Interview with the Cultural Federation Executive


Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Aika M.
Translator: Ezekiel K.

Hello everyone. How did you make the most of your time at college this past academic year? At the ceremony where I graduated from high school, I was told that “college students should try everything.” In response to this advice, I joined a group that was named “ESS,” despite the fact that I was terrible at English. Sometimes, the more senior members of “ESS,” which I was a part of, would say things like, “I’m going to a meeting of the Cultural Union Executive Committee. So, tell me, what exactly is this “Cultural Union Executive Committee” and how does it function? In order to obtain this information, I was granted the opportunity to speak with the head of the “Cultural Union Executive Committee.”

To start with, the “Cultural Union Executive Committee” is one of the four student organizations at TIU that appear to be known as “Quattro Arra” (four wings in Italian). The “Quattro Arra” comprises the “Executive Committee of the Cultural Union” and three more organizations: the Athletic Association Headquarters, the School Festival Committee, and the Student Association Executive Committee. These four groups (wings) respect students’ perspectives, provide entertainment for students, cultivate the futures of students, and enhance Tokyo International University. If you would like additional information, please visit the following page. Additionally, this material is available in the document library of POTI under Students, 030 Student Life, 2022 Quattro Arra.pdf.
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1. Introduction of the Leaders of the Cultural Coalition Executive Committee
First, let me introduce the leaders of the Cultural Union Executive Committee.

*I only asked questions that could be answered, so as to avoid a violation of the privacy of personal information of my interviewee. These points are listed in bullet form below.

Name: Yuta Manaka

Year: the 4th year

Department:
Department of International Media Studies, Faculty of International Relations

How I joined the Cultural Coalition Executive:

I was invited by a senior member of the club I belonged to at the time.

Rewarding:
I had more opportunities to talk with the chairpersons of each activity, the Student Affairs Division, the Student Association Executive Committee, and the School Festival Executive Committee, and I learned about the events that each organization holds and what goes on behind the scenes.

The process of serving as a leader:
I was recommended by the previous chair of the committee.

Leadership Preparedness:
To do activities moderately and loosely so as not to burden the members.

2. [Question] What kind of organization is the Cultural Coalition Executive Committee?

Activities and tasks:
To maintain contact between the Student Affairs Division and each activity, and to
communicate with each activity regarding matters of communication, questions, and
urging of documents to be submitted, etc., so that the activities of the clubs can run
smoothly. Regularly hold events such as training camps and ball game tournaments.
Hold regular meetings once a month to share information about the club’s activities and the
the student affairs office.

The number of people involved in the activity: approx. 20

Period of activity: All year round

The organization’s action policy:
To ensure that club activities run smoothly, accurate communication is made, and
events such as training camps and ballgame tournaments are held to strengthen the
connections between the various activities.

3. PR for the Cultural Federation’s Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Cultural Federation holds events such as training.
camps and ball game competitions for clubs belonging to the Cultural Department. It is a valuable opportunity to interact with club members who are engaged in a variety of activities.
Thank you for reading this far. What do you think? Did you get a sense of what the “Cultural
Union Executive Committee” does? When I was participating in club activities in casual
manners, I learned for the first time that there are people who support these activities. If you are interested, please join the club activities.
























This is a group photo from a ball game held in 2021.

Winter Illuminations in Japan

Writer: Saki N.
Editor: Karen W.
Translator: Theo F.

As the weather gradually gets colder, we head into December. Christmas gets closer and streets become decorated with beautiful lights. Have you ever seen them?

Today, I would like to write about winter illuminations that you can visit without having to transfer trains from the university, are recommended by TIU students, and are displayed in our university!

1. Winter Illuminations you can visit without having to transfer

① Shibuya, The Blue Cave

Many people may know this ‘Blue Cave’ as it is a very popular illumination spot. It is being held for the first time in three years, partly due to COVID-19. This year’s ‘Blue Cave’ also features a giant Christmas card set up with music box sounds at the Yoyogi Park Zelkova tree-lined area. Lighting times are subject to change, but please visit before Christmas ends to enjoy the sacred blue atmosphere.

Date and Time: 12/8 to 12/25, from 17:00 to 22:00

Place: Along the Shibuya Park Street towards the Yoyogi Park Zelkova Trees

From school, you can arrive at Shibuya in 54 minutes.

