Meet Nicole Tolman, Program Counselor for World Campus – Japan 2015 Program!

Nicole Tolman

Hi future participants!

My name is Nicole Tolman, 23 years old and I am from Utrecht, the Netherlands. At the moment I am finishing my Bachelor Japanstudies at the University of Leiden. My minor is Western Art History. Throughout my study I tried to learn the many different aspects of art, with the focus on Japanese Art around the Edo and Meiji period.

Three summers ago I was a participant of World Campus – Japan, and it was a wonderful experience! I made many new friends from all over the world and was welcomed by the host-families as one of their own. It gave me a special feeling to be able to join the activities World Campus – Japan offers. For instance, joining a Zen-meditation overseen by a priest or cutting bamboo in a bamboo forest and drink your well-deserved drink from the cup you made. Or, see my photo, joining a tea ceremony in a yukata (summer kimono). During this program I think you will all feel welcome and will be able to share your joy with others. You will experience a lot of new things and you will learn a lot of Japan, the world and of course from yourself.

This year I will be one of the WCJ counselors and I hope to be able to share this unique experience with you too! I can’t wait to meet all of you!

See you soon!


Welcome to Tama City in World Campus – Japan 2015!!!






一週間という短い期間ですが 、WCIを迎える準備作業をとおして多摩の様々な人たちとの輪が広がっていくのが楽しいです。

We are World Campus – Tama, the community partner of World Campus International. We have been hosting the group of people from World Campus International since 2007, and some of you will be visiting Tama city as the final stop of the upcoming World Campus – Japan program.

Now we’re planning some exciting activities for you! First of all, you’ll be visiting the national diet building of Japan on your way to Tama city. Last summer, we visited there as one of the activities for the first time and it was an amazing experience for all of us!

During your stay in Tama, you’ll have a great opportunity to interact with some local people such as the middle age citizens from Tokyo, students from Tama University, and students from Keisen Jogakuin University! Some of the students will be taking you to downtown Tokyo on your personal day!

And it’s going to be the 4th time to hold the event, called “Sekai no hiroba”. We’ll be welcoming the local people of Tama city and sharing our cultures each other, and also having an “Arigato event” as a part of that big event.

We’re having fun preparing for the summer! It’s going to be short one week, but we’re so excited to have all of you here in Tama!

Welcome to Abiko City in World Campus – Japan 2015!!!



Abiko city has rich nature and is located in such a convenient area that takes to 40 minutes both to the center of Tokyo and to Narita airport by train. The population is about 140,000 and Abiko is very popular as a bed-town of Tokyo. People are extremely kind and a bit shy. You can enjoy traditional performing art, Kagura, which have been handed down since Edo period. We are looking forward to having you here in country town with full of human warmth, Abiko!

Welcome to Suita City in World Campus – Japan 2015!!!


吹田国際隣人グループSING(Suita International Neighors Group)は、2005年にUWPの訪問を受け入れから始まって、2007年WCIを受け入れるためにUWP吹田実行委員会から、SINGが立ち上げられました。

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SING (Suita International Neighbors Group) has started as a supporting community of Up With People in 2005, then we have been hosting the group of people from World Campus International since 2007.

Mari Mihara is the head of our group and we have Chiemi Hanzaki, Toshiko Nishikawa, Kenji Hayashi, and Mari Okada as official members of SING.

Now we’re preparing for the upcoming World Campus – Japan program. This summer, you might experience to work for Japanese traditional shopping street, interact with high school/university students, and explore Asahi beer factory as activities in Suita city!

Welcome to Toride City in World Campus – Japan 2015!!!

Welcome to Toride


Even though it takes only 40 minutes to get to the center of Tokyo, there is rich nature in Toride city such as the Tone River, one of the largest rivers in Japan! And there is an art college in this city, so Toride is known as a city of art as well!

We have several activities for the World Campus – Japan program 2015, and “Flying kites” activity would be the most exciting part of your stay in Toride! We are going to make 40 kites with the host families and let them fly in the sky by the Tone River!

Also we’re planning to have some more experiences of Japanese traditional cultures! Welcome to Toride! We all look forward to meeting you!