This show is about
international students in Japan, introducing their lives and university. Today, we will introduce
Waseda University, located in Tokyo. It’s one of the most famous private
universities in Japan, founded in 1882. It has the most international students
with about 7000 from over 110 nations. They study in Shinjuku,
which is in the middle of Tokyo, but the campus is full of nature
and is known as the “forest of Waseda”. Inside, there are often events
held by the cheerleaders, and is usually very lively
with over 600 approved activity groups. They’re also known for having many. Many international students take part,
leading a very energetic lifestyle. Share your culture, show your identity. Please join us. There are also many
historical buildings. The Okuma Auditorium is
the symbol of Waseda, with its name taken
from the founder, Shigenobu Okuma. In addition to being used
for ceremonies such as graduation, it’s also a popular tourist spot
with many taking photos in front of it. These three will introduce us
to Waseda University. I love Mt. Fuji. Vanessa is from Thailand, a senior
in creative science and engineering. She is a 22 year old interested
in both business and engineering. I really like Japanese food
like sushi and Japanese sweets. That’s my favorite. Michelle is from Taiwan, a sophomore
in international liberal studies. She is 19, is interested in different
cultures and loves to find restaurants. I love to travel, especially to Kyoto. I’ll do my best in Japanese today. Sheila is from Indonesia and is a senior
in international liberal studies. Aiming to be a consultant, she is doing internships in addition
to her thesis and she is 21. We will be introducing to you
the beautiful Waseda University. Let’s go. In fact, Waseda has produced
many prime ministers in the past, including its founder, Shigenobu Okuma. What kind of things
can you study at Waseda? I heard you both study
international liberal studies. — Yes.
— Called SILS, right? It’s a popular course in Waseda. Yes. I think it’s the most
famous one in Japan. — How about I show you around?
— Awesome. Let’s go. At SILS, the school the two study at,
30 percent are international students. It has the most international
students in Waseda. Their aim is communication skills, that go beyond their first language
and can be used globally. Most of the classes are held in English. They cherish communication
between student and teacher, so the classes are usually held
in small numbers. On the other hand, Vanessa studies at… This is the engineering campus. I’m an engineering student here. This is my lab coat and
we’re currently doing experiments there. Waseda was the first
private university in Japan that built an engineering faculty
on their campus. They’re also known to have
a pioneering robot engineering school. The latest research and development of
human type robots are being held here. For example, they link up
with a medical university, aiming to make a more advanced
artificial heart. This tele—echography robot that allows echograms to be held from afar
is also gaining attention. Vanessa studies mechanical engineering
at creative science and engineering. We take a look at her laboratory. In the engineering campus,
I’m part of Professor Kusaka’s lab, where we study internal
combustion engines. This is what we’re working on
for the experiment. We’re working on the master engine,
as you can see over there. And here we do all the simulations
on the computers. Here, they use engines from
major automobile makers in Japan, and do research on improving fuel
efficiency and making cleaner engines. — When he says 3, push.
— OK. All the students in this laboratory can
speak English, so there are no issues. Many students that graduate from here, go on to work for Japan’s
major automobile companies. Here is Professor Kusaka. Hello. My name is Jin Kusaka. She is an excellent student. I want her to have more experience, doing engine experiments. That’s all. If you want to work
at Japanese manufacturers. Or those that want a more
practical education in engineering, I really recommend Waseda University. We’re waiting for you at Waseda. In addition to schools such as SILS
and creative engineering, there are political science,
and social science. Fundamental science
and advanced science. And culture media and society. These 7
are popular to international students. The reason is that it’s all in English
and they can study a certain field, and they can get their diploma. This is Francis, who is from abroad
studying political science. I lived in Japan for about 5 years
in primary school. It’s located in Tokyo and
there are many opportunities to intern. Is it fun here? I think it’s fun. We’re in the middle
of exams now, so I’m a bit tired. What is your dream? I want to provide schooling
for kids who can’t go. I want to find a job that
helps other people. There are also a variety of courses
to provide a wider range of studies. For example, this is a course. I’ll be taking a yoga class. Sheila takes a yoga course once a week. This is an open course which allows
students from any school to earn credits for a course that they want to study. There are about 2300 different
such courses, more than any other university. The yoga course is
especially popular with the women. Not only do we exercise
our bodies through yoga, but when they start work, they will
experience stress or become nervous. So in order to perform
at their highest potential, I want them to learn to control
themselves through this course. The course offered at
other universities are also popular, as they can learn things
not available at Waseda. And here, Michelle and Vanessa go out… How was your class? I worked so hard, so now I’m so hungry. Me too. I always see my friends
go out and buy those lunch boxes. It’s lunch time. They go to Kodawariya that sells
lunch boxes across the street. It’s a place that sells quality
lunch boxes that also look pretty. They are healthy and low in calories, so it’s popular amongst
the female students. After buying lunch,
the two head to WILL. WILL stands for
Waseda International Learning Lounge, and is a relaxing place that
gathers many international students. Vanessa bought some omelet. Michelle got some fried pork and rice. Let us eat. There are so many vegetables in here. Usually I go to places
with more vegetables. I can see you go too.