Reference: https://illumi.walkerplus.com/detail/ar0313e165714/

② Sunshine Aquarium, Marine Garden Illumination

This illumination differs from the ‘Blue Cave’ in that it features different vibrant colours. The lights reflecting on the natural greenery and water, combined with the night view of Ikebukuro, creates a very magical space. This illumination takes place all year round, but during autumn and winter, special night-time opening hours take place from 18:15 to 21:00, allowing visitors to enjoy a wonderful illumination that matches the night-time hours.

To get into Marine Garden, you have to first pay for the aquarium ticket, which costs 2400 yen for adults and 1200 yen for kids.

You can reach Ikebukuro in around 37 minutes from the university.

Reference: https://illumi.walkerplus.com/detail/ar0313e17432/

2. Winter Illuminations recommended by TIU students

Although these locations might require some transferring from Kasumigaseki, it is not that complicated.

① Ebisu Garden Place

The beautiful champagne-gold illumination lights of Ebisu Garden Place, combined with the large, colourful chandelier in the centre square, creates a mystical atmosphere.

Date: 11/12 to 1/9

The huge chandelier lights up every 30 minutes from 5pm to 11pm.

From Kasumigaseki you can first go to Ikebukuro, then transfer to Yamanote Line, and get off at Ebisu. This takes around 1 hour and 5 minutes.

Reference: https://www.ozmall.co.jp/xmas/illumi/tokyo/32532/

② Roppongi Hills: O-Yane Plaza

The Roppongi Hills Christmas Market is held at the O-Yane Plaza in Roppongi Hills. This venue is said to be the world’s largest reproduction of the Christmas Market in Stuttgart, Germany. Along with beautiful Christmas lights and decorations, you will find original German Christmas goods and authentic German food, such as glühwein and sausages. Enjoy the atmosphere of a German Christmas while eating warm and delicious food, which is more Christmassy than Japanese illuminations.

Date and Time: 11/26 to 12/25 from 11:00 to 21:00

Get off at Ikebukuro and transfer to Yamanote Line, where you should get off at Yoyogi station. From here, get on the Toei Oedo Line and get off at Roppongi station. This takes about 1 hour and 13 minutes. 

Reference: https://www.roppongihills.com/sp/christmas/2022/illumination-event/market.html

3. Winter Illuminations at TIU

Every Christmas season, TIU’s First Campus holds an illumination display in front of the gate, next to Building 2 and on the path leading to Buildings 3 and 6. It gets dark earlier in the winter, but the twinkling lights make the inside and outside of the campus warm and festive. Even if you don’t usually stay at school until late, why not spend a little longer than usual at school and enjoy the illuminated campus on your way home?

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In this article, we have introduced you to winter illumination locations both in Tokyo and here at TIU. Winter in Japan is very cold, but please enjoy the beautiful illuminations with your loved ones while drinking a hot drink and creating wonderful winter memories.

Please take a look at “Using the Train in Japan” on our website if you are interested! https://timesoftiu.com/2022/11/14/using-the-train-in-japan/

References for transit: https://transit.yahoo.co.jp

Opportunities to make friends with E-track students

Writer: Juri A.
Editor: Aika M.
Translator:Ezekiel K.

  Because of its name “international”, many students enter TIU with the expectation that there will be many international students and that they will speak English with people from other countries on a daily basis.

 Did you make friends with E-track students at TIU? I guess not many students can say “Yes, I have made many international friends” because it is harder than you expected. However, I also see some J-Track students who enjoy talking with E-Track students on campus. What are the differences between people who have many E-Track friends and those who don’t? In this article, I would like to introduce some tips for making friends with E-track students.

1 Join a student internship or club

 SLI (Student Leadership Interns) is a university-sponsored internship program on the TIU campus 1. The internships are a mix of E-track and J-track students (with a few exceptions), where students use English and learn skills that will be useful in their job hunting in the future. In addition to these benefits, you will also have the opportunity to interact with E-track students.

 Club activities and clubs are also open to E-track students, giving them a chance to interact with each other. Clubs with vast numbers of international students are E.S.S. and TEDxTIU. There are also international students in other club activities, so participating actively in a club is a good idea.

2 Taking courses that are offered for both J-Track and E-Track students,  or  taking E-track courses. 

 Although not widely known, J-track students can also take classes with E-track students. If you feel overwhelmed and find it challenging to take E-track classes due to your language ability, we recommend that you first take a class for both E-track and J-track students, such as Cross-Cultural Communication, Contemporary Global Issues and Japan, and Business Negotiation. Mixed classes are rare, but you will have the opportunity to work on assignments and have discussions with E-track students in a teamwork environment, so you will inevitably have conversations with them. The teachers also take care of the students, so anxious students can comfortably participate in the classes. Both classes require a TOEIC score of 700 or higher.

