A one-day excursion to Kyoto for international students was held on Sunday, October 20, to offer an opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of Japanese history and culture and to develop their relationships with each other.
The first activity was making traditional art "Kyo-Yuzen" which is one of the most famous dyeing techniques that originated in the Edo-period in Japan. The group of 39 students created their own handkerchiefs with their favorite illustration dyed using paper patterns and brushes.
Then they visited Arashiyama and wandered around the paths in the bamboo grove with the trees swaying in the wind, which made them think about how it might have been like back in the Heian period.
Finally in Toei Kyoto Studio Park, they enjoyed the atmosphere of the world of Samurai dramas while walking around the outdoor sets reproduced faithfully to the originals, mainly of Edo period, and sat to enjoy the Ninja show.
The excursion ended successfully as students said "It was a very good opportunity to learn about Japanese culture and history." "We could expand our social network because we were able to talk to other participants from different countries about their culture and languages throughout the day."