What is ESS?

Written by Mika Arimoto
Edited by Saki Arimoto

Our university is well-known for its highly international environment that encourages more connection within the TIU community through services such as E-Plaza Team’s Peer English Practice or PEP service and J-Plaza’s Conversation Partners. Speaking of learning languages, we have a club that promotes English learning outside the classroom. This club is none other than the English Speaking Society or ESS club. I interviewed Tomoya and Kazuki, two members of the club, to share with us what ESS is.

Kazuki Saito (President of E.S.S. and English Communication Major

Tomoya Suzuki (2nd year, also English Communication Major)

According to Kazuki Saito, E.S.S. is a club that allows students from both E-track and J-track students to participate in activities like discussions and debates. He is the current president, and Caisa, an E-track student from Sweden, is the vice president. Currently, they have 50 J-Track students and 10 E-Track students. 

Kazuki: We joined E.S.S. mainly to improve our English ability as knowing English will be a great advantage for good career opportunities. We also heard from our senpais about the activities which sparked an interest in us. We also thought it was a great opportunity to make friends.

Tomoya: We can tell that E.S.S. has greatly helped us with our English ability. During meetings, we do icebreakers and discussions. For discussions, we are divided into small groups where we discuss different topics such as travel, films, and the like with the use of English. These activities also allowed us to meet people not just from J-track but also from E-track. These definitely expanded our knowledge of cultures from different countries.

Annually, TIU ESS collaborates with other ESS clubs in other universities in Japan which allows them to grow their network outside the university. Furthermore, they also hold the “Freshman Speaking Contest” every year, and will take place this coming July 10.

Due to coronavirus, the club has been holding their meetings online. They have adapted to using Zoom, and experience inevitable connection problems that cause some members to sound “choppy.”  On a brighter note, they found it interesting to see people’s homes abroad.

“E.S.S. is a very casual club where you can make friends and improve your English skills which will be beneficial in future careers. You will be able to maximize your university life and meet people from different countries! We meet every Tuesday and Friday 5:30-7:30 pm. We hope to see you there!”

Special thanks to Kazuki and Tomoya for participating in our interview! Lastly, to those who are interested in joining, make sure to follow their Instagram @tiu_esgram.

The U.G.G Experience

Written by Theo F.
Edited by Saki Arimoto

Note:All pictures were taken before coronavirus

U.G.G, an extracurricular club founded here at Tokyo International University, is home to many dance enthusiasts of different backgrounds. From hip-hop to funky rock, they are known for a wide variety of styles. For Shinzui, dancing makes him forget the stress and enjoy the fun of the moment.

To learn more about U.G.G, we interviewed Shinzui – a Chinese/Korean senior majoring in International Relations. According to the dance club member, U.G.G stands for Under Ground Groovers. In the past, they have participated in numerous competitions and performed for different venues. Just to mention a few, Shinzui described his experience at the Annual Kanto Spring Dancing Competition (Koto, Tokyo) where U.G.G faced other universities all over the region, and how the club would rent a studio in Kichijoji (Musashino, Tokyo) every June. During summer, the club would travel to other parts of the country, dance till late at night, and enjoy exotic food. Towards the end of the year, U.G.G would hold parties for its graduating members. Consequently, U.G.G is often considered as one of the most active and fun clubs on campus.

During our conversation, Shinzui revealed that he was actually, for a long time, the sole non-Japanese member in the dance club. Curiosity took over and I decided to ask him to share his story.

Sneak peek of UGG’s usual practice

As a freshman, Shinzui had originally wanted to join the university’s wind orchestra. However, he had been turned down as they had enough members at the time. After attending the extracurricular orientation, Shinzui had contemplated trying his second choice – U.G.G – where two walls stood in his way: cultural differences and inexperience in dancing. Although Shinzui had been able to speak Japanese, cultural differences had restricted his ability to get involved in Japanese banter, among other instances. Furthermore, unlike Shinzui, most of the past members had had prior dancing experience. In order to overcome his shortcomings, he increased his Japanese capabilities, devoted a lot of time for practice, and asked for advice from his amiable upperclassmen. As a result of his earnest effort, Shinzui has become able to converse naturally and dance adeptly with his fellow members.

According to Shinzui, there were E-Track students who joined U.G.G but quit after a short while as they were not able to handle the language barrier. Shinzui stressed that “a foreign country will not accommodate you, you need to adopt their customs.” He believes that there is nothing wrong with stepping out of your comfort zone and working hard to have fun.