3 Actively participate in exchange events

 Are you familiar with cross-cultural exchange events? The cross-cultural exchange events are sometimes hosted by a GTI teacher and sometimes by an SLI internship. Although it depends on what kind of event you join, participating in these events is the first step to making friends with international students. Campus Globalization, to which the author of this article belongs, also holds regular workshops for E-track and J-track students to interact with each other. Even J-track students who are not good at English can comfortably speak up and challenge themselves in this program, so try a CG-sponsored workshop!

How was this article? I believe there are more opportunities to make friends with international students. The only person who can color your campus life is you! Try any one of these and start a great new semester!

Using the train in Japan

Writer: Kurooto B.
Editor: Prashan J.

Many students use the train to commute to TIU. This is evident by the fact that Kasumigaseki station is full of TIU students in the morning and evening of weekdays. Some international students routinely use the Tobu Tojo line. We will give the perfect guide for using the train in Japan and specifically the Tobu Tojo Line, which many TIU students use daily.

1. What You Should Know About the Train in Japan.

1.1. How Do You Pay for the Train?

You can take the train in Japan by purchasing either a ticket or a prepaid card. You have to make a purchase at the ticket machine each time you take the train, if you choose to use a ticket. The price of a ticket depends on how far you will go. For example, the ticket price from Kasumigaseki Station to Kawagoe Station costs 170 yen. In contrast, Kasumigaseki Station to Kamifukuoka Station costs 200yen because Kamifukuoka Station is a little bit farther from Kasumigaseki Station than Kawagoe Station. 

You can also use a prepaid card, such as Suica and Pasmo. The prepaid cards are collectively called IC cards, and Pasmo and Suica are the most popular IC cards which are mainly used in Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures. IC card allows you to go through the ticket gate smoothly. Also, you don’t even have to buy a ticket, which requires checking the price, putting coins into the ticket machine, and sometimes waiting in line to use the machine.

If you take the train to TIU and have classes every weekday, a student commuter pass will help you save the transportation fee. For example, a student from Kamifukuoka Station who has classes every weekday needs to pay 8,000 yen a month when buying tickets. However, you will only pay 3,220 yen a month when using a student commuter pass

1.2. Manners and Rules When You Take the Train.

There are some manners and rules that you should follow when taking the train. You may find some of these unwritten rules to be strange and even wonder why you need to follow them. Here, we will explain some of the manners and rules and why you have to be careful of them when taking the train.

1) Do Not Use Mobile Phone around a Priority Seat.

The Priority Seat is intended for people who need to sit down, such as people with disabilities, elderly people, and pregnant women. So why should you not use the mobile phone around a priority seat? It is because a person sitting on the Priority Seat might have a pacemaker. Because a pacemaker is easily affected by the cellular radio waves, you should think twice before using your mobile phone around a Priority Seat

2) Why Do People Not Sit Next to You?

You may realize something weird when you are on the train. Some people stand instead of sitting on the seat even if some seats are available. This is because some people don’t want to be too close to each other. Japanese people tend to like a relatively larger personal space, often avoiding situations where they are close to each other.

3) Women Only Car

Japan has the Women Only Car, which only women can ride. For example, in TobuTojo Line, one out of 10 or 8 cars is designated for only women from 7:20 to 9:30 A.M. on weekdays. 

2. What You Should Know About the Tobu Tojo Line.

There are a lot of students taking the train to TIU. Many students use the Tobu Tojo Line. So, we will give you some helpful tips on using the TobuTojo Line here.

2.1. Which Train Should You Take; Local or Express?

One of the most confusing things about the train in Japan may be the train category. Even though you choose the correct Line, you may not be able to reach your destination unless you choose the right train category. In TobuTojo Line, there are four main train categories; Local, Semi Express, Express, and Rapid.

Local

Local trains stop at every station on the line. One benefit of taking a Local train is that these trains are always less crowded. People who commute to their workplace usually take an Express train, so fewer people are on the Local one. 

Semi Express

Semi Express trains are faster than the Local train because they skip some stations. The Semi Express train is an appropriate choice when you go to a station which Express trains skip.

