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April 01, 2015
The 16th Enrollment Ceremony
The Enrollment Ceremony held at Shobi Commemorative Hall 2000 welcomed 85 new international students. The appearance of new international students, filled with hope and confidence, was especially impressive. It is notable that the Department of Music Business and the Department of Performing Arts were newly added to the Faculty of Informatics for Arts this year and that newcomers for those Departments also attended the ceremony. An orientation was conducted for international students after the Enrollment Ceremony to ensure that the new students can adapt well to student life.
May 26, 2015
Welcoming Party for New International Students
The venue of the Welcoming Party for New International Students for this academic year was the Kawagoe Prince Hotel instead of the cafeteria on campus. The party was splendid, with the participation of about 80 people including directors of supporting associations, teaching faculty members, and current students. The welcoming party featured the introduction of an original song by Associate Professor Kataoka, who is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Music Expression. Prof. Kataoka is also active as a singer, songwriter, and music producer. There was also singing by senior international students who came from Mexico and other events including bingo games that offered wonderful prizes.
June 03, 2015
Cross-Cultural Exchange at Noda Public Junior High School in Kawagoe City
A program of cross-cultural exchange is being conducted as a part of the “International Understanding Education” study at Noda Public Junior High School in Kawagoe City, located in the vicinity of the University. Nine international students representing four nations participated in the event as lecturers for the international cross-cultural experience. The students gave presentations that included introductions to their home countries.
June 06, 2015
Cross-Cultural Exchange at Dai-ichi Public Elementary School in Kawagoe City
A unit of study called “We Are People of Earth” (a study on international understanding) was conducted at Dai-ichi Public Elementary School in Kawagoe City. Twelve international students from our University, representing seven nations, participated in the event and provided a substantial learning experience that deepened the exchange with elementary school pupils, through the introduction of their flags, languages, and culture, while the elementary school pupils introduced traditional Japanese games.
June 23, 2015
Yukata Dressing Class
International students participated in the “Yukata Dressing Class” provided by Hakubi Kyoto Kimono School to learn the fundamentals of dressing in Japanese costumes. They then dressed in Japanese yukatas, which they do not ordinarily wear. The students experienced the emotional atmosphere of the Japanese culture through the dressing experience. International students who were drawn to yukata participated in the Yukata Queen Contest sponsored by Hakubi Kyoto Kimono School and were awarded the “Best Coordinate Prize.”
July 18, 2015
The 8th International Students Japanese Speech Contest
The topics of the contest were “Things I Regret the Most,” “What I Think of World News,” and “What I Consider Manner Should Be on Trains.” Eight participants who made it through the preliminary round presented their thoughts and passionate messages, and impressed the audience deeply. The winners were decided by a panel of judges and were awarded prizes by the President of the University.
October 15, 2015
Cross-Cultural Exchange at Kawagoe Minami Public High School in Saitama Prefecture
Nine international students from our University representing seven nations including China, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, and others participated in the cross-cultural exchange held as a part of the international understanding education at Kawagoe Minami Public High School in Saitama Prefecture, which is located in the vicinity of the University. Our students introduced the culture and customs of their home countries to the high school students and exchanged opinions about mutual interests. The high school students were keenly interested in the culture and customs of each country that differed from Japan. The event proved to be a meaningful exchange for both parties.
October 24 and 25, 2015
Shobi Festival, an annual event held at the University, is a good opportunity for international students to network with Japanese students and faculty members. International students set up two simulated stalls, one that prepared and served Korean topokki and chijimi, and another that served Chinese dumplings and buns, adding to the excitement of the event. The climax of the Shobi Festival was the fireworks along with students playing live music to conclude the two-day event.
November 15, 2015
Kawagoe International Exchange Festa
International students from our University participated in the “Kawagoe International Exchange Festa: A Festivity of Cross-Cultural Exchange and International Volunteers,” sponsored by the Kawagoe International Volunteers Association. The students demonstrated traditional folk dancing and sold Chinese dumplings, adding to the excitement of the event. The principal objective of this event is to share the joy of co-existence with local residents, by crossing over the different nationalities, ethnic groups, and cultures. The festa shows Kawagoe as one of the most culturally diverse cities in Japan.
November 21 and 22, 2015
Autumn Social Observation Tour
A two-day social tour is conducted each year for the purpose of intensifying exchanges among faculty members and Japanese students, as well as deepening understanding about Japan. Eighty-eight international students participated in the tour in the 2015 academic year. The participants, who filled three buses, were taken to the Suwa area of Nagano Prefecture. The observation tour was filled with an exciting itinerary, including a visit to Okaya Silk Museum, Suwa Shrine, and Suwa Garasunosato Glass Workshop, where the students observed glass production. The participants had an exciting time staying at a hotel, including a dinner party and karaoke contest. The two days proved to be a fulfilling experience for deepening exchange.
February 19 to March 14, 2016
Short-Term Overseas Language Training
Our customary Short-Term Overseas Language Program was conducted at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand, an affiliated institution of the University. Ten students from four departments of two faculties participated this year. Each student was accommodated by home stay families, attended multinational classes at the institute, and gained valuable experience coming into contact with a diverse range of cultures. Students who completed the program were awarded four academic units for the overseas program (“language” and “culture”).
