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Special Course on Japanese Language & Japanese Culture in HCMC

“Special Course on Japanese Language and Japanese Culture” was held for the first time at University of Tsukuba Ho Chi Minh City Office from August 2nd to 10th.

The course aimed at providing the essential knowledge and skill for Japanese and Japanese culture to future Vietnamese students of University of Tsukuba and other universities in Japan.

Professor Hideichi Eto, Associate professor Masaki Ono, Associate professor Nobutaka Suzuki, Ms. Yukino Yamashita and Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh from Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba were invited to come to HCMC to deliver lectures. Attendants of the course were undergraduate and graduate students from universities in HCMC who are going to study and who are planning to study at University of Tsukuba and some other universities in Japan.

At morning classes students learnt basic knowledge of Japanese language and practised several daily communication conversations. In the afternoon there were lectures about Japanese linguistics, Japanese culture and society. Students were introduced to almost all Japanese customs in foods, clothing, housing, ceremonies, festivals, activities in holidays, etc. Professors also presented to Vietnamese students characteristic of a Japanese society where those students will live in the future. Students found the Japanese class very interesting and helpful for their future life in Japan but also wished that the class would last longer.

At the closing ceremony, students received greetings from Mr. Tadashi Kikuchi, attaché of Consulate-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. And all the students were granted a certificate for participation in the name of Provost of Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba.

University of Tsukuba HCMC Office plans to organize the Japanese class annually to help more Vietnamese students with Japanese language and knowledge of Japanese culture to prepare for their future student life in Japan.