campus are close to each other and has the  largest number of Waseda students. Nishi-Waseda campus is 20 minutes walk from the Waseda campus or 15 minutes by the campus bus. Tokorozawa campus is further away, which takes an hour on train. Of course, I am not here to give you the basic information that you can find it easily on the official website. I am not sure how much you know about Nishi-Waseda campus, but as an engineering student, I want to share some of my daily life at Nishi-Waseda campus, where I spend half of my student life on.

To be honest, if I am not working at the ICC, I will just come to Waseda Campus once a week, or maybe once a month. Even though it is not far away, it is still time-consuming for waiting for a bus and taking a bus.

Daily life at Nishi-Waseda campus is quite different from that in Waseda campus. It is peaceful at most of the time. Students are walking through the garden for taking the class or the lunch, but  there is noo performance by circles which usually happens in front of Building 3 at Waseda campus. Also there are not many students as in Waseda campus, so it is quite calm. Sometimes I am really jealous of  students at Waseda campus because they have a more lively campus.

Night view of the middle court at Nishi-Waseda campus

However, there are also many appealing and special points of Nishi-Waseda campus which I really like. This campus really looks like a factory, as an engineering and science campus. There are buildings in grey filled with the smell of gasoline and the sound of engines sometimes, and also the ceiling with cables crossing. All of these cheer me up, as an engineer student. “It is so cool!” I said it many times in my mind. Moreover, all the buildings at Nishi-Waseda campus are connected together. You can walk from a corner of the campus to another corner without getting out of the buildings. It is like a maze and probably you might get lost, and so did I.

Bridge connects building 51, 57 and 58

There is a lovely robot exhibited every day at Building 63, Nishi-Waseda. It is one of the famous robots built by Waseda University. It is clever and can even play the piano.

Robot pianist exhibited at building 63

Toyama campus has Starbucks on-campus, and on the other hand Nishi-Waseda campus has Tully’s Coffee on-campus. You can have a really nice street view if you take a seat here.

Tully’s Coffee near Meiji gate of Nishi-Waseda campus

Also, there is another reason I prefer Nishi-Waseda campus sometime is Nishi-Waseda metro station. It is convenience to take Fukutoshin line here to Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and even Yokohama rather than Waseda station where you need to go to Takadanobaba station for transferring first.

Nishi-waseda Metro station of Fukutoshin line

Waseda campus has Wase-meshi around it and you will have many options for your lunch. But Nishiwaseda doesn’t have it. There are just few restaurants around the campus. Or you can go to Takadanobaba Station for more delicious food with 15 minutes walk. But we have restaurant cars, saving my grumbling stomach in a way. (However, I still prefer Wase-meshi)

Restaurant car near Building 63

That is Nishi-Waseda campus, and my life in Nishi-Waseda campus. Although I love the environment and wase-meshi at Waseda campus, I also love the Nish-Waseda campus which has special meaning to me. I hope you have more interests in Nishi-Waseda campus after  reading this blog, and visit there to have a look someday. For your information, here is the link of the Nishi-Waseda campus tour. It would be a good chance to know this campus deeply rather than aimlessly wandering by yourself. By the way, I got a lovely Waseda mechanical pencil as a present when I joined the campus tour last time.
Campus Tour

The picture of Photo Scavenger Hunt at Nishi-Waseda Campus on 29th March

A Message for “Supporters” from the ICC Student Staff (from the“ICC Thank You Party-Winter 2018”) / ICC学生スタッフからサポーターの皆さんへのメッセージ(「サポーター慰労会・冬2018」より)

Many of the ICC’s events are held successfully thanks to the volunteer students called “supporters”.
On December 18, 2018 we held an ICC Thank You Party to express our appreciation to the supporters who helped with our events during this semester. Below is the speech made by one of the ICC student staff at the end of the party.

ICC will call for supporters for various events again in the spring semester.
We hope you come and join us as supporters!

Hello guys and thank you very much for coming to our ICC Supporters Party.

We at the ICC are feeling very happy to see so many familiar faces reunited at once today.

I myself first engaged with the ICC as a Supporter like you all and have started performing as a Student Staff in my first semester of my second year. Although there have been peaks and troughs I have truly been able to enjoy my time and the memories created in this place.

