Study tour to learn about Japan today


 On June 20, the International Center held a study tour to learn about Japan today, visiting Kobe. The purpose of this program is to give international students and Japanese students an opportunity to interact and deepen their mutual understanding while visiting Japanese companies and other sites.

 This time, we visited the Kirin Beer Kobe Factory and the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution. At the Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, the students saw the beer-making process, enjoying a beer tasting with lively conversation afterwards. At the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, they learned about damage caused by the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and subsequent reconstruction through videos and exhibits. For lunch, we visited Nankinmachi, where the international students from China explained about the food and culture of their country. A Japanese student acted as group leader, explaining the exhibits at the various visit locations and when to reassemble after the free-time sessions. It was an opportunity for intercultural exchange that can’t normally be experienced in the classroom.

 We aim to increase these opportunities in future, and we are considering how to offer more useful programs.


Kirin Beer Kobe Factory


Learning how beer is made

Juice is provided for underage participants


The Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution

Lunch at Nankinmachi