Okayama : A day trip to the mountain-top Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle

Okayama offers a perfect blend of city life and countryside, for in this prefecture you can head out to any direction and always find an adventure waiting to unfold. For the first MSA Okayama event we went on a day trip to the mountain-top Bitchu-Matsuyama castle on Saturday, 24thNovember, 2018. Bitchu-Matsuyama castle is the only … Continue reading Okayama : A day trip to the mountain-top Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle

Bricolage Tea Ceremony with Toru Ota Sensei

Serving a simple bowl of tea to the guests with utmost respect has a history of more than 400 years in Japan. In its elegance and fine taste, Cha-no-yu (tea ceremony) integrates almost every aspect of traditional Japanese culture; such as architecture, gardening, clothes, painting, calligraphy, flower arrangement, pottery, lacquerware, cuisine and so on. Therefore, … Continue reading Bricolage Tea Ceremony with Toru Ota Sensei

Reception for MEXT Scholars 2018 in Tokyo

On November 17th, MEXT and JASSO held their annual reception for newly arrived MEXT scholars in Odaiba and MSA was also involved in the organization of this event. The main reception, where the attendees could enjoy a Wadaiko (Japanese drums) performance and listen to inspiring speeches by representatives from MEXT and JASSO as well as two … Continue reading Reception for MEXT Scholars 2018 in Tokyo

MSA Rafting Trip @ Okutama, October 20th 2018

On Saturday, the 20th of October, the MSA Kanto team organized for the first time an exciting outdoors activity: a half-day whitewater rafting trip at Okutama! The idea was to offer an opportunity to our community members to get together and try something fun and energizing, that complements the very insightful job-hunting, research and networking scholarly … Continue reading MSA Rafting Trip @ Okutama, October 20th 2018

MSA Welcome Meet Ups Autumn 2018

From October until November MSA held welcome meet ups in Hokkaido, Kanto, Kansai and Kyushu. We hope that everyone enjoyed the meet ups and made new friends and would like to thank everyone who participated and contributed in making every single one a success! To give you an impression of the events, here are some pictures … Continue reading MSA Welcome Meet Ups Autumn 2018

Birthday Bash / Annual General Meeting 2018

To celebrate our successes and share our plans for the future the MEXT Scholars Association held its second Annual General Meeting on the 25th of August, 2018. It was attended by over 50 members from various fields including business consulting, pharmaceutics, software development, and B2B manufacturing. Representatives from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, … Continue reading Birthday Bash / Annual General Meeting 2018

Kobe Port Fireworks Festival 2018

On 4th August 2018, 12 MSA members from the Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka region (students from Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka University) witnessed the annual Kobe Port Fireworks Festival, which began at 7pm. The Kobe co-oroganizers arrived at around 2pm to secure a nice and comfortable spot to enable smooth team bonding and perfect sky viewing. The atmosphere … Continue reading Kobe Port Fireworks Festival 2018