Kyoto’s Student-Produced Festival, Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa
A Message from an International Student Participant
Katrina Platt, first year student at Doshisha University
Q: How did you first hear about the Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa?
A: I first heard about it through my Yosakoi dance circle, since we were planning to dance in it, and were aiming to take the top prize.
Q: What made you interested in the festival?
A: After watching the upperclassmen in my Yosakoi circle work hard for a year to compete for the top prize, I felt strongly about competing too, and I was also interested when I heard that the festival was run by the students of Kyoto.
Q: During practice or a performance, what was a time when you felt really glad to have participated?
A: I didn’t actually appear on stage—I participated as a manager, but it was still a really important moment for me when my team stayed on into the finals.
Q: Please share a message for other international students!
A: The Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa is put together each year by Kyoto students from many different universities. I think international students should definitely participate, because it’s a great chance to see how Japanese students spend their time, and what they put the most effort into.
It’s a definite opportunity to interact with Japanese students, whether you participate on the day of the event, or otherwise—through planning, performance, or volunteer work.
The Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa is an event that offers great opportunities to form closer relationships with your Japanese student peers, but also to get to know people outside of school: company workers, and local people from completely different age groups.
If you’re interested in learning more, please check out the links below.
Official website: http://www.kyoto-gakuseisaiten.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kif.saiten/