Express

Express trains are faster than Semi Express trains because they skip more stations. Because it doesn’t stop at many stations, always make sure to confirm if the Express train stops at the station you want to get to before taking the train. On TobuTojo Line, the Express train makes it possible to go to Ikebukuro Station from Kasumigaseki Station in less than 40 minutes.

Rapid

Rapid trains are the fastest. It stops at a very few stations. Be cautious of the fact that these trains do not stop at Kasumigaseki station! So when you need to get off at Kasumigaseki station, always make sure to change to one of the other types of trains beforehand.

In Japan, the train is essential transportation. It allows you to go everywhere at a reasonable cost. Understanding the train system in Japan will allow you to get around without much hassle. We hope this article helps you navigate your way through Japan better!

Living Alone – Moving

Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Kurooto B.
Transrater: Juri A.

Hello everyone. Many people will be moving to the Ikebukuro campus starting next fall semester. Many international students will start living alone instead of in a dormitory in Ikebukuro, where rent and prices are higher than on the first and second campuses! Besides the help from PA, this information from J-track students and E-track students who have been living in Japan, will be useful for living on your own. I am going to share experiences from students that I have heard from on SLI’s official instagram account. 

First off, I will introduce the process of finding a place in Japan.

  1. Decide what you require for the room.

The first thing you have to decide when you start finding a place is to know what kind of  room you want to live in, where to live and what is around the area. You need to determine these conditions, otherwise you don’t know what kind of room you should look for. 

②Go to the real estate agent

Once you have decided on what kind of apartment you want to live in, you can search for the various real estate agents online such as “SUUMO, MiniMini and ApamanShop”. If you are an exchange student who has just arrived in Japan and don’t have a clue about how anything works around here, you should consult with friends or acquaintances who have stayed in Japan for a while and who are a part of  the SLI’s PA team and visit these agencies together.

 ③Go to view a room

After you find the room where you want to view, go to view inside the apartment with an agency. Once you find a good room, for some people, the only problem will be the cost to rent the room.

 ④Sign a contract

In order to rent an apartment, you have to prepare a large amount of money for an initial fee. like 100 thousand yen to 200 thousand yen. Also, you have to fill out all the required forms, and open a bank account to pay the rental fee.

④Prepare to start living in

To start off your new life, you have to bring your household goods from your hometown or the previous place and install an electric appliance. Also, you have to ask your family, friends or relocation company to carry your stuff in. To get electric appliances, use an appliance store near your new home, a second-hand store, or an app such as Zimoti. Moving costs a lot so it is important to find out the easy and inexpensive way to get the things you need.

 Next, we asked TIU students who have moved in before they found a room about the things they did for moving over @tiu_sli, SLI’s official Instagram account. It can be divided into the following three main categories.

(1) How long it takes to find a place to live in.

(2) How do you find a place?

(3) During the moving process

Student A: (1)

(1) It took me about 3 months. During this time, I went to see many different rooms, but I couldn’t find a good place at all, so it took a long time. However, I was able to move in about 10 days after I found a room, so I was able to move in very quickly. However, I could only see the places which are managed by the real estate agency that I consulted with. Also, the service provided by that agency was not good, so I feel a little uncomfortable living there.

(3) I had to do all the moving stuff by myself.  It was very tough for me. Also, It was difficult to find a good place so it took a long time. What is more, the way of sales approached by the agent who was in charge of me was so bad that it made me feel awkward.

Student B

(1) It took me about two months to find a place!

2) I was searching for a place by using the Sumo app and Kawagoe’s Minimini on site, and even signed a contract there.

3) It was hard to find a place that suited my needs. I even had to pay for appliances besides the rent fee so it is important to discuss with your parents.

Student C

(1) When I started living in a shared house, it only took me to decide on a place to live in .

(2) I asked a real estate agent to help me find a place.

(3) When I was looking for a place, I had to decide on if it is close to the station and the direction of the house, so it was difficult to find a good compromise.

Student D

It took me about 3 months to move in.

2) I talked with real estate agencies and looked at land when looking for a place.

(3) It was difficult because I had to decide on a room while looking at feng shui.

Student E

It took me about one month.

I looked on the Internet and asked friends to help me find a room.

(3) It was difficult to find an ideal place because of the rent problem.

Student F

(1) It took me about 10 days to find a place.

2) I made an appointment with a real estate agent and decided to move in on the same day, so I was able to move in quickly.

3) It was difficult to carry furniture in.

