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2024/02/08 Ryukoku University Japanese Culture and Language Program University news

R-STEPプログラム <上生菓子作り体験、南禅寺、永観堂>

2023年12月5日(火)から15日(金)まで、海外協定校の学生を対象に、短期留学プログラム「R-STEP(Ryukoku Short-Term Experience Program)」を開催しました。今回は3ヶ国から10名の学生が参加。12月12日(火)プログラム7日目は、午前中に「Japanese Launguage」「Buddhist Thought」の講義を受けた後、Ryukoku Student Buddies(龍谷大学生バディ)とともにフィールドトリップで上生菓子作り体験を行った後、南禅寺、永観堂へ行きました。


After one Japanese language class and one in Buddhist Thought, we had a quick lunch to get prepared for the Japanese Traditional Confectionery Experience at Machiya Campus, which is quite close to our university.
I had already tried this kind of experience some years ago in Thailand but this time it was way more exciting because there was a real Japanese master to teach us how to knead and shape the rice paste.
After that, we took a train leading to the Ginkakuji area where we visited Eikando and Nanzenji Temple, where at the end of the trip we took a lot of photos.
Despite the long walk and the annoying weather, to me Eikando, with its maples, koi and wooden construction, has been one of the most beautiful temples we have seen during this program. From the pagoda on the top of the hill there was such a great view of the cityscape. Eikando also hosts the only Buddha statue in the world which doesn’t look ahead, but to the left. There are various theories, saying he is probably looking for those who have not reached enlightenment yet.
After visiting this temple and after taking a lot of photos we had coffee time and then we split into two groups: some headed back home and some went out for dinner, eating sushi in Kyoto.
It has been one of the most exciting days of this program and I will never be grateful enough to R-STEP staff for the opportunity they gave us to discover Kyoto so deeply.





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