Why does Showa Boston exist? Shōwa Joshi Daigaku established this campus for three reasons:
- to improve students’ English skills,
- to develop students’ cross-cultural awareness, and
- to foster personal growth.
Showa Boston has an excellent staff of teachers who look forward to working with you. But in addition to studying, which students can do back in Japan, students in Boston have a precious opportunity to immerse themselves in an English-speaking environment. There is a saying in Japanese: Gō ni ireba, gō ni shitagae, or, as we say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Showa students can take advantage of their time in Boston to communicate with Americans — and each other — in English, both here at Showa Boston and away from our campus.
We believe that culture and language cannot be separated from one another and are best learned together. In our classes, in addition to learning English vocabulary and grammar, students also learn about the United States, about how Americans actually communicate and live our lives. Of course, we hope that Showa students will also help Americans learn about Japan. We must all try to be sensitive about other cultures and to respect one another.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, our students have a wonderful opportunity for personal growth. The German philosopher Goethe wrote that “people who know nothing about foreign languages know nothing about their own.” In other words, in addition to broadening one’s global perspective, studying the English language and American culture helps students to learn about themselves. Our teachers encourage students to take increasing responsibility for their own intellectual and personal development, and our students gain new confidence as they master a different language and culture. They also learn mutual responsibility from living together.
In summary, time spent at Showa Boston gives our students a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and character to become active participants in Japan and in the wider international community.
This is an especially exciting time for Showa students to join us. Japan is waking up again to the critical importance of the mission to which this school has devoted itself for almost 30 years. The Japanese government is increasing its support for study abroad. While other Japanese universities struggle to find ways to send their students overseas, Shōwa Joshi Daigaku already has a beautiful, well-established campus with an experienced staff.
In addition, more than any other country, Japan must deal with an aging society. The simplest way for Japan to deal with that problem is to give more opportunities to women. Young women are the future of Japan.
You have probably heard the story of how, in the Meiji era, the Japanese government hired an American advisor to help establish Hokkaidō Daigaku, and how, when he left Japan, he told his students: “Shōnen yo, taishi o idake!” or “Boys, be ambitious!” Let me conclude by advising you: Wakaki josei yo, taishi o idake! Girls, be ambitious!