Books you should read as a student

Author: Soum Y.
Editor: Karen W.
Translator: Ezekiel K.

Do you enjoy reading books? We have fewer opportunities to read books now that we can get a variety of information instantaneously on the internet, don’t we? I have some bad news for all of you. In fact, reading material on the Internet is fundamentally different from reading books. That is, the way you select material on the Internet is like a “buffet,” and you will unavoidably wind up picking and choosing only what you like. This obviously leads to a narrow viewpoint when perceiving things. In contrast, books are “a head-to-head struggle between the author and your own sense of values.” Books are thought to be excellent not only for expanding your knowledge but also for boosting your concentration and communication skills. What are your thoughts? Even if you don’t normally read books, this narrative may have piqued your interest. On the other hand, for those who read books on a daily basis, it may have altered your perspective on reading slightly.

This time we asked two TIU professors for one book each that you should have read while you were a student! What exactly are the books that the professors, who are always there for you in your lectures and student life, recommend…? Let’s get right to the great books!

The first book is “The Devil’s Choice” (Author: Frederick Forsythe, Kadokawa Bunko Publishing, volume two). This book was recommended by Prof. Takayuki Ogasawara. Here is a summary of what Professor Takayuki Ogasawara had to say:

When the war in Ukraine began, I was reminded of a novel I had read as a student. It was a novel titled “The Devil’s Choice” by Frederick Forsyth. In this novel, set in the world during the Cold War, operatives from various countries engage in a variety of espionage activities. Then, as a result of a combination of intrigue and miscalculation, they reach a crisis that is about to erupt into World War III in a few moments. However, the crisis is averted through the efforts of the protagonist, a British agent.
This may sound like a story with a happy ending, but the reality is far more complicated. The protagonist had paid a great price for the avoidance of World War III. The price was the abandonment of Ukrainian activists seeking independence from Russia. The protagonist was not in favour of Russian domination of Ukraine. However, if World War III broke out in the nuclear age, the world would be doomed. Therefore, the protagonist’s action was a “devil’s choice.”
Unlike when this novel was written, Ukraine is an independent country today. As long as the Ukrainian people continue to resist the Russian military, the international community will continue to support them. At the same time, however, the security interests of Russia as a major power cannot be ignored. What position should be given to Ukraine and Russia in the world after the war is over? Without considering this question, a sustainable peace will not be realised without considering this question. This novel is a useful teaching tool for international politics..

The second book is “Introduction to Speaking” (Author: D. Carnegie, Sogensha Publishing Co. This book was recommended by Prof. Tetsuro Shioguchi. The following is a summary of his talk.

For more than 60 years, this book has been read as a gentle, basic, and practical guide to the art of speaking, from speeches to everyday conversation. You can benefit from this book in all kinds of situations, such as when you have a problem with a friend or when you have to give a presentation at school. For example, in Chapter 1, Cultivating Courage and Confidence, the author says, “If you want to be brave, you have to use all your willpower and act like a brave person.” Eventually, fear will take the place of fearlessness. It is written,
In general, when people lack confidence, they fall. Generally speaking, when people lack confidence, they feel depressed. And with that, they become more and more reluctant to take action. This is not good for the future. Therefore, Carnegie dares to be playful. The key word is “acting.” If you stand up straight, tell yourself that everyone listening to this speech owes you a debt, and speak confidently, you will not be a wimp. In this way, Carnegie shares many tips on how to “speak” well from his own experience in a funny, yet easy-to-understand way. The book is written in a way that makes you want to put it into practice as soon as you read it. You can read it once, but you should also read it over and over again. That is how rich the contents of this book are. I am convinced that this book will definitely be useful for you in your future life as a student and when you get a job in the future.

Now that I have introduced the two books, there are, of course, many other books that students can read and that will be useful to them now or in the future. Yes, but these books were introduced to me by two professors at TIU, and I can recommend them to you in an outstanding manner. As I write this article, I have also read “An Introduction to Speaking” (author: D. Carnegie, Sogensha Publishing), which contains detailed tips on how to speak in all kinds of situations. Although the title of the book says “Introduction to Speaking,” you can learn everything you need to know about speaking from 1 to 10. I’m really glad I came across this book, because I myself am not very good at public speaking, and I felt that I could overcome this problem if I followed the advice in this book. Of course, the other book, “The Devil’s Choice” (Author: Frederick Forsyth, Kadokawa Bunko Publishing, volume two) is another book I would love to read because it will get me thinking about peace! Why don’t you all join us and be swept away by the endless waves of knowledge? There are various wonderful books in the world.
The two books introduced here are definitely the golden waves among them that will enrich your life. And they are available at too low a price to change your life. Everyone, hurry to the bookstore!