 Thank you to everyone who cooperated in the survey. If you are thinking of moving, please keep in mind that it usually takes at least a month from the time you start looking for a place until you actually start living there. Some people manage to find a place and move in within 10 days, but please don’t be in a hurry and make sure to select the place that fits your criteria. This series on “living alone” will continue. Please look forward to the next article.

Tips for Spending the Rainy Season Comfortably

Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Kurooto B.
Translator: Juri A.

Hello, everyone. The weather has been so unstable that it starts to rain and clear up even during the day. Are you living comfortably? People recognize there are 4 seasons in Japan in general. However, did you know there was a concealed season “Tsuyu(梅雨)” from the end of spring to the beginning of summer? Tsuyu is just around the corner. It is getting time for you to enjoy the Japanese humid and gloomy weather, which is peculiar to this season. When this season approaches the end, then  Japanese summer starts off finally.  Until then, don’t you want to spend a humid and cloudy rainy season more comfortably even if it is only slightly? Some people who support it positively might say “Thanks for a rainy season to moisturize my throat!”, but this is an extremely minor case. I, the author of this article, had an interview with someone who has lived in Japan for a long time to have some tips for living a more comfortable life during Tsuyu in Japan. Therefore, I share some tips from them in this article.

In the first place, what season is Tsuyu like? Japan meteorological agency’s website gave specific information and definition of Tsuyu, so let’s go look at the truth about Tsuyu. “Tsuyu is a seasonal atmosphere that frequently emerges from clouds and rain during the season changing from spring to summer.”    『梅雨(つゆ)は春から盛夏への季節が移り変わる時期に雨や曇りの日が多く現れる季節現象です。』

(Reference) 高松地方気象台 梅雨 2022/05/27 15:33時点

https://www.jma-net.go.jp/takamatsu/3_bousai/shizengenshou/kishou/tsuyu/tsuyu_uryou.html The rainy season appearantly begins from about the end of May to the middle of June in all the prefectures except for Okinawa. There will be heavy rain as soon as the rainy season starts, so an umbrella and rain gear are likely to become your daily necessities to bring with.

(Reference) 2022年「梅雨入り予想」九州は梅雨入り早々大雨 6月には四国・本州も雨の季節 2022年05月26日16:25

https://tenki.jp/forecaster/keiko_mochizuki/2022/05/26/17595.html

Preparation

  The CG team collected questionnaires from the Instagram users who follow our official account @tiu_sli. What do other people do to prepare for the Rainy season?

 I am going to share 5  ideas from the questionnaires in this article.

①Check a weather forecast 

 You need to check the weather forecast frequently because it tends to rain and change the weather during the day in Tsuyu. Even if you checked it in the morning and said no rain today, it can turn to rain out of the blue when you are on your way home. Therefore, to prevent getting wet by a sudden rain, catching up with the weather, and being ready with an umbrella and towel on hand would be perfect.

 

②Laundry

There is rarely a sunny day during Tsuyu and rain usually lasts for a week. However, you can not just simply ignore your pile of washing clothes. You can dry your laundry in the bath, which has a dehumidifier. In case you do not have it and drying with an air conditioner that can set up the timer is highly recommended. You have to be careful setting up the timer properly and turning on a cooler, otherwise, it would be half-dried and the electoral fee goes up.

③Hairstyle 

A humid rainy season makes your hair frizzy and hard to tackle and style your hair. In this case, an iron and dryer help to come off the humidity on your head and style with hair oil. These methods make your hair even smoother. For those who have fringe hair and have a favorite hairstyle, your hairstyle would easily come off even if you concrete your hair with wax. Therefore, it is important to have a stressful hairstyle during Tsuyu.

Wearing a bandana and hats are recommended because it is easy to put your hair up and it looks fashionable.

④Going to Coffee

 Rainy days make you feel gloomy to go out but it is boring to stay at your home. If you are so, then it would be good to go to a library and cafe where you can keep your rain out. Some shops have a special discount for only a rainy day and you can stay cozy and more comfortable than usual. This is recommended to refresh your mood.

⑤Changing the air

Humidity goes quite high during Tsuyu in any case so that makes you hesitate to open the window. However, the temperature goes up and that makes mold easily if you keep the window closed. Also, it is effective to take a humid away by putting the desiccant in the cabinet or leaving the ventilation far turn on.

 Thank you for reading until the end. What is your memory of Tsuyu like? There would not be many sunny days and the damp weather so you may be feeling down. It would be my pleasure if any of the tips introduced in this article went practical and you could spend your rainy season comfortably. Await for the next upcoming article!

