On March 10th, Showa students presented at the University of Massachusetts, Boston as part of the Kakehashi project. The audience was filled with UMass students. The theme of these fun and interactive presentations was “Cool Japan,” and students presented on such topics as Izakaya, parikura, and the 2020 Olympics.
Showa Boston President Dr. Frank Schwartz, as well as Student Services staff, were in attendance.
Date: February 13, 2015
As we discussed earlier, we had a farewell goodbye volleyball party for our BLIP 13 students.
Tufts University – Day of Remembrance
Date: February 19, 2015
Last night 6 Showa students went to Tufts University for the annual Day of Remembrance event (details here.)They were invited to the event by the Tufts Japanese Culture Club’s executive board. Speeches were given by members of Genki Spark (the first women’s only Taiko group in the US) and by a student whose grandparents were incarcerated as a result of the signing of Executive Order 9066. Following the performances, our students had a chance to talk with the executive board and audience members.
Mount Ida College
Date: February 13, 2015
Today, 7 of our students went to Mount Ida to meet 9 game design and animation majors who will be traveling to Japan in two weeks for a one-week trip. Dan Lowefrom Showa gave a 60 minute presentation on modern Japan, followed by a 45 minute Japanese lesson in which our students taught the Americans how to do a self introduction in Japanese, as well as other useful words and phrases.
Next Friday Showa students will talk about Tokyo and Kyoto (where the Mount Ida students will visit), as well as basic etiquette.
Soran Bushi Practice with Mary
Over the past few years, our BLIP students have had the tradition of performing Soran Bushi at various locations in and around Boston. It’s a fantastic ice breaker for sparking conversations between our students and the audience. Americans are often fascinated by the blend of traditional and modern aspects that make up the dance, which in many ways embodies the spirit of Japanese culture as a whole.
Our RA Mary performed Soran Bushi for several years at Boston College and is currently teaching it to our BLIP 14s.
Closing Ceremonies and Departures
Date: Week of February 9, 2015
Last week, most of our students graduated from Showa Boston and returned home to Japan. We wish them the best and hope that they return to the US soon!
Date: January 31, 2015
On October 19th, 16 Showa students (8 groups) were paired with 8 Americans College Connectors to work together on a 2 credit research project. Because this year’s topic was Exploring Entrepreneurship: Immigrant Success in Boston, each pair was assigned an immigrant-owned business to visit. Students had four visits with their American partners over the course of the semester, during which time they attended American college classes, worked on interview questions, and visited their assigned business and interviewed its owner. The group presentations were held in Provost hall on January 31st with all 8 groups presenting to an audience of faculty, staff, visitors from Tokyo, and the 8 American XCP College Connectors!
Date: January 31, 2015
On January 31st, Showa Boston held a winter karaoke party in Rainbow Hall from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. In attendance were 130 Showa students, 29 American college students, and 7 international students. Two American karaoke DJs, Sparky and Ryan, did a fantastic job motivating our students and the American students to interact and sing together.
Breakfast by Moonlight
Date: February 3, 2015
This past Tuesday, several members of our faculty and staff prepared and served food for our students. This is a tradition on many college campuses during exam season.
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Date: February 4, 2015
Although Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th, most of our students return home during that time. Instead, we had a special valentine’s dinner in our cafeteria to celebrate – Chocolate fondue included!
Visit to the Tufts University Japanese Culture Club
Date: February 4, 2015
Dan from Student Services took six Showa students to visit the Tufts University Japanese Culture Club. Students ate pizza, interacted with Americans interested in Japan, were given a tour of the campus, and even managed to see a photo exhibit hosted by one of the club’s members!
Date: January 17 & 18, 2015
Showa students performed hairspray this month! Please check out the photos below:
Coming of Age Ceremony Pictures
Date: January 9, 2014
This year’s coming of age ceremony was a huge success! Here are some pictures from that day:
Four Seasons Program
University & DIS
In other news, approximately 50 Showa students will begin studying at Emanuel College and Newbury College today!
Coming of Age
Date: January 9, 2014
Tomorrow is Coming of Age day! More than 200 students and 40 parents will attend the ceremony.
Our main speaker is Dr. Merry White from Boston University. She travels to Japan quite often for her research, which involves topics ranging from social changes in Japan to the history of the café. Bando-Sensei from Tokyo and Counsel-General Himeno will also speak.
Tour North America #4 – Texas
Date: January 14, 2014
The fourth event in our student engagement lunches will be centered around the state of Texas! Some of our teachers and administrators have a connection with Texas, and will volunteer to have lunch with our students and teach them about a part of the US that they may not be familiar with.
Photos from both of these events will be posted next week, so please stay tuned!
This is a Holiday week in America, and many students are spending Christmas and New Years with their SFC or CCP American partners. Dozens more are taking the chance to explore the US – Florida and New York being the most popular destinations.
First Night, as Boston’s New Years Eve celebration is called, is filled with fireworks and other fun events. Students will also find ice sculptures similar to those found at Sapporo’s yuki matsuri.
Finally, each wing is preparing mochi for an event at Showa next month featuring American students preparing to study in Japan.
Coming of Age Speech Contest
Date: December 12, 2014
We are happy to announce the results of our Coming of Age speech contest! Our winner is Yuka Jibiki from BLIP 13, who will give her speech on “What Coming of Age Means to me.”
The Runners up will also perform their speeches at different times. Natsuho Yoshida will perform hers at the African American Museum and Nanami Oka will perform hers at the University Closing Ceremony in February.
Guest Speaker: Melanie Wilcox & Tateki Matsuda
Date: December 19, 2014
Melanie Wilcox has practiced martial arts in various forms for about eight years. She is knowledgeable about many different styles of Japanese martial arts and currently competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jiutsu. She will give a brief outline of Japanese martial arts from past to present.
Tateki Matsuda, a Japanese professional martial artist, will speak about his experiences in the martial arts both in the US and Japan.
Showa Video Project
Date: December 20, 2014
Students on our Video Team have been working with a professional filmmaker to make a promotional video for Showa Boston. This Saturday, they will travel into the heart of Boston and film footage of the downtown area.
Yoga Class with Jamie
Date: December 22, 2014
Jamie is coming back next week for another yoga class! Approximately 25 students will attend.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: December 8, 2014
This past Monday, the Showa Tree Lighting Ceremony took place in our lobby. Many Showa students participated with their RAs, making the event even more special.
Christmas Concert: Daughters of Saint Paul Choir
Date: December 13 & 14, 2014
The Daughters of Saint Paul is an international Catholic congregation. The Daughters of Saint Paul in Brookline are our neighbors, and they will perform a Christmas concert in their chapel (walking distance from Showa!). Teachers will guide students to the concerts.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Joan Dassin
Date: December 17, 2014
Dr. Joan Dassin is a professor of International Education and Development and Director of the Sustainable International Development Program at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is also the founding Executive Director of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program (IFP), a global scholarship program that operated from 2000-2013 and allowed over 4,300 social justice leaders in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia to pursue graduate-level studies at the world’s top universities.
Dr. Dassin has a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. She has also received three Fulbright Scholar Awards and the Marita Houlihan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Education from the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA)