- May 27, 2015
As the Japanese assistants, we have tried on a daily basis to make sure the students on the Erasmus Mundus Program get the most out of their three-month stay.
Among other things, after classes we have been to Teishokuya diners, Izakaya pubs and game centers: experiences peculiar to Japan that we all decided on.
In particular, weekend excursions have become part of our schedule. So far, since their arrival in April, we have visited various places including Mt. Takao, Kamakura, Shibamata, the Kokugikan (Sumo hall), Kiyosumi Park and Yoyogi Park.
We heard how they frequently went hiking last semester in Toulouse. With their strength and stamina, wherever they visit they never catch the train or bus; they just walk.
During the Golden Week holiday we visited Kamakura. Starting from Kita-kamakura, we looked around Jochiji, Kenchoji and Enkakuji temples, and Kamakura Hachimangu shrine. After a dip in the sea on Yuigahama beach, we then saw Hasedera temple and the Great Kamakura Buddha. Lastly we completed the five-kilometre hiking course known as Daibutsu-kiritoshi (Great Buddha pass).
Unfit as I am, this really tired me out, but the Erasmus crowd were still in lively spirits. I decided to follow the example of their stamina, and joined them for a drink in Yokohama!
Events we are still planning are a trip to see a Kabuki play, attending the tea ceremony, Karaoke, and a "Prison" Izakaya. The students are already in the second half of their stay in Japan; we, the Japanese assistants will try even harder to make their stay worthwhile.