A one-day excursion to Asuka and Katsuragi for international students was held on Sunday, June 9. The group of 34 international students visited Asuka Historical Museum to learn the history of Asuka which was the cultural center in ancient Japan. Then they visited Ishibutai Tumulus and went into the stone chamber of the tumulus where the spirit of ancient times can be felt.
Afterwards, they visited Katsuragi Sumo Hall "Kehaya-za" which is named after legendary Taima-no Kehaya who is said to be the first sumo wrestler. After listening to the history and tradition of sumo, they had a chance to step onto the sumo ring which measures the same size as the one used for official tournament. At the Taima-dera temple, they enjoyed beautiful scenery of the "Kogu-en", which is one of the best three gardens in Nara and the main temple, which is designated as a national treasure.
Throughout this excursion, the participants learned Japanese cultures from the historical heritages abound in Nara. It was also a great opportunity for them to develop their good relationships with each other.