Best sightseeing spots near TIU

Writer : Tomoya S.
Editor : Karen W., Aika M.
Translator: Trang, D.

1, What is a landscape?

 Hello everyone. For this article I am going to tell you some of the best sightseeing spots around TIU.

 First of all, do you all know the difference between “scenery, landscape, and landscape”? Let me explain what I mean by “scenery/landscape/landscape. 

「景色」A “scenery” refers to “a view of the general appearance of things or a view of nature.”

「風景」A “landscape” refers to “the overall view into the field of vision.

「景観」A “landscape” refers to “the landscape and its scenery combined.”

 Therefore, what you casually see and think “that’s a nice view” is a “landscape”. Ultimately, the difference between “scenery/landscape/landscape” is the difference between having a purpose in “looking” at it.

References: What is the difference in meaning between scenery, landscape, sight, and scene? And the correct usage of the word | BELCY

2, TIU students told me! ~where you can get a good view around the school! ~ ~

 We asked TIU students where they could see nice scenery around their school, and the results are as follows. We will introduce them in a ranking format.

Ranking: 1.

 No. 1: Terrace on the third floor of Building No. 2

 No.2: ”Kozenmizutosato Park”Riverbed between Kasumigaseki and Kawagoe City

 No. 3: ”Oisezukai Park”Park near Starbucks in the direction of Matoba

 The place with the best view chosen as No. 1 is “the terrace on the third floor of the school’s Building No. 2. The terrace on the third floor of the school’s No. 2 building was chosen for its “scenic view” and “nice view in the evening.

 The place with the best view chosen in second place was “the riverbed between Kasumigaseki and Kawagoe City. I asked the TIU surname, “Where can I see a view outside the school?” When I asked, I was given the answer, “the riverbed.” There is a “riverbed” a short walk from TIU, where cherry blossoms and the river can be seen together in the spring. Personally, I feel that there are limited places around TIU where you can see nice scenery. However, unlike the city center, there are many places where you can easily feel nature, so if you walk somewhere away from TIU, you can reach a place where you can see a nice view.

 The third most scenic place is “Oisezuka Park”  park near Starbucks in the direction of Matoba. Although it is a bit of a walk from the school, we received feedback that the park right next to Starbucks near Matoba Station offers a nice view. Many TIU students answered that they “get take-out at Starbucks and then have a drink at the park,” especially in the spring when the temperature is just right.

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3, TIU students told us! ~Feelings and emotions generated by the scenery, a break from studying

 As everyone may do, you all may feel something like “I can concentrate” when you see a “view” if it reminds you of something, relaxes you, or helps you to study there. When we asked various people about this, the majority of them answered in that way. Indeed, I thought that what the landscape brings to us is mainly a spiritual influence.

 Thanks for reading this article until here! In this article, I introduced some of the places around the school where you can get a good view, and what the view can do for you and what a view is in the first place. After reading this article, I hope you will all go see them to relax between studies or with your friends!

Stress management

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

Hello everyone. How did you spend winter vacation? I’m on winter break for the first time in my university life, which lasts for three months, and I’ve been spending most of my time working part-time to save money for studying abroad. Recently, at my part-time job, I am getting in a lot of trouble due to my unprofessional attitudes towards customers and some other small mistakes in my work. If I continue to contain these frustrating emotions for too long, I’m afraid I’ll explode one day. I think it is normal for anyone to feel tired and bewildered like I do now, every now and again in their student life and daily life. So, it goes without saying, the important thing is to alleviate those negative feelings. To help you with that, this article will tell you some stress reduction methods.

What is stress?

To begin with, stress is a state of tension caused by external stimuli. External stimuli include environmental factors such as weather and noise, physical factors such as illness or lack of sleep, psychological factors like anxiety and worries, and social factors like poor relationships and busy work.

It is very important to detect your stress signs. When you are stressed, you may have some stress signs such as sleeping difficulty, stomachache, short temper, etc. If you are stressed, you may not even be able to sleep. These signs do not necessarily mean that you have any mental illness, but if you continue to be stressed out without realizing it or taking any action, you may end up in a worse mental condition.

First, it is a must to know your stress signs, and then monitor yourself from time to time to see if you are showing any of those signs. The sooner you become aware of your own stress, the sooner you can take care of yourself by taking a break or try changing your  mood with different activities

(Taken from: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/koI o/first/first02_1.html)

Sadly, most of the time, I tend to miss my own stress signs and break down easily afterwards. So make sure we don’t overlook those stress signs, take the proper steps, and stop stressing ourselves out! In the next part, I will share with you how different people deal with stress, so let’s explore what methods they have been using!

