Situated just south of the Arctic, Iceland is the farthest corner of Europe from Japan. With only about 370,000 people, population density is Europe’s lowest. Since the Norse Vikings arrived in 874, for centuries Scandinavians and Celtic people have immigrated there. Later, it was ruled by Norway and Denmark before becoming an independent republic in 1944. Iceland’s most remarkable feature is its unique landscape, formed by the mid-Atlantic ridge and volcanic hotspot. The Thingvellir National Park has an amazing landscape, featuring a rift valley where two tectonic plates clash. As a volcanic island, there are hot springs everywhere, including the Blue Lagoon, called the world’s largest.
At this event, you can experience Iceland’s attractions, connected live online!
Representatives from the Iceland Embassy in Tokyo will introduce Iceland’s history and culture. And reporters from our partner school, University of Iceland, will show us their campus life, live from Iceland!
Aren’t you curious to see Iceland in November, what student life is like there? It’ll be like a quick trip to Iceland, but online!
The second half includes an online chat session with University of Iceland students.
Established in 1911, the University of Iceland is a public institution located in the capital, Reykjavík. An esteemed school which has produced many of Iceland’s intellectuals, it has strong ties with Waseda as a partner institution. Participants are all students with interest in Japan, so they are looking forward to interacting with us and using Japanese. Of course, the University of Iceland holds many classes in English, so you can also chat in English. ICC staff will even be available to help out during the chat time, so language ability won’t be a problem!
With so many restrictions on travel and study abroad due to the pandemic, this is a great opportunity only available online. Please join us!
Date & Time
Friday, November 19, 6:15-7:45pm (Zoom opens 6pm)
* Zoom link and instructions will be sent to participants by Nov. 18
Waseda Students, Faculty, Staff
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About 50 people
* Selected by lottery if applications exceed capacity, results announced via email on Nov. 15.
Nov. 15, 9am
18:20-18:40 Presentation by Iceland Embassy staff (in Japanese with simple English subtitles)
18:40-18:50 Live connection to Iceland (English)
18:50-19:40 Small Group Chat (any language, Icelandic welcome)
Guest Speaker: Ryosuke Hosaka
Commerce and Communication Officer, Embassy of Iceland in Tokyo
After living in Melbourne, Australia, for three years as a child, he had a rough understanding of English and a vague ambition of a career connecting Japan and the world, then went to Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University to pursue it. Upon graduation he worked at a recruiting company for Vietnamese, then a Japanese advertising agency in Jakarta. Returning to Japan, he worked for an exhibit space run by an American CEO, in event operations and later in overseas sales and import/export for a sports equipment manufacturer before landing at the Embassy of Iceland in Japan as a public relations and commercial affairs officer. His hobbies include music and film.
Email: [email protected]