Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 98 June 9th, 2017

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 98

1. Life in Japan by Photo

Learn the life in Japan with photos posted by our readers! We look forward to your submissions of memorable photos of your experiences in Japan, including your student life, exposure to Japanese culture and history, travel, and more.

1 Photo title (15 words or less)
2 Name (katakana and alphabet)
3 Nationality
4 Name of your school in Japan

June of Japan

The theme of the June issue is photo introduces June of Japan.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

The start of mountain-climbing season

The start of mountain-climbing season

Father's day

Father's day

The rainy season

The rainy season

2. Alumni News

Bringing you news and first-hand stories about international students!

1) News on International Students

NEWS 1 : Number of International Students Graduating in 2015 Highest Ever

According to a survey by the Japan Student Services Organization, the number of international students that graduated from university, graduate school, junior college, technical college, vocational school, etc., in the 2015 academic year is the highest ever at 42,643 people. After graduating, 12,325 people (30.1%) found employment in Japan, and 12,265 people (30.0%) continued their education in Japan. Meanwhile, the number of international students graduating from Japanese language institutions reached 34,990 people. About 80% of them continued their education in Japan; 1,734 (5%) of them found employment in Japan.

NEWS 2 : Prayer Room to be opened in Tokyo Station in Response to Increase in Number of Muslim Tourists Visiting Japan

The Japan Property Management Association (JPM) has begun accepting applications from member In response to the growing number of Muslim tourists visiting Japan from Southeast Asia and other countries, JR East (East Japan Railway Company) announced that it will open a prayer room inside Tokyo Station on June 5 that Muslims and others can use to pray in. A space for about two people to quietly meditate and a washing facility for purification will be set up inside the JR East Travel Center at the Marunouchi North Dome of Tokyo Station.

2) Introduction of Current International Students

Anna Stefaniak

Name: Anna Stefaniak
Nationality: Polish
University: Tokyo University of the Arts
Major: Glass Molding (Graduate School of Fine Arts)
Academic Year: 3rd year (Doctorate)
Period of Stay in Japan: April 2014 - Present
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3

I became interested in traditional Japanese culture (particularly kimono and fabric patterns) when I was in junior high school. I read books on Japan, Japanese art and Japanese traditions, but it wasn’t enough for me. I decided to study in Japan because I wanted to go to Japan, experience tea ceremony, visit the beautiful places I had read about, taste Japanese food and try on kimono.

I’m currently studying glass art at Tokyo University of the Arts. My topic of research is “Silence and Minimalism.” I’m searching for answers to questions like how artists express silence through art, whether it is possible to paint silence and whether silence is a necessity in people’s lives while also producing actual artwork that expresses the meaning of various types of silence.

What has stuck with me most in Japan is a memorable three-day trip I took to Sabae City, Fukui. I was invited along with several other international students from the university to visit workshops on traditional crafts from the Echizen area and attend an international seminar. In a short period of time, I was able to participate in several workshops and visit lacquer, textile, Japanese paper, ceramic and eyeglass studios as well as Shikki Shrine. Everywhere I went, the craftsmen gave me a warm welcome and taught me the secrets of their craft. They also answered all my questions and even let me make some actual pieces. On the last day, we talked about the memorable experiences we had in front of the craft producers and also discussed the modern uses of traditional crafts that we saw (including application to our own crafts) and how the area can be promoted overseas. In the future, I hope to be able to engage in collaborations involving arts and crafts.

My advice to people considering studying abroad is to study the language. Even if you’re not good at Japanese, if you actually try to use it, you’ll get closer to Japanese people and adapt to the local area. If you do that, you’ll understand the local customs, rules and way of doing things, and make friends, too. Don’t just stick with people of your own nationality. Make friends with Japanese people and other international students. Not only will you get various help that you need but you’ll also have more opportunities to see Japan from a different perspective in a completely different approach.