著者:Souma Y.
編集:Karen W.


 1冊目は「悪魔の選択」 (著者:フレデリック・フォーサイス 角川文庫出版 全二巻) です。小笠原高雪先生がオススメされた本です。以下、先生の話をまとめたものです。


2冊目は「話し方入門」 (著者:D・カーネギー 創元社出版) です。 塩口哲郎先生がオススメされた本です。以下、先生のお話をまとめたものです。

『スピーチから日常的な会話まで、「話す」ことに関してのコツを優しく、基礎的な事柄から実践的な事柄まで教えてくれる本として60年以上前から読まれ続けている。友人関係に問題があったときや、学校でプレゼンしなければいけないときなど、ありとあらゆる場面でこの本の恩恵が得られる。例えば 第1章 勇気と自信を養う には、自分に対して自信がないときに関して、「勇気を持ちたければ意志力を総動員して勇者らしく振舞うことだ。やがて、恐怖何するものぞという気持ちが、おびえた心に取って代わることだろう。」と書いてある。一般的に人は自信がないときは落ち込む。それに伴って行動も次第に消極的になる。それでは将来に支障がきたしてしまう。そこで、カーネギーは敢えて遊び心を入れるのだ。キーワードは「演技」だ。背筋を伸ばして、このスピーチを聞いている全員は自分に借金をしているのだと自分に言い聞かせて自信たっぷりに話せば弱虫な自分はいなくなる。このようにカーネギーは独自の経験から数多くの上手く「話す」コツを面白く、それでいて分かりやすく読者に伝えてくれる。一回読んだらすぐ実践してみたくなるような書き方もよい。一回読むだけでもよいが、何回も何回も読んでほしい。それだけこの本の内容は濃い。これからの学生生活や将来仕事に就いたときに絶対諸君の役に立つと確信している』

 さて、2冊ご紹介してきましたが、もちろんこの本以外にも学生が読んで今または将来役に立つ本はたくさんあります。そうですが、これらの本はTIUのお二人の先生から紹介を受けたものなので、群を抜いて皆さんにお勧めできます。記事を書いている私も「話し方入門」(著者:D・カーネギー 創元社出版)を読みましたが、懇切丁寧にありとあらゆる場面での話し方のコツが書かれていました。「入門」と本の題名にありますが、「話し方」で意識するべき必要なことを1から10までちゃんと学ぶことができます。私自身、人前で話すのが苦手で、この本のアドバイスに従えば克服できそうな気がしたため、本当に出会えてよかったと思っています。勿論、もう一方の「悪魔の選択」 (著者:フレデリック・フォーサイス 角川文庫出版 全二巻)も平和について考えるきっかけになるため、是非とも読んでみたい本です!皆さんも、無限に広がる知識の波に飲まれてみませんか?世の中には様々な素晴らしい本があります。


一人暮らし ~霞ヶ関のスーパーマーケット編~

著者:Souma Y.
編集:Karen W.


 『Lawson Store100』(霞ヶ関駅から徒歩4分)

 最初は『Lawson Store100』です。「あそこってコンビニじゃないの?」と思った方もいるのでは? でも、以下の4つの特徴を見れば、『Lawson Store100』を「スーパー」と呼んでもおかしくないと思うでしょう。





 『Lawson Store100』は東京国際大学から一番近いスーパーなので、昼食を買い忘れたり、急に雑貨が必要になったときに利用するといいでしょう。














 最後は『Belc』です。  霞ヶ関駅からは徒歩20分ですが、的場駅からは9分のため、的場駅周辺に住んでいる方はこのスーパーを利用するのも一つの手でしょう。







 『Lawson Store100』では、『PONTA CARD』が使えます。200円購入で1円分のポイントがもらえます。また、期間中に対象商品を購入するとさらにポイントが貯まります。貯まったポイントは会計の際に使うことができます。

 『YAOKO』はその名の通り『YAOKO CARD』です。『PONTA CARD』と同様に200円購入で1円分のポイントがもらえます。500円分のポイントがたまった時点でレシートにお買物券が発券されるため、誤って捨てないようにしましょう。


 『TAIRAYA』は、『HAPPY CARD』です。こちらも上記の二枚のカードと同様に、200円購入で1円分のポイントがもらえます。500ポイント貯まると500円分の商品券に交換できます。貯まったポイントは会計の際に自由に使えます。さらに、店内のチャージ機を使うことで電子マネーの役割もする優れものです。


※ これらのポイントカードは店員さんに聞くか、ウェブサイトを通じて手に入れることができます。無料で手に入るので是非とも利用したいですね!


