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International Festival of Friendship (みなと区民まつり2017)

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急に寒さが強まる今日この頃、みなさんはいかがお過ごしですか?師走なみ(!)の冷たい風に慌ててコートを出したかと思いきや、季節外れの台風の便りも聞こえてきて、今年の秋は体調管理が大変ですね。そんな中、今回は心温まる地域交流、国際交流の話題を。10月7-8日に開かれた「みなと区民まつり」にボランティアとして参加した一人、学生ライターのジェイダ・デイビスさんのレポートをお届けします。(本文は英語です)


by Jada Davis (senior Journalism major and Study-Abroad student from Temple Main Campus)

 

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TUJ student volunteers and staff  (Photo by Minato City)

 

 

The Minato Citizen’s Festival was held on October 7 under a light rain. Ten volunteers from TUJ took taxis to Tokyo Tower. Our main duty was handing out flyers to visitors at the festival. We were assigned to different locations and rotated positions every hour. Language barriers made distribution of the flyers difficult, but I found that an enthusiastic “Hello” or “Konnichiwa” helped. The flyers were advertising our section, the International Friendship Square. Booths lined the square, each for a different country: Georgia, Germany, Nigeria, Lesotho, the Philippines, the Maldives, Bolivia, Singapore, and Brazil. Each booth featured food and souvenirs — German sausages and beer, Nigerian folk crafts, special pork jerky from Singapore.

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The first performance in the Friendship Square was a German folk performance. Songs were performed by a yodeling singer and a young musician playing the German longhorn. The singer enraptured the crowd with her distinct style of singing and dancing. Her act was a great start to the day. An acrobatic show came next. An elderly man spun various objects on top of his parasol. He also skillfully cut through various objects with a sword. Loud drums announced the next performance — a Ghanaian dance troupe. They commanded the attention of everyone. During their dance, they pulled in several members of the audience, including me, to dance along. It was a lot of fun.

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Now it was time for lunch. I was able to get to know my fellow volunteers. I learned that one of the volunteers, James, was an American veteran attending TUJ on the GI Bill. I met his Japanese wife and three-month-old daughter during our lunch break. They were a beautiful family and represented the meaning festival — the coming together of different cultures. After lunch there were three more performances. And we were allowed to roam around other parts of the festival. It was beautiful to see how Japanese people show their appreciation for different cultures. This experience was very gratifying, I was thankful to be able to experience the internationality of Japan.

 

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(Photo by Minato City)

 


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“Nice People” tells a story about refugees, but in an uplifting way — UNHCR Refugee Film Festival School Partners’ first screening at TUJ

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今日は、10月6日金曜日にテンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス(TUJ)の学生ラウンジ「The Parliament」で行われた、国連UNHCR難民映画祭(RFF)2017 学校パートナーズ上映会の模様をお伝えします。会場に詰めかけた学生、教職員、外部来場者含む約100人がドキュメンタリー映画「ナイスピープル」を鑑賞しました。TUJは今年、RFF学校パートナーズに初の参加となり、本上映会は日本校設立35周年記念イベントの一環として開催されました。以下、レポートはコミュニケーション学科4年のニコラス・シーグリーブスさんです。(本文は、英語です)


by Nicholas Seagreaves (senior communications studies major and study-abroad student for fall 2017 from Temple Main Campus)

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About 100 students, faculty, and special guests packed into the TUJ Parliament Student Lounge on Friday, October 6 to view the documentary film “Nice People,” screened by Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) as part of the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival (RFF) 2017. This was TUJ’s first time being a school partner of this festival. The film screening was as a part of a series of events to celebrate the 35th anniversary of TUJ.

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The UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. The goal of the RFF is to expose the viewers to real life stories of refugees around the world.

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Dean Bruce Stronach welcomed the crowd and expressed how proud he was that TUJ partnered with UNHCR on this initiative and hoped that this partnership can continue in the future.

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Dean Bruce Stronach

Then Associate Professor Ron Carr (Film and Media Arts) gave insight into the making of documentaries about subjects as sensitive as refugees. He recalled a documentary film he worked on about a girl from Beirut.

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Associate Professor Ron Carr

Finally, Assistant Professor Masaki Kakizaki (Political Science) spoke about the issue of refugees and suggested that it needs to be brought to the forefront of international discussion.

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Assistant Professor Masaki Kakizaki

“Nice People” follows the lives of a group of Somalin refugees living in Sweden who came together to form a Somalin National Bandy team to compete in the World Championships in Russia in 2014. Somali has been struggling through a civil war since 2009 that has, according to a 2016 world report, left nearly 500,000 Somali people dead and around one million people displaced. Sweden and other countries agreed to accept Somali refugees. Patrik Andersson an entrepreneur tried to bring together Swedes and the Somali refugee communities. He came up with the idea of having the Somalis form a Bandy team and competing in the 2014 World Championships. Somalia had never had a Bandy team, and most Somalis had never even heard of the sport. The movie shows the team’s struggle to learn how to play, to gain funds to go to Russia, and to compete in the championships.

