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Study Abroad - From the world to WASEDA -

From England to WASEDA

Zoe Vincent
Enrolled in specified program at the Center for Japanese Language

Standing on the same ground as my grandfather did 50 years ago

Students majoring in Japanese at the University of Edinburgh (England) have the special opportunity to study at a Japanese university for their junior year. I took advantage of this system and have begun studying Japanese at Waseda University since last September.

I became interested in Japan when I was in high school after hearing my grandfather talk about working in Tokyo in the 1960s. Around that time, I started to listen to music by Hikaru Utada. I wondered what the meaning was behind the comfortable lyrics…and thus grew my interest in the Japanese language.

I am so happy to be in Japan today. I am making the most of my university life in Japan—traveling throughout the country, experiencing many new things, and making friends from all over the world. My most precious experience was visiting Osaka Castle. In 1964, my grandfather took a picture standing in front of the castle. In 2014 spring vacation, I also visited Osaka Castle and took a picture in the same spot.

Another wonderful experience was the homestay that I did in Mogami-machi, located in Mogami-gun, Yamagata Prefecture. This opportunity was made possible by my participation in the ICC Homestay Program. If I had not participated in the ICC Program, I would not have visited this region. My time in Mogami-machi lead me to develop an interest in becoming a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in the JET Program (The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, the business that young people living overseas invited by local authorities.) After graduating from university, I hope to visit Japan again as a CIR and conduct international exchange activities throughout Japan.

Zoe (right) and her grandfather (left) in front of Osaka Castle.

With homestay family in Mogami-machi, Yamagata Prefecture (Zoe is third from right)