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Japanese Cultural Excursion (2019)

JAIST organizes Japanese Cultural Excursions for international students to deepen their understanding of Japanese and local culture, while also deepening their exchanges with Japanese students.

Excursion1: Gold Leaf Experience and Walking around Higashi Chaya District
Excursion 2: Making and Tasting Miso soup Experience , Stroolling Around Ohno-Port Aria

Excursion1: Gold Leaf Experience and Walking around Higashi Chaya District

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 (11:40-17:00)

Place: Gold Leaf Sakuda and Shima in Higashi Chaya District

Participants: 7 international students, 3 JAIST staff members

Itinerary:
11:40 JAIST → 12:50 Kanazawa Sakuda (Gold Leaf Experience)
14:30 Shima, Walking around Higashi Chaya District
16:00 Higashi Chaya District → 17:00 JAIST

The first Japanese Cultural Excursion in this year was taken place on June 21, 2019. 7 JAIST students visited Higashi Chaya district where is one of the popular tourist areas in Kanazawa to have a making Gold leaf craft experience. It was the first time they saw and handled 1/10,000 mm thin delicate gold leaf, but they enjoyed making original gold leaf works such as small box, plate or compact mirror. After that, they visited one of the national important cultural assets, Ochaya Shima Geisha House. They were impressed by its unique Chaya style of architecture and the atmosphere which has remained since it was built in 1820, and a few students tried to play a Shamisen, a three-stringed instrument and Taiko, Japanese drums there. This excursion was a great opportunity for them to know Kanazawa’s traditional crafts and culture and to deepen the exchange among the students.

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Excursion 2: Making and Tasting Miso soup Experience , Stroolling Around Ohno-Port Aria

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 (12:30-17:00)
Place: Yamato Soysause & Miso "KOJI park" , Ohno-Port Area
Participants: 7 international students, 2 JAIST staff members

Itinerary:
12:30 JAIST → 13:15 Yamato Soysauce & Miso
15:00 Stroll around Ohno-Port
16:00 Ohno-Port , Kanazawa → 17:00 JAIST

The 2nd Japanese Cultural Excursion in this year was taken place on August 23 2019. 7JAIST international students visited Yamato Soysause & Miso KOJI park in Kanazawa city. After the park tour and explanation of the products and KOJI, they tried KOJI hand-bath. Participants were very impressed by that their hands got so smooth after the bath. Then they made and tasted 2 types of Miso soup. Most of the students didn’t drink miso soup till then, however, they were all amazed by the difference between the two according to the fermentation period and some students had second soup, saying “Oishii!” After the experience at the Yamato, students strolled around Ohno area, port town freely and were impressed by the old streets and atmosphere while looking at the sea of Japan. Participants from China, Vietnam, Bangladesh and India deepened their exchange during the excursion, they had a meaningful time to develop their understandings of Japanese culture.

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