Text and photos by Kartal Kovalovszki

Would you like to know what a Japanese student’s life is like? Would you like to know how they study? If your answer is yes, you should visit the Keio University in Tokyo and speak with pupils and professors.

On the second day of MIRAI Program 2017 we had a chance to meet Professors Yuichi Hosoya and Michito Tsuruoka in the Keio University’s Conference Hall. After the Opening Remarks we attended Professor Yoshihide Soeya’s lecture with the title “Japan in East Asia under Power Shift” which contained instructive and useful information about the region’s relations. Especially, Japan and China’s role in the East Asian area.

After a delicious lunch our group was divided into three diferrent teams and we attended various lectures and sessions. Some another key things to remember are the names of the professors who hold the sessions: professor Michito Tsuruoka (Politics & IR), Professor Yorizumi Watanabe (Trade & Economy) and Professor David Leheny (Society & Culture). During the Breakout Sessions we also met 35 Keio students with whom we changed views and thoughts about education systems, hierarchy, language learning as well as our dreams.

Above all, we had a great and long day at the Campus, but at the end of the day the whole group had to catch the 5:17 Shinkansen (colloquially known in English as the bullet train; a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by five Japan Railways Group companies). Group 1 travelled to Hiroshima and Group 2 travelled to Kyoto for a day. It was a beautiful day, domo arigatou gozaimasu!


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