Dokkyo University hosts a variety of events that are intended to promote interaction among international students, Japanese students, and local Soka citizens. Get involved to experience various different aspects of Japanese culture at Dokkyo.
The events held vary from year to year. Information on events will be provided to enrolled exchange students on a case-by-case basis.
Here are some of the events we have held in the past.
International Spring Party
Japan Cultural Tour
Yanesen tour: Students visited Tokyo's Yanesen district (Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi), which is one of the city's most traditional areas. This popular destination allows you to experience both modern and historical Japan at the same time through its architecture, arts and crafts, and other attractions. The participating students got to try their hand at amezaiku (the making of sculptured candy) and watched a puppet show.
Bonsai tour: Bonsai, which literally means "potted plant," is a fascinating art form that creates a representation of nature in the form of a miniaturized tree. Students visited Omiya Bonsai Village in Saitama to experience cultivating a bonsai tree for themselves.
Soka Kokusai-mura Ichi-banchi International Festival
Soka City hosts an international festival at Dokkyo University every year. A variety of foreign nationals living in Soka and its surrounding areas participate by providing local food and goods, performing cultural dances, and so on. Foreign residents from over 80 countries live in Soka, the home of Dokkyo University. Exchange students enrolled at Dokkyo participate in the "World Language" program, which involves engaging in casual conversations with Soka citizens about their home countries in their own language.
One-day Bus Trip
Tochigi (Nikko Toshogu and Oya History Museum): Students visited Nikko Toshogu Shrine, which is a world heritage site dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. They also visited the Oya History Museum, which is built underground in a massive former stone quarry.
Jindaiji and Nihon Minkaen: Students visited Jindaiji, an ancient Buddhist temple situated in the west of Tokyo, and Nihon Minkaen, an open-air museum located in Kanagawa where traditional Japanese houses are preserved following their relocation from places all over Japan. They also participated in an aizome (Japanese indigo dyeing) workshop.
Samurai Parade (Soka Shukuba Matsuri)
Soka once flourished as a shukuba, a town that served as a post station to provide travelers with various services, such as food, drink, accommodation, and transport, during the Edo period. Hosted by Soka City every October, the Soka Shukuba Matsuri gives you an opportunity to join a parade dressed in a samurai or daimyo (feudal lord) costume as if you have slipped back in time to the Edo period.
Soka Shrine Festival
Exchange students with opportunities to visit elementary, junior high, and senior high schools. Japanese students and exchange students exchange presentations about their countries fostering a better understanding on both sides. These visits also give you an opportunity to see how students spend their days at Japanese schools.
One-night Homestay Program
Students stay with a volunteer host family in Saitama for one night. This program is offered three times a year by Go Global Saitama (GGS). You can participate in the program free of charge, once during your study period.
Other On-campus Activities
Dokkyo University runs various other on-campus activities aimed at promoting interaction between international students and Japanese students, as well.
Japanese Language Learning Support Program
Japanese student volunteers who are interested in teaching Japanese to speakers of other languages can help you learn the Japanese language. This program is available to all non-Japanese international students. For more information, please see the Japanese Language Office page.
International Communication Zone
At the International Communication Zone (ICZ), you can enjoy various opportunities to meet and talk with people while experiencing different languages and cultures in a cozy atmosphere. Drop in for a visit and have some fun! For details, please see the International Communication Zone (ICZ) page.