A one-day excursion to Kyoto for international students took place on Sunday, October 30, to give an opportunity to students to deepen the knowledge of Japanese history and culture and to develop their good relationship with each other.
The group of 42 students first visited World Heritage Tenryu-ji Temple and looked around the beautiful landscape of the garden, whose design incorporates Arashiyama mountain into its composition as a "shakkei (borrowed scenery).
Then they walked through the path in the bamboo grove and felt the scent of bamboo and the rays of sunshine coming through the bamboo trees.
The last activity is making "nerikiri", one of the Japanese traditional sweets served at tea ceremony. Although a delicate technique is required for making wagashi, students struggled but enjoyed creating their own handmade products.
The excursion ended successfully as students deepened their understanding of Kyoto's old history and Japanese traditional culture through hands-on experience.