Beginning in 2013, we have had a team of interns working with us. They receive credit for their work as well as a scholarship to study the Way of Tea here at Japan House. They develop and implement outreach programs, develop online resources, handle social media and communications and help with the garden. With the very first programs the students planned and coordinated, the level of interest and attendance by student population increased exponentially. This student-based initiative has strongly increased recognition across the student community and provided the interns with a powerful experience in cultural understanding and public outreach. It has been an absolute joy to work with these students and we are excited every fall to welcome a new group of interns!
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Fall 2015 — Spring 2016
Xinyi Chen (aka Annie) is a sophomore major in communication. Annie enjoys spending time with family and friends, sometimes her bed and TV drama in her spare time. Annie also loves music, books, drawing and yummy food. Inspired by the saying “I-chigo, i-chie”, Annie falls in love with Japanese culture and art and Japan House. To be a Japan House intern was on Annie's must-do list for college and her dream came true! Annie loves the whole Japan House team and the internship that has greatly enriched her professional and personal experience. Annie doesn’t have a clear career goal yet. But she is interested in the field of intercultural, organizational and mediated communication. A journalist of a culture and travel magazine would be a nice choice.
Diana is a junior majoring in Psychology and focusing on pre-nursing. She hopes to carry the tranquility and efficiency she learns at Japan House to her workplace and overall life. Diana loves Japanese culture because of its rich tradition and beautiful aesthetics, which she finds soothing and serene. Initially, she discovered Japanese culture through anime and manga, but Japan House exposed her to aspects of Japan beyond that. She enjoys the calmness and warmth that Japan House offers. She also enjoys attending tea class at the Japan House. In her free time, Diana likes to craft, cook, play video games, and read. Interning at Japan House is definitely the best experience she's ever had on campus and she hopes to share the wonders of Japan House with everyone!
Anna Marie Piazza is a sophomore double majoring in East Asian Language & Culture and Religious Studies. Her intra-major focus is on Japanese and Buddhism. A main hobby of hers is running. Long distance physically invigorates and relieves stress for her, but her favorite aspect of running is how it pushes herself to improve. Anna first became interested in Japan via anime which expanded to a hobby of reading manga and listening to Japanese music. Anna decided on an EALC major to learn more about Japanese language and history, and cultivate a more complex and accurate understanding of Japanese culture. Anna hopes to share the peaceful ambiance and beauty of Japan House with the community, and is grateful to be able to work together with such wonderful people as her fellow interns and the Japan House staff. Next year, she hopes to study aboard in Japan and apply the poise and grace she’s learned through the Japan House internship. Anna’s long term goals are to get a Master’s degree in Japanese history or Buddhism, and to always keep Japanese culture in her life.
Alexis is a junior pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She spends her free time reading, playing video games, watching movies, and trying to learn new languages. Alexis has been fascinated by Japanese culture in both historical and modern aspects; she loves the respect, tranquility, and beauty from Japanese arts, ceremonies, and clothing, as well as the pop culture and vivid modern thought in today’s Japan. The Japan House holds a special place to her, bringing her peace and new understanding of continuing old rituals in today’s time. The tea ceremony itself is the most serene part of her week, even if she is the one serving the tea. While she hasn’t decided on her official plan for post-graduation, Alexis is thinking of attending graduate school for Economics, or of working for the Bureau of the Census as a Statistician. She plans to travel as much as possible after graduation, and is currently planning a long trip spanning much of East Asia.
Jamie is a senior double majoring in Actuarial Science and Statistics. She grew up watching Japanese animation and still watch some of them nowadays. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new recipes from different countries, listening to K-pop, as well as watching basketball games. She also likes outdoor recreation such as hiking and camping. Right now she is studying Japanese, and she is planning to study abroad in Japan in the future. She admires the different forms of traditional Japaneses arts such as Japanese poetry and novels, which she learned about from her Japanese literature class. As a Japan House intern, she learned to respect her own culture and to appreciate the beauty of life. Jamie loves the diverse team at Japan House, and likes to learn from others. In the future, she plans to become a professional actuary at an insurance company.
Hana Yaginuma is a senior majoring in New Media and Advertising. She very much enjoys her majors because they are perfect for her and her interest in an environment where creativity and business comes together. She likes to film videos and make things using various materials. Hana is originally from Tokyo, Japan, but she came to the states when she was 12 years old. Since then, she has had many identity crisis and confusion between various cultures. Therefore, she hopes to regain some of her Japanese value through the Japan House internship. Her favorite part of being at Japan House is her fellow interns. Hana learns from their enthusiam to learn, embrace and experience Japanese culture as well as their own culture. Hana hopes to eventually create a marketing firm where people appreciate diversity and differences, a place where her art practice can be incorporated fully, and a place where dreams come together.
Youyou is a junior majoring in Recreation, Sport and Tourism. She became interested in Japan and Japanese culture because of an elective Japanese language class in high school. Before learning Japanese she only knew the country through Japanese anime. Whereas now she is eager to learn about the country from various aspects such as Japanese people, pastime, history and society. She wants to live in Japan for a period of time to polish her Japanese and to learn more about the country in her own eyes. Meanwhile, she has an aspiration of working for Walt Disney Company. She is diligently studying Japanese language as well as getting different experiences. She wish to develop her career further in Tokyo Disneyland in the future.
Zilin is a senior majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures. The initial reason why she chose this major was because she was greatly proud of the profound culture and history of her motherland: China. However, after receiving rigorous instruction in the language and culture of Japan, she was amazed at how Japan strived to develop its own unique culture, distinguished itself from China, and even surpassed China starting from the modern period. This new perspective inspired her to go study abroad at Waseda University of Tokyo, Japan in spring 2015. It was truly the best semester in her college life in terms of living with a friendly host family, joining Japanese traditional dance club, visiting temples and shrines and many more. Therefore, she decided to continue her passion and journey in Japanese culture at the Japan House.