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.