I bumped into Shinzui with his Japanese friends at the station last week. He for sure was enjoying his efforts.

U.G.G meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 16:40 to 19:00 in Lecture Hall 314. Interested students are welcome to come and try it out. Follow Shinzui on Instagram at @jangjinseo0 and U.G.G at @ugg_official_tiu

E-Plaza’s Survival Night

Author: Blazee
Editor: Saki Arimoto
Translator: Kotoko

E-Plaza (EP) recently held their event called ‘Survival Night’ on May 13, 2021 via Zoom. The survival event was a series of different and unique activities and games where all the participants contributed and had a pleasant time. They were given an opportunity to meet and connect new people and befriend them.

The event began with an ice-breaking session led by one of the organizing EP staff through a wheel game. The wheel game operated via an algorithm of a program that chose a random question and assigned it to each participant to answer, letting them know a bit more about one another before starting the main content of the survival night.

The theme of the event was set in such a way that the participants were left on a deserted island and had to earn points in coconut units to buy basic survival kits and then to escape from the island. Everyone was provided with 5 mini games where they were able to score coconuts for every correct answer with a group effort.

The order of the games was as follows:

  1. Identify the song: This was the first game where participants were asked to listen to the initial section of some shortlisted songs. They were then asked to identify the song and the singers.
  2. True or False: In this game, some information regarding Japan was given to everyone. The participants’ task was to guess whether the given information was true or false.
  3. Family Feuds: This was a tricky challenge where some hints were given to the participants and based on that hint, they were tasked to guess 10 objects closest to the given hint.
  4. Scavenger Hunt: This was an interesting game because this stage was to know how organized or well prepared everyone was for any foreseen or unforeseen situations. The game proceeded as one of the EP staff of the Survival Night asked participants to show certain things they have such as a water bottle, hand sanitizer and so on. In this stage, coconuts were distributed accordingly.
  5. Trivia about the World: This game was about universal knowledge of the participants. Randomly picked questions were asked and 4 possible options were provided each. Participants were supposed to tell the correct answer from among the provided options in order to earn extra coconuts.

Finally, the last things to do were counting the total number of coconuts earned and using them to buy survival equipment.

After the event ended, some staff were interviewed regarding the survival night. There were lots of insights gathered among which can be read below:

Hai: Every challenge we encountered conducting this event was pre-expected and we were completely prepared to handle it but when we found out how happy and connective it was to the participants, we had to let them enjoy some more and so the event was a bit longer than originally expected.

Victoria: Everything was prepared well and so working hard and seeing all those happy faces made us proud of our efforts. The scavenger hunt was the most interesting game for me because it allowed us to witness how prepared some were and how funnily humorous most were by their shown material.

As for me, I personally made many friends and got to learn many new things. I am glad I joined the event and hope to see similar programs hosted by EP in the coming days.

The event was able to accomplish multiple agendas, including connecting the participants to EP staff, as well as fellow students whom they were completely unknown to. The event also allowed students to escape from all the stress they may have, and this is being said only after the level of participation and enjoyment of the audience from both E-track and J-track was observed. I was present at the event to observe but the level of excitement and joy was so high that I was unable to resist the attraction. Before I knew it, I was participating actively, as well. As an observer and a participant, I felt this night to be a wonderful one and a complete success for the EP event organizing members.

A Peek Into TIU Model United Nations

Author: Mika Arimoto
Editor: Tin D.

Do you know the United Nations (UN)? Of course, you do. One of the largest organizations in the world, the UN is a place for fruitful discussion among countries to occur. However, do you know what the Model United Nations is? Since we do have such a club here in TIU, why don’t we take a peek into TIU Model United Nations (or TIU MUN for short)? Let us do so through the eyes of Nimrod Persson, a 4th year International Relations major and also the current president of this varsity club.

Activities

TIU MUN is an academic extracurricular varsity club that simulates how UN works. According to Nimrod, they discuss international issues, human rights, climate change, and other related global issues to find solutions and make the world a better place. They research these topics and present them through position papers and debates. Their primary activity revolves around conferences, both in hosting and participating. Up to now, they have joined various conferences such as Japan University, English MUN, All Japan MUN, Indonesia MUN, and Harvard WorldMUN. Most of the time, they returned with awards and certificates. The club was also able to receive the Chancellor Special Award from TIU in 2018, for which they are very proud and grateful.