You may have heard on the news about the new Immigration Act reform, the slow stage of globalization Japan is placed in compared to other countries or even the hardships people in Japan and people who are not from Japan are facing. Let’s be honest, Japan still has a myriad of challenges to clear ahead in order to fully globalize.

The first step to make this a reality is through first listening, then learning, interacting and ultimately understanding about the countless and diverse ways of living, traditions, religions and cultures that coexist together.

At the ICC we do not simply organize events but we use events as a tool to promote multicultural understanding and diversity on campus through activities and events that help listen, help learn, help interact and help understand.

Every time I plan an event at the ICC I bear this mission on mind and aim to generate change starting from the grassroots level of university to exert a ripple effect that goes upstream into our society.

Achieving our mission will not be possible without the passionate collaboration of our ultimate partners who are you all, our Supporters.

During the people bingo I had the chance to speak with people who thought they helped in just a small event such as a lunch event or a very casual one like the sports events.

But today I would like to make use of this opportunity to tell you that it is not about the events, but it is about the fundamental role that only you guys are playing. You are an important part of the puzzle and without you, the ICC is incomplete and it will be difficult to achieve our mission to promote multicultural understanding and diversity to generate great changes in society.

So today, I would like to express my sincere thanks on behalf of all the Student Staffs for all your support this semester and I hope we can count on you to join us on our mission as ultimate partners, from next semester as well.

Thank you very much!

T. I. (Student Staff Leader)

Road to鹿児島










午後になったら雲仙へ帰ってフェリーに乗って下島と、ついに鹿児島県に着きました。いちき串木野というところで以前、福山市に滞在した時のように友達の家に泊まらせてもらいました。いちき串木野にも友達と素晴らしい二日間を過ごしましたが、このブログはツーリングブログなので、ロードに戻りましょう。鹿児島県から別府まで走った日に次の大きなハイライトがありました。それは阿蘇山です。別府までの途中にあり、もちろん、阿蘇山をバイクで上るつもりでしたが、阿蘇山の上に意外な素晴らしい発見をしました。阿蘇山を下ろうとして、道も見えないくらい草や植物が好き勝手に生えた半開の関門から始まった砂利道を見つけたのです。指定道ではないというのを分かっていましたが、「僕は車ではなく、オフロードもどこでも簡単に走れるバイクに乗っているよ」という気持ちがあったので、関門に入って怪しい砂利道を走り始めました。あの時にそう思ってあの道を選択して本当に良かったです。なぜかというと、この砂利道はどんどん変わって原になり、気が付くと火山の原野で目的もなく走ることができたからです。道路も車も誰もいなく、私のFTR223のエンジンの音のみが聞こえました。頭くらい高い草を通り、バイクの車輪に徐々に草や雑草が入ってきてもFTR223は止まりませんでした。半時間くらいぶらぶらした時、突然ヘリコプターが現れ、驚きましたが、結局ヘリコプターは通り過ぎていきました。どうやら普通のパトロールのようでした。ほっとして阿蘇山を下って日没の時に阿蘇の谷を出ました。大観峰 展望所で最後の阿蘇山の美しい風景を楽しんだ後で当日のゴール、別府へ走り続けました。まるで冒険のようでした。









What Home Means to Me

Hi everyone, I’m S.Y., one of the student staff leaders (SSL) at the ICC. I am still a newbie at both the ICC and Waseda as I entered university this fall semester. Four months have passed ever since, it is unbelievable how fast time flies. I hope you all have had an amazing winter holiday.

Today, I would like to talk about what ‘home’ means to me. Before I get to the subject though, allow me to give you a little background of myself. I was born in Aichi, but is not where I spent my childhood. I have been moving every two to three years, following my dad who works as a trading officer. Now that I reflect back, it is beyond belief how I have attended 10 different schools, in 6 different cities. Despite the countless challenges I have faced growing up as so called a ‘third-cultured kid (TCK)’, there is nothing that can replace what I have encountered throughout the journey.

