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Shannon Quinn
Tokyo, Japan
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Looking back over more than two and half years of blog posts, I realized that most of the entries have been about CIEE activities and excursions, and students’ adventures in Japan. There have been, unfortunately, very few posts about Sophia University and almost no photos of the campus. Today I... Continue reading
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Last Monday our move to Building 2 was completed and we began the workweek at our new Study Center with a “shukubetsushiki” to consecrate the new office. Father Yamaoka led CIEE and Sophia University staff and guests in a blessing and sprinkled holy water around the Study Center. CIEE staff... Continue reading
After more than two years in our current space on the third floor of the Jochi Kojimachi Building, the CIEE Study Center is moving back to the Sophia University campus. We will definitely miss the view of Kojimachi-dori, but we look forward to our new central campus location. CIEE will... Continue reading
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July is almost here and the CIEE Study Center is gearing up for another exciting summer program in Japan. On July 19, students from more than 20 colleges and universities across the US will arrive at Narita Airport near Tokyo to take part in CIEE's 2012 summer program at Sophia... Continue reading
I love the Chairman Mao watch!
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The CIEE Study Center in Tokyo is thrilled to welc... Continue reading
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At last month's End of Semester Celebration, CIEE ... Continue reading
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Classes are over, final papers have been submitted... Continue reading
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Autumn in Tokyo is typically mild, but this year has felt even warmer than usual. It was only late November's rain and colder temperatures that finally silenced the cicadas and brought scarves, gloves, and heavy coats to the Sophia University campus. While the school’s Christmas lights went on several weeks... Continue reading
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Thank you for visiting the official blog for CIEE's summer Japanese Studies program at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Our 2011 program came to a close on August 18, and we are already looking forward to welcoming new students to our program next July. In the meantime, for updated stories... Continue reading
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The CIEE Study Center in Tokyo is excited to welcome 29 students from 19 US colleges and universities to our 2011 fall semester program at Sophia University. Our comprehensive orientation program began with arrival support at Narita Airport on September 13, and continues until classes begin on September 30. During... Continue reading
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Greetings! This is Shannon Quinn, Summer Program Director, posting on behalf of Kevin In, one of our summer program students. Shirakawa-go Gassho no Sato (Photo by Shannon Quinn) Introduction A little bit about me. My name is Kevin In and I currently attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.... Continue reading
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To celebrate the end of the semester, CIEE Academic Year Program (AYP) and spring semester students, staff, host families, program supporters, and the Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University gathered for a ceremony and reception at Arcadia Ichigaya. AYP students delivered bilingual speeches on topics including... Continue reading
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July is finally here and the CIEE Study Center in Tokyo is busy gearing up for another exciting summer program. This year, we look forward to welcoming students from 17 colleges and universities. Before beginning summer session classes at Sophia University, CIEE students will join a week-long comprehensive orientation program.... Continue reading
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Last Wednesday, CIEE students spent the afternoon learning how to play taiko drums at Taiko Lab Aoyama in Gaienmae. The instructor began the session with a brief introduction to the history of the taiko drum, mentioning that the taiko drum (which can be heard as far as 4 kilometers away)... Continue reading
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Last Saturday afternoon, CIEE students traveled to Shinohara Maruyoshi Furin to learn how to make Edo Furin, or handblown glass wind chimes. Glass furin are a traditional craft of Edo (Edo is the old name of Tokyo), and Shinohara Maruyoshi Furin is one of two places in Tokyo that are... Continue reading
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The CIEE Study Center in Tokyo would like to begin the spring semester blog by extending our most sincere sympathy to all who have suffered from the March 11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Sophia University began the spring semester on schedule, and CIEE students from 22 US colleges and universities... Continue reading
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To celebrate the end of the term, CIEE students, staff, our Sophia Academic Advisor, host families, dorm managers, and other program supporters gathered for an end-of-semester party near the Sophia University campus. Students contributed in various ways: one was emcee for the event, some delivered speeches in English or Japanese,... Continue reading
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Monday, January 10 was seijin no hi, or Coming of Age Day, in Japan. On the second Monday of January, young Japanese people who have turned 20 during the past year celebrate becoming adult members of society. The day is a national holiday, and ward and city offices around the... Continue reading
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The Memorial Cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park The torii at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Students pose at the top of Mt. Misen on Miyajima Continue reading
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Several weeks ago CYP (calendar year program, starting in April 2010) students traveled to the Tohoku region for an overnight trip in the Sendai area. Prior to the trip, students independently researched the history of the region, making presentations on their research topics at the pre-departure meeting. During their weekend... Continue reading
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Earlier this month, CIEE students had the opportunity to join a walking tour of central Tokyo. Led by local Japanese guides, groups of four to five students walked from the Sophia University campus to the Imperial Palace, stopping by sights such as the Diet Building, Parliamentary Museum and Garden, and... Continue reading
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On the final evening of the program we held a special farewell party for participants on a yakatabune, a Japanese-style flat boat, for a sunset dinner cruise. Students enjoyed freshly cooked tempura, a beautiful view of the Tokyo Bay area, and several entertaining rounds of karaoke. It was a great... Continue reading
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CIEE summer program participants were housed in Kichijoji, an attractive area less than 30 minutes from campus on the JR Chuo Line. Kichijoji is frequently ranked as one of the most desirable residential areas in Tokyo, due to numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options near the station and its proximity... Continue reading
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All CIEE students enroll in two 3-credit courses during the summer program. The coursework is quite intensive with two, two-hour long classes daily for fifteen days (including Saturdays!). In addition to two levels of Japanese, the non-language courses offered this year were: Contemporary Japanese Economy; Japanese Business and Management; Japanese... Continue reading