Usually, conferences last around one week, so in order to prepare for that short period of time, they also hold workshops with experts, academic professors, and former senior members to help current members become better delegates and to learn new skills. These skills are not only beneficial for them to be an MUN delegate, but they are also helpful in later career development. Non-members can also join depending on whether the workshops are open to the public or not, although most are exclusive for members.

Structure

TIU MUN is divided into three internal departments. Firstly, there are the executives, which consists of one president (currently Nimrod) and two vice presidents. Generally, they lead the club as a group in conjunction with the officers. They oversee the club and make sure regular operations go smoothly, ensuring that officers have the necessary resources to carry out tasks. Secondly, there are the officers, or the so-called “glue” of the club. They hold everything together. They organize the meetings, manage conferences, hold workshops, and create fun activities for members. Lastly, there are the regular members, who join these activities. Despite this vertical structure, the atmosphere is very lax since they are all well acquainted with each other. During normal meetings, you can see TIU MUN as one big “family.”

Recent Developments

Recently, due to the spread of Covid-19, meetings and other matters have been handled on Discord, a platform that allows easy communication in channels of various categories for a group of people. TIU MUN does have serious categories such as conference planning and mock General Assembly. However, they also have more casual categories such as general chat, meme and videos. This allows members to have fun and get to know each other. As a result, according to Nimrod, this has made everyone become closer since they can talk to each other regardless of time, whether it be chatting or academic assistance.

Message to readers

“From personal experience, my time in TIU initially, I did not have a lot of friends and even if I had, I did not become close enough. And I consider this as a lonely time where you go to class and go home routine. My experience after finding MUN was “night and day.” I realized quickly that it was not only academic extra-curricular activity strictly serious 24/7 “constantly debating.” They are different walks of people in the club where everybody has different ideas, perspectives, experiences, and it makes a great melting-pot to meet new people that you never thought you would have met. TIU MUN gives you a great platform to make friends in a way that the classroom setting cannot provide, especially nowadays where we don’t have the means to talk since students do not go to school anymore. As the Zoom class session ends, that’s it, class is over. You tend to be alone and lonely. With this club, it became a mini-break time between classes. We check on each other on Discord to check on how the class was. It’s a great experience and a great way to make new friends and meet new people.

I would absolutely recommend people to join TIU MUN. I can promise you there will be a lot of fun along the way.”

TIU MUN is open for recruitment at the start of every semester. Non-members can also come to see how the club is. For more information, please do check their Facebook page here.

Meet TEDxTIU

Author: Blazee
Editor: Saki Arimoto

Are you a big fan of TED talks, or perhaps, interested in organizing a TEDx event and expanding your circle of friends in TIU? If your answer is yes, keep reading to read the opportunities TEDxTIU, a new varsity club, provides to the TIU community.

TEDxTIU is an organization established by a number of TIU students for the purposes of connecting other students within TIU, helping them unleash their talent, and encouraging every individual to express themselves. This is especially for students who want to share their ideas but have no platform to do so. No need to worry anymore as TEDxTIU got you covered.

I interviewed some of the students who were involved in TEDxTIU last semester and this is what they had to say…

Bhutmee, who attended some of the workshops TEDxTIU organized, says, “TEDxTIU gives you the platform to expose yourself and make new friends.”

Mika, a member of the TEDxTIU team, says, “One thing I love about TEDxTIU is that the members in the club are filled with passionate people. Initially, I joined TEDxTIU to make more friends and also to meet speakers in TEDx events. However, after working with the team during our main event last semester, I was overwhelmed by the people I was working with. Some of them are my friends but I was surprised by their professionalism. I realized that I wanted to be like them. I want to be passionate about something. TEDxTIU allowed me to be myself and sooner, I found myself enjoying being part of the team.”

Saki, the president of the club, says: “I initially thought of organizing a TEDx event which is very fitting to our highly diverse TIU community. While it took me and a few friends establishing the organization, we were able to form a circle and now, a varsity club, that I believe has helped a great number of students to use and develop their talents and skills, as well as make great bonds despite language barriers and diverse backgrounds. Through TEDxTIU, I, on behalf of the organizing team, hope to make a platform where the TIU students can share and hear new and great ideas through TEDx events, along with small workshops for self-development.”

              Last December, the TEDxTIU organizing committee organized a TEDx event called “Countdown” held virtually to address and understand the climate crisis. Six notable speakers had their own original TEDx talks on topics that matter but are not heard by many. Hosted by eloquent and humorous emcees, the event most certainly provided a unique experience for the TIU community, alongside some cool performances. You can still watch the recording via this link: https://fb.watch/5nwjkCynB9/

              TEDxTIU is still growing and slowly taking root in TIU. Given the opportunities and platform by the group, you should definitely join the events and workshops by TEDxTIU and give yourself a chance to be a part of something wonderful and life-changing.