3) List of Japan Alumni Associations

Introduction of “Support for International Students Returning Home”

Hiroshima University Alumni Association established in Cambodia

In March 2016, a meeting was held in Phnom Penh to establish the Hiroshima University Cambodia Alumni Association. About 50 people graced the event.
Attendees from the university included President Mitsuo Ochi and Vice-President Toshiyuki Sato. Dr. Ochi told the attendees he hoped that the establishment of the Cambodian chapter would lead to deeper friendships among alumni and that it would serve as a bridge between Japan and Cambodia, and provides assistance to students wishing to study at Hiroshima University and other institutions in Japan. Hiroshima University is working on building a network with overseas alumni via international alumni associations. Exchanges between overseas alumni, coordination between Hiroshima University and alumni, and human networks are expected to grow stronger.

3. Academic News

Introducing scholarships, grants, unique activities at particular universities, and more!

1) Introduction of Faculties/Graduate Schools

Here we introduce you to particular faculties and graduate schools at Japanese universities.

University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences (UMDS)

University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences (UMDS)

University Profile (as of April 2017)
Name: University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences (UMDS)
Address: 3-1 Gakuen-Nishimachi, Nishi-ku, Kobe-City, Hyogo, Japan
Number of students: 3,400 (Undergraduate), 35 (Graduate)
International students: 420 (Undergraduate), 35 (Graduate)

1. About UMDS

UMDS is the university specializing in the scientific study of Marketing and Distribution. Its goal is fostering of individuals who will contribute to the world peace and creating of a truly affluent society through scientific research and the study of Marketing and distribution.
Studying and learning "Distribution and Marketing" is a major premise for education that is common throughout the university, and learning "distribution and marketing" that takes advantage of their educational characteristics It is a feature of our university's education that you can adapt to changes in the dynamically changing tertiary industry markets and consumers, and learn in "practical" as an academic discipline that can be used. Our concept is teaching and researching “Marketing and Distribution” through practical learning. We have three faculties (Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Economics, and Faculty of Humanities and Social Science), 7 departments and 16 courses.

2. Outline and Features of Distinctive Courses

Faculty of Commerce: By learning deeply about marketing tactics, Students will know how to meet the consumers’ needs and also will be able to how to create the hit products.
Department of Economic Information in Faculty of Economics: This department teaches students the general idea of economy by using Information Technologies. Also they study how to analyze the data.
Department of Tourism in Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Students can learn the services to make people happy. They learn the real hospitality, producing method in tourism industry or bridal industry, service and management method by exploiting theory and practice.

3. Scholarships and Living Support for International Students

International Affairs Division supports the international students’ daily life. We will consult on daily matters such as residence affairs, renewal of student visa and so on. Every week, we hold a meeting for fresh international students so that they can ask senior students any trouble in their own languages freely. There are several occasions for international students to attend the various events such as “international bus tours”, or seasonal events.
“Welcome to KOBE incentive” (300,000 yen benefit)" and 30% reduction of tuition for the first year (231,000 yen) will be provided for all the first year students entered by UMDS.

4. International Exchange and Other Support for International Students

There is guidance for the first year students, in which they can learn “How to start job-hunting”.
As for the third grade students, job-hunting guidance specialized for the international students will be provided. We support strongly international students’ success in finding jobs in Japan.

2) Application Information for Scholarships, Grants, Invitations, Prizes, etc.

Kouekizaidanhoujin Sozeishiryoukan (The Institute of Tax Research and Literature)

Program name
About grants for students from Southeast Asian countries

1. Grant eligibility
(1) The applicant must be an international student who is studying for a master's degree in tax jurisprudence or accountancy at a graduate school in Japan. The student must also be committed to acquiring a licensed tax accountant qualification, and have a letter of recommendation from their graduate school. Students will not be entitled to this grant if they are due to receive, or are likely to receive a similar grant from an institution other than the school at which they are currently enrolled.
(2) The grant is paid over a period of 2 years, after which time students must pay their own expenses. To be specific, students who seek to achieve their licensed tax accountant qualification in Japan by pursuing a 2 year master’s degree tax law course after completing their accounting diploma at graduate school, or vice versa, are eligible to receive the grant for the final two year period of their studies. For students intending to achieve certified public accountant and licensed tax accountant qualifications in Japan within 2 years at graduate school, the grant is available for this two year period.
(3) This grant is only available to Southeast Asian students.
(4) Upon completing their course of study, students will be required to submit their research reports within one month. All submitted reports will be uploaded to the homepage of the Sozeishiryokan. If students publish their results, the Sozeishiryokan will request the publisher to allow us to display the research results on the homepage.

