[Report] “Let’s Learn Japanese Implicit Customs and Way of Thinking”

We co-organized an intensive lesson “Let’s Learn Japanese Implicit Customs and Way of Thinking” (10:30–15:00) with the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology on March 27th, 2017. There were 21 participants in total.

The schedule was as follows:

  •  ・Greetings
  •  ・Let’s get to know each other: Introduction
  •  ・Let’s examine a case: Role-playing
  •  ・Share your experiences: “The communication gap I experienced before”
  •  ・(Lunch)
  •  ・Find the solutions and share them: Poster tour on the tendency and measures
  •  ・Reflection: Wrap-up

Participants seemed to enjoy the event in a very good atmosphere, particularly during the role-playing session, which was intended to help them share their experiences in the following activity. They nodded or laughed unconsciously, looking at the UTokyo alumni acting in a situation on “how to reply to the greetings given by a Japanese colleague who is older than you.”

The result of the questionnaire, asking the participants about the event on a five-point scale (5: Strongly Agree, 1: Strongly Disagree), is as follows (N=21):

  •  ・The event was informative. AVG: 4.3, SD: 0.74
  •  ・I want to join similar events in the future. AVG: 4.14, SD: 0.97
  •  ・I want to recommend this event to my friends. AVG: 4.09, SD: 0.91

The average point of overall satisfaction on a 10-point scale (10: Extremely Satisfied, 1: Extremely Dissatisfied) was 8.25 (SD: 1.74). We received the following feedback in the comment section. Most participants seem to be satisfied with the event.

  •  ・I was able to ease my concerns by listening to the opinions of oversea students and Japanese people.
  •  ・I would like these kinds of events to be continuously held.


The instructor, who is one of the UTokyo FFP alumni, joined the group of overseas students, and all the participants seemed to enjoy the event in a relaxed atmosphere. We feel that we should have delved into the Japanese way of thinking more deeply, so we would like to improve that point in the next event. The event seemed to be successful overall!

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Prof. Mukai at the Japanese Classroom, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, for such a precious opportunity!



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