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2021/12/20 12:50:00 The 15th Annual Morita Cup and The Mainichi Cup Pair Presentation Contest on Japanese culture

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  • Posted byAaron P Campbell, Associate Professor, Department of Global Studies Chair
We are pleased to announce that two second-year students in the Department of Global Studies, Ena Kambashi and Narumi Shimamoto, took third place in The 15th Annual Morita Cup and The Mainichi Cup Pair Presentation Contest on Japanese culture on Saturday, December 18. The contest featured ten pairs of participants from eight different universities in Japan. The title of Ms. Kambashi and Ms. Shimamoto's presentation was The Color and Sound of Nature in Japan. They showed many examples of how nature is reflected in Japanese culture through traditional Japanese colors and in the Japanese language itself in the form of onomatopoeia.

Both students worked hard to research their topic, prepare their presentation, and deliver it in front of a live audience, both on campus and online. Watch their presentation now on YouTube.

The pairs presentation contest is an annual event held by the Department of British and American Studies and the Career English Department at the Junior College, both of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. Read more about it or watch the video.

We are all very proud of the efforts and performance of these two talented students in our Global Studies department. Well done Ena and Narumi!

2021/12/13 13:20:00 Community Engagement and Having Fun with Cats!

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  • Posted byMuhammad Vigo Firdaus, Global Studies 1st year student

Family pets, such as cats and dogs, often play a big part in enriching our daily lives. Recently, I had a fun, educational and enriching experience as a volunteer at the Japan Cat Network (JCN). https://japancatnetwork.org/

Ever since I was young, I always wanted a pet cat; however, I was overruled by my sister and parents. So, my dream came true when I recently served at JCN. During volunteer experience, I learned how to properly treat and handle cats, feed cats as well as clean cages and litterboxes. By far though, my favorite part was how to socialize with the cats and gain their trust through playing games and giving them snacks.

With several friends, we were also able to play with the kittens in the nursery. Unlike the larger grown cats, these kittens were very friendly – even clingy - towards humans. We laughed a lot and had a lot of fun as naturally we realized we could never have this type of “hands on” experience in a pet store.

Also, we learned that grown cats, and perhaps grown animals, are not viewed favorably in Japan as pets. That seemed to make sense as I had rarely seen grown cats get adopted. Overall, as part of this community engagement project, we learned how to treat cats properly while also having a lot of fun. Also, on this day we’re blessed to coincidentally meet with animal rights activist Onishi Yui, the founder of PAWERS.

It was a very special and memorable day for sure. Finally, a big thank you to Luis and Susan at the Japan Cat Network for welcoming us so graciously and a special thanks to Prof. Kevin Ramsden for his suggestion and kind introduction to JCN and the world of cats in Japan.

2021/12/03 11:30:00 Active-learning workshop on the theme ‘Onkochishin and Cultural Heritage’ for the Maizuru City UNESCO Association

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  • Posted byDepartment of Global Studies
GS Students and faculty facilitate active-learning workshop on the theme ‘Onkochishin and Cultural Heritage’ for the Maizuru City UNESCO Association

Six students from the Global Studies department joined Angus McGregor, UNESCO School coordinator for Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School and part-time faculty at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, to facilitate a workshop on the theme Onkochishin and Cultural Heritage for the Maizuru City UNESCO Association on November 20th in Maizuru, Kyoto.

The workshop, originally planned for September but postponed until November due to the ongoing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, was organized and facilitated by McGregor and the GS students to be an active-learning experience for the 30 adult participants, which included representatives from the Maizuru UNESCO Association and local businesses, as well as high school teachers from area high schools.

Narumi Shimamoto, 2nd year student, said, “We facilitated the workshop with the theme, “Onkochishin”, which translates to mean learning from the past to understand the present and the future. Activities were planned to get workshop participants thinking about both tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Maizuru City and how to protect these important things for the future.”

McGregor opened the workshop with a presentation on the importance of protecting cultural heritage in the age of globalization and then the 6 students each took turns facilitating the three-hour workshop, which included sessions organized around an ice breaker activity, small-group brainstorming, and presentations. Yasuhisa Higashiguchi, a 2nd year student, said, “Everyone had their own roles and responsibilities for the project. I think that is why everyone was motivated. In some sections, there were some difficulties and troubles to help participants understand what they needed to do. In such cases, all the members met to regroup and continue leading the workshop.”

Shimamoto said, “First, we went into the main part of this project by introducing how we define tangible and intangible cultural heritage. After that, we distributed some pictures of examples of culture from the Maizuru region and asked participants to divide them into tangible and intangible categories. Following discussion activities on the pictures, participants made presentations to all participants on their group’s discussion and their ideas regarding how people can protect and preserve culture for the sake of handing it over to future generations.”