Fashion Trends on Campus

Author: Theo F.
Editor: Saki Arimoto

Here at Kawagoe, Saitama, the temperature is gradually rising as we head into Golden Week. But what has everyone been wearing? Let’s check it out.

The season that symbolises new beginnings and is represented by cherry blossom trees in Japan – spring – has arrived. One Thursday morning, I woke up to the blissful sunlight and found myself stumbling upon a strange urge to investigate the spring fashion trend on our international campus. I put on my favourite white hoodie and left home before I would forget.

Straightaway, I reached out to a freshman majoring in International Relations (IR) elegantly sitting on a bench waiting for her next class. Equipped with a light shirt purchased online, GU denim pants, and a grey Michael Kors purse, Hina explained that she had bought her whole outfit back in her hometown of Fukaya, Saitama. The outfit had cost her around ¥30,000, with the purse occupying most of it.

My next interviewee was Eharu, a junior, also majoring in IR. He was wearing a Ciatre-branded verdant shirt with a white undershirt and some blue denim jeans. Eharu pointed out that spring reminds him of pastel colours, which is how he decided on his outfit. In total, the outfit cost him around ¥15,000.

Subsequently, I interrupted an IR freshman and requested a picture as she was heading to class. Lissonia had put on her prized vibrant cherry blossom dress and an azure denim jacket for extra touch. She briefed me on how she got the dress for €30 (¥4,000) from H&M and how it has lasted her forever. The dress was her go-to, as she could “dress-up, dress-down, and have some cocktail” with it. Including her Pull&Bear denim jacket, the outfit cost her ¥6,500.

As I searched for my next interviewee, I came across a pair of first-years, Meiri and Aika, both from the Department of Language Communication. Meiri and Aika both chose to wear refreshing white tops and pastel lower garments as they were comfortable. They informed me that they had each spent around ¥3,000.

After taking a short break, I encountered Yuuki, a third year from the School of Commerce. He was dressed with a stylish Zara leather jacket, a tidy innershirt, and a pair of GU jeans. Yuuki mentioned that breezy weather compelled him into choosing this free and easy style. The outfit cost him around ¥17,000.

I conducted my seventh interview next to the fountain with Monisha, who fashionably donned her thin jacket and denim jeans from Uniqlo. She had purchased her outfit with the low price of ¥1300. The Digital Business and Innovation (DBI) sophomore remarked that the advantage of wearing thin jackets is that they are removable, especially since the spring days are getting warmer.

Our second duo of the day were Nara, an IR sophomore, and Eric, a Business Economics (BE) senior. Nara was wearing a $10 (¥1,080) blue top handed down from her sister and a pair of fancy heels she got for ¥5,500. Meanwhile, Eric had equipped a white hoodie from Thailand, some Champs shorts, and a pair of precious Nikes. Nara proclaimed that the breezy sunny days had made her want to go with something that “highlights her girly side,” while Eric had just wanted to display his love for hip-hop music. The outfits cost Nara ¥8,700 and Eric ¥20,000.

As the day was coming to an end, Austin – a sophomore majoring in DBI – appeared before me. He was sporting a Uniqlo wine-red shirt, some H&M off-white shorts, and a pair of Clarks. Austin illustrated that since he was raised in Hawaii, he loves wearing shorts on warmer days. In total, the outfit cost around ¥6,500.

Organising these interviews reminded me of how diverse it is to study at an international university, where each and everyone of us has our own unique traits and qualities – not limited to fashion trends. On the other hand, it is equally intriguing to note the similarities among us – putting on comfortable pastel colours to the advent of spring. It makes me look forward to my first summer in Japan, at the same time with the realization that I need to step up my fashion game.

Back to School (Spring 2021 ed.)

Author: Sandali N.
Editor: Tin D.

“I was so happy to hear that the university is planning to have most of the classes in person for spring.”

Since the last two consecutive semesters were conducted online and we didn’t get a chance to visit the university at all. As the pandemic continued to spread, the steps taken were definitely necessary.

However, one thing that I missed the most is interacting with people.

Before the pandemic, we were able to talk with our fellow students face-to-face, participate in the extracurricular activities and enjoy in-person classes. Now that I went through one full academic year in front of a screen, I realized how crucial social interaction was for students.