2. Amount of grant・Grant period
Recipients are entitled to up to 2,000,000 yen per year, available in four quarterly installments of 500,000 yen each for 2 consecutive years.

3. Application requirements
(1) Those who wish to have the grant should first receive a letter of recommendation from their graduate school, then pursue their application to the Sozeishiryokan through the office of their school.
(2) Applicants must submit their photo, and a copy of their residence card or alien registration card.
(3) If for any reason your application to the graduate school of your choice is unsuccessful, and you cannot begin your course of study as planned, please submit a letter to the Sozeishiryokan informing us of the matter. In such cases students must return any money that they have received.
(4) If for any reason you are unable to continue with the course of study that you have already started, please submit a letter to the Sozeishiryokan informing us of the matter. In such cases students must return any remaining money that they have received.
(5) Upon successfully completing their course of study, students should present the appropriate documentary proof of graduation to the Sozeishiryokan to receive exemption from grant repayment.
(6) We regret that we are unable to return any of your documentation.

4. Application period
At any time
※Students wishing to apply should first contact the Sozeishiryokan by email through the office of their graduate school.

5. For full details, please contact us at this address
Kouekizaidanhoujin Sozeishiryoukan
Sozeishiryoukan Building 2nd Floor
3-45-13 Minamidai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, 164-0014
Tel: 03-5340-1131
Fax: 03-5340-1130
E-mail: sozeishiryokan@nifty.com

The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the world (FALIA)

Program name
2017 Saito Ryoji Islamic Scholarship

Project title
FALIA ESSAY COMPETITION 2017

Overview
The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the world is holding an essay competition for international students in areas where life insurance systems are developing. Through the competition, the foundation hopes many countries will gain more interest in finance and insurance systems, and take some steps forward with our ideal realization.

Applicant Eligibility
Must be an undergraduate or a graduate international student living in Japan whose status of residence is “College Student.” As a general rule, contestant must be a national of a country that sends participants to FALIA seminars. (Countries which have sent participants to FALIA include Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and so on. For more details, please refer to the FALIA website or inquire directly.) Must still be a student during the award ceremony and must be able to attend it. (The award ceremony is scheduled in the beginning of 2018. Fixed schedule will be announced later on the website.)

Theme
Any topic that is relevant to life insurance.
FALIA expects that many students who study insurance schemes or even those who are unfamiliar with insurance will challenge themselves to enter this competition with their rich imaginations and free ideas. FALIA accepts a wide variety of viewpoints and methodological approaches when it comes to the essays.

Language
Japanese or English

Application period
September 28, 2017

Prize
1st Prize JPY500,000 (for one piece)
2nd Prize JPY300,000 (for one piece)
3rd Prize JPY100,000 (for several pieces)
Effort Award JPY50,000 (for several pieces)

Contact
Essay Competition Group, The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the World (FALIA)
401 BELISTA Tower Higashi-Totsuka
91-1 Kawakami-cho, Totsuka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 244-0805
TEL: 045-827-2671
E-mail: essay@falia.jp

3) Information about International Symposium

Visualization Symposium 2017

The purpose of this symposium is to promote wide-ranging expansion of technology for using visualization by actively engaging in research exchanges on visualization from various fields. In addition to developing and improving visualization techniques, we plan to deliver presentations on image processing and other related technologies, and applications to new fields. For those interested in visualization, we look forward to seeing you at the event.

*Visualization refers to converting things or events that cannot be seen by the human eye into images, graphs, charts, etc., to communicate the information in an easy-to-understand manner.

Date: Tuesday, July 18 - Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Location: Kogakuin University, Shinjuku Campus (1-24-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)

4) Academic Societies

<Literature, Philosophy, Education, Psychology, Sociology, History>

<Law, Politics>

<Economics, Commercial Science, Management>

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<Engineering>

<Agriculture>

<Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences>

5) Japanese Language Tests

4.Business News

JASSO provides information about job-search for both current and graduate international students!