According to McGregor, the students did an excellent job facilitating the workshop and interacting with the adult participants through the workshop. “After each small group presentation, the GS students provided comments and reflections on what the groups presented. Their comments were very real and insightful and showed some real engagement with the process. I think there was a lot of learning happening, for both the students and the workshop participants. In fact, some of the workshop participants commented how much they enjoyed discussing the topic with each other, instead of just listening to a speaker,” said McGregor.

To conclude the workshop the students presented on student activities at KUFS such as the Japan University English Model United Nations (JUEMUN), Community Engagement projects, and the Hult Prize. Ryo Nakatsuji, 2nd year student, presented on the recent Ukyo Voices project and shared with the workshop participants the URL codes for the project’s Japanese and English website.

Before the workshop took place, three members of the Maizuru UNESCO Association accompanied the students and McGregor to the Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum for a guided tour by the museum’s director. The museum is dedicated to the Japanese repatriates who were interned in labor camps in the former Soviet Union during World War II and returned to Japan via ship to Maizuru City. In 2015, 570 items selected from the museum’s collection were inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register.

Yasuhisa said, “We went to the museum that is for the Japanese people who came back from the former Soviet Union labor camps after they were released at the end of World War II. They were forced to be workers for the Soviet Union and they spent such a hard life there. They all suffered from the cold temperatures, hardness of work and poor amount of food. Many of them died because of these bad conditions. In the museum, there were figures showing how hard life was in the Soviet Union as prisoners of war. These images impressed me so much.”

Shimamoto said, “It was my first time to participate in such an event, and it was very enjoyable. We were able to plan and organize the event from scratch, which gave us a lot of inspiration. Although there were some things that we failed to do in terms of management, we would like to plan another event like this. Thank you very much for this very valuable experience!”
  • Group Picture
  • Ice Breaker Session
  • Small Group Discussion

2021/11/15 10:40:00 The “Business for Good” Competition at KUFS is on December 19, 2021

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  • Posted byKazuto Morishita, Global Studies 3rd year student
In 2019, the Hult Prize started at KUFS with the first on-campus program featuring 12 diverse student teams in a social entrepreneur business pitch competition.

Over the years, the Hult Prize business competition has served to launch Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-based start-ups from universities around the world by providing students with opportunities to re-think business from both an economic and social perspective. In fact, foreign media have referred to the Hult Prize as the “Nobel Prize for students.”

Yet, this year, the Hult Prize suspended the official competition. Nonetheless, the Hult Prize social entrepreneur business pitch competition remains highly relevant and of interest to students so enterprising KUFS students decided to host their own “Business for Good” pitch competition this year on December 19 at KUFS.

In preparation for the “Business for Good”pitch competition, student leaders have led information sessions and workshops in October. In a recent workshop, students imagined how to develop business ideas to solve social issues. As a result, students gained practical knowledge and experience and three student teams emerged. These three teams are now preparing for their final pitch competition at KUFS.

More workshops are planned for November and December to support participants in their preparation for the December 19th business pitch event. To learn more about the “Business for Good” competition, workshops and information sessions as well as KUFS student participation in past Hult Prize competitions, please visit us on the web!


Hult Prize KUFS Website: https://www.hultprizekufs.com/

Hult Prize KUFS Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hultprizekufs/

Hult Prize KUFS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hultkufs

2021/10/01 10:30:00 Ukyo Ward & KUFS “Ukyo Voices” project

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  • Posted byDepartment of Global Studies
The website is complete! — Ukyo Ward & KUFS “Ukyo Voices” project

Ukyo Ward and KUFS have been working together on the project "Ukyo Voices” since April, and the website has now been completed and released on today 10/1! Check out this link or use the QR code on the left to see this great website packed full of really interesting item about the people and places of Ukyo Ward.

This project was carried out to commemorate Ukyo ward’s 90th anniversary, with 15 students from the Eibei, Department of Global Tourism, the Global Studies Department and Gaidai Nishi High School participating. There are three main sections of the website and the students engaged in the following three activities:

[Interviewers (12 students)]
Interviewed 6 organizations and 6 individuals in Ukyo Ward in pairs, and wrote articles in Japanese and then translated them into English using Mirai Translator. The translation was checked by Japanese teachers and proofread by native-speaker teachers.

[Photographers (2 students)]
Visited various places in Ukyo Ward to take photos.

[Website production (2 students)]
Created the project website using Word Press. The website is completely bilingual in both Japanese and English.

Posters with the website link and QR codes are placed not only around the university but also in various places in Ukyo Ward. Please help us share the link and QR code of this blog or website so as many people as possible can enjoy it!
  • Ukyo Voices
  • QR Code

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