Fortunately, starting from this spring semester, we will be able to study on-campus again. This is definitely great news for me personally but let us not forget that the pandemic has not come to an end, especially in Japan, where cases of infection continue to exist.

Therefore, let us also not forget to follow the necessary safety measures under this “new normal” not just for our own sakes, but also for others. This means that we need to remember the “Three Cs” (Closed spaces, Crowded spaces, Close-contact settings), remember to wear masks, to sanitize your hands and to follow the steps required by the school.

Regarding how courses are being approached this semester, there will be in-person classes, online classes and on-demand classes. Online classes and on-demand classes will be mainly for students who won’t be able to enter japan due to the entry restrictions, whilst in-person classes will be arranged with utmost care to ensure that no one is infected. For more details, you can refer to TIU official announcements on POTI.

When it comes to the activities that we can take part in, although details may vary, the SLI teams will continue to operate so places such as English Plaza and services such as Peer Assistant will be available. For clubs and circles activities, there has not been official announcements yet from TIU, but I am feeling positive about this. And in order to keep closer eyes to those extracurricular activities and to enrich your college life here in TIU, you can ask the Students Affairs Office directly or follow each group’s official SNS account.

With all of the above kept in mind, let us prepare to go back to school.

Looking forward to seeing both old and new faces!

White Day

Author: Mika Arimoto
Editor: Saki Arimoto

On Valentine’s Day, in most countries, men and even women give chocolates or flowers to important women in their lives to show their appreciation of love. In Japan, mainly women give men chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Uniquely in Japan, all men who receive chocolates on Valentine’s Day have to return the favor on White Day which is celebrated on March 14, a month after Valentine’s Day. 

Recently, these gender-specific holidays are declining and fewer people are participating in this gift-giving-back culture (Lufkin, 2019). Not only has the progress of gender roles in Japan caused the decline but also fewer women are giving out chocolates due to practicality and fewer men are giving them back (Lufkin, 2019). 

Although there is a decline in popularity, many people are still celebrating it. I asked some of the students in TIU whether they have celebrated White Day and if they did, how they celebrated it.

Andreas from Sweden (3rd year IR student in TIU) and Kaho from Japan

Did you celebrate White Day with your girlfriend this year?

Andreas: We didn’t celebrate it much, but I got her some flowers and ate left-over chocolates from Valentine’s Day together a few days prior to the actual White Day.

Andri from Indonesia (1st year BE student in TIU) and Faris from Indonesia

Did you celebrate White Day with your boyfriend this year?

Andri: No, we didn’t even remember. We also rarely celebrate Valentine’s Day in Indonesia.

From my personal experience, since I made chocolates during Valentine’s day, my partner bought me chocolates and candies on White Day. During the day itself, I gave some hints to indicate that “today is White Day” because I knew he forgot it. He ended up buying me random chocolates and candies from a convenience store.

Based on the interviews, not everybody celebrates White day or even Valentine’s Day in Japan. These holidays became less and less customary and do not solely define the romance of couples. It is said that these holidays are being rebranded by younger generations — less pressure and expectations from society. 

Virtual Graduation Ceremony for the Class of Spring 2021

Author: Saki Arimoto
Editor: Hang

March has passed and so has the graduation ceremony. This year, as the ceremony was held virtually, however, it was a bit different. Continue reading below as we walk you through this year’s special ceremony!

Undoubtedly, this year’s graduating class might have been said to have the toughest time of their lives. With the prospect of “new normal” seeping into every part of life, the process of job-hunting, internships, part-time jobs, as well as the new etiquette of socializing and leisure activities has got these new graduates jump on a wild ride in their last semesters. Nonetheless, they have managed to pull through, and it surely is an achievement that calls for celebration. 

Due to Covid-19, Tokyo International University has decided to hold the ceremony online, keeping in mind the safety of everyone, especially the graduates. Understanding student’s apprehension and excitement for an online graduation ceremony, the university had tried their hardest to organize a special ceremony that kept the same grandiosity as previously held in-person graduation ceremonies.

Taking place on March 13, the ceremony began with Chancellor and Chair Kurata Nobuyasu’s touching and motivational message for the graduates, followed by President Shuhei Shiozawa’s speech, giving more advice for the new life chapter to our new graduates. Participants were deeply moved by their wise and caring words, that surely new graduates would remember and be grateful for. The ceremony then proceeded with a montage of photos of the graduating class participating in different activities in the background of our university hymn, bringing back the graduates’ feeling of nice nostalgia. 

