Welcome Events for Spring 2018!

Spring is just around the corner and soon new students will come to Japan to start a new chapter in their lives. MSA is organizing welcome events for new MEXT scholars all throughout Japan in mid to late April and everyone is welcome to participate, no matter if you are a new or current scholar or even an alumnus! If you would like to meet and get to know fellow newcomers or your juniors or seniors in a friendly atmosphere, you are more than welcome to join us!

Check the schedule below for the details of all of our welcome events for this term!


  • KANTO:


Date : 15th April, 2018

Time : 5 PM

Meeting place: Shibuya (Meet at Hachiko Statue)

Contact : jorel.chan@gmail.com, tazbir_sajid@yahoo.com



Date : 22nd April

Time : 5 PM

Meeting place: Akamon of the University of Tokyo

Contact : jorel.chan@gmail.com, stephysics.flores@gmail.com




Date: 21st April

Time: 5 PM

Meeting place: Clock Tower, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University

Contact: noemi.dupertuis@gmail.com



Date: 28th April

Time: 5 PM

Meeting place: International Student Room, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University

Contact: devangi.yadav@gmail.com



Date : 29th April

Time : 12:30 PM

Meeting place: Rokkodai Campus, Kobe University

Contact: childsdaryk@gmail.com



Date: 28th April

Time: 5 PM

Meeting place: Tenjin Subway Station, Kuko line central gate (underground), Fukuoka

Contact: mazzei9@gmail.com



Date: 28th April

Time: 3 PM

Meeting place: Maruyama Koen, Sapporo

Contact: wisengama@gmail.com


Image taken from flickr.com (2018/03/16)

Upcoming: Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro Festival Outing

While almost everyone knows about the beauty of Kyoto’s Arashiyama during the day, have you ever wondered what it looks like illuminated at night?

MSA’s next event in Kansai will be an outing to Arashiyama’s Hanatouro Festival, where beautiful open air lanterns, bright lights, and ikebana flower arrangements can be viewed along famous spots such as the Bamboo Forest and the Togetsukyō Bridge.

We’ll be gathering on Saturday afternoon, the 9th of December, so if you’re an interested MEXT scholar, do check out our Facebook event page for more information!

We’re looking forward to an amazing outing with all of you!

Picture taken from jpninfo.com (2017/12/01)

Free use of language learning tool (iKnow) for MEXT scholars!

We all know that the MEXT scholarship is difficult to get – but what we often don’t know are the wonderful things that former scholars are doing to impact society.

Luke, one of these former MEXT scholars, for example, was one of the team who created the online language learning platform called “iKnow” (https://iknow.jp/). This is a platform which boasts tens of thousands of users and which is even used by universities to teach languages.

Usually a membership costs around 10,000 yen a year, but Luke has kindly offered MSA members free one-year memberships in order to give back to the community!

The tool in itself not only offers content in Japanese, but also in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and English. Features include a curriculum which caters to students of all levels, quizzes, vocabulary explanations and even audio guides.

From our side in MSA, we really want members to take advantage of this tool to further our language abilities – not least in Japanese. MSA is also working hard to, like in this example, bring in more deals which will benefit our members.

Let’s take this great (and free!) opportunity to improve our Japanese!

The iKnow signups for this batch have concluded at the second half of November with members who have indicated interest able to use iKnow until the beginning of November in 2018. A new round of signups and account activations may be held at with the entry of the next batch of scholars next year.