International students on fieldwork excursion to appreciate Japanese culture
From October 31st to November 1st, an excursion was organized for our international students (13 postgraduate students and researchers) with 4 staff members to learn more about this country they currently call home.
In order to understand Japanese culture, history, natural features, and industry more deeply, they visited Oshino Hakkai and walked into the Fugaku wind cave and Narusawa ice cave in Yamanashi pref. They also visited Suwa shrine and toured a hand-made clock workshop in Nagano pref.
Through this shared experience, both students and staff were able to deepen their relationships and understanding. This was obvious from the feedback given by one of the students who reported, "I was able to experience Japanese culture fully and make a good relationship with others." Thus this excursion enabled our students to discover that Japan has a lot more to offer foreign visitors than just the opportunity to study and research here; Japan is not only a place of industry and technology but also a place of many wonders & natural beauty.