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2021-2022 Center for Japanese Studies Closing Ceremony held on May 20

June 07, 2022

The Closing Ceremony for students enrolled at the Nanzan University Center for Japanese Studies in the 2021-2022 academic year was held on May 20.

Lessons in the 2021 Fall Semester and 2022 Spring Semester were held completely online, but 40 students from 20 countries and regions all over the world were enrolled, studying the language, culture and society of Japan.

At the Closing Ceremony, two students gave Farewell Remarks on their special memories in and beyond the classes. A student from Italy said that while he had felt uneasy at the time he enrolled about the prospect of online classes, he was able to deepen his understanding of many things. Another student from Vietnam said he really enjoyed talking about anime in their weekly language exchange sessions with their "language buddies," and he learned so much about Nanzan University and Nagoya by watching the video made by the Japan Plaza teaching assistants.

Also, with a tinge of sadness at the thought of leaving to return to their own countries, Japanese Government Scholarship students from Italy, China, Poland and Singapore who took CJS courses online from within Japan said, "The online classes were tough with there being so many assignments and presentations, but we are relieved to have been able to get through them and we want to continue studying Japanese. We may have only been in Japan for three months, but we had a really enjoyable time with our friends in the dormitory and created some nice memories on our trips to places such as Kyoto and Kagawa."