You have really good skin. So nearby, there is Good Morning Cafe. Have you heard of it? It’s good for a lunch deal. You can order a set meal
and if you have student ID… You get 200 yen off. They change the menu every day, right? Seasonally, I think. Maybe every day, I’m not sure. I think every day. I went on a Monday
and Thursday and it was different. We also recommend the Okuma
Garden House, the student cafeteria. They have grilled dishes,
which is quite rare. The garlic chicken steak is the most
popular amongst international students. They have a wide range of dishes, and you can enjoy
regional dishes from across Japan. They also have Halal dishes, so
Muslims can also enjoy the food there. While eating lunch,
they start talking about this… What problems have you had here? Problems I’ve had… I think it’s all about language. Like if I go shopping or do anything, I have to use hand gestures
to express my feelings. I left the country for summer break
to do an internship somewhere else. And when I came back my electricity
was cut off because I hadn’t paid. I called them but I didn’t know
what to say because it was so complex. The bill and
the electricity wasn’t working. There are indeed many worries
being a student in Japan. For such times, head here. This is ICC,
or Intercultural Communication Center. Here at ICC, they have
student staff leaders, who can speak English
and are there to help. You can seek advice for
anything related with student life. They also hold many events
like panel discussions, sporting events and volunteer work,
led by the student staff leaders. We got to report on
one of their most popular events. I don’t know how to say it in Japanese.
It’s a famous cubic food. One man and one woman. That’s correct. This event is called
the Japanese Chat Club. It’s an event where you can
have fun learning Japanese, through games and
talking with people from all over. I got to talk with Japanese people. It was really fun. I got to learn some words
I never knew, so it was educational. I hope many of you can come to Waseda. There is more support for international
students with their Japanese. This is Waseda Nihongo Support Room. It’s a place where you can get help
for anything related with Japanese. Those that give advice
are also international students, as they have had a similar experience. We asked what sort of things
they come to ask. Someone came to ask about pronunciation, where they couldn’t be heard
by the other person. But we found out that their voice
was small and they were quite shy. So there are cases where they don’t
actually know what the problem is. So we talk with them
and find out what the real issue is. I’ve used this place before. For example, I asked where I could go, to find some practice drills
for Japanese online. I got advice on where
I can find the right textbooks. If you want to know
more about writing, come here. This is the Writing Center. You can get advice on your essays, with staff that can speak
Japanese, English and Chinese. It’s a center to support
all your writing needs. Come here if you want help
in finding a residence. Here at Waseda Co—op,
they have a real estate agent, and many students come here
to find a place to live around Waseda. Next to that is the Travel Center. You can come here to plan a holiday. The most important thing is that
if you want to go back to your country, they will help you to book tickets
and it will be convenient and cheap. And of course, they have
staff members that can speak English. After the break we visit Japan’s largest
dormitory for international students. The two also talked about
a place to live. Did you live near Waseda? Yes. In fact, in the first year,
I was living in the dorm called WISH. Waseda International Student Housing. In Nakano. This is WISH, the largest dorm
for international students in Japan. It’s in Nakano, which is
just three stations away from Waseda. 95 people live on one floor. With room of up to
872 people to live in total. 40 percent of the students
that live here are from abroad. At WISH, there are spacious lounges, and a multipurpose room for studying. There is also a fitness room
and a sound—proof studio. They have many spaces to share. We visit a room to see what kind
of a lifestyle the students have here. Hello, nice to meet you. I’m Francis
and I’m from the Philippines. We are greeted by Francis
who we met earlier in the classroom. Please come in. We take a look around the room. This is my room. This is Francis’s room. The bed, book shelf,
desk and air conditioner is provided, so you can easily start a new life
with only just a suitcase of clothes. Is it always this clean? It’s usually like this. — Her room is usually clean.