1) Job Hunting Event Information

The Program for Advancement of Foreign Human Resources is being launched from 2015, as a collaborative effort of related government ministries and agencies, and other relevant organizations. The Program seeks to increase employment of international students in Japan, and hence increase the number of highly skilled international professionals in the future, following the recent trend in policy that includes the 2014 revision of “Japan Revitalization Strategy – Japan is Back” (approved by the Cabinet on June 24th, 2014). The ultimate aim is to vitalize the Japanese economy further and enhance Japan’s presence in the global economy.
Through seminars, events and other activities, the Program will strengthen the system of connecting international students and other foreign nationals looking for employment in Japan, with companies in Japan looking to recruit international employees.

Events for International Student

Useful Web Site for International Students

2) Job Hunting Report

Li Xin

Name: Li Xin
Nationality: Chinese
University in Japan: Kanagawa University Graduate School
Major: Economics
Period of study in Japan: April 2005 to March 2011
Name of Company: Keiyo Distribution Warehouse Co. Ltd.
Japanese proficiency level: Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1, Business Japanese Proficiency Test J1+

The reason I decided to study in Japan is that it neighbors China and was then the second biggest economy in the world in 2005. Also, I came in contact with Japanese anime, history and games at a young age and took a keen interest in Japanese culture and advanced technology. I wanted to get to know Japan with my own eyes and get close to its culture and humanity. I also wanted to get a higher level of education, so I chose to study in this country.

I chose to work for Keiyo Distribution Warehouse, my current employer, for three reasons. The first is that distribution is such an important industry that the global economy would not function without it. The second is that the work of moving things supports people’s lives and is related to all kinds of industries. The third is that I was attracted to the business policy of “striving to be one of a kind in the distribution industry.” I’m currently holding a sales position in the Development and Planning Group. My duties include acquiring new customers and providing support to existing customers.

What I emphasized in the hiring process was one of my part-time jobs as a student and my ability to take action. I explained in detail that when I faced problems, I didn’t just take action but also came up with ways to achieve my goals. I think that rather than simply saying that you have the ability to take action, describing how this can be utilized at the company will be more appealing when selling yourself.

At the interview, I took particular care to speak cheerfully and with confidence. When speaking in Japanese, I think it’s more important to speak slowly and with a strong voice than it is to have perfect grammar if you want to leave an impression. Also, if you don’t understand a question, be honest and tell them you don’t understand rather than pretending that you understood. Providing answers that miss the mark could lead to a negative evaluation.

My advice to students engaging in job hunting activities is that if you know what it is you want to do, then stick to your convictions and don’t compromise. However, once you join a company, you need to have the drive to do anything. There’s a saying in Japan, “Three years on a cold stone will make it warm,” which means that perseverance prevails. Do your job well with humility and gather up experience. That will always lead you to the next step.

3) Job Hunting Information Article

Hiring to begin at companies
June is when companies begin hiring. It’s also the season when interviews begin and people experience excitement or disappointment after getting the results back. This time we’re going to offer two key points to remember when heading to your interview.

- Interviewers look for different things
Many companies conduct three interviews, and the interviewers are different each time. The first interviewer is from Human Resources (HR), the second is someone responsible for sales, planning or other frontline work, and the third (final) is often the company president or a director.
Each interviewer will be looking for something different. At the first interview, the HR staff will be checking basic things like whether you are suited to the company (whether you could adapt), whether you could be utilized by the company, and whether you have proper etiquette and good communication skills. Someone from the front lines like sales or planning will be in charge of the second interview and will try to picture you on the job and check whether you come across as trainable and capable. At the third (final) interview, you will be interviewed by a member of management like the company president or a director; they will check whether you could be entrusted with company management in the future and whether you will be on board with the corporate strategy from the perspective of a manager.

- Improve on your answers as you go through the interviews
When you finish one interview and go on to the next one, you need to prepare for the next interview. The previous interviewer will often tell the next one about the interview and have them reask questions that you weren’t able to answer well the first time or check on things they were unsure about. Look back on the interview, and if there was something you didn’t answer well, prepare a better answer in case you are asked again.

5. Visit Japan

Have you been travelling around Japan? In this section, we bring you information about sights, events, and foods from all over the country! The June edition looks at Nagasaki prefecture.

