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Jul 2
Jul 2

Sumo Games – Nagoya Tournament

For our last Culture Practicum this semester we went to Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium to watch sumo games held on the second day of Nagoya Tournament. Luckily, all four Yokuzuna wrestlers (Hakuho, Harumafuji, Kakuryu, and Kisenosato) were there to show off their superhuman strength and skills. Perhaps not too many people know, though, that sumo started […]

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Jul 3
Jul 3

Japanese Sweets Workshop (Cool Japan)

Each semester we get to do some fun stuff as a part of the Cool Japan project. Last Saturday, we held a Japanese sweets workshop, where we learned about traditional Japanese sweets and put our skills to test. We made two types of sweets: “plum” and “chrysanthemum,” both filled with the sweet azuki paste. One […]

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Jun 1
Jun 1

Gohei-mochi (miso rice cakes) Making Workshop (IJLE Study Tour)

Gohei-mochi (miso rice cakes) are a delicacy in the Central Japan region, not very well known in other parts of Japan. For this week’s culture practicum, we went to Asuke near Toyota city, to learn about the history of the cakes and make our own. The process of making gohei-mochi is quite simple: after pounding […]

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Jun 3
Jun 3

Food Sample Making Workshop (IJLE Study Tour)

If you’ve ever been to Japan, you know how easy it is to choose your food at a restaurant. This is because restaurants in Japan display plastic food samples so that you know exactly what to expect. Today we went to Iwasaki Sample Village to make our own food samples. Each of us got to […]

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Jun 4
Jun 4

Toyota Museum (IJLE Study Tour)

Toyota, undoubtedly, is Japan’s most famous company. Did you know that the origins of this global corporation can be traced to our own neighborhood here in Aichi? Did you also know that Toyota started as a loom manufacturer and only later developed into the automotive giant we know today? The company’s impact on the region’s […]

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May 1
May 1

Pearl Rice Factory (IJLE Study Tour)

Everybody knows that Japanese cuisine wouldn’t be what it is without rice. Did you know, though, how many rice varieties of rice there are and how they differ? To find answers to these questions, we visited Pearl Rice Factory in Anjo City, Aichi. We learned about the process of turning rough rice grains into the […]

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May 1
May 1

Hokuriku (IJLE Overnight Study Tour)

For the first overnight trip in 2017, we visited the beautiful Hokuriku region. On the first day of the trip, we went to the magnificent Eiheiji temple in Fukui Prefecture. Located deep in the mountains, in the lush green surroundings of mid-May, the temple was definitely an unforgettable sight! The next stop in our itinerary […]

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May 3
May 3

Spring/Fall 2018 Dates!

Dear Students, the dates for Spring and Fall 2018 have been finalized. There still might be some slight changes but please refer to the dates below: Spring 2018 Arrival in Japan: March 19 or 20 Semester start (for new students): March 22 Semester start (for students continuing from Fall 2017): March 23 Semester end: July […]

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May 2
May 2

All Work and No Play

Dear Students, this is just to let you know we will be out of the office from May 3 through 7 due to the public holiday season (“Golden Week”) in Japan. This means it will take longer for us to reply to your emails. Sorry for the inconvenience! Office of International Studies and Exchange

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Apr 1
Apr 1

Hatcho Miso & Okazaki Castle (IJLE Study Tour)

Miso (fermented soybean) paste is indispensable to Japanese cuisine. However, miso in Aichi, with its deeper flavor, is a little different to that in other parts of the country. Often referred to as Hatcho Miso, after the Hatcho area in Okazaki city, the paste matures for approximately 2 years in large cedar wood vats before […]

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