2012 Tokyo Program

2012 Tokyo Program

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday, June 16: More reflections

Today we met our colleagues from Daito Bunka University.  After a quick tour of their campus, Suzuki-sensei, Inoue-sensei, and Inoue-san (Mrs. Inoue) facilitated a discussion of our views on the challenges facing us as we complete our various programs and venture into the professional world.  We discovered that the differences in outlooks between the American students and our Japanese counterparts were minimal; uncertainty about balancing our desires to find jobs which are intellectually stimulating and for which we have passion with the necessity of earning an income in an economy in which job openings are scarce would seem to be a universal feeling.  Our cultural exchanged continued after we left the classroom and were treated to a welcoming party by our gracious hosts.  The cafeteria was filled with laughter and lively conversations.  When it came time to say goodbye, I knew this would be a day I will never forget.  The American students said “Mata ne,” and the Japanese students replied, “See you later,” and we walked out into the warm Tokyo evening eagerly anticipating tomorrow’s session.

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