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2013/11/21-24 Mita-Sai Chess Cafe: An Exchange Student's Perspective

  • Posted by: ASH
  • 2013-11-28 Thu 21:11:06
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Japanese universities are known for their huge number of clubs (サークル). Sign language, cocktails, cosplay, manga... if you can think of it, there's a club for it. Joining one of these clubs, the Keio Chess Club, has given me lots of opportunities and experiences that other exchange students who have not joined a club just will not get. The most interesting experience so far has been helping at with the club's Chess Cafe at Mita-sai, a Keio University festival where all the clubs set up stalls throughout the campus or give performances.



Being part of the chess club, I got to see both sides of Mita-sai: in front of the counter and behind the counter. As fun as it was exploring the stalls, I think I had more fun as staff at the cafe. As well as playing chess with students from other universities, I also had the opportunity to teach chess to members of the public, from businessmen to elderly women.



There is a definite sense of belonging in being part of a team working towards a common goal which I think can sometimes be hard to get as a foreign exchange student. I would certainly recommend foreign students to join a club and to give Mita-sai a go from the other side of the counter.

Comments: 3

Wada.H URL 2013-11-29 Fri 00:33:12

I enjoyed reading your submission :-)

I'm glad to know that you have enjoyed Mita-sai on both sides!
Your idea about foreign exchange students is brilliant! I hope you will have great experiences in Japan.

I visited your Chess Cafe, but I couldn't talk to you. I'm looking forward to seeing you next time I visit Keio University ;-)


英語の比率が大きすぎてコメントがスパムと判定されてしまったので、日本語でも書きますね(^_^;)

留学生の方の視点が垣間見えて、とても参考になりました!うちのサークル(SCC)にも留学生のメンバーがいますが、彼も頻繁に活動に参加してくれていて、部内でもいい刺激になっています。

「来場客とスタッフの両方の側で学園祭に参加する」という経験は、確かに学生の今だからこそできる経験ですよね。うちも来年の学園祭には参加したいな~という思いがいよいよ強くなってきました(笑)

思いがけないハプニングでの長文コメント、失礼しました~★

rum URL 2013-11-29 Fri 17:16:02

Dear Ash
I'm so glad that I played chess n talked about both Japan n Britain with u at 三田祭!
I was really shocked at fried-Mars Bar :(

Your perspective is so intersting, by the way! Hope u'll have great days in Japan :)

Ash URL 2013-12-03 Tue 02:00:09

Thanks for the comments, both of you! I feel honoured that people bothered to read and comment, haha :)

Wada.Hさん: It's a shame I didn't get to talk to you at the Chess Cafe! 次慶應にいらっしゃったときにお会いできればうれしいです^^

rumさん: Haha, I was shocked when I first heard about the Mars Bars too! さすがスコットランド(笑)Thanks for being so kind to me at Mita-sai :)

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