If you study abroad with JCMU, you can participate in a wide array of activities at our campus and in the Shiga area. To showcase just how much you can do in Hikone, our Student Services Coordinator, Yasuhiko Harada, created a list of events/activities that students participated in this last June.
June was a fun month for us: the inaugural JCMU Symposium was a success, the 2017 Summer Intensive Language program just started, and we now have a mascot courtesy of our JCMU Mascot Design Contest! There were also a great deal of activities outside of JCMU that our students had the opportunity to participate in as well. Read below to learn more about everything happening in Japan last month!
Events at JCMU
The JCMU Mascot Design Contest winner was chosen
– Meet “Hiraku,” our new adorable mascot!
June 3rd through June 4th
Inaugural JCMU Symposium
– Japan scholars from around the world, along with some of our summer students, participated in an academic, intercultural exchange of information like no other!
Summer Intensive Language program students arrived in Hikone!
Orientation (for Summer Intensive Language students)
Placement test (for Summer Intensive Language students)
– Required for students looking to place into 2nd-4th year language classes
– Newly-arrived language students are shown around Hikone by local Japanese university students
First day of class (for Summer Intensive Language students)
Mandatory fire drill
– With the Hikone Fire Department
Last day to request class change
Friday Japanese cultural activity
– Learn how to play the koto (Japanese harp)
– With Shiga University School of Education students
Midterm exam #1
Friday Japanese cultural activity
– Create your own ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement)
Gohanya Kumakuma Party
Events in the Hikone/Shiga Area
Happening now: Season of hydrangea!
These locations feature blooming hydrangeas:
– Mimurotoji Temple in Kyoto
– Fujinomori Shinto Shrine in Kyoto (there are 3,500 trees!)
– Moriyama Ashikarien Hydrangea Field in Moriyama City, Shiga (even more here – 5,000 trees!!)
Until June 4th
“Kirameki” Exhibition at Aiso-cho History and Culture Museum
– Modern Buddhist painting exhibition with traditional “gold painting” style
– Take a train until JR Inae Station, and take a bus from there and take off at Kongo-rinji Temple Station
Special exhibition at the Nara National Museum
– “The Buddhist Master Sculptor Kaikei: Timeless Beauty from the Kamakura Period”
– Nara National Museum is located in Nara Park ( Deer Park). It takes about 10 minutes from Kintetsu Nara Station, and 20 minutes from JR Nara Station.
– Who and what is the sculptor “Kei group”?
Blue Impulse Aerobatic show above Hikone Castle
Until June 11th
July 14th through July 15th
Yasaka Shinto Shrine Mikagura Hono (Dedication of Kagura) and Rei-sai (large festival)
– Yasaka Shinto Shrine is Located at the east end of Shijyo Street in Kyoto
Shiga Gokoku Shinto Shrine Farmers Market
– Small, but you can buy fresh vegetables, coffee, sweets, handmade craft, and more
Seiryo-ji Temple Zen Practice with Lunch
– Seiryo-ji Temple is located near Hikone Castle
– It is the Ii family’s (The Lord of Hikone) temple.
– Every third Sunday, they host zazen practice demonstrations. If you attend only zazen practice, it costs 200 yen. If you want to have a Shojin Ryori (traditional Buddhist vegan meal) after zazen practice, it will cost 900 yen.
April 15th to July 23rd
Symphony of Bakuzan Sakaki and Shisyu at Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
– Bakuzan Sakaki is a famous Japanese calligrapher
– Nara Prefectural Museum of Art is located in Nara Park, next to the Nara Prefectural Government Office
Until August 6th
Special Exhibition at the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art
– Exhibition title: “High Jewelry”
June 21st to October 8th
Special Exhibition at the Kyoto University Museum
– Exhibition title: “The history of zoological science study at Kyoto University according to zoological and botanical specimen”
– Kyoto University (Kyo-dai) is one of the leading universities in Japan. If you are in science major, and thinking about graduate school in science major at Kyoto Univ, it will be a good chance to visit.
Until October 15th
Special Exhibition at the Nagoya-Boston Museum
– Exhibition title: “Parisienne”