Language Exchange Workshops (2022)

Writer: Karen W.

Editor: Theo F.

Translator: Theo F.

The 2022 Academic Year ended. The new 2023 academic year will start in April. Last academic year was a wonderful year for our Campus Globalization team. Thanks to all of you. Especially to those of you who took part in the six language exchange workshops we had during the year, thank you for coming along and making it all worthwhile! Through this article, we hope that we can spark your interest in participating in one of our intercultural workshops in the future.

1 (Spring) Language Diversity ~Key for Mastery~

During this cross-cultural exchange, the participants discussed the languages they had acquired and discussed what they needed to do to learn a language. The participants had a wide range of first languages, and the focus was on the differences and similarities with other languages they had learnt, making them more familiar with other languages.

Due to rain and train delays, the number of participants was low on this day. However, the participants actively engaged in the discussion and it was very lively and informative.

2 Difference in Perspective

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Through this language exchange workshop, we learnt that the way we see colors changes depending on our culture and personal experiences! I learnt that the impression of colors varies greatly from country to country and culture to culture – I used to think that the rainbow had seven colors, but in other countries it has two or eight. I also deepened my cross-cultural understanding by focusing on how different languages and generations have different ideas and perspectives.

3 (Fall) World’s Children Games

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So many people from diverse backgrounds took part in this cross-cultural exchange! We shared many games such as how to play cards, tag and other childhood games, and compared how these games are called differently depending on the country and culture. Overall, it was a very interesting experience as we got to learn about childhood games in different countries.

4 Urban Legends

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(Promotional videos:

The promotional reel videos for this language exchange workshop were quite unique! A wide range of cultures were shared, from Japanese urban legends to stories about dark organizations around the world. The organization ‘Freemasonry’ is very well known in Japan and it was very interesting to hear stories about it.

5 Beauty Standards

(Short video of the actual event:

This language exchange workshop dealt with recent topics such as ‘lookism’ and ‘beauty diversity’. The participants compared the differences in attitudes towards beauty between Europe and Asia, and shared information on various topics such as make-up and clothing.

6 Prom and Karaoke Night

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On the day of the event, we had a karaoke competition – a Japanese tradition, and a dance prom – a western tradition. We shared unique cultural traditions and had people who were crowned kings and queens of the prom and karaoke events! Thank you very much for making the event so exciting. The songs and dances were very beautiful.

In 2022, we were able to organize six intercultural exchange workshops. In 2023 we plan to organize more interesting events where you can compare cultures, values and ways of thinking of people from different countries! Please look forward to them! You are welcome to register for the events via the QR code on the posters or just turn up on the day. 

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著者: Karen W.
編集: Theo F.






























Writer: Prashan J.
Editor: Audrey S.
Translator: Karen W.














Doll’s Festival

Writer: Karen W.

Editor: Souma Y.

Translator: Kurooto B.

Coming to Japan for the first time, maybe you’ve been busy getting used to the new life here and couldn’t enjoy “Hinamatsuri”? If you don’t know what it is? No problem! This article is for you!

1. Doll’s What is the “Hinamatsuri”?

Hinamatsuri is a Japanese custom that originated from a combination of two events. One is “Joushi-no-Sekku,” the ancient Chinese annual event, and the other is “Hiina-Asobi,” which used to be held in the aristocratic society of the Heian period (794-1185) in Japan. Joushi-no-Sekku was an event to remove your bad luck by entering the water. However, the custom changed a little bit when it was imported to Japan. Instead of entering the water, people put their impurities into “Hitogata” or “Katashiro” (dolls made of plants, trees, and paper) and threw them into the water. Today, an event called “Nagashi Hina” is often seen in rural areas, and it is said that “Hitogata” and “Katashiro” are the origin of the “Nagashi Hina.” This “Nagashi Hina” was connected with aristocratic women’s view on marriage in the Heian period (794-1185). Women in this period started playing with dolls to imagine their future married life and success in business, which are the origin of “Hinamatsuri.”