— Right? In fact, these young ladies
are her roommates. The basic rule for this dorm
is that you live with three others. And one of the students must be
an international student. The other characteristic
is this long hallway, and the living room that you can see. You can see what the neighbor is doing
so you can interact with more students. We get along very well. We talk long in to the night. What is Francis like? She’s like a big sister. I sometimes get called “mom”. Right? While they get lively… — Hello.
— Hi, Shafiyya. Shafiyya, who is from Indonesia
and lives in the dorm, came to visit. The two met at this dorm two years ago
and became great friends. Francis and Shafiyya are best friends
who have gone to Mt. Fuji together. Living in WISH helps me speak Japanese
more compared to living by myself. Because I wouldn’t have anyone
to practice with. Our senior at Waseda
will help us with our Japanese too. And when we’re having dinner,
we’d talk with other Japanese students. It is also fun for them
to cook together, here at this large community kitchen. Let us eat. How does it taste? It’s good. When you come to Waseda,
make sure to check out WISH. Meanwhile, Sheila waits
for someone at a cafe on campus. This is my big sister, Cindy. Nice to meet you. This is Cindy,
who graduated SILS 5 years ago and currently works in Japan
as an IT consultant. She is Sheila’s sister. She told us some precious stories
about her experiences of studying and working in Japan. What kind of culture exists
in a Japanese company? Everyone just works really hard. They all try really hard. Many people are very diligent. They’re not the type of people that
just try to get through the work day. That’s what it’s like. What was good about
graduating from Waseda? For example, my current boss
is also from Waseda, so I was able to chat with him
about what building is still here. So it was good to hear
from the seniors from here. Was there anything you wish
you had done more of at university? There are many things. I should have played more. After starting work, people ask about any
funny episodes I had but I have none. I should have done more of that
at university. It’s important to study,
but it’s also important to play. Thank you for some
precious insight, Cindy. For international students who
want to work in Japan, this is the spot. This is the Career Center. Sheila has come to the Career Center
that has information about finding jobs. There are bulletin boards
for internships, and booths to have one—on—one
consultations about job searching. There is also a special staff member
for international students. We asked Mr. Tan about what he does. What sort of things do they ask? Yes, well it’s about
starting work in Japan. So it’s about Japanese skills, and how to write resumes
and how to do the interviews. Or advice on how to go about
the group discussions. If you have any questions
about finding work in Japan, please come to
the Career Center at Waseda. We’re here for you. After the break, we visit the popular
spots in the town around Waseda. From here, we introduce the area
from Takadanobaba to Nishiwaseda. The two are holding up
the Wasemeshi Map, which is a pamphlet
with recommended spots around Waseda. So we will be making
our own original Wasemeshi Map, with popular spots
for international students. Let’s go. The two first head to a spot
which is a minute walk from Waseda. We asked the students
what they like about it. It’s really cheap. But the serving is big. The lunch box is huge,
which is perfect for students. It’s so thick that that the lid
can’t be shut properly. Here’s Waseda—no—bentoya. It’s really popular
with Waseda students. This is a lunch box shop
Waseda—no—bentoya, known to Waseda students as Waseben. This is the lunch box
that has many Waseda students hooked. Look at the huge serving
that won’t allow the lid to shut. On top of the Japanese fried chicken, there is also fried eggplants
in this most popular lunch box. It’s only 350 yen
for this big serve as well. Most of the other boxes are less than
500 yen, which is great for students. Also close to the campus, is a renowned soba restaurant that
