International students enjoy Noh theater
Jul 25, 2017
The International Office and Volunteer Center worked together to hold the “Noh Theater Workshop for International Students,” a Japanese culture workshop that took place on July 8 (Sat). 26 international students attended, 18 students served as volunteers, and four graduate students served as interpreters.
26 international students studying at Rikkyo from 13 countries (including students on the short-term program) and 18 volunteer students took part in the program, with interpreting handled by four graduate students from the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication who are participating in the Rikkyo Community Language Service (RiCoLaS) program.
The volunteer students also learned about performing Noh dance and wearing the costumes in an advance session, and by supporting international students on the day of the workshop, they had a great opportunity to rediscover the wonders of Japanese culture and enjoy the fun of international exchange.
Tina Sarhan（Graduate School of Arts）
After that, we had the unique chance of trying on Kimonos for free! Each group had volunteers that helped us putting them on correctly. Everybody looked stunning! We even had time to take lots of cute pictures together, before we went on to learn the Noh performance.
Lastly, we learned how to do the traditional Noh dance. Everyone got a fan and we were divided into two big groups of male and female dancers. The Noh artist taught us every step we had to take, how to hold the fan and where we should walk to. We also had to sing a traditional song while dancing. During the workshop I thought we all looked elegant and graceful, even though we were just beginners and trying it out for the first time. Thanks to the teacher’s instructions, we learned how to move slowly and control our movements to act like real Noh performers.
It was a really great day and I’m happy Rikkyo University gave me the opportunity to not only learn about but also take part in traditional Japanese culture.
Feb 21, 2018
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