Japanese Cultural Events and
Interactions with Japanese Students

International students at Toyo University have unlimited opportunities to experience Japanese culture firsthand.

English Community Zone (ECZ)

ECZ is a lounge type space on campus where Toyo students and international students get together to relax, play games, listen to music, and hang out- in English. In addition, ECZ hosts evening events every month, such as a Halloween party, pajama party, and Christmas party. ECZ is the perfect place to unwind and make new friends.

English Community Zone (ECZ)


How would you fare against a full-sized sumo wrestler? Do you think you could knock him down? As an International student at Toyo you get to find out by participating in a training session with Toyo’s sumo team (and then sitting down to dinner with them afterwards) . If you would rather just watch sumo, we’ve got you covered. Every winter, exchange students attend the annual Grand Sumo Tournament held at the world famous Ryougoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall.

Language Exchange Partner (LEP) Program

All interested international exchange students are connected with LEPs, Toyo student volunteers who help the students practice their Japanese and better understand Japanese culture.


Students can experience authentic Japanese life by spending the weekend doing a homestay with a Japanese family in the countryside of Gunma prefecture. Enjoying home-cooked meals, playing with homestay family children, hiking in the countryside, and soaking in hot springs are just a few of the activities that make the Itakura Homestay one of the international students’ favorite experiences during their time in Japan. During the same weekend, students also take part in several traditional cultural activities, such as a tea ceremony, attending a lecture on Buddhism, listening to (and playing) taiko drums, pounding rice into mochi, and more.

Kimono Wearing

Exchange students have a chance to wear an authentic Japanese kimono, enjoy the tea ceremony, and get a taste of traditional culture.

Japanese Calligraphy Experience

While much of life in Tokyo moves at a frenetic pace, the Japanese Calligraphy Experience gives international exchange students an opportunity to explore the calm and ref lective s ide of Japanese culture. Artistic expression, emerging Japanese skills, and individual personalities come together as students use traditional brushes, ink, and paper to write Japanese kanji that reflect who they are.


Toyo University strongly believes that student activities contribute to the enrichment of campus life. With 41 athletic clubs and 300 other student clubs, everyone can f ind a group of students that share their interests.