国立研究大学高等経済学院(ロシア) / National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia) GJO Activity Report

2018年5月 活動日誌


This month the main cultural event was Oriental Crazy Day organized on May 20 by HSE’s Professor Yulia Korovina and volunteer students of School of Asian Studies. This annual event is dedicated to cultural exchange of traditions and knowledge of different Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China, and the Arabic region. This year the meeting was held for the fifth time. As 2018 is proclaimed to be the year of mutual cultural exchange between Japan and Russia, a lot of activities were related to Japanese culture. TUFS’s Global Japan Office Moscow also took part as one of the partners of the Oriental Crazy Day.
The program of the Day started with presentations. At special booth GJO Moscow coordinator presented the Office itself together several programs possible for admission since TUFS and HSE signed the Academic Exchange Agreement in May 2017. First year students (4) were interested in short programs. Second and third year students (5) asked mostly about exchange study programs. Some students participated in a quiz about Japanese culture and got prizes from TUFS’s GJO. The booth was also visited by high school students who are going to apply for admission to HSE this or next year.


The sign of GJO Moscow


The booth of GJO Moscow


Yulia Korovina (R) and GJO coordinator (L)


Students who participated in quiz

After that guest, professors and students participated in different activities like calligraphy (Japanese, Chinese, Arabic), sumi-e (墨絵)painting, tea and coffee ceremony, origami, uta-garuta, (歌かるた)etc. Volunteer students wore traditional costumes.


Origami (折り紙)


Shodō (書道)


Tea ceremony(茶道)

The main part of the Oriental Crazy Day was the concert organized by students. They sang songs and recited poems in Asian languages, danced and made presentation about distinguishing features of the cultures and language they are majoring at. A group of students staged Japanese play “Shibiri” 痿痢 (in English “Cramps” or “Pins and Needles”). The original text of this kyōgen play is anonymous. Students’ performance was based on the YouTube video (URL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=sZFWpbC4u7U, accessed 05.06.2018).


Korean dance


“Shibiri”  痿痢(しびり)


“Shibiri” 痿痢(しびり)

TUFS’s student Mr. Anzai Yoshihide, who is currently taking course at Moscow State University, also participated in the event. The following is his impression stated in Japanese.
「Oriental Crazy DayはHSEが主催する催しでアジア圏の言語を学んでいる学生がその国の文化等に関して紹介する場でした。アジア圏の文字の紹介や文化の紹介をするブースト学生達による舞台での催しがあり、舞台では各国の詩や歌、劇やダンスが行われました。
私はOriental Crazy DayについてはHSEの友人から日本の出し物について協力してくれないかという事で参加しました。私は会場で日本のブースの手伝いをし、その後は劇を見ていました。」

2018年4月 活動日誌


April marks the beginning of the 4th, and so the last, semester of the academic year 2017/2018 at Higher School of Economics. We did not have any cultural events this month, so it was mostly dedicated to studies and research.

However, our office started to make preparations to participate in one of the biggest events of HSE’s School of Asian Studies ― Oriental Crazy Day that will be held in May. This event is aimed at the cultural exchange through the presentation of original traditions and customs among students, who are majoring in different Asian languages: Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and also Arabic. As far as the year of 2018 was proclaimed to be a year of cultural exchange between Japan and Russia, the introduction of Japanese culture will become the main theme of the event. Global Japan Office Moscow will participate as one of the partners of the Oriental Crazy Day for the first time.

2018年3月 活動日誌


On March, 2, School of Asian Studies, HSE hosted a lecture-interview by contemporary Japanese author Kaori Ekuni (江國香織). The meeting was organized by Japan Foundation. During the lecture Atsushi Kiba, an interviewer and Ekuni’s editor, asked many questions about the way of writing, creativity, style and the message that Ekuni states in her stories. Russian readers warmly welcomed the author. In Russia Ekuni is mostly famous through two translations, “Twinkle Twinkle” and “God’s boat”.


江國香織の講演会: 江國氏(中)、キバ氏(左)、通訳者(右)

On March, 3, HSE’s Japanese Culture Club organized another interesting event, presenting Japanese culture. This month the members and guests celebrated Hina-matsuri (雛祭り). Once again I received an invitation to participate, as a representative of GJO Moscow. The student from TUFS Mr. Anzai Yoshihide also took part in the meeting.

