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Een Jaar In Huis ten Bosch:


But some students, still hindered by the language problem and probably some shyness, found it difficult to socialize with the Japanese. At times like this a game of Igo comes in handy, it gives one full access to all layers of society, no matter what one's language ability is.

Some other students found the perfect way to communicate: they began to teach English, French, or Dutch to the Japanese employees of Huis Ten Bosch, who live in the same dormitory as us, near the premises of Huis Ten Bosch. The rather strict rules observed here caused some problems. There were separate buildings for men and women, with big signs at the entrances stating that the the opposite sex were forbidden to enter although the Japanese know of the existence of backdoors too.

But these were minor things compared to the advantages: swimming pool, fitness-area, sauna, community-room with tatami, a little shop, bar, company restaurant, everything one could wish for was there. Never before I have seen the conditions for being able to study been laid out so completely. The reason I did not pass the year with high marks was therefore probably the outcome of my choice to try to get the best out of being in Japan; sitting in a room studying a book is something one can do anywhere. After one year unfortunately one has to return home, to make room for twenty other students who are given this unique opportunity to fully submerge themselves in Japanese language and culture.

I hope that Mr. Kamichika and Professor Boot will continue this project, for however famous the Department of Japanese Language and Culture of Leiden University may be, it will never be rid of its main disadvantage: Leiden is in The Netherlands.

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