Events & Updates
IUJ Alumni Bonenkai – A wonderful evening
Over 60 IUJ alumni from 27 countries came together for a memorable evening at the International House of Japan in Roppongi, Tokyo. It was the occasion of the annual Bonenkai, or year-end party. While some walked to the event from their place of work, others traveled from overseas proving again that IUJ is “Where the World Gathers!” And IUJ alumni “Gather Around the World.”
Alumni coming from India, Korea, Philippines and New York, USA joined during their business trips or personal travel. Twenty-five graduating classes, spanning 1987 to 2018 were represented. A few faculty and staff too rounded out the group. Friendships were renewed and new ones made. “I don’t know most of these people, but that doesn’t seem to matter. We share a very special bond as IUJers and talking to everyone is so amazingly easy” expressed one alum from Bangladesh who just graduated in June 2018 and was attending his first such Bonenkai.
Networking is a valuable part of any alumni gathering. This event allowed alumni who work at the same consulting firm to discover each other. Talks were heard among alumni planning to collaborate for a small Japanese island ecotourism development. An appeal for more support for job and internship opportunities was also made.
One highlight of the evening was a warm-hearted speech by Prof. Mohammad Ahmed. Ahmed-sensei has a 30 plus year teaching career at IUJ so was on campus with most of those in attendance. He talked about our special bond that can still exist over so many years, about how campus has changed but it remains the same friendly and supportive family atmosphere everyone remembers. He encouraged everyone to always remember their IUJ days, and value our relationships.
With a video slideshow of photos from old yearbooks was playing in the background, the evening ended with some gift giveaways, and group photo sessions. Many lingered well after the event closed, and more went off to continue enjoying the evening together. Everyone is excited about the next opportunities to meet:
- April 27 for Open Day on campus,
- mid June for the Gourmet Marathon,
- next September for World Wide Friday,
- and of course Bonenkai 2019
See you there!
IUJ World Wide Friday was September 7, 2018 or a day convenient to our Chapter Leaders. Special thanks to those Chapter Leaders for their effort, and to all that joined events in! 2019 events will be announced in the summer
2018 Events We Knew About
- New York City
- Hong Kong
- Niigata City
- Kuala Lumpur
Mid June 2019
We are considering creating an alumni weekend with the Gourmet Marathon that runs through campus. If you are interested, contact us at email@example.com
Coming near IUJ? Need info on places to stay?
Here are some ideas!
- Hotel Okabe in Urasa (business hotel near Urasa station. only 10 single rooms available on May 13 night: 4 smoking and 6 non-smoking) 6,156yen per night. (breakfast is 1,080 for Japanese style and 540 for simple western style) No bus available. http://www.hotelokabe.com/
- Tejimaya Onsen in Urasa (Simple Ryokan with 14 rooms, up to 4 in each room) 7,800yen for adults (12 and over), 6,500yen/child 5-11, and children under 3 free unless they need separate bedding and meals(breakfast service and onsen/hot spring bathing included) Bus service OK. NO Credit Card payments http://www.journal.co.jp/niigata-onsen/onsenyado4/p170-urasa/tejima-frame.html
- Tamonso in Urasa (Simple Ryokan with 8 rooms, up to 4 in each room) 7,500yen for adults, 6,500yen/child 4-12, and children under 3 free unless they need separate bedding and meals (breakfast service and onsen/hot spring bathing included) Bus service OK. NO Credit Card payments http://www.journal.co.jp/niigata-onsen/onsenyado4/p170-urasa/tamon-frame.html
- Cycling Terminal in Urasa at Hakkai-san Roku (Ski Lodge, Japan style. 14 rooms for 2-8 people, and one large group room for up to 15 people), 5,360 yen or less – depending on numbers. Japanese-style ofuro public bath only. No toilets in the rooms) Bus service OK. http://www.hakkai-sanroku.com/ Specifically convenient for those interested in cycling on Sunday morning (30 adult bikes and 15 children’s bikes at 400yen each). NO Credit Card payments
- Sakadojo in Muikamachi (Medium class Ryokan/Japanese Inn with 13 rooms for up to 4 people) 10,000yen/adult Friday and Sundays, 12,000yen/adult (breakfast service and onsen/hot spring bathing included) Bus service OK. http://www.sakadojo.com/?page_id=3262
- For other places to stay in the area, please google “MinamiUonuma Hotels” or AirBnb and reserve on your own.
Last Saturday of April (for 2019, with Ramadan scheduling): International Festival (Open Day)