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AUS students visit Japan
Forty-four students from the Student Multicultural Learning Program at American University of Sharjah (AUS) went on a cultural visit to Japan June 9-15, 2014. This was the program's second trip to Japan, due to student demand and interest in Japanese culture. The students represented 10 nationalities.
During the trip, the students were oriented with basic Japanese language, its various forms of writing and simple counting. Popular Japanese foods were also discussed and explained. A panoramic bus tour familiarized students with Metropolitan Tokyo, its neighborhoods and the city's lively lifestyle.
The cultural program focused on practical learning while providing opportunities for students to visit iconic spots and famous landmarks in Japan. The students visited the Asakusa Kannon Temple, Meiji Shrine and Imperial Palace Plaza in Tokyo and the Toshugu Shrine in Nikko. Scenic spots visited included the Mt. Fuji 5th station, Tokyo Skytree, Lake Chezunji and Kegon Waterfalls in Nikko, Lake Ashinoko and Komagatake Mountain in Hakone.
On the entertainment front, the students were offered a day-long visit to Tokyo Disney Sea. The students also had shopping experiences on one of the oldest shopping streets, Nakamise; the upper-class shopping district of Omotesando; and the famous Takeshita Dori in Harajuku, which is well-known for teenage fashion shopping.
"I am very pleased and satisfied with the trip to Japan. I have discovered many new exciting things. I have realized how organized and systematic the Japanese people are and how they promote their culture and uphold their values. These experiences are so worth sharing that I called home each day to share my experiences with my mom," said Ammara Shahid, a Spring 2014 graduate in chemical engineering.
"Japan is a very interesting cultural destination. There is a good balance of culture and technology in the Japanese society. Students enjoy both aspects, which are truly educational and memorable. I am glad our students are very satisfied with their experiences that will help them get accustomed to other cultures, improve their social skills and augment their perception about cultural diversity," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
The AUS delegation was headed by Dr. Moza Al Shehhi and accompanied by Dr. Munketh Taha, Director of Student Development and Organizations and staff supervisors.