March 22, 2016
Degrees were awarded by the President of the University at the Commencement, while the teaching faculty members and guardians looked on. International students looked back on the four years of student life they experienced and were filled with hopes and dreams as they made their commitment to “have compassionate hearts and the bravery to take on challenges in new fields and worlds.”
Messages from Current Students
Country of origin: China (Hong Kong)
Name: Chan Yuk Ki
Faculty: Faculty of Informatics for Arts
Department: Music Media Program in the Department of Music Expression
Academic year: Senior (Year 4)
Entering a music university was actually one of my dreams. I had a difficult time in the past, as there are not many music universities and only a small number of them offer digital audio workstation (DAW) related programs of study. Then, a friend at a Japanese language school introduced me to Shobi University. The University pro-actively takes in international students and provided me with substantial support. Staff members at the International Exchange Center are very understanding of international students, and the professors are, too. They sometimes make extra effort to explain special terminology in ways that are easier for non-native Japanese speakers to understand.
I have always liked chords, so I like the course called “Jazz Harmony” the best. Techniques for using chords are most often used for jazz performance: scales and modes. The voicing used in brass sessions is often a part of jazz bands. The subject matter is difficult but fun to learn.
The campus is located about seven minutes by school bus from Kawagoe Station, and this access is good for commuting. The University is kind to us in many ways.
For students who are interested in studying music, I recommend that you should not only learn techniques but also the culture and history in which the music was composed. Through such experiences you, too, can become a better musician. Shobi University provides general education, but this is a university that has its beginning in music. Their music education is quite competitive when compared to other universities.
I am looking forward to seeing you here as our junior students.
Country of origin: Korea
Name: Jung Shinyoung
Faculty: Faculty of Policy Management
Department: Business Management Program (Entrepreneurship and Management Strategy) in the Department of Policy Management.
Academic year: Freshman (Year 1)
Hello, everyone. My name is Jung Shinyoung, and I am currently registered as a freshman in the Department of Policy Management here at Shobi University.
I decided to study in Japan as an international student to get in touch with Japanese culture and to experience Japan directly, based on my experience with drama and the music of Japan during my high school years.
I came to know about Shobi University for the first time when I attended an introduction session about studying in Japan and became interested in the curriculum of the course I am currently taking. I decided to take the entrance exam.
I am currently taking three business management courses offered by the Department of Policy Management. Since I am a freshman, I am covering a wide breadth of fundamental courses. Later, I will be able to narrow them into the business management and marketing fields, which are my areas of interest, and study these topics in greater depth as I move up in academic years, which is I believe one of the advantages offered by Shobi University.
I am planning to seek employment at a Japanese company after graduating from Shobi University to gain some experience and then go back to Korea to become involved with research in business and policy for the elderly.
I would suggest to all those who are about to take a university entrance exam and are contemplating studying in Japan, to really think about what you want to do once you make it into a university and what is the field you want to study. Then, prepare yourselves well for the entrance exam.
I look forward to seeing you at Shobi University.
There are 500 seats at the tables in the cafeteria, which serves as a place for students to have lunch as well as to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Lunch menus include Western and Japanese style set meals, as well as a variety of other selections such as ramen, soba, udon noodles, and other offerings at reasonable prices. The menus are changed on a daily basis for students to enjoy a variety of meals.
dish of the day
at the set menu corner
A store featuring an abundance of products much like convenience stores seen everywhere in town is also located in the cafeteria, where students can purchase light meals. The store offers a wide selection of stationery and other necessities for students.
Notes on Koedo in Kawagoe
Kawagoe City in Saitama Prefecture is renowned for its old, traditional townscape that is the closest to Tokyo for a town of its kind. This a section in the city center lined with shops operating in kurazukuri warehouse-style buildings. They constitute a beautiful township filled with the sentiments of the Edo Period. The area is known as Koedo (Little Edo or Ancient Tokyo), and students can be immersed in the history of the area.
Honmaru Goten of Kawagoe Castle
This is a part of the Honmaru Goten Palace that was built in 1848. The entrance and primary hall section of the castle still remain, revealing the grandeur of the Kawagoe Domain.
Kitain is a temple built in the Heian Period (794 to 1185). It has a deep association with the Tokugawa shogunate. The temple precinct is a treasury of cultural assets and historical sites. Jigendo and 500 statues of the Rakan disciples of Buddha are representative features of the temple.
Kawagoe Branch of Saitama-Resona Bank
The symbolic Western-style building with a green copper dome roof was constructed in 1918 as the head office of the Dai-Hachijugo National Bank. This building, which still serves as a bank today, is a symbol of modernism in the traditional townscape of Kawagoe
Kashiya Yokocho Sweet Shop Alley
This is an alley occupied by confectionery shops since the early Meiji Era (1868 to 1912). Some 20 shops remain to this day and provide the nostalgic townscape of the Showa Era (1926 to 1989). The alley has been selected as one of the “100 Aromatic Sceneries” by the Ministry of the Environment.
The former residence of the Koyama family, which used to operate a tobacconist shop during the Meiji Era, has been converted into a museum. Visitors can observe the internal structure of the Kurazukuri building and explore the site.
Toki no Kane
A symbol of Kawagoe from the days when it was a castle town. The bell has entertained people in the town with beautiful tones for about 390 years since it was built in the Kanei Era (1624 to 1644). The bell can be heard four times daily (6 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.).