The large seven-tiered platform where the dolls are put represents the wedding ceremonies of the Heian-period aristocrats. Since weddings in the Heian period were held at night, the platform is decorated with lights to illuminate the darkness on the tier of the bride and groom dolls. These bride and groom dolls are called the “Uchiuri-hina.” It is often misunderstood that both the bride and groom dolls are called “Uchiuri-hina” but, in fact, the term is used only when the two dolls are put together. And, the seven-tiered platform is called “Hina-dan-dori” and each tier has a specific doll to be placed. The first tier consists of male and female dolls who play the leading roles in the wedding ceremony while the second tier has three courtesans who take care of the Uchiuri-hina. The third tier consists of five musicians who enliven the banquet, and the fourth tier consists of two attendants who guard the Uchiuri-hina, the right minister and left minister. The other tiers also have specific dolls to be placed.

 The way to display the dolls is different between the Kansai region (mainly Kyoto) and the Kanto region (mainly Kyoto). In the Kansai region, there was a concept in the aristocratic life of the Heian period (794-1185) that the left side of the dolls was higher in rank than the right side. Therefore, since men were considered to be higher in rank than women, the male emperor doll was positioned on the left side of the female queen doll, and this arrangement custom remains. In the Kanto area, the emperor doll stood on the right side and the queen on the left since the late Meiji period (1868-1912) when the  Western marriage style was imported.

2. What do you do in Hinamatsuri?

There are two major things to do for Ohinasama. The first is to decorate the platform and place dolls on it. As mentioned before, the platform, Hina-dan, consists of seven tiers. However, currently, the only first tier is decorated where the Uchiuri-Hina dolls are placed.

It is better to start decorating the Hina-dan in late February than the day before the Hina-matsuri because it takes time for decoration. One thing you have to be careful about is that you should not put away the decoration before or on the day of Hinamatsuri because it represents the divorce right after marriage. Moreover, you should not display them through March, or you would miss the chance of marriage. So, it is better to keep the platform with dolls for about two weeks after the day.

 Another thing to do on “Hinamatsuri” is to prepare special food for the event. There are seven typical foods: “Shirozake(white sake),” “Amazake(sweet sake),” “Hishimochi”(water chestnuts which are peach, white, and green from the top),” “Hinaarare (rice crackers, which is sweet in the Kanto region while it’s seasoned with soy sauce and salt in the Kansai region),” “Sakura Mochi(a peach-colored rice cake wrapped with cherry leaves),” “Chirashizushi (a rice bowl topped with mushroom, egg, lotus root, shrimp, and salmon roe),” “Temari Sushi (a bite-sized pieces of sushi rice topped with ingredients that you like),” and “Osuimono(a soup) with clams.” Clams are eaten in Hinamaturi because the two shells represent the soul mate for marriage. All of these dishes are easy to find in supermarkets and the menu is simple.

Temari zushi

Chirashi zushi

I hope you learned a general idea of what to do for Hinamatsuri through this article. Now let’s see how some TIU students spent their time on Hinamaturi.

A: “I decorated the platform and placed dolls. It was pretty easy because my set of the platform and dolls has only one tier! It is like a portable simplified set of Hinamatsuri!”

B: “I made and ate Chirashi sushi with mushroom, a boiled egg, vinegared lotus root, and shrimp!

C: “I had Sakura mochi. I bought it at a supermarket!”

D: “I had Hinaarare. It was delicious!”

 Finally, thank you for reading this article. We will post other interesting articles this month as well, so please stay tuned!


著者:Karen W.













Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Karen W.
Translator: Trang D.

How is everyone spending this winter vacation? In my January article, I already introduced Japanese New Year’s celebration and I hope you enjoyed reading it. I really enjoy the Japanese New Year, which I expressed in that article. (This link’s Japanese New Year’s celebration article
How about you? I hope that our articles on Japanese culture will help bring you closer and closer to the unique traditions of Japan. I am writing a series of articles on “Japanese culture” with the hopes that TIU students, especially our E-track students, can get to learn more about Japanese culture. So, for this month’s article, I would like to introduce the traditional Japanese, Setsubun.

  1. What is Setsubun?

Setsubun (literal translation: seasonal division) is said to have its origins in an event called “Tsuina,” which was held on New Year’s Eve in the Heian period (794-1192) in the Imperial Palace (where the Japanese emperor used to hold political affairs). It is said that this event was a ceremony to drive away the “Toneri”, who dressed up as plague demons, by the “O-shonincho”, who became the “Ho-sou-shi” (a demon-chaser), wearing a four-eyed mask. It is said that the chief priest who participated in this ceremony would use a peach bow and a reed arrow to protect the “O-shonincho”.

