sfu,SFUリーダーシップセミナー,広報】 2015/8/17 月曜日 — 18:09:45

Day 5 N.H

Today, we had a lecture from Mr.Shigematsu. He gave us a lesson before at hiroogakuen high school in June. In the previous lesson, I couldn’t understand his lesson because he spoke very fast for me. However, today, I was able to find that what he was saying. I think this is thanks to the English lectures here for four days, which made me able to keep up with his English. The contents of the lecture was about relaxation and Japanese unique words. We listened to music and closed our eyes and thought a lot of various things individually. Then, Mr.shigematsu asked me about what we thought when we were closing our eyes. We answered that we felt comfortable, peaceful, relaxing and sleepy. Next, we discussed how to explain unique Japanese expressions. We chose a word which is “shikataganai.” It has three means which are “no meaning,” “have no choice,” “really want do”. Our team spoke to them about this.

It was too difficult to explain the expression because there is no such a word in English equivalent to the one in Japanese. However, as we discuss those expression, I really learned the deep meaning of Japanese-specific expression and Japanese culture.

Day 5 L.K

Today, we thought, “Who I am.”(Personal Story). Dr. On told us about how to find ourselves. First, we found a quiet place. Second, we closed our eyes for 1 minute to feel things around us. Third, close our eyes for 1 minute and focused on ourselves. Fourth, we thought positive places, person, and things. And thought who I am for 1 minute. Finally, we wrote messages to past self five years ago. If we do these things, we can find who we are. While I was doing these, I had strange feelings that I experienced for the first time.
And we did mindset activity. There was wind hoover – building to make people relaxed – and I was surprised. There were pictures and chairs, which made me relaxed.
We also explained Japanese cultural words. I explained “仕方がない”. Can you explain? It was difficult for me to explain because we say the word without thinking. I thought a lot and I found it has a deep meaning. Also listening to others made me thoughtful.

Day 6 M.Y

Today, we had lectures from two Japanese students who have been researching at Stanford University. One student graduated from University in Japan, and now he is a graduate student doing his research about diamonds. He said that it was important to try something that no one else has challenged. The other man has been researching about blood. He said that it was important to experience and try things in a good environment. I was impressed that they showed us not to be afraid and to try anything.
In the afternoon, we made a presentation about iPS cells. We prepared for it before we came to Stanford. But our preparation was not good enough / perfect. I was mortified because I was not able to do my best. However, we received some good advice from the researchers, so I was pleased with this experience. After that, we went to the Stem Cell Center. We looked around a lab that is the best environment for research.
From this experience I was inspired to perform my research to the same standard as the researchers at Stanford. I will work hard at my research and will challenge anything.

Day 7 E.M

Today, we went to the EVERNOTE Headquarter office. We listened to lectures from Mr.Terasaki, Mr.Nakazima and Mr.Hokamura. I felt very happy while they were talking. I felt that I wanted to do something similar as a job in the future. After the lectures, they gave us a tour to explain their office facility. Everywhere was so clean and looked comfortable.
After visiting Evernote we went to the Google visitor center. We listened to explanations about Google from one of Google’s staff members. He talked about Google glass, G-Bike and so on.
At night, we talked about our feelings regarding this program. I believe that we have all grown up during the 10 days we have spent on this trip.


sfu,SFUリーダーシップセミナー,広報】 2015/8/11 火曜日 — 14:38:00

Day 3 R.I

Today, I woke up 6 o’clock to play basketball with my friends.
After that, I ate breakfast with other students who came from many different countries to attend the summer programs at Stanford. Then we started the workshop at 8:30.
At the workshop, we learned about Rapid Prototyping, in other words, fast thinking and fast creating. It was difficult and I thought that this skill may be very important in USA especially on the west coast. For example, we made a tower using spaghetti and only two marshmallows in three minutes. Before lunch, we discussed ”How can we make the most efficient supermarket.” In the afternoon, we played some games using communication skills.
At 14 o’clock, Pasha Nahass, an employee at Google, came to our class and talked about his innovation on cell phones and his work to us. That was so impressive.
We ate dinner at 5:30, after that we had an evening session to remind us of what we had learned and did during the day.

During the session, it started raining and thunder rolled. That was an unusual incident.