Recommended stress relief methods

We conducted a survey of TIU students to find out what stress management tips or advice they have. I am sure that all of our readers will find these methods useful and easy to try. Please check out and give us your thoughts!

 

Case 1 – Crying

Crying out loud to relieve stress is a very effective way to reset your mind. Some people usually talk to someone about their feelings and start shedding tears after they have shared all of the accumulated negative feelings. This will help you sort out your feelings and sometimes you can get opinions from other people, with different viewpoints and angles you never expected you could get.

Others say that they induce tears by watching or reading something that moves them to tears. Some recommendations from my interviewee are  ONE PIECE 冬島編、サヨナラメリー号編、マリンフォード頂上戦争編 (English name is not available). My top recommendation is a work called Anohana – The flower we saw that day.

Case 2 – Eating

When I got this answer, I thought, “I just need to eat a good meal then that’s fine?”. However, several people said that spending time having meals with good friends and loved ones is actually more important than having just a good meal. Also, some people feel refreshed when they can keep eating and drinking until they want to stop. I often eat as much as I want, and this time I feel better because I am taking better care of myself.

Case 3 – Enjoying entertainment

It is definitely a good idea to immerse yourself in your hobbies/ interests and “your talents” and just enjoy them. Listening to music, playing instruments such as piano or guitar, watching movies, cartoons or YouTube, reading manga or books, or playing games are all recommended. Not only is it important to spend time alone enjoying your hobbies, but it is also great if you could share your hobbies with someone else to double the fun. Additionally, some people choose to overcome  their boredom by taking a bath, singing karaoke, or even surfing.

Case 4 – Spending time with a good friend.

When I heard about this method, I was surprised because I am the type of person who is always trying to cope with my stress by myself. However, when I listened to the stories from other extroverts that spend a lot of time working on their network, I realized that this is such good advice. They said that when they want to relieve stress, just being with good friends (friends or lovers) can reduce their stress and bring them more joy and motivation. Most of the respondents answered that regardless of what activities they do, as long as they can share time with their good friends then it is totally fine. And it dawned on me how important it is to interact with other people, rather than just enduring alone.

Case 5 – Exercise

People who exercise to relieve stress say that they tend to get carried away with working out, so they don’t need to think too much and forget about anything that bothers them. I also  tried jogging to relieve stress a few times, and it did help me clear my head and feel way better.

Case 6 – Making time for yourself

On the other hand, when you are stressed about interpersonal relationships, it is better to be alone, and try the stress-reducing techniques introduced above. In addition, spending time in a place where you are close to nature (park, mountain, forest, ocean, river, etc.) is recommended, as it will make you feel refreshed. Besides, if you make time for self-reflection, you will be able to accept your feelings more honestly than before, and you will become more motivated to work harder.

Whether these methods are effective or not may vary from person to person and may not work for everyone, so you should be very careful in choosing which methods to try out. We really appreciate your understanding.

3. Before you get stressed out

 Lastly, how to avoid stress? I have introduced some ways to relieve stress, but I have learned that it is important to be aware of your own stress signs and take care of your body and mind on a regular basis. When you feel stressed out, you may find that the effectiveness of the stress management practices you do depends on how you choose to face the problems. In fact, there is a theory that if you think that stress is bad for you, it will have a negative effect on your health, but on the other hand, if you think that you are just drained out and need more time to take care of yourself, there is almost no problem. In other words, stress can become heavier or lighter depending on how you perceive it and how you think about it. Therefore, when you feel stressed, it is a good time to reevaluate your lifestyle and mindset. We hope that after reading this article, you will have a better idea ofhow to deal with stress and make life more enjoyable.

Overcoming the Pollen Season

Writer: Juri A.

Editor: Prashan J.

Have you ever heard about how many people end up with hay fever? According to a TV program, each person has  an empty container-like structure inside their body, and you accumulate substances that can cause hay fever into it. When the container is full, you get hay fever. This means that every person has the potential to get hay fever. However, according to my research, it was not technically a container. You accumulate antibodies created within your own body in reaction to the pollen that gradually accumulates in your body through your eyes and nose. Once the amount of antibodies reach a certain level, a chemical substance causing an allergic reaction is secreted and hay fever symptoms appear.