Do you know why Setsubun is held in February although it is considered to be a New Year’s Eve event? This is because the calendar used in the Heian period and the modern calendar are different. 

The calendar used today is the “Gregorian calendar (also known as solar calendar),” which is based on the movement of the sun. The lunar calendar used in the past was called the “lunisolar calendar,” and a month started when the new moon cycle began. Since the cycle of the new moon averaged a total of 29.5 days, it was about 11 days shorter than the “solar calendar” year. Today, the “solar calendar” is used but the same date in the “lunisolar calendar” is different from year to year. This New Year’s Eve in the lunisolar calendar was February 3, 2022.

  1. Things to do on Setsubun

 There are two main activities during Setsubun in Japan.

The first activity is “bean-throwing”, which is also done in the “Tsuina” ceremony introduced in the previous section. This year, Setsubun is held on February 3, right before Risshun (February 4), the day markingthe division of two seasons, winter and spring. It is easy to feel the change in temperature when the seasons part, and it is said that we are more prone to colds and other illnesses during this transition time. Therefore, in order to lead a healthy life, it is necessary to drive these “demons” away. The most common way is to throw beans. Since ancient times, “Setsubun” has been held in many parts of Japan as an occasion when people ward off bad luck and wish for happiness in the new year. Exorcising bad luck in Japan is one of the traditions done on New Year’s Eve. Another important thing to remember is when you are throwing beans, you should also shout this out loud: “Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi. (Devils out! Fortune in!”). It is believed that by doing this, we can get rid of “demons” (illness and disasters) and invite “good fortune” (health and happiness) into the house.

The second ritual of Setsubun is to eat the “ehomaki” in silence, facing the direction of the year’s – “eho” (the direction of the god Toshitokujin, which is considered to be the most favorable direction of the year). Ehomaki is a thick sushi roll wrapped in rice and seaweeds, with different types of ingredients from eels, eggs, mushrooms and so forth). It is said that by doing so, one can enjoy prosperity and good health. At the same time, it can be somewhat difficult to eat the ehomaki, you should not cut it into rounds and eat it together with other dishes. This is because “cutting the ehomaki” is said to bring bad luck, since it is associated with the word “karma, meaning that a person’s relationship with another person will be hampered. In my family, we were told that, “If you can eat ehomaki facing the direction of Eboshi without saying a word, your wish will come true. By the way, this year’s direction is “North North West”. As I only know the simple the direction such as east, west, north, south, and northwest, I use a compass every time before eating to confirm the direction. You can check the link below.

  1. How TIU students spend Setsubun

When I asked TIU students, most J-track students (students studying in Japanese track in TIU/ non-Etrack students) answered that they would usually throw beans on Setsubun. That shows how familiar Setsubun is to J-track students. Indeed, I have took part in Setsubun in kindergarten, schools, and in various places as a child. Here is how everyone has spent their “Setsubun“:


Student A

“We throw beans at people wearing demon masks, and the number of beans we eat equals our age.”

Student B

“We usually use soybeans for bean-throwing, but in my family, we want to eat beans without wasting them, so we prepare peanuts.”

Student C

“I buy ehomaki at the supermarket and eat them facing the direction of the year’s blessing.”

Student D

“I enjoy making ehomaki with my family and I always add my favorite ingredients.”

Student E

“I usually go to the Setsubun Festival at the shrine near my house.” 

I experienced my last “Setsubun” at my part-time job, as I finally reached the age when I can start working.”

Student F

I made ehomaki at the sushi restaurant where I work. The pay was higher than usual so we were quite happy, but it is undeniable that we were all exhausted after the busy shift.”

 Thank you very much for reading this article about Setsubun. I hope you learned something new about the culture of Setsubun in Japan! If you have just arrived in Japan and have never eaten ehomaki before, you can always buy them at convenient stores and supermarkets, so please give them a try. When you do, make sure you don’t cut the ehomaki, and try to eat the whole thing in silence. It’s harder than you think! Anyway, that’s all for today’s article. Please look forward to our next article on Japanese culture, which will be on a special cultural event in March called Hinamatsuri (Doll’s Day)!


Writer: Karen W.
Editer: Karen W.



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