Studio Project, Inter-cultural Dialogue 2023

“Inter-cultural Dialogue” is a studio subject of the Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, which aims to encourage friendships between Japanese and international students. International students find it difficult to make Japanese friends due to language barriers, cultural differences, and lack of opportunities to meet each other. Therefore, students designed an event where people can meet and lead to subsequent exchanges to learn about the diverse cultures of international students on campus, have fun, and communicate with each other.

This year, we have a total of 18 students from five countries and regions taking this subject: Japan, China, Germany, Venezuela, and Tunisia. The students, in five groups, went through an iterative process of ideation and prototyping using a mix of English and Japanese languages and came up with activities for the event day that included an Onigiri-making workshop, a trivia quiz on the countries of origin of international students on campus, and an original video game to learn about foreign cultures. The event was called the “Geiko Fun Festival”, and it was held on Thursday, November 16, 2023. On the day of the festival, a total of 50 participants enjoyed conversation and laughter with each other, even though many had not met before.

One event is not enough to deepen friendships. The Faculty of Design continues to foster an international culture on the Ohashi campus, creating more opportunities for exchanges with international students and courses taught in English.

Inter-cultural Dialogue
Date: Fall quarter in 2023
Number of Credits: 2 credits

International Office, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University