The Japanese Lecturers and Students Study Indonesian Cultures

FLA-Karangmalang. The lecturers and students of Aichi University of Education (AUE) Japan held visiting study in order to sit-in program in Yogyakarta State University on 13-16 March 2017. The goal of this program was to share information with each other about Indonesian and Japanese cultures. Another purpose of this program was served as a comparative study of educational system in Indonesia. The cooperation between UNY and AUE had been running since 2009 trough the signing of the MoU. The cooperation agreement was continued by a student exchange program since 2012.

On Tuesday (14/3/2017) seven students and three lecturers of Aichi university of Education (AUE) Japan did a Campus Tour to Faculty of Languages and Arts. They had a chance to join “ Workshop Batik” in the lecture building IV , Faculty of Languages and Arts UNY. Guided by the lecturers of crafts education department FBS UNY, Ismadi, M.A. and Dedy S, S.Pd., the Japanese lecturers and students were enthusiastic in learning batik for two hours. During this time they knew batik which was assigned by UNESCO as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity since 2 October 2014. They felt the difficulties of making Batik by their own selves.

The tour continued to ‘Karawitan’ class to learn how to play Javanese Gamelan guided by a lecturer from Javanese Education Department, Hasto Nugroho, M.Sn. In this event the envoys of Japan seemed enthusiastic. They attempted to feel the harmony of life which was being the part of Javanese principle of life. After following the Campus Tour, the next program on Wednesday (15/3/2017) was visit Borobudur temple. The temple, located at 40 km northwest of Yogyakarta, was one of many destinations anticipated by the participants.

After visiting Borobudur temple, they went to Malioboro street in Yogyakarta. The next day, on Thursday (16/3/2017), they had a school visit program to SD Percobaan 2 Yogyakarta and a visit to Yogyakarta Palace. The expectation of this program was to establish the cultural relations between Indonesia and Japan to be closer. “ Of course this short visit is the beginning of a more intensive program, such as student exchange program or credit transfer program”, said Prof. Kazuhiro Doki, Ph.D., as the leader of AUE group hopefully.(Rifa/HumasFBS)