Nagasaki prefecture

Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park reproduction of the Medieval Europe townscape that attracts tourists from Japan and other countries. In the Dutch language, it means “house in the woods.” Located inside are a functioning six-kilometer canal, various amusement and museum facilities, and seasonal flowers that are in bloom at various times of the year. At the Hydrangea Festival in early June, 1,100 kinds are planted, and you can see various colors and shapes of hydrangea in bloom. There are also special menu items at the café and miscellaneous hydrangea-related goods for sale. Huis Ten Bosch is also famous for the night view selected as Japan’s number 1 for four years.

Nagasaki Peace Park

Peace Park is located on a small hill on the northern side of the Hypocenter Park, which was the ground zero of the atomic bomb explosion. It is dedicated to the ideal of never repeating the tragedy of war and was built out of a desire for world peace. Inside the Peace Park is the 9.7-meter, 30-ton bronze Peace Statue symbolizing the desires of the Nagasaki citizens for peace. The right hand is raised upward toward the sky pointing to the threat of atomic weapons while the horizontally outstretched left hand signifies peace. The gently closed eyes symbolize the prayer for the souls of the bomb victims. The 9th of August, the day the bomb was dropped, is designated as “Nagasaki Peace Day,” in which the Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in front of the statue.

Castella

Castella is derived from the Portuguese Pão de Castela, meaning “bread from Castile.” The cake was brought to Nagasaki by Portuguese merchants and missionaries at the end of the Muromachi period (16th century) along with guns and Christianity. The original recipe brought to Japan called for wheat, sugar and eggs in equal amounts. In the early Edo period, the recipe was modified in each region to match the taste preferences of Japanese people, giving birth to the moist Japanese-style castella cake.

Nagasaki Peiron Championship

The history of this summer event in Nagasaki goes back more than 350 years. The roughly 14-meter long peiron boats are manned by 26 rowers who race a round-trip distance of 1,150 meters to the beat of taiko drums and gongs. Peiron is said to come from a Chinese word meaning “white dragon.” The peiron boat races at Nagasaki Port are said to have begun in 1655 when Chinese ships docked in the said port were wrecked by a storm causing many people to drown. Chinese residents borrowed boats and began racing to appease the anger of the sea god.

6. NIPPON Information

This section features enjoyable stories about pop culture, traditions, dining, cutting-edge technology, and more!

1) NIPPON Time Machine

Sado (Tea Ceremony)

Sado (Tea Ceremony)
Tea ceremony in Japan was originally called “chanoyu” or “chanomichi” as it was the act of treating guests to tea according to traditional style, but came to be called “sado” in the early Edo period. Sado developed not as simply the act of brewing and enjoying tea but as a composite art form fusing together fine art, crafts, poetry, calligraphy, flower arrangement, tea room architecture, landscape gardening, kaiseki cuisine, confectionery and etiquette for entertaining guests.

What is matcha?

What is matcha?
The matcha used in sado is different from sencha, which is what is normally consumed. Matcha is tencha in powder form. Tencha is grown out of strong sunlight, and after the tea leaves are steamed, they are dried as is without crumpling them up. The stems and veins are then removed. Just before it is shipped, the leaves are ground on a stone mill. Sencha, on the other hand, is grown normally without shielding the plants from direct sunlight. The leaves are steamed, then crumpled up and dried. When tea leaves are subjected to sunlight, umami-rich theanine changes into astringent catechin. Catechin has disinfecting and fat-burning effects.

History of sado
Tea made its way to Japan around the year 800, and appears to have been more of a medicine than a drink to enjoy. Later, in the year 1119, a Buddhist monk named Eisai who had gone to China to study Zen introduced, along with the religion, the technique of stirring tea after putting the powder in hot water. In the 1400s, the game of tocha, in which participants guess the brand of tea that they drank, became popular. Among feudal lords, it became a trend to hold tea parties using Chinese tea sets. In the latter half of the 1400s, Murata Juko expounded the way how tea parties should be held, emphasizing the spiritual exchange between the host and the guest. Takeno Joo carried on this tradition, while the tea master Sen no Rikyu accomplished greatness with wabi sado, adding further philosophical elements and aesthetics that lets you see a world of beauty. This was the original form of modern sado. After Sen no Rikyu’s death, the sado tradition was carried on by his descendants, and the three schools of Japanese tea ceremony called “Omotesenke,” “Urasenke” and “Mushanokoji Senke” were born.