However, there are many questions TCKs have a difficult time answering, ‘what is your first language’, ‘where are your roots’, and ‘what culturally defines you’. The list can be endless. The most complicating, but is asked almost every time during an ice-breakers is – “Where is your home?” Conventionally, home is associated with a single geographical location, a place where you grew up, or a place where you form a strong sense of attachment to. It is a non-changing concept for most people. Having lived in so many different places, I have spent hours, days, and years trying to figure out where that place could be for me, but it took me nowhere.

I talk about this a lot with my friends who also grew up crisscrossing different cultures. I often hear them say, “If we can’t decide on a place to call home, the world can be our home”. However, such framing seems to be oversimplified. I personally believe that home provides all of us with a sense of belonging. Despite the major hardships we have in life, what keeps us driving is home that allows us to acknowledge that somewhere in this world, there is a place that accepts and welcomes us. We cannot gain that kind of security if we conclude by saying that the entire world is our home; the world itself is too big of a community.

That’s when I realized; to me home is a concept that is tightly connected with the people rather than a particular place. Looking back on the past eighteen years, the one and only reason I fell in love with all places I have lived, was because of the people who surrounded me with lots of love and kindness. When I first started attending an international school at an age of seven, all I knew how to say was “What is your name?” Now, I am here being able to call myself a bilingual. So I am thankful for all the teachers who assisted me in overcoming the language barrier, my friends who taught me that I was enough for who I am, and of course, my family who gave me unconditional love, especially during the difficult times. In short, home to me is being close to someone.

There are so many ways to define this beautiful word and I want to let you all know that no one is obliged to pinpoint an exact answer. I have always felt the need to clear the blurred line, but now I know that it is okay to hold on to my own construct. Every individual has their own journeys that are unique in their own way, and that’s what influences our understandings and values in life.

This winter break, I visited Shanghai where I graduated my high school. I was reunited with my family who still lives there, as well as my best friends who currently studies in America but also came back for the holidays. I may not be Chinese, and I may not have lived long enough in China to call it my home, but it was a great feeling to be back home.

S.Y. (Student Staff Leader)


本日はお忙しい中、サポーター慰労会にご参加いただきありがとうございます。私はICCで学生スタッフをしている、文化構想学部4年の矢田部真帆と申します。今期は、Canadian Nightやぺらぺらクラブを担当しました。今日はICCを代表して、今期、様々な形でICCのサポーターとしてご尽力くださった皆様にごあいさつしたいと思います。






How`s Your Diet Going?

   How’s Your Diet Going?

                                                 E.K. (Student Staff Leader)

“When you starve yourself, you feed your demons”, as this quote demonstrates, eating occupies a big proportion of our lives. These days, beauty starts in mirror. People believe that if they eat what they’ve always eaten, they will weigh what they’ve always weighed. So, they take extra steps to withstand the greed of eating foods. Eating disorder is a disease which is caused by this inappropriate thoughts and minds which come from stress related to foods. Anorexia and Bulimia are two main diseases which current people suffer from.

Bulimia and anorexia sound similar but share differences. Anorexia is a sickness which people get when they have a fear of weight gain and a distorted view of their body size and shape. According to a research of MHN (Mental Help Net), people who suffer from anorexia eat very little and can become dangerously underweight. Many teens with anorexia restrict themselves not to intake foods by diet or excessive exercise. When they eat foods, the small amount of food becomes an obsession in terms of ‘calorie’. In addition, others with anorexia start binge eating. After intake foods, they try to get rid of the calories by vomiting.

Bulimia is another type of eating disorder. People with bulimia eat a large amount of food at once. Sometimes, they eat food that is not cooked or still frozen. Some people even retrieve food from trash. According to a research people with bulimia typically feel powerless to stop eating and can only stop when they are too full to intake foods anymore. They also vomit foods to justify their over-eating. If people with anorexia and bulimia keep the eating disorder, they will not be able to have balanced lives both physically and mentally.

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center mentioned that “Eating disorders profoundly impact an individual’s quality of life: self-image, relationships and physical well-being. The process of starvation can affect most organ systems. Physical signs will be occurred including low heart rate, lack of menstrual periods, and hypotension. Complication such as tearing the esophagus, rupturing stomach, and developing life-threatening irregularities of the heart rhythm may also result.