A face-to-face graduation ceremony would have been wonderful; however, in the time of the pandemic, an online graduation ceremony such as this surely is not a letdown. The university had also sent out the nicely packaged diploma along with small gifts as a token of appreciation for this year’s graduating class so that they would not miss out.

In addition to this, the E-Track Alumni Association also organized a virtual meet-up where professors, alumni, and graduates gathered. Know more about this event here!

On behalf of all kouhai in TIU, if possible, I would like to congratulate the class of 2021 for not only graduating but also for overcoming some of the toughest challenges one can face in their lives! Such resilience is admirable. Despite not being there physically, we would like to celebrate everyone’s achievement in spirit and are also grateful for all the memories as well as advice. Lastly, we would like to wish TIU 2021 Spring Graduates all the best in their future endeavors and good health. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Life in TIU’s Dormitory

Author: Mika Arimoto
Editor: Saki Arimoto

Living far away from home can be difficult, and dormitory life might be overwhelming and new. Do not worry as we got you covered!

TIU offers dormitories for international students from different countries moving to Japan for up until a year. Currently, there are 6 International Housing located in Kasumigaseki, Kitasakado, and Kamifukuoka. For R1, it is a dormitory and a  single-type unit. For R2, R5, and R6, these dormitories are shared room types.

There are also dorms in Kitasakado as well as Kamifukuoka. 

I interviewed some of the former tenants of dormitories to share their experience living in TIU dormitories:

Khan Hoa Nguyen (3rd year IR student former R5 tenant)

How was your first year living in the dorm?

It was great especially if you have no problem sharing a room since there is no private room and no wall to separate the space. 

How do you keep your room clean and stay on budget?

I already applied for a part-time job in my first year of university and applied for a JASSO scholarship which helped me stay on budget. To keep my room clean, I always clean my room every week mostly by vacuuming the carpet and changing the drap. There was also a dorm manager who also maintained the dormitories clean particularly in the common area. Aside from maintaining the dormitories clean, the dorm manager helped me do my laundry which saved me a lot of time. 

Trang Do (3rd year BE student former R1 tenant)

How was your first year living in the dorm?

It was fun and not so lonely because luckily, I had my friends from the same high school who always kept me company. Also, RAs helped me communicate with the Japanese managers and made my dormitory life easier.

How do you keep your room clean and stay on budget?

I was able to keep my room clean because thankfully, dormitories have vacuums for students for students to use. Also we had room checks that pressured me to keep my room clean. To stay on budget, I cooked my own meal and made bento which helped not only save money but to stay healthy.  

We also have Resident Assistants (RAs) aside from dormitory managers that help international students adjust their lives in TIU and Japan. For further explanation, we asked the current RAs!

Naoki Moriyama (1st year student taking masters in IR)

What does RAs do?

RAs duties include explaining how to use equipment in the dorms such as the dryer, kitchen, washing machine, trash disposal area and the like. And needless to say, living in a foreign country, especially in the time of coronavirus, must be very tough. We are also here to become your friends whom you can ask anything!

Why did you become an RA?

I have helped many E-Track students for almost 2 years as one of the SLI internships, Peer Assistant, which made me realize what kind of obstacles are in Japan for international students. I believe that RA is also another great chance to help out the people in need!

Message for new students:

While fulfilling my responsibilities as RA, I myself am a Master’s student in E-Track majoring in international relations and I love teaching Japanese. Let’s study together sometimes and enjoy our campus life!

Tsuzuru Sasaki

What do RAs do?

We, the RAs, support dorm students to get used to living in Japan, especially those who just came to Japan or left their family for the first time. Since the students should be living by themselves after leaving the dorm, they need to know Japanese manners and lifestyles. We provide support and advice in order to make it easier to be accustomed to live in Japan. Our goals are to be a supporter and a peer who can be easy to rely on for dorm students.

Why did you become an RA?

I knew that I love to help people and that is what I will do for a living, so I decided to become RA to help students as much as I can. Besides, I realized that RA is the best opportunity to meet international friends even in Japan and learn how to deal with some problems under intercultural situations. That’s why I jumped at the enticing opportunity to be an RA!

Message for new students:

I know you’re excited and have mixed feelings about coming to Japan, but I’m sure it’s going to be a great experience of studying in Japan! Please let us RA help you and make it better, so please be assured that you can be independent to live in Japan and understand Japanese interesting culture. I can’t wait to see you all at the International Dorm and TIU campus!

These are just two of many friendly and supportive RAs so feel free to reach out to them once you move in! Once again, welcome to TIU.