Wabi-sabi
Sado gave birth to the spiritual culture of wabi-sabi. Deeply related to Zen, the concept is of recognizing the impermanence of things and acting with modesty.
The spirit of wabi-sabi is emphasized in sado. The mind is calmed by concentrating on making tea in the quiet space of a tea room, and the participants look inside themselves to improve their mental state. There is also a concept called “ichigo-ichie” which means, “Give your best in every encounter, for it may never recur.” In sado, tea is prepared with emphasis on this mindset.

2) Lifestyle Information

the clock

Toki no kinenbi (Anniversary of time)
The first recorded instance of the bell of a clock ringing to tell the time is in Nihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan). The account says, “…they placed the rokoku on a new stand, and made it for the strike a drum and a bell to show the time. It was the first time they used this rokoku. This rokoku was made by the Emperor [Tenchi] himself when he was still the crown prince...” A rokoku is a water clock where water flows into a vessel, and the time is measured based on the changes in the level of the water. The date was April 25, 671, and when converted over to the solar calendar, it is June 10.

Toki no kinenbi was officially recognized in 1920 by the Tokyo Astronomical Observatory (now the National Astronomical Observatory) and the Seikatsu Kaizen Domei (Union for Life Improvement) for the purpose of improving and rationalizing lives to the level of the United States and Europe by properly observing time. At this time, when Japan was promoting modernization of food, clothing, shelter and other aspects of social life, punctuality, codes of conduct according to time and improving efficiency by saving time in particular were considered the basis for modern life.

It is said that Japanese people are precise with time. Many foreign tourists are surprised by how trains and other public transportation in Japan run on time. Japanese people show up for work and meetings with others on time. Most Japanese people tend to lose trust on those who do not observe punctuality. Time is precious; once it is gone, you cannot get it back.

7. JASSO News

Information about JASSO Scholarship programs, invitation program, Japan Education Fairs, and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU).

1) Schedule, etc. for 2017 Japan Education Fairs

JASSO holds Japan Education Fairs overseas to provide information to high school students, university students and other individuals who are interested in studying in Japan. We also attend and cooperate to the events and seminars sponsored by other organizations.

2) Information about the “Student Guide to Japan”

For all those considering studying in Japan, we recommend you to read the “Student Guide to Japan” first.
In addition to information on the Japanese education system, scholarships, and daily life in Japan, the guidebook also includes stories on experience of international students in Japan.
You can read the guidebook on the JASSO website, so we encourage not only those who are considering studying in Japan, but also students already studying in Japan to take a look.

You can read in 14 languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese (Simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese), Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Myanmar language and Bengali, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, French, German, Mongolian, and Portuguese.

3) Official Facebook Pages of JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices

We also provide the latest information on studying in Japan on our official Facebook pages. Check them out!

4) Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

5) JASSO Scholarship Programs

6) Web Magazine “Ryugakukoryu”

The June 2017 issue will be published on June 12th. Please make sure to read it!

7) Follow-up Research Fellowship (Invitation Program)

This program provides former international students who play active roles in education, research and government in their home countries to conduct short term research at universities in Japan.

8) Follow-up Research Guidance (Dispatching research advisors)

This program provides Japanese academic advisors with an opportunity to visit and to help further research of former international students who are teaching and/or researching at universities or research institutes in their home countries.

8. From the Editor

How did you find the June edition of Japan Alumni eNews?
On the Japanese calendar, June is the time of year when temperature rises as spring gives way to summer. It also marks the coming of rainy season.
In this month’s NIPPON Time Machine, we looked at the Japanese cultural tradition of sado. Sado is not simply drinking and enjoying tea but rather a composite art that spans a wide range of fields, from fine art to crafts, flower arrangement, architecture, landscape gardening and cuisine. It also includes a spiritual culture represented by hospitality and wabi-sabi. Every few months, we will look at a different aspect of traditional Japanese culture, so don’t miss it!

Japan Alumni eNews Editorial Desk is looking for someone who can share their job searching experiences. We also welcome pictures from your life abroad as an exchange student and your comments for our email magazine. Our next issue of “Japan Alumni eNews” will be distributed on July 10th. Don’t miss it!

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