A Day in the Life: University of Tokyo

A Day in the Life: University of Tokyo

October 12, 2019 68 By Stanley Isaacs


(upbeat music) – Hi, my name is Anna Matsuo
and I’m a second year student here at the University of Tokyo, studying under the PEAK Program. And I’m a Japan and East Asia student and I’m from the United States,
but originally from Japan. – Hi, my name is Eugene Song. I’m from the US, New Zealand, and Korea, and I’m also currently studying
the JA program in PEAK. (upbeat music) – So this is the KOMCEE building, which a lot of the
international classes are held. So we have the basement here, which is where we hang out usually. And there’s even a cafe. And there’s the Global
Office which helps us when we want to go on
exchange or anything. And here we have the Open Space Arena, which is actually for quiet studying. And another space that we have here is in the back, we have the MM Hall, which is for group work and so there’s a lot of
student activity going on here. (upbeat music) So this is a Co-op store, and this is where we buy our food, our water, pencil lead, whatever you need, we have it right here. And you can buy it with your
Suica, which is really easy, and so it’s our one stop shop. So this is a Suica card and we use it for transportation. Usually people like to put it
in the back of their phones and with one touch you can
pay for your transportation or pay for things at the convenient store, or even here at the Co-op store. So people have three options
for lunch, actually four. So this is the first, the cafeteria. The second floor is also a cafeteria but it serves kind of teishoku style, which is like a set menu. The third option is Italian Tomato, which is a spaghetti restaurant
across from the cafeteria. And people also have the option of buying at the Co-op store,
like whatever they want. (calming music) A few years ago, maybe five years ago, the University of Tokyo
started a program called PEAK, which stands for Programs
in English at Komaba. It’s essentially a program
for English-speaking students abroad and for them to come to Japan and study here for four years. And I thought that program
would be perfect for me because I’d be learning in English, which is my main language, but I’d be able to still live
in Japan and experience Japan. So that’s one of the reasons why I chose the University of Tokyo. So if you’re gonna apply
to the University of Tokyo you might come in as a PEAK student, and the application process is the same as any other US university. You have your SAT, your
high school grades, an essay, interview. The interview can be a
little bit intimidating because it’s five professors
to just one student. But it was actually, you know, all fine. – Right, when I sort of
decided universities, my number one criteria was
the study, the physical study. I wanted to go to a big
sort of metropolitan city, and so Tokyo for me is
right now the perfect fit. You have so many people
from all walks of life here and it’s certainly a different experience from the one I had in
say New Zealand or Korea, where everything felt quite homogenous. So for those who feel quite adventurous, for those who are very
interested in Japan, I would definitely recommend to apply. (upbeat music) – So we’re both in the PEAK
program, as I mentioned before. And we’re also on the same track called Japan in Each Asia. So it’s like your typical
East Asia studies major I guess in the US. And for the first two years we’re in our liberal arts curriculum, so we call that the junior division, and we’re learning about
very different things, like culture, even math, sciences, anything really that the
program has to offer. And then we move onto senior
division in our last two years, where we focus in on more of the history and political aspects of East Asia. – In both their conceptions, when Todai decided to sort
of create the PEAK Program, their criteria was, what are the two problems, each in the natural sciences and in the social sciences/humanities, that sort of concern Japan
the most in the future? And Japan in East Asia was one, so as Anna mentioned, it
covers the broad scope of international relations,
history, culture, philosophy. It really tries to sort
of situate Japan in the larger East Asian sort of
block and in a global scale. And also environmental sciences, it sort of tries to tackle that problem that we all face globally. ♪ I just want everybody
to have a good time ♪ ♪ I really do ♪ (“Mirage” by Toro y Moi) – So I’m a part of the
University of Tokyo golf team and I am a varsity
member on the girls team. And I would like to point the differences between a sports team, which
is called bukatsu in Japan, and a club, which is
called circles in Japan. So circles are more
for social interaction, so they don’t really focus too much on improving their game or sport. But they like to go out to
drink or go on trips together, so it’s very social. However, in a bukatsu you have to be more committed. I guess there’s more
practices and you have to act a certain way to
your seniors and juniors. And a part of the reason
why I’m in a bukatsu instead of a circle is because it provides a lot of networking. So especially the University
of Tokyo golf team, it has a lot of prominent members that graduated from that golf team. So it’s a really good
networking system I guess, this bukatsu. And if you’re wanting to
get employed in Japan, I think being in a bukatsu is pretty good because companies see that
you’re a very committed person, you’re hard working, and so I think that’s
one of the main merits. ♪ Take me far away ♪ If you like this video and
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