(Spring School) By participating the campus Asia Spring school.
Faculty of Education Okayama University
Jun Powell Inoue
2017/01/16 - 2017/01/20 Okayama university
Campus Asia Spring School was my first international class, learning with Korean and Chinese students. The week studying with them was really so quick and really time flew by. Today, I want to tell you about what I felt in the Spring School and what I had learned. In Spring school, I felt briefly 3 things. First, cultural difference between Japanese students, Chinese students, and Korean students. Second, English speaking skills between these three countries. Third, the interest in Japanese SHIZUTANI SCHOOL.
First, I want to talk about the cultural difference among Japanese students, Chinese students, Korean students. I felt this difference in the discussion. When we talked about culture in the first day, in our table was an interesting idea about Chinese common way of thinking. We Japanese and Korean were saying that too many Chinese tourist are making us angry because of their bad manners and so on. Especially Korean students were saying, in Jeju island “済州島” in Japanese is having to many tourists. So that the infrastructure in Jeju for instance, Buses taxies are getting inconvenient for the local people. I had an idea about the Chinese tourist buying a lot of land from Okinawa islands. Buying Okinawa forests and lots of land for me, a piece of thing that trying to buy the hole island of Okinawa. Against this ideas, Chinese students said that it is normal for Chinese to think they want to get every thing. This serif was shocking for me, and Korean students. Because of I thought that only rich Chinese want to buy lands, forests. But the Chinese students explained that, it is a common feeling to monopolize the islands and its everything.
First, I couldn’t understand what it meant, in typical Japanese people feeling we have, Go-ni-wa-go-ni-shi-ta-ga-e. Which has a meaning that “when you are in rome do as the Romans do”. By the cultural discussion, I felt there is many way of thinking and we shouldn’t have just one, try to accept others too. And also, don’t this Chinese student’s ideas are all right. Because, there are many Chinese people and they have there each way of thinking, don’t think this is all, or Stereotype, think it is one of the ideas of many ideas.
Secondly, I want to talk about the English speaking skills between these three countries. As I felt personally in this Spring course is We Japanese need more speaking practice on English. I was interested in how each countries studies English.
I asked each country student, how they study. Chinese student surprised me a lot. They said in public Kindergarten school, they begin English lesson from 5 years old. So they have an English studying curriculum for 13years to be able to communicate. In Korea, it is similar to Japan. They learn English from 10years old to 18years old. But one point different thing is “the vocabulary”. As I looked in the library about the Asian countries English vocabularies. In my image, Koreans study too much. However it was very interesting that, Japan learns more vocabulary. Differences among the countries, I want to look about it more.
Last, I want to talk about what I felt in the Field work. Especially in Shizutani School.
I will review what is Shizutani school from the pamphlet and my memo. Built in 1670 as Japan’s first school for common folk. The Shizutani School was designated as a Japan Heritage site in 2015. Including the auditorium, a National Treasure surrounded by a stone wall, all the ceramics used for the roof tiles are Bizen pottery, which is traditional ceramic representative of Japan. The area around the school also offers a variety of sights with most buildings designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan, including the Shizutani-jinja Shrine. Going to Shizutani school was a good experience for me as university student studying in the educational department. I learned in the department education history class about Shizutani. It was interesting to see the National treasure surrounded buy the stonewall too. But, The really interesting thing was the way the teachers taught the student to be the local leader. Learning about manners, and things brought from china which is 論語.
In Japanese educational current curriculum, it is based on the old 論語, manners and how we behave as a person. I am proud that since 1701 which is about 400 years ago, there was a place teaching kids how to behave as a person. I felt, I want to teach these things been important to children when I am a teacher too.
As I participated the Campus Asia Spring Course, I could notice many things, be curious about other countries. In my usual classes at university, they don’t have much discussion, no international students learning together, no Field work nither.
But this Spring course gave me a lot of notice. The differences among the countries were so interesting. Each countries has there own way of thinking in many points, especially in the history side. When we talked about the history, it was difficult to explain what is right. Because we all believe own countries history is right. But I didn’t this was bother to do. I felt that this is what happening in the world so I shouldn’t run a way from it. Thanks to the teachers, staff letting me participating in this course. I really enjoyed the week. Thank you Korean students, Thank you Chinese students. I want to see every one again. Thank you so much.