To cure the disorders, first step in eating disorder recovery is admitting that relentless pursuit of thinness is out of our control. Next step is talking to someone to get support and understand the problems. Final step is seeking professional help. The advice and support of trained eating disorder professionals can help to regain health and learn to eat normally again.

With those solutions, people with eating disorder will be able to obtain opportunities to stay healthy with normal eating routines. As eating is one of crucial aspects of our lives, all of us should have proper eating behaviors. We cannot deny that having slim body brings happiness. However, happiness always brings beauty and confidence breeds beauty as well. We should be confidential about our own and be our own kinds of beautiful.


“TOP RATED for Finding Help for Eating Disorders Such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder.” EDReferral.com, www.edreferral.com/consequences.


ICC企画者レポート:「本場インドに日本のカレーを!~KUURAKU GROUPの試みと成功の秘密~」



11月9日に開催しましたトークセッション、『本場インドに日本のカレーを!~KUURAKU GROUPの試みと成功の秘密~』の企画者です。このイベントは私がICCの学生スタッフになって初めて企画、実施したイベントなのでとても思い入れが深いイベントとなりました。イベントに参加された方も、参加できなかった方も、読んでいただけたら幸いです!





本トークセッションでは日本食を最前線で海外に広めていらっしゃるKUURAKU GROUPの廣濱様をゲストにお招きしました。カレーの本場インドで日本のカレーを販売する事業に現場で携わっていらっしゃるご経験をお話しいただくことで、ただネットで記事を読んだだけでは知ることのできない、スピーカーの思いや企業の理念というものを感じることができ、本当に良かったです。ご講演の中では、現地インドで実際店舗の運営をされていく中で経験された興味深いエピソードを沢山伺うことができました。参加者の多くが熱心にお話を聞いていたのが印象に残っています。



ICC企画者レポート:「職業は『国創り』 ~イラクと日本の架け橋を目指して~」

K.M. (Student Staff Leader)

先日、11月28日に開催した、ICCトークセッション「職業は『国創り』 ~イラクと日本の架け橋を目指して~」を企画した学生スタッフです。



私が国際協力分野に興味をもつきっかけとなったのは、小学校低学年時に JICA 主催の国際協力イベントに参加したことでした。日本の農業技術が地球環境を改善し、開発途上国の人々の暮らしを支えることができることを学び、幼いながらも感銘を受けたことを覚えています。その後、高校では3年間、開発途上国の農業に貢献するために土壌改良の研究にも打ち込んできました。
大学に入学後も国際協力に対する思いは冷めることなく、積極的にキャリアセミナーやワークショップの参加をしていました。そこで出会ったのが私の高校・大学の先輩であり、JICA職員である伊藤綱貴氏でした。身近な先輩が世界で活躍される姿を知り、憧れと尊敬の念を抱いたのはもちろんのことでしたが、それと同時に、より多くの学生に同様の体験ができる機会を提供したい、さらには、世界を舞台に活躍していこうという意識を持った学生に、国際協力の仕事には実際どのような活動があり、その活動を通じてどのような社会貢献が可能なのか、より深く考えるきっかけ作りを提供できればと強く思いました。そこで、今回のトークセッション「職業は『国創り』 ~イラクと日本の架け橋を目指して~」の企画に至ったのです。





















新SSLのS.Rです。Sain baina uu! この挨拶、聞いたことはありますか?実は、日本と同じ東アジアに位置するモンゴル国の挨拶です。地理的にはとても近いですが、小学校の教科書に載っているスーホーの白い馬のイメージしかないという方が多いのではないでしょうか。このブログでは私が初めて行った外国である、モンゴル国について執筆しようと思います。写真もたくさん載せたため、モンゴルの爽快感を感じていただきたいです。




























A Message, From One English Speaker to Another, on Japanese

My Story

Before coming to Japan, most foreigners start learning Japanese beforehand. Japan is known to be a monolingual country with a small population that actually truly knows how to speak English (even worse, other languages). For a country that requires English as a language classes for years in their education, most would expect a bilingual population. However, that is absolutely not the case.

To make matters worse for me, I was not one of those foreigners who prepared beforehand. I did not take any Japanese classes. I did not listen to J-Pop or watch anime. I did not even try Duolingo or any of those basic Japanese language apps one can easily download on the phone.