the founder Shigenobu Okuma also loved. Right in front of the campus is
this restaurant Sanchouan, that first opened over 150 years ago. When you go through the curtain
that says it’s the oldest in Waseda, you’ll find a traditional
yet comfortable space. Many items related with Waseda
are also displayed. It’s also popular
with international students. I recommend Sancho—an. Because I think that restaurant is
traditional in the way they cook. When you go in to the restaurant, it has a very nice atmosphere. There is also this unique
connection with Waseda. They say this is the birthplace of
pork cutlet on rice. It’s now a standard dish in Japan, with its fried pork cutlet
wrapped in eggs. Apparently, this dish was invented
upon the request of a Waseda student. Please do try the pork cutlet on rice
and feel the history of Waseda. We go to another place near the campus. This Shirucafe provides
a great deal for students. What is that service? It’s a cafe that allows you
to study there. The Wi—Fi is free and
I think you get one drink for free. That’s right,
if you’re a university student, you get to use this cafe for free. Companies that want to
reach students hold events here and they pay for the drinks
in turn for displaying their pamphlets. If you come here, you can not only
study but gain information about jobs. The staff are also Waseda students,
so you can meet more fellow students. Waseda is also famous for
having many shrines and temples. It’s also popular with students
and is featured on the map. Housenji Temple next to Waseda, is known to bring luck to studies
and challenges. The amulet that has a letter “W” on it
is known to bring wins, so many athletic programs cherish it. Houshouji Temple, with its colorful
buildings, brings luck to money. So many students and
local people visit it. The ladies have come to Suwa Shrine,
a lesser—known but great spot. This shrine was built
over 1200 years ago. It is popular as you can do
a certain thing all year round. But before that, they will pray. What did the ladies wish for? What did you pray for,
if you don’t mind me asking? I prayed for my family
to have a healthy and happy life. What’s popular at Suwa Shrine, is this fortune telling
that you can do all year round. It’s a traditional Japanese fortune
telling custom where you draw a number. This is interesting. What was the result? I think this means good fortune. The result was good luck. The section that interested
Michelle the most was… About relationships. So if you wait a little longer,
the ice will melt. It’s saying if you wait,
it will get better. OK. Maybe god only knows what will happen. Let’s see a sight that can
only be found here in Tokyo. To get to Waseda, there is the JR line, the Tokyo Metro
Tozai and Fukutoshin lines. But the closest station is Waseda
Station along the Tokyo Sakura Tram. The tram operates between
Waseda and Minowabashi. And it’s the only tram left in Tokyo. Along the line are
many historical and cultural sights, and great spots like
traditional shopping arcades. The Kanda River that runs close by has
also maintained its look from the past. The cherry blossoms
that bloom in spring, is known as a great scenic spot
among the locals. Also along the Kanda River, is the dye factory Tomita
Some Kogei, founded in 1914. They use the traditional dyeing
techniques Some Komon and Edo Sarasa. Not many ateliers in Japan do them now. The important dyeing liquid is
made from rice malt and sticky rice, and uses the same method
as 100 years ago. Their detailed work
that brings out a rich color, is being used for the official
merchandise of the Tokyo Olympics. They pass on the fashion of old Tokyo. We go to the most talked about spot in
Takadanobaba that Vanessa recommends. What do people think about it? That place is really popular. There are always people lining up. Every Waseda student has gone. By the way, I went there yesterday. They head to the place that
all Waseda students have gone once. There is already a crowd
of people out front. What are they after here? This is Red Rock, Michelle.
It’s the place I’ve been talking about. It’s the place where you can get
good beef at a cheap price. It’s a good deal. It must be so delicious.
