Mukogawa Gakuin celebrated its 80th anniversary on November 11th with 2000 distinguished guests invited to the ceremony.
Guests were warmly welcomed with students playing mandolin in the hall lobby. The ceremony started with our President's speech. "I sincerely hope students in MWU will be proud of our long history and gain greater ability to work for society here." he said in his speech.
Congratulatory addresses from invited guests were followed. Also, chorus performance were given by Prof. Fukuhara from Art Department.
Another chorus performance was given by chorus club teams from Mukogawa Women's High School and Junior High School. The performance was embellished with kindergarten students and our school mascot, Lavy dancing along with the songs.
Then students who are successfully progressing their careers were introduced. High and Junior High School introduced their robot team and showed a robot they invented. Three students who are expected to be in Tokyo Olympic 2020 expressed their willingness to the game and were encouraged by former Olympic athletes. Fumi Nakanishi, who graduated Art Department and is currently learning chorus at Conservatorio di Musica “Arrigo Boito” di Palma, performed her sophisticated chorus and impressed the audiences.
The ceremony was closed with a performance given by a big chorus group, which consists of students from MWU, high and junior high school. They sang our school anthem.
A traditional Korean clothes exhibition, "Hanbok" is currently held in Interdisciplinary Research Center by Prof. Kim and her graduate students from our partner university, Hannam University. The opening ceremony for the exhibition was held on October 28th at noon with welcome greeting given by our Vice President, Mr. Kawai and the host of the exhibition, Prof. Ushida, who is the dean of Human Environmental Sciences Department.
After the ceremony follows the introduction of students and professors from Hannam University which made our graduate students participated the ceremony get along with them at the party held later of the day.
The exhibition will run until October 29th and will have a seminar given by graduate students from Hannam University.
Our brand-new campus, "Mukojo Station Campus (MSC)" has finally launched at Naruo station with a opening ceremony held on October 6th.
Chancellor, Prof. Okawara hoped the campus to be a campus connected to the region. "I hope MSC will help our university to corporate with local more" stated the Chancellor in the ceremony. Our president, Prof. Seguchi also expects lots of locals use the campus so that MSC can help the region enhance more.
After the ceremony, Dean of Human Environmental Science department, who was in charge of the whole project, guided the guests to Lavy's Cafe which is one of the main features of MSC and Minato bank.
The two opening staffs of Lavy's Cafe described that the cafe was "the 19th "Siru-Cafe" opened in Japan, which is one type of cafe aiming to let students and firms interact with each other." "It is a place to have not only opportunities to talk with entrepreneurs but also time to think about their own careers. With the access ease, students can stop by this cafe anytime they want and get change to think about their future." they added.
Koshien Hall, which is one of the most beautiful and precious architectures of all Mukogawa, is a main campus of Architecture Department and it is why we welcomed the U.S. based architecture foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was established to commemorate Frank Lloyd Wright's works and his contribution to architecture. Deriving its name from one of the three most famous architects in the world, the foundation hails its vision as "inspire the world through beautiful spaces that are thoughtfully designed and experienced" (referred from its website).
As they took a 10-day tour from Tokyo to Hiroshima to observe archetectures inspired by Wright's works, including Koshien Hall. Koshien Hall was built by Arata Endo, one of Frank's apprentices, as Koshien Hotel in 1930. For Frank-inspired architectures are rarely left in Japan, there are increasing number of people visiting there from overseas. Guests from Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation are not exception; we have welcomed 351 visitors fromt the foundation in total since 2005.
This year, one graduate student, Rino Uema who is currently studing architecture at Master's degree level at MWU took them to a Koshien Hall tour in English. Since it was not her first time to guide them, she proudly explained about the architecture with so fruent and excellent English that they praised it as "very good".
The Koshien Hall English guide performed by post graduate students at Architecture Department started along with the rapid increase of visitors to Koshien hall one of whose reasons was its 150th anniversary. 260 visitors out of 517 hosted within two years from 2017 to 2019 have enjoyed the students' tour.
Matsuri Arai (freshman at Health and Sports Sciences Department) has successfully marked the 2nd place for high diving at Japan Indoor Sports Tournament held from 19th to 21st of April.
She passed the qualifying round with score 328.60 and marked 321.25 at the final which made her won the 2nd place of the competition. Along with this great result, she is now chosen to participate World Tournament held in South Korea. If she can finish this cpmpetition with 12th palce or higher, she will be assigned to 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The rythmic gymnastic group of MWU has accomplished the 15th victory for group performance at the 69th Western Japan Student Gymnastics Contest, which was held in Aichi, Nagoya from 28th to 30th of May.
Two groups were chosen for the competition and Group A won the first place, as well as group B won the 2nd Place.
For individual, Juri Shimane (sophomore at Health and Sports Sciences Department) won the 8th place, and Kotoka Yamaguchi (Freshman at same department) on 14th and Minami Okajima (sophomore at same department) on 17th followed.
This successful result leads both groups and individuals to the 71th Japan Student Gymnastic Contest which will be held from 25th to 27th of August in Northern Kyusyu.
The director of the team, Yuri Yanagawa commented their victory and the proceed to the Japan cup was "thanks to those who keep cheering us up." "We have also get warm cheers for Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade scheduled to be held from 11th to 13th of July in Napoli, Italy. Our team will keep performing our best for the next comeptitions too.", she added.