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Mind The Gap: October 2007

Author: Kate Neath, Issue: October 2007, Topic: Education, Mind the Gap, News, Newsletters, Students

Hi Everyone! The cooler Autumn weather has arrived, so it’s time to rug up in the evenings. There are lots of exciting events on this month – don’t miss the Tsukuba Uni festival and Tsuchiura fireworks! Have fun, Kate

Welcome new students!

A warm welcome to all new students who have arrived in Tsukuba. Good luck with your Japanese studies, Masters/Thesis preparation, and adjusting to life in Tsukuba. If you have any questions about living in Tsukuba or with your studies, there are many people here to help you! The International Student Center (ISC), your faculty office, your sensei and lab friends, and you’re also very welcome to join our mailing list below, specifically for International Students of Tsukuba University. We are here to answer any questions you might have!

Join Tsukuba students mailing list

We have a mailing list specific for international students of Tsukuba University!

To join, register at:


Everyone is encouraged to join this mailing list so that we can tell each other what’s going on in Tsukuba University, we can organise parties, give advice and answer questions, send reminders about exams, etc.

Tsukuba University Festival

Have you seen the big board near the university library with big numbers on it? This is the count-down (number of days remaining) for the Tsukuba University annual Soho-Sai Festival!

Date: Oct. 6 (Sat.) ~ Oct. 8( Mon.)

The festival is the biggest event of our university, and many international students participate and enjoy this event every year.

The official website is: http://www.sohosai.com/

Tsuchiura Fireworks

Don't miss the Tsuchiura Fireworks on 6th October, 6:00-8:30pm! Here is the website:


Speech Contest

Would you like to have a new experience and improve your Japanese language skills? Why not enter the speech contest for international residents of Tsukuba in November! The speech is 5 minutes, in Japanese, on your chosen theme.

Date: Nov. 23 (Fri.) (national holiday of Japan)

Time: 12:30~16:00

Place: Tsukuba Capio (1-10-1, Takezono, Tsukuba-Shi) It's close to Tsukuba Center.

Admission fee: Free (Visitors are welcome)

Application deadline: Oct. 23 (Tue.) For details, please refer to the poster and leaflets on ISC's bulletin board.

Field trips

The application period of Field Trips for International Students in fall is coming. There are two destinations – Kyoto and Nara-Aichi. Detailed information will be announced at the beginning of October by ISC, and the application period will be late October. Don’t miss out!

Women's University Basketball Championships in Tsukuba

The University of Tsukuba’s women’s basketball team has qualified to play in the 57th Kanto Women’s Varsity Basketball League Championships. The championship games are being held in Tsukuba for the first time ever. The University of Tsukuba team is extremely strong this year – let’s go and support them!

Sunday, October 7 from 5pm

Monday, October 8 from 4:20pm

At Tsukuba Capio Arena

Admission: free for high school students & under, free for uni students with student ID, all others 1000 yen

For more info see Tsukublog: http://blog.alientimes.org/

Tsukuba Marathon 2007

Tsukuba’s annual Marathon will be held on Sunday 25th November, 2007. There are 2 courses – 42 km (start 9:30am; cost 4000yen) and 10 km (start 10:20am; cost 3500yen).

Applications close Friday 12th October, 2007

Website: http://www.tsukuba-marathon.com/index.html

YOUGAKUSEI COMICS by Herb Fondevilla


New Indian Restaurant near Uni

Tired of the same meals at the Uni shokudou? Why not try the delicious buffet lunch at the new Indian restaurant called ‘Jewel of India’, just down the road from the Ryugakusei-center, opposite Tremont Hotel. For 780yen, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat Indian curry (4 types), salad, rice, nan bread, and desert. The restaurant is spotlessly clean and air-conditioned, providing a nice relaxed atmosphere with excellent service – it opened just 2 months ago and is already very popular with the students! Also, the owners speak Japanese and English, making communication easy. Buffet lunch – weekdays 11am-3pm. Opening times - Mon-Sat. 11:30am-2pm, Sun. 11:30am-11pm.

Views from the shokudou

What's your advice for new students of Tsukuba University?

Ayoub Sameh, Egypt, 2nd Year Doctoral Course

I came to Tsukuba in April 2005. During the first 6 months, I was not so busy with my research work, but I lost the chance to visit a lot of places in Japan. My advice to the newcomers is to catch this chance before they will be too busy!.

Zelenak Sander, Hungary, Fine Arts, Research Student

My experience with the Japanese language is don’t worry about the first year if you cannot speak and understand the language. After the first year, you will start to understand it, and making many Japanese friends is a good way to do this. Enjoy the life in Tsukuba!.

Zehavit Pick, Israel, International Politics

Do not believe that you and the Japanese have a cultural gap. You have a cultural gap with most of the foreigners that surround you. Be polite, that’s the only thing that you need to do!.

Amany Mohamed, Egypt, Exchange Program Student

I think life in Tsukuba is wonderful, reasonable, and everything is well organized. Studying at Tsukuba University is also good and well determined, but the only thing that really annoys me since I have arrived is the tough rules everywhere. There are a lot of procedures you have to do whenever you wanna do anything. So you have to wait a lot in order to fulfill whatever you wanna do. Especially, as I am nineteen years old, I am still not an adult according to Japanese rules, so I have to bring my advisor everywhere as a guarantor. But really, generally life in Japan is great for me till now as I have just arrived a month ago.

Comments, Questions, or Information?

Please email to Kate Neath at:
We will try to include them in the next issue!

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