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International students experienced Japanese traditional culture



On December 9th 2015, We had “Japanese culture experience for international students~the more you know the Japanese traditional musical-Noh- the more interesting Noh becomes. ” at the multimedia study room. 40 of international students, Japanese students, and the faculty members participated the event.


“Japanese culture experience for international students” was held for the first time in three years. It aimed for international students to understand Japanese culture and to give them a chance to communicate with Japanese students and the faculty members.

At the beginning of the event, the president gave an opening speech, then Noh actor, Mr. Mitsuo Higashikawa lectured about the attractiveness of Noh.


Pres. Mitani giving an opening speech


A lecture by Noh actor, Mr. Mitsuo Higashikawa

Mr. Higashikawa explained talked the basic idea of Noh and Noh masks. The students who wanted could experience to wear the mask and they were surprised that the eyesight was unexpectedly narrow when they wore the masks.



Also the participants tried to sing the famous part of “Takasago”. After they followed the teacher’s lead and sang out several times, all of them could sing the song with a special accent.

During the question and answer session, some students asked how to learn Noh, or if there are female Noh actors, and Mr. Higashikawa answered each question based on his real experience.
In closing, the secretary of the Education Department gave a greeting of thanks. The event was a great success.

The event was a short time, but it was a great opportunity for all of the international students, Japanese students, and the faculty members to recognize the depth of Japanese culture by seeing and hearing from a working actor about Noh which is unfamiliar to us.

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