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Carleton College Off-Campus Seminar – Imadegawa Campus

Updated Jun. 12, 2017
For about 2 months starting March 31st to June 2nd, Carleton College Off-Campus Seminar 2017 Japanese Gardens, the Environment and Architecture was held at Imadegawa Campus. Carleton College is a private liberal arts college located in Minnesota, USA, and is well known for its academic excellence and warm, welcoming campus community. We had 15 Carleton College students who studied History of Gardens and Landscape Architecture in Japan and some other topics focusing on Japan using Doshisha facilities this year.

This program took importance on field trips and exploring cities besides the classes. Students were required to widen their field of activities in Japan and to experience the life in Japan. They also enjoyed student’s life going to places like Izakaya (drinking place), ramen shops, local bakeries, karaoke or local shopping. Program also took the students to Hiroshima where they visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima and Kanazawa where they visited Kenrokuen and enjoyed their first time hot spring experience for deeper understanding of Japanese history.
Students seemed to enjoy the transition of seasons from spring with blooming cherry blossoms and to Japanese rainy season as well.
We also had peer students called “Doshisha Peers,” and they helped Carleton students with going on field trips and other things in students’ life like advising how to say something particular in Japanese or introducing university facilities. They made good friendships during the program.

The program had Welcome party and Farewell party at dining hall of Amherst Guest House. Carleton College students beautifully sang Doshisha College Song and Carleton College Song for Doshisha Peers at both parties, and Doshisha Peers responded to them by presenting a song “Top of the World” by Carpenters at Farewell party. Closing of the program seemed it really went well with good relaxing atmosphere.

We had this Carleton program 5th time this year and will have another Carleton program focusing on the Linguistics in 2018. We hope to build better programs year by year, and wish more international students will get to know Japan and Japanese culture through learning at Doshisha campus.

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