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from “Nice People” (c)Thelma Louise

Although the Somalis lost every game they played and only scored two goals during the competition, their story is uplifting. The men on the team were proud of playing for their country. The movie had jokes and funny moments throughout, but gave a touching look at the world of refugees. Hopefully this movie and the other films being shown during the film festival will entice viewers to help refugees.

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student volunteers and staff

 


Nicholas Seagreaves, is a study aboard student from Temple main campus currently at TUJ for the Fall of 2017. He also is a writer and photographer for The Temple News, the student run newspaper at main campus, and for Freely Magazine. Nicholas enjoys photography, playing soccer, and volunteering with children.


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#TUJCostume Instagram Contest To Run Throughout October

We’re pleased to announce our next SNS contest, #TUJCostume. We’re asking TUJ students to showcase their very best Halloween costumes on Instagram between now and midnight of October 31st.

To participate, contestants must:

  1. be current TUJ Students,
  2. post a photo of themselves wearing a Halloween costume on Instagram,
  3. include the hashtag, #TUJCostume

The top three entries will each get a TUJ Hoodie, just in time for Fall weather.


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Cleaning the Community and Keeping Others Safe

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あっという間に9月もおしまい、日に日に秋も深まる今日この頃ですね。

今回のこぼれ話は、去る24日にテンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス(TUJ)の学生寮(クレヴィアウィル武蔵小杉内)で、周辺地域との交流として行われた、町内の清掃活動、防災訓練の話題をお届けします。この秋学期に米国フィラデルフィア本校からTUJに短期留学中のジャーナリズム専攻3年、ジェイダ・ディビスさんがレポートします。(本文は、英語です)

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by Jada Davis (senior Journalism major and Study-Abroad student from Temple Main Campus)

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On Sunday, September 24, there was a small community cleanup which took place in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture of Japan, where TUJ’s dorm is located. In an effort to connect with the community surrounding the Crevia Will Musashi Kosugi dorm, five TUJ students, including myself, volunteered to be a part of the neighborhood cleanup as well as participate in an emergency drill procedure. We departed the dorm at 9 am and upon arriving at the meeting spot, we were introduced to many members of the community. There were about fifty people of all ages who were geared up and ready to clean. This included members of the local fire department and an entire little league baseball team. Armed with a pair of gloves and a set of tongs, everyone went to work removing whatever trash they could find on their designated route. The little leaguers had the most energy, climbing under a small bridge and over precarious-looking gates to make sure that they picked up all of the trash. We found, unsurprisingly, that there was very little garbage on the roads, with the occasional cigarette butt here and there. For the most part, the streets are kept clean. However, one TUJ student did find and remove an entire cooking pan from the creek which ran through the center of the neighborhood. We speculated that a storm must’ve sent it into the creek or that someone had thrown it in a fit of rage. It was easily the highlight of the cleanup.

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After all of the trash had been removed from the streets and piled neatly to the side in trash bags, we moved on to the next activity: safety drills. There were three exercises in which we were taught how to use a fire extinguisher, properly perform CPR, and tie a sling. The lessons were very informative. We even learned some new words such as “kasai,” which means fire and, “tasukete” which means help. After the safety lessons were over, everyone received emergency food and drinks and neighbors interacted with each other with a closeness that American communities seem to lack. I am always taken aback by the kindness of the Japanese people. On that day, everyone greeted me with a friendly, “Ohayōgozaimasu,” and although I couldn’t say much to them with my limited Japanese, they appreciated my efforts. One woman went even further and brought one of the TUJ students a glass of water when it was clear that she was feeling ill. By the time the event came to a close, it was noon and everyone left feeling a sense of accomplishment. We were able to give back to the community as well as connect with the members in our new little Japanese community.

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夏学期からオープンの新・武蔵小杉学生寮でBBQ&流しそうめん

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夏本番ですが、テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス(TUJ)では、ただ今夏学期の最終試験真っ最中!学内でのピリピリした空気からちょっと一息、7月23日(日)にはTUJの新しい学生寮のあるクレヴィアウィル武蔵小杉主催の交流イベントで学生たちはバーベキュー&流しそうめんに舌づつみ。TUJからは約30人の国際色豊かな学生が参加して、寮内の青山学院大学や慶応大学など他の日本の大学の学生さんたちと、日本の夏を楽しみました。

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