There are so many people waiting. We have to wait but we’re hungry. So hungry. I’m really hungry. The hungry two wait
for about 30 minutes. And they finally get in. Finally, this is the dish
they’ve waited for. Here you are. It’s roast beef on rice. Thank you. Look at it. It’s nice, right? This is the roast beef bowl
which Vanessa is hooked on. They slice a big block
of roasted red meat, which is then layered in a spiral. It’s complete when their original
and yoghurt sauce is put on. The name is literally Red Rock. It’s a powerful sight
of a cliff of red meat. Let me eat. Is it good? It’s delicious. It’s so good. Vanessa is happy to be
enjoying the roast beef. Then… So Michelle… Do you have any dessert shops
that you’d recommend? Yes, there’s a shop
called “I love toufa”. It sells Taiwan’s traditional dessert. That I really love in Taiwan. — Do you want to go there?
— Sure. Before Michelle’s recommendation, let’s
see the meat restaurants in the area. There are especially
many hamburg steak spots. First, we introduce “The Hamburg”,
which is on Waseda Street. Since opening more than 25 years ago, it has been the soul food of students. You can choose the amount of beef
from 150 to 1500 grams. You can choose in 50 gram units. By the way, this is the largest size
at 1500 grams. The owner says that this is the
only place in Japan that can cook that. To bring out the real flavor of
the beef, they don’t put on any sauce. There are many fans
of this simple taste, and some bring their kids
when they become parents. Next up is the cow sign
you can see from Waseda Street. It’s called Kitchen Tanizawa. It is more than 45 years old. It’s an old—style restaurant loved
by locals and international students. They make everything from the salad
dressing to all the side dishes. Their most famous dish is
the most popular cheese hamburg steak. The frying pan is only used
to cook the surface, as it’s cooked slowly in the oven. It melts in the mouth and with the rich
sauce, creates a delicious harmony. Takadanobaba is also known
for ethnic cuisine, not just the hamburg steak restaurants. There are over 20 spots
in a 400 meter radius, making it one of
the most hot spots in Japan. So there are many foreigners
who live here, so you see many signs that are in another language,
for hospitals or real estate agencies. We head to Vanessa’s recommended
spot in such an ethnic area. They have come to a spot
right in front of the station. Here, they talk about
a very girly issue. I would buy a lot of cakes. And just eat cakes?
But you’re in good shape. No, I just hide it. — You don’t eat cakes?
— No. I hide the most fatty part. So this is a Thai restaurant
that I recommend. It’s called Taikoh. Don’t you notice there are
many Thai restaurants? Yeah, so many. I’m sure your friends love Thai food. — Yeah, I like Thai food.
— OK. As a Thai person,
this is my recommendation. I think it’s the best Thai restaurant
in all of Tokyo. Because it tastes like local food. I want to try. It looks so good. — You want to go?
— Yeah, sure. This is the Thai restaurant
Vanessa says is the best in Tokyo. It’s called Taikoh. They have all the elements of Thai food,
spicy, sour, sweet and salty, cooked in a good balance. The name means the king of Thai,
and the popularity shows that. The first dish comes. Here you are. Your Pad Thai has come. It’s good. This is the first of Vanessa’s
recommendations, the Pad Thai. It’s a Thai fried noodle using rice
flour with prawns, eggs and vegetables. It’s the soul food of Thailand,
often cooked at homes and stalls. The next dish is… It looks delicious. It really looks good. This is the Tom Yam Kung soup,
another well—known dish. It’s sour but spicy with prawns, and in Thailand,
they sometimes eat it with rice. It’s considered as one of
the three major soups of the world, and is very famous. The two start taking photos, and start smelling the fish oil. We don’t want to make them wait,
so let’s have them eat. Let me try this. Is it good? It’s really good.
It’s the best one I’ve had in Japan. That’s great. Come to Thailand. Usually in Thailand, we use the fork
on the left and the spoon on the right. It’s OK. Are you right handed? Usually it’s the spoon on this side
but it’s OK. I’ll try it. I can’t do it… — I’m going to change.
— It’s OK. We’re nearly done with the new map.
There is a moving sight at the end. The two get full
and join up with Sheila. They go to Michelle’s recommendation. They have come to “I love toufa”,
which is just off Waseda Street. Their mascot character,
Little Toufa greets them. What kind of dessert is Toufa
that Michelle recommends? Here is the dessert shop
that I recommend. It’s called “I love toufa”
and sells Taiwan’s traditional dessert. It’s made with soy beans,
so it tastes like sweet tofu. I know this place, I’ve been here. — It’s so yummy.
