Hosei Erasmus Mundus Program Euro Pholosophy

Hosei Erasmus Mundus Program, Euro Pholosophy - Over the two academic years 2008-9 and 2009-10 at Hosei University, classes for the first semester of "Euro Philosophy", an EU Erasmus Mundus Master Program, have taken the form of one-month intensive lecture series. This is the first instance in Japan of administering such a large-scale intensive lecture series within the Erasmus Mundus Master Program.


Erasmus students and Japanese students socialize (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.

April: First time for a print club picture
April: On the central street, Shibuya, after classes

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.

April: Food brought for a picnic in Yoyogi Park

May: At the Kokugikan Sumo hall in Ryogoku

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).

At the Great Kamakura Buddha

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!

Three students perform acrobatics on Yuigahama beach
After hiking, on Kita-kamakura station

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.