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- Japan Affinity House Curry Rice Dinner, 21 February 2015
When it’s cold outside, we (?) think of curry and rice, a favorite in Japan. Inspired, of course, by Indian cuisine, curry has been a Japanese favorite since the Meiji period (1968-1912). Legend has it that British sailors made the sauce thicker so it wouldn’t splash over the rim of the bowl in rough seas, and that this version was what arrived in Japan. On a chilly Sunday evening, the residents of the Japan Affinity House enjoyed a hearty version of this dish. Preparation was by Mikiko and Emily; pork cutlet topping was contributed by Wes. Thanks to all. ごちそうさまでした。
- Film & Food with Faculty (サン•エフ): Prof. Washburn and Welcome Back Mr. MacDonald (「ラジオの時間」),19 February 2015
The Japan Affinity Living Learning Center in the Global Village in McLaughlin Cluster at Dartmouth invited Prof. Dennis Washburn from Comparative Literature to present a film for the residents to view. He chose Welcome Back Mr. MacDonald (Japanese title: ラジオの時間), a hilarious comedy scripted by Mitani Koki. So, while enjoying “Gas Station Chinese” food, students and faculty relaxed for a few hours for a film in the living room. Many thanks to Sean Li for coordinating this event.
- Tangent (Ting Cheung) Cheng (Dartmouth ’16; double major in Japanese and Economics), Fall 2014 & Winter 2015
This past fall and winter, I went on an exchange term to Keio University in Tokyo. My main goal was to improve my Japanese and learn more about Japanese culture, so I took 13 classes, including 11 language classes and 2 culture classes (not as scary as it sounds because Keio classes only meet once a week). Along the way, I explored Tokyo with my friends from Dartmouth (fellow exchange students to Keio and Kanda, as well as alums), visited friends and the host family from my LSA experience (summer 2013), joined the table tennis club at Keio, and participated in Japan's largest school festival, Mita-sai, by helping run my anime club's cosplay cafe. I even got a genuine Japanese New Year experience. Since Keio's term ended in late January, I decided to extend my stay in Japan and spent 2 more months at an internship with a small sightseeing company doing marketing and translation work. This also allowed me to go on gasshuku (group trips that last several days) with both my table tennis club and my anime club.
(Photo: Tangent, in the middle, is joined by Dartmouth exchange students Annie Huang on the right and Brenda Gonsalez on the left. All at the top of Mt. Takao.)
- Hannah Perry (Dartmouth ’15; majors in Linguistics and Japanese), Kimberly Hassel (Dartmouth ’16; majors in Japanese and Government), Ryo Maie (Kanda University of International Studies ’16), January 2015/01/31
The annual Student Forum on Global Learning took place on 19 January 2015 in conjunction with the college’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Students involved with the Japanese program presented a panel titled “Teach Your Children Well: Education and Identity in an Internationalizing Japan.” Using their lived experience studying in both Japanese and American universities, each of the presenters considered the two countries’ approaches to the globalization of their students. Hannah spoke of her LSA+ and exchange term at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), Kimberly reflected on her LSA+ and teaching internship at Ibaraki Christian University in Japan, and Ryo outlined the differences in attitudes he found in his native Japan and his adopted Dartmouth cultures. Jim Dorsey moderated the panel, which was both well attended and thoroughly enjoyed.
(Photo: [from left to right] Kimberly Hassel, Hannah Perry, Ryo Maie.)
- Thomas Militello (Dartmouth ’16; double major in Japanese and Economics), Fall 2014
This past fall, I spent my term on exchange at Keio University (Tokyo), where I took classes on everything from Advanced Japanese Grammar to Japanese Politics and Media. This exchange was very flexible and it was whatever you wanted it to be. One weekend I would be playing football with my Japanese Keio friends (followed by some karaoke) while the next weekend I would be in Nozawa Onsen skiing with Dutch exchange students. Especially for those of you looking to work/live in Japan after graduating from Dartmouth, the Keio Exchange provides an excellent way to prepare yourself, including developing your Japanese. The well-taught Japanese classes coupled with the extra-curricular activities that Keio has to offer allows you to learn Japanese in a way that you could only be done in Japan and only at one of the nation's most prestigious universities.
(Photo: Thomas sandwiched between fellow exchange students while on an excursion.)
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