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Students at Northeastern, Meiji University in Tokyo ‘have a lot more in common than they thought’

Students from Meiji University in Japan take classes at Northeastern University on August 10, 2018

Gasshuku means “lodging together” in Japanese. The Budo tradition immerses students in a lifestyle of living and learning together for several hours each day.

Karin Kobayashi’s gasshuku moment came during a class where Northeastern students in Boston were quick to raise their hands and actively participate.

“Japanese people hesitate to say their opinion or ask questions in public,” said Kobayashi, a political science student from Meiji University in Tokyo. “In the short time I was here, I tried to behave like an American student—it was so fun because every class is based on interactive communication.”

Kobayashi was a participant in Twenty-first century city: Tokyo and Kyoto, an exchange program in which students from Northeastern University and Meiji University traded places and perspectives.

Read the full story at News at Northeastern. 

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