くしゃみをしている人のイラスト(花粉症)

I, the writer of this article,  have eventually come to the final phase of having a pollen allergy. I define the final phase as when your eyes feel a bit achy and you sneeze sometimes. Once this state gets worse, then you will have hay fever. (Some people who are in this final phase do not realize that they are at risk of getting hay fever and I used to be one of them too! I have not got hay fever yet.)

Now you might say that you do not want to have hay fever! Worry not, as I have researched some tips to prevent hay fever. 

1Being healthy 

It is important to maintain a healthy immune system by getting a night of good sleep and having a good diet. This is also what you have to typically do in order to prevent catching a cold. 

It might be a little hassle for students living by themselves to prepare their meals considering a balance of nutrition every day because it takes lots of time. One TV program featured a student from Tokyo University who does not have normal meals, but nutrition supplements only in order not to waste his time. I do not personally recommend this. However, taking supplements with meals might be a good idea for hectic students.

2 Maintaining a normal mucous membrane

Inflammation in the mucous membrane can trigger and aggravate your hay fever. Here is the bad news for heavy smokers and alcoholics. Smoking and drinking can damage your mucous membrane. If you are at risk of getting hay fever, it is best that you refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol.

3Avoid absorbing pollen

As I mentioned in the introduction, accumulation of pollen causes hay fever. Therefore, the best prevention must be avoiding the absorption of pollen into your body in the first place. So it is important to wear a mask at all times. Shutting windows and doors properly, and wiping off your clothing before entering the house will help a lot as well. I guess because of this covid-19 situation, the occurrence of hay fever might be reduced greatly since we wear masks and even stay at home.

    If you think you might be at risk of getting hay fever, I recommend you get medical treatment as soon as possible. That can help you to hinder the progress of aggravation. It is always better to take action to prevent symptoms at an early stage before you actually get hay fever. I hope this information helps you.

【Vocabulary】

Hay fever 花粉症 (かふんしょう)

Antibodies 抗体 (こうたい)

Pollen 花粉 (かふん)

Mucous membrane (鼻の粘膜) はなの ねんまく

Inflammation 炎症 (えんしょう)

Secrete 分泌(ぶんぴつ)

References

https://www.ajha.or.jp/guide

https://www.ssp.co.jp/alesion/hayfever/protection/

Recapping the Fall 2021 LEWs

Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Theo F.
Translator: Theo F.

Hi everyone! How is the start of the semester going? Through today’s article, we will be briefly recapping last year’s 3 language exchange workshops for a better understanding of Campus Globalization’s activities. Despite hardships, we were able to hold these small workshops. From the next paragraph, I hope you can see what to expect from future workshops.

  1. Trick or Treat ~Halloween~

The first workshop was held on Halloween in October. Both E-Track and J-Track, dressed in spooky costumes, got together and compared language differences. Games such as quizzes and drawing monsters were held, where everyone shared their own culture. 

Students were then divided into groups and combined their individualities into creating original horror stories. Through these activities, we were not only able to compare cultural differences, but also find common points between cultures.

  1. Making a Habit

The latter half of November was probably stressful for a lot of us, as final exams approached. It was important for us to look back at our daily routines and identify bad habits. This workshop focused on how we can change these bad habits to good ones. 

It was interesting how the number of participants meant that there were as many differences in daily habits. Something could be perceived as a bad habit by some participants, while others could see it as something irreplaceable in their daily routines. Therefore, this language exchange workshop highlighted the differences in thinking and values – it was impossible to decide something as a good habit right off the bat. Through discussions, participants were able to find ways to improve their personal routines for a healthier lifestyle.

  1. Love

Christmas approaches as we step into December. Through this last workshop, participants looked back on how they spent Christmas the previous year as they shared what an ideal Christmas season entails for them. In Japan, it is culturally dominant to spend Christmas with your lover – much to the shock of participants unfamiliar with the Japanese Christmas season.

Next, participants shared their values towards “love”. It was interesting to see how “love” means so differently for different people. We also studied the 5 steps of love languages (https://life-catalog.com/the5lovelanguages): confirmatory language, physical help, presents, quality time, and skinship. Participants shared their views on which of the 5 were more important to them.

Thank you for reading until here, we are also grateful to everyone who spent time with us during these workshops! We will also be hosting language exchange workshops this year, so definitely join us if you are interested! If you have any requests or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us on Instagram: @tiu_sli