Yet, I chose Waseda University.

Waseda University originally wasn’t my first choice, but the day I decided to visit Waseda University, and see it from beyond the Internet pictures and blogs, changed my college path drastically. When I entered the South Gates of Waseda, I was in complete awe. As I walked down the paved path, tall trees towered and welcomed me, then led me to the heart of Waseda campus. There, the Okuma Statue stood in all his glory, gazing at the Okuma Auditorium straight ahead, where the symbolic clock tower, the representation of the beginning of Waseda University, perched. From then on, I wanted nothing more than to be a Waseda University student.

As one can tell, Japan was a last-minute decision for me. Even though I had a summer to prepare, I did not bother to learn Japanese beforehand, thinking to myself that I was going to learn it anyway: why pay for additional Japanese classes? But when I came to my Japanese level 1 class and my first Japanese class ever, my teacher held a diagnostic test on katakana and hiragana. Needless to say, I knew nothing. I stared at the sheet of paper and asked myself, “What even is hiragana and katakana?” After, my teacher took and glanced at my blank piece of paper – by the look of her face, I knew she was not happy. She quickly announced at the front of the class “If you don’t know any hiragana and katakana, I highly recommend you drop this class and take level 0.” How much lower of a Japanese level could I get, I thought. “Next week’s class, the same hiragana and katakana test will be given to you to see if you can stay in this class or not,” my teacher added. Then, she dumped a thick package with all practice sheets on how to write and pronounce the hiragana and katakana. My heart dropped at the sight.

Figure 1: My First Japanese Class (Comprehensive Japanese Level 1)

That same day, I studied at the lobby of my dorm, trying my best with the first few characters. But nothing would stay in my head because I have never been exposed to learning characters, except maybe learning the alphabet when I was 2 years old, but obviously, I barely remembered that. I had no idea how to study for 46 characters – how to write and read them – in one week. I remember feeling the tears quickly build up, my heart sinking to my stomach, and the general feeling of being so stressed as I stared and counted the seemingly endless pages of the workbook. But I was more motivated than discouraged so, every day for hours, I practiced my ‘a, i, u, e, o… ka, ki, ku, ke, ko…”

And in just one week, I learned my hiragana and katakana.

Now, it has been a year since, and looking back at that instance, my Japanese has grown immensely: from knowing nothing to being able to read, speak, and write Japanese (including kanji) – not perfectly or fluently, but definitely better than Day 1. I will admit that my experiences with the Japanese language were definitely not easy. Learning in such an intensive pace brought so much pressure that some instances I would get so frustrated and cry. Plus, being unable to understand anything, such as being around friends who spoke to some extent, added to my frustrations. In fact, even now, I still get frustrated with learning Japanese.

Yet, throughout all the hardships, I would not take a single moment back because these experiences made me stronger and all-in-all benefitted me greatly. I can look back and be proud that I made it. I can remind myself while I face other obstacles that if I can make it through my first year in Japan, then I can make it through anything.

Ultimately, I don’t regret my decision of Japan. It was my decision to choose a completely unfamiliar environment and challenge myself immensely. I am glad I chose Japan and I am glad I chose Waseda University.

My Message

Honestly, learning Japanese is going to be one of the hardest and longest skills to achieve. This is not meant to discourage you because although it seems much for just one skill to be added to a resume, it is the journey that matters the most. I am still in the path to fluency and I can confidently say, in one year, learning Japanese has also changed me as a person, and for the better. I have learned:

  1. Patience – learning Japanese, or any language for a matter, will take time. It is completely okay to pace yourself so you don’t lose your love for the language.
  2. Hard Work – along with patience is hard work; you cannot learn without effort.
  3. Open-mindedness – learning a language is not just learning grammar, speaking, etc.; it is learning a country’s culture.

I have to commend any English speaker who exits their own comfort zone to learn a language like Japanese. You are learning a whole new way of writing, speaking: all in all, communicating. The grammar of Japanese and English are complete opposites. It is okay to admit you are having a hard times; not to admit defeat but to keep trying.

There is no other path but improvement. がんばれ!

Figure 2: After One Year in Japan

B.P (Student Staff Leader)

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