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Report: “Doshisha Summer Session 2022” (organized by Center for Japanese Language and Culture)

Updated Aug. 31, 2022
Center for Japanese Language and Culture hosted “Doshisha Summer Session 2022” conducted online for two weeks, from July 18, 2022 to July 29. This online program was held sequentially last year and we had 15 participants this time from Korea and China.

The program was composed of Japanese language classes as well as Japanese culture classes “Traditional Culture and Life in Kyoto”. In order to further the study of Japanese traditional culture, guest lectures were also carried out: “Zazen” by Kameyama Hakuitsu Osho, the chief priest of Kongozan Homan-ji, “Japanese Kimono Culture” by Mr. Takada Hiroshi, the third-generation president of Komonya Takada Katsu, specialist in Komon and “Life in Kyomachiya and the four seasons in Kyoto” by Ms. Tanaka Mineko, owner of Tondaya 13 generation.

The participants had some opportunities to interact with 35 volunteer students from Doshisha University and Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts. Japanese students joined some classes to help the participants’ studies as volunteers. Some volunteer students took a leadership of planning and carrying out class activities including quizzes about Kyoto and Doshisha University, Origami and free conversation.

We had a lot of positive feedback from the participants, and it shows their senses of accomplishment, achievement and satisfaction such as,
“I could learn the profundity expressed in Japanese traditional culture a lot.”
“I could learn as if I were in Kyoto.”

Regarding Japanese language classes, some participants added comments such as,
“My Japanese describing skills has improved a lot through these courses.”
“Thanks to Japanese instructor’s dedications, I was able to finish my final presentation smoothly.”

Some participants also mentioned that “I thought that class activities with Japanese volunteer students had been well planned and prepared in order everyone to have a really good time.”
“I was so glad to be able to make a lot of new Japanese friends and happy to get along with them even after this program.”

Even among them, the following comment sounds the most impressive.
“Because of the COVID-19, my dream that coming Japan and studying at Doshisha University could not have carried out, however, I was so happy to join this program.
Even though this program was very short and it was only in two weeks, I would not forget this experience for the rest of my life.”

At the same time, more participants gave comments such as
“I would like to come back this Doshisha Summer Session next year again.”
“This summer program accelerated a lot my passion for coming and studying at Doshisha University.”

Coming more and more foreign students at Doshisha University is expected after the confusion caused by the COVID-19 finally came to an end.
“Life in Kyomachiya and the four seasons in Kyoto_1”

“Life in Kyomachiya and the four seasons in Kyoto_1”

“Life in Kyomachiya and the four seasons in Kyoto_2”

“Life in Kyomachiya and the four seasons in Kyoto_2”

“Japanese Kimono Culture”

“Japanese Kimono Culture”

“Zazen”

“Zazen”

“Completion Ceremony”

“Completion Ceremony”

Center for Japanese Language and Culture hosted “Doshisha Summer Session 2022” conducted online for two weeks, from July 18, 2022 to July 29. This online program was held sequentially last year and we had 15 participants this time from Korea and China.

The program was composed of Japanese language classes as well as Japanese culture classes “Traditional Culture and Life in Kyoto”. In order to further the study of Japanese traditional culture, guest lectures were also carried out: “Zazen” by Kameyama Hakuitsu Osho, the chief priest of Kongozan Homan-ji, “Japanese Kimono Culture” by Mr. Takada Hiroshi, the third-generation president of Komonya Takada Katsu, specialist in Komon and “Life in Kyomachiya and the four seasons in Kyoto” by Ms. Tanaka Mineko, owner of Tondaya 13 generation.

The participants had some opportunities to interact with 35 volunteer students from Doshisha University and Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts. Japanese students joined some classes to help the participants’ studies as volunteers. Some volunteer students took a leadership of planning and carrying out class activities including quizzes about Kyoto and Doshisha University, Origami and free conversation.

We had a lot of positive feedback from the participants, and it shows their senses of accomplishment, achievement and satisfaction such as,
“I could learn the profundity expressed in Japanese traditional culture a lot.”
“I could learn as if I were in Kyoto.”

Regarding Japanese language classes, some participants added comments such as,
“My Japanese describing skills has improved a lot through these courses.”
“Thanks to Japanese instructor’s dedications, I was able to finish my final presentation smoothly.”

Some participants also mentioned that “I thought that class activities with Japanese volunteer students had been well planned and prepared in order everyone to have a really good time.”
“I was so glad to be able to make a lot of new Japanese friends and happy to get along with them even after this program.”

Even among them, the following comment sounds the most impressive.
“Because of the COVID-19, my dream that coming Japan and studying at Doshisha University could not have carried out, however, I was so happy to join this program.
Even though this program was very short and it was only in two weeks, I would not forget this experience for the rest of my life.”

At the same time, more participants gave comments such as
“I would like to come back this Doshisha Summer Session next year again.”
“This summer program accelerated a lot my passion for coming and studying at Doshisha University.”

Coming more and more foreign students at Doshisha University is expected after the confusion caused by the COVID-19 finally came to an end.
Contact
Office of the Center for Global Education and Japanese Language
Telephone : +81-75-251-3240
E-mail : ji-nbn@mail.doshisha.ac.jp