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New Year Issue (Jan.)


Enjoying an autumn of culture and sports

A variety of grand festivals

Opening festival held on a special stage of in front of Okuma Auditorium.

A number of cultural and sports festivals were held one after another in October and November, the very midst of autumn. First was the "All Waseda Culture Week", held from October 19th to November 5th. Approximately 20 events were held including lectures, exhibitions, and performances.

Beautiful weather for passionate play (Higashifushimi Campus Soccer Stadium).

Next, at the Sports Festival (bottom left photograph) held on November 6th, a total of 13 events were held as part of competition for the President's Cup. The Sports Festival also featured 7 types of workshops, and the festival was attended by approximately 3,000 students, faculty and staff. Students contributed greatly to the planning and operation of events such as a futsal tournament that featured 120 teams in the qualifying round and a walking event (held on October 24th) that passed through the Big 6 Universities of Tokyo, traveling to Waseda University from Keio University in Mita City.

To continue, the Waseda Festival (top photograph) was held from the 7th to the 8th of November. The festival featured 414 events ranging from academic presentations to entertainment. Nearly 160,000 people attended the festival. In addition to students belonging to participating groups, nearly 500 members of the student operation staff worked feverishly for the success of the festival. Student engaged in some of the most advanced environmental measures in Japan, such as working to separate trash into 9 different recycling categories.

Ukrainian singer Ms. Nataliya Gudziy plays an ethnic instrument called a bandura. Her songs contain a message of hope that overcomes tragedy. At the age of 6, Ms. Gudziy was exposed to radiation as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Photographs provided by DAYS JAPAN

November 23rd marked the full-scale start of the eagerly anticipated Photojournalism Festival (featured in the summer edition of Campus Now), which was jointly sponsored by DAYS JAPAN and Waseda University. The opening ceremony of the festival featured a collaboration of music and photography entitled "Concert of Life" (bottom right photograph). Singer Ms. Tokiko Kato and a variety of other guests sent a message to today's young generation through song, photography, and speech. December 5th marked the end of the core period of the Photojournalism Festival, which featured photographic exhibitions, lectures and symposium held on a daily bases. However, various events associated with the festival will continue until February.