Thirty-two local children attended this year's Kaneko Day Camp (KDC) in August and it was a big success! KDC is a 4-day cultural camp put on by students in the American Studies Program at Willamette University and TIUA. They serve as the camp counselors and teachers. They spend many hours planning the class content and activities and creating the necessary accompanying materials. The hallways were decorated, as well as the various classrooms. The camp started August 4 with check-in and soon all the campers had met their teachers and were having fun getting to know about Japan. There were classes in origami, songs, games, language, calligraphy, and dance.
On Thursday, the last day of camp, parents and other family members came to walk visit the classrooms to see the work that the campers had done, enjoy bento lunches, and watch the campers perform a dance and some taiko drumming.
Click here to see a photo gallery from the camp!
About 40 alums from Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America attended a reunion party on Saturday, June 14, in Tokyo, Japan. The event was held at an Irish pub, Dubliner's, in Ikebukuro. Attendees included a few regulars from the first ASP class in 1989, as well as students who have just graduated in the past couple of years, and everything in between. Elizabeth Trayner, Director of Residence Life, Willamette University, and Gunnar Gundersen, Executive Vice President, Masaki Shimada, Director of Campus Life and Academic Services, and Barby Dressler, Director of University Relations/Special Programs, all from TIUA, flew in for the occasion. Other faculty members included Peter Harmer, Professor, Exercise Science and Department Chair, WU, and recently retired professor from Tokyo International University (TIU), Barry Duell.
It was great fun to see them interacting and networking with each other. As is typical in Japanese culture, after the reunion there was a second party, which also drew many of the alums, plus a few more! To see photos from the event, please click here.
Takahiro “Tanch” Hosoya, American Studies Program 2006, has already had some very interesting experiences in his life. After graduating from Tokyo International University in 2008, he went to work for a Japanese company, but he really felt that he needed to see more of the world. He had learned about international cooperation in the classroom, but wanted to experience what that was like out in the real world.
So after four years as a salesman, he quit his job and signed up to volunteer with JICA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (http://www.jica.go.jp/english/index.html) as a JOCV – Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.
Tanch was sent to Mozambique where he worked on income improvement of small-scale farmers. He worked with the farmers on rice production, beekeeping, and food processing technology, such as making jam. He then organized markets for introducing and selling their products.