— I know. The two of them knew as well. Looks like the international
students know too. They order Michelle’s recommendation
right away. This is called mango Toufa. It’s made with mango because
Taiwan is famous for producing them. It’s a new combination of
Toufa and mango. I think it’s great. Let’s try it. It’s really good. Do you come to this place often? Yeah, sometimes. I’m recently on a diet, so… After enjoying the dessert,
the three head off to finish the map. They come to Cotton Club,
a fashionable cafe on Waseda Street. It’s popular with the Waseda girls. The mood is really good inside
with slightly dim lights. It’s really soothing and fashionable. Their lunch meal is 1000 yen
and it’s a very big serving. It also comes with salad and drink. It’s really cool. I used it for a farewell party once
and the food and interior was great. So it was a fantastic party. This is what it looks like inside
this popular spot. There is a big tree
that reaches the second floor. And the interior feels like a resort. Their lunch is 1000 yen with free
refills for drinks, soup and salad. It satisfies both the stomach
and soul of girls. But it looks like they are going in
through a different entrance. Where are they heading to? Do you know where we’re going? A cafe? Maybe? The place they head to is… This place is great. This is so nice. This place is so nice. Look at the view. Look at the view. You can see Shinjuku. Amazing place. They have come to the rooftop of
Cotton Club that overlooks Shinjuku. In fact, they open up
this Sounds Terrace, which is limited to the summer time. They gave us special permission
for them to visit before it opens. To finish, they take a picture
with the amazing view behind them. And this completes their
new Wasemeshi Map. Thank you very much to all three of you. I’m studying engineering,
but my dream… I have two dreams,
depending on which one works. First one is, I’d like to work for NASA. The spacecraft place in America. Because the lab I joined before
had connections with JAXA, which is the Japanese space agency
and I took classes on space design. I found it interesting. I believe there are enough scientists
or engineers in the world. I want to do something that is
beyond this world, in the universe. Besides that I also have another plan.
Since I’m studying engineering… In our society, there are different
kinds of products from good to bad. Or some things are not beneficial
to society at all. I believe that in order to
bring forward that product, you need middle person to connect
the technical side with the business. I want to be that person.
I’m interested in marketing. Maybe after working for a couple years,
I can take an MBA course. I want to pursue an MBA course
wherever life may take me. How about you? What are your dreams? My dream is to become
a writer, actually. Since I’m studying at SILS, I get to
meet people from all different cultures. I think it’s interesting because those
people can be a source for my writing. Maybe I will try to work for a few years
in Japan after I graduate. I want to know more
about Japanese people. And I can incorporate that
in to my writing. I like to write things like prose,
poems and novels. First I wrote some prose
about my sister and I. When I was in high school. I got a chance to publish that
in a newspaper. Some of my close friends
contacted me after that. She said that my writing
reminded her of her relationship that she had with her sister. Because she told me that story,
I started to believe… That I can influence people
with writing. So that’s what I want to do
in the future. Is it in English or Chinese? In Chinese. Will you start writing in Japanese? I hope. It’s so difficult for me. Good luck. How about you? I’ve always been interested in fashion,
and my mother influenced me a lot. She has her own brand. We create clothes from
our traditional fabric, which is batik. I’d like to promote batik
to the whole world. In SILS, I get to meet people
from all over the world. Like you guys from Taiwan and Thailand. I’d like to introduce
my culture to other countries. With the economic skills I learned at
school, I think I will be able to. That’s awesome. I want to create my own clothing brand
and introduce my own culture. — We can get free clothes then.
— Of course. I look forward to it. In the past, I actually wanted
to be a clothes designer. Did you design your own clothes
when you were young? For your friends.
Or will you be hiring designers? I took some fashion designing courses
and I really enjoy drawing. But it’s still hard and
I think it’s important, to hire people who are experts
in that area. But when you open up your own business, you have to learn all the skills.
You have to understand, how people design,
how the process is going… How people buy the fabrics,
buttons and everything. You have to understand the whole process
and I want to learn that. And also hiring people
that can help my dream. Start your journey at Waseda.