On November 3rd, ISI held its “International Friendship Party” at Ikebukuro Campus.
Many Japanese and foreign students (including those who enrolled at ISI in October) came to the party.
The party’s theme was the famous “Día de Muertos” (Day of the Dead).
The Day of the Dead (November 1-2) is a traditional Mexican holiday, during which the dead are said to come back to their homes to pay a visit to their beloved ones. Usually, people celebrate it by decorating the graves of their family members, dressing up as skeletons and making small altars (called “ofrendas”) on which they place the favourite foods and beverages of the departed, so that they will have an easier time finding their way home.
Japan has its own “Day of the Dead” too, the famous “Obon”. Even though it has the same purpose (commemorating the dead), it’s radically different from its Mexican counterpart.
Many students from different countries, including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Uruguay, South Korea, China and Taiwan took part in this event and showed off their awesome Halloween outfits!
ISI periodically holds International Friendship Parties, where students can make new friends and and accustom themselves to their new life in Japan.
The next International Friendship Party will be held in February next year. We look forward to seeing you all!
Click here to see the pictures of the event!