Day 4 Y.T

I could learn a lot from today’s presentation.
Today, after the program, I made a presentation about the generalisations made of Fibonacci numbers with applications to population problems to Mr. Glen, a lecturer at Stanford and our two mentors. I was very nervous, and therefore could not make myself understood in my broken English. However, they listened to my presentation carefully, and asked lots of questions to me. It was hard to answer those questions. I received lots of advice from them.

I was surprised and glad that they didn’t see me as a high school student, but as a researcher. So they gave me some strict comments. I learned a lot from their advice and this experience. After that, we had dinner in a restaurant in the university. We talked a lot. I learned many things from my lecturer and mentors in this program. I sincerely thought that I am very happy to come here and talk with many people! I think I’ve grown up from this studying abroad program.


sfu,SFUリーダーシップセミナー,広報】 2015/8/8 土曜日 — 19:03:06


sfu,SFUリーダーシップセミナー,広報】 17:25:17

Day 1 Ryutaro Suda

The unique experiences at Stanford University began from dinner time at the Hall Diner, where we have breakfast and dinner. When I observed a guy singing loudly, I realized that things that seem “abnormal”(or as people say “crazy”) in Japan are not universally abnormal. They can be “normal” in other cultures. I don’t think anybody was looking coldly at this guy at dinner.
 We are often trapped by our cultural biases, in what we consider to be “normal” and “abnormal”, and because of this, we fear changing our behavior.

 I think what we need to do is to observe people in a particular culture and try to imagine what is normal for them, or how they see the world. I want to try this applying this method during this study trip. I am still a little confused at those cultural differences, but here is a good place to learn how should we change our mind!

Day 2 Kousuke Takuma

Today was the first day of our program at Stanford. The lesson was very creative and was of a unique style. We learned about the importance of brainstorming and reflection. Brainstorming is the best way of thinking. We observed water bottles first and thought about what kind of bottles would attract customers. After that, we designed the best water bottle and had to explain it to others. Furthermore, we reviewed today’s lesson in the Evening Session. Solving puzzles and transcending walls were the focus of the session to learn how to attain leadership in groups naturally.

Day2 Alisa Yonekawa

Today was our first time to meet Mr. Colin. At first I was nervous. I was expecting a hard schedule of all day and all night studying. But it turned out to be a day full of activities. To break the ice, we first did a birthdate line up. We had to line up in order of our birthday without speaking or using our hands – we weren’t successful. We then used a ping pong and had to think up a new game (game-storming). We also had a quiz of fast thinking. “What do cows drink?” If you thought it was milk, that is because of associative architecture where related things come into your mind even though it’s not true. We also had a lecture from Mr. Glenn. He taught us about sustainability. We defined sustainability as an action or skill to keep things the way they are. If we keep on using fossil fuels for energy, we will come to an end someday. But if we use renewable energy we get to sustain our lives on Earth. Even in our life, if we can keep our level sustained we can add on top of that and improve our skills.

In the evening session, we reflected on our lesson of today. We had to think up of 5 words from one word (fast thinking), make 120 from a variation of numbers, and divide a square into equal four sides. I felt like I had use a part of my brain that I do not usually use.

So many adults learn to hide their creativity – that’s how we grow up. People who have creativity are either really successful or seen as a childish person. But the world shouldn’t be like that. We should all have the opportunity to express and use our creativity.

Day 3 Mari Yasunaga

The thing that impressed me the most was the attitude towards making things: such as solving problems, making new ideas and answering questions. Also, I was very surprised to see how huge the campus is, and I could imagine why the US has such a huge impact on the world.

We learned ‘Rapid Prototyping’ in Dr.Colin’s class through brainstorming in the morning. We played the Lego game and Spaghetti Tower game, which required us to think fast and share ideas quickly. Dr. Colin showed us the importance of teamwork and trust. I learned the difficulty of originating concepts in a set period of time.

In the afternoon, we and our mentor discussed the ideas that could make our daily lives or society more convenient, including concrete remedies. We also did a —-game which let us think about the importance of communication in a group.

We learned about prototyping, teamwork, and fast-thinking during the classes to raise our creativity. Throughout this projects, I felt the difference between Japan and the US, the difference in our ways of making either new ideas or products. Students in Japan are required to search one correct answer, and they tackle projects quietly whereas in Stanford you are free to think about your own ideas. I suppose both styles have their own benefits and we should use both of them.


sfu,SFUリーダーシップセミナー,広報】 2015/8/6 木曜日 — 16:36:25