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While Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is operating onlline, it doesn’t mean that students have to go without social interaction.
On May 22, TUJ and Showa Women’s University (SWU) held a joint event online called the Nihongo Salon. Students from both Universities logged in to their Zoom accounts and were able to talk and make friends in Japanese. This series of events were held in-person for the past semesters;. Students met on SWU’s campus and ate snacks and had casual conversation.
However, due to current circumstances, the Nihongo Salon was held online. Students were divided into small “breakout rooms” where they could speak in a more intimate setting on a wide variety of topics. In my group alone, the conversation bounced back and forth from class schedules to movies to Pokemon. With approximately 20 members from each school in attendance, I and many of the others I spoke with felt that it brought back a sense of community that had been lacking these past few weeks. The faculty and staff of both universities used this event to gauge interest in continued joint activities, and it looks to have been a success. Plans are under way to bring online TUJ’s other event, the English Salon, and continue doing online Nihongo Salons depending on the situation.
Written by Aidan Fletcher, sophomore Communication Studies Major (Video Production Track) at Temple University, Japan Campus, and leader of the TUJ Student Emissaries Club.