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That’s an article I wrote for the website:

(The website is tries to show Japan from the foreigner’s point of view)

Being in Japan can be quite a cultural shock. Everything is so different, so big and crowded and especially in my case it can be very frustrating not being able to communicate properly, because of a lacking knowledge of Japanese. Many foreign students are therefore often sticking together with other foreigners, since it is easier to speak with them and they share the same feelings in the same situation and in some cases the lack of language can even cause a feeling of being completely alone in a city of 30 million people.

I believe that it is often necessary to have friends you can speak with and they actually understand every word, nonetheless I also believe that being in Japan means eventually also making Japanese friends. In the beginning it can be quite difficult, especially if one is shy or does not feel confident with his or her Japanese language skills. What helped me most when I arrived first at the Waseda University was one of the many international Clubs. Waseda International Club (WIC), Waseda International Festival (WIF) or Niji-No-Kai are just some of the many Clubs that were created in order to make it easy for foreign students to get in contact with Japanese people and Japanese culture. Many of the members can understand English very well but they will try to speak with you in Japanese as much as possible, what I think is a very great idea. Beside of the huge variety of international clubs, the University has even its own little event-department for foreign students, the ICC, that is organizing language exchanges, sport and cultural events and many more. I guarantee you that you will make some friends here. (more…)



(you can click on each picture for a bigger view – Man kann auf jedes Bild klicken um eine größere Ansicht zu erhalten)

The Waseda University is one of the most prestigious Universities in Japan. It was founded byShigenobu Okuma (left picture) in 1882 and is especially famous for its excellent School of Political Science and Economics. The University can look back on a variety of influential alumni including seven of Japan’s Prime Minister (Yushihiko Noda, the current Prime Minister is one of them). Waseda has more than 50,000 students and about 4,000 international students, but it seems that I am the only German one in my particular exchange program.

Die Waseda Universität is eine der renommiertesten Universitäten in Japan. Sie wurde 1882 von Shigenobu Okuma (linkes Bild) gegründet und ist besonders für ihre ausgezeichnete Schule für Politische Wissenschaften und Wirtschaft berühmt. Die Universität kann auf eine Vielzahl von einflussreichen Absolventen zurückblicken, einschließlich sieben Japanischer Primierminister (Yushihiko Noda, der amtierende Primierminister ist einer von ihnen). Waseda hat mehr als 50.000 Studenten und um die 4.000 internationale Studenten, aber es scheint, dass ich der einziege Deutsche in meinem besonderen Austauschprogramm bin.