Some students from the permanent members of the Club began with educational presentation about Hina-matsuri (Momo no Sekku). They also touched upon other children’ festivals of Japan: Children’s Day (Tango no Sekku) and Shichi-Go-San.

This time the organizers suggested to make origami Hina doll sets (ひな壇, Hina dan).

On March, 15, I met TUFS’s postgraduate student Ms. Rina Ajima, who came to Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH, Moscow). It was her third visit to Moscow as a researcher. The following is our small talk about her studies, experience and Moscow life in Japanese.
安島里奈さん AJIMA Rina
東京外国語大学 博士前期課程 世界言語社会専攻
ショートビジット モスクワ ロシア国立人文大学

1. 「世界言語社会専攻」という教育プログラムは興味深そうですが、具体的に何を研究していますか。

2. ロシア語を勉強してもう何年になりますか。

3. 大学に入る時、どうしてロシア語を勉強することにしましたか。

4. モスクワははじめてですか。

5. モスクワの生活はどう思いますか。

6. 日本の生活や伝統的なものの中では、ロシアに何が紹介されたらいいと思いますか。

7. 今回はモスクワで研究を進めることができましたか。

2018年2月 活動日誌


The beginning of February 2018 was marked by celebrating setsubun. The event was organized by Japanese Culture Club, opened in September, 2017, at the School of Asian Studies (SAS, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, HSE). The founders of the Club, Professor Yulia Korovina, Professor Roli Dzhayn and Professor Maria Kireeva, together with their student assistants prepared special program to entertain students and other guests. The special guests, HSE’s Professor Abe Hiroshi and Professor Kurita Satoshi, took parts in different activities. I was also invited to attend this event, as a representative of GJO Moscow.
To make the party more educational, students began with the presentation about the origins and customs of setsubun. They also held a quiz and games with small prizes.


Pic. 1. Students making presentation


Pic. 2. Quiz


Pic. 3. Games

The main activity was to make a group mask of demon oni. When all masks were completed, the demons were banished by throwing beans and shouting「鬼は外! 福は内!」 (“Demons out! Luck in!”)


Pic. 4. Students making group masks


Pic. 5. Volunteers before mamemaki

February was also the month to present to the HSE students two summer programs that Tokyo University of Foreign Studies offered for the academic year 2018-2019. TUFS Short Stay Summer Program 2018 for individual regisration and TUFS Business Summer School as a part of the special TUFS project “Inter-University Exchange Project (Russia) 2017”. The project aims to strengthen and maintain ties between TUFS and six Russian universities, one of which is HSE (Moscow). TUFS is going to welcome five HSE students at the summer school 2018. Professor Fesyun, Professor Strizhak and other teaching members of SAS have already made primary selection of the participants based on academic grade and social activities of applicants and have notified HSE’s coordinators, Alexei Kotlov and Ekaterina Bolshova, who are in charge of international affairs and students’ support. The process of screening has almost completed.
We believe this summer programs, and especially TUFS Business Summer School as a part of important exchange project, to be the next step for cooperation between our universities.

2017年11月 活動日誌


On November 22, 2017 TUFS has established the 15th Global Japan Office and the first office in Moscow, Russia at the National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’ (HSE). The opening ceremony was attended by TUFS Vice President Kayoko HAYASI, Professor Kyoko NUMANO, Professor Yoshikazu SUZUKI, Professor Shigeru ARAI, administrative staff Mai NAKAGAWA, and Russia’s branch coordinator Keiko KOBAYASHI. From the side of HSE there were Ms. Marina BATALINA, Head, Office for International Cooperation, Mr. Andrey FESYUN, Associate Professor, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, Ms. Uliana STRIZHAK, Associate Professor, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, Ms. Sofiia PASIVKINA, Coordinator, Global Japan Office Higher School of Economics, and Ms. Maria PONOMARYOVA, undergraduate student, Japan Studies at Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs. During the ceremony both parties exchanged warm greetings and strong willingness to collaborate cross-cultural education and research through student exchange and activities introducing Japanese culture in Russia. The main goal of the newly opened HSE Global Japan Office is to provide students with information and support to conduct research on Japan studies.