A one-day excursion to Kyoto for international students was held on Sunday, October 21, to offer an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of Japanese history and culture and to develop their relationships with each other.
The group of 38 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 was making traditional art, "Makie", which has been popular since the middle of the Heian Period and is the technique of drawing a pattern with gold powder on lacquerware. All the students listened to the instructor's directions with eagerness and worked hard on making it.
The excursion ended successfully as students deepened their understanding of Kyoto and Japan history and Japanese traditional culture through Makie-making experience.