Students from Seicho Special Needs School visited TUJ to participate in a hospitality training activity where they learned window cleaning skills.

TUJ Strengthens Local Community Bonds with Seicho School for Special Needs

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), located in Setagaya City in Tokyo, has been collaborating with the local community through a variety of activities. Recently, TUJ strengthened its ties with Tokyo Metropolitan Seicho Special Needs Education School through a series of engaging activities.

A Seicho student dressed in a TUJ T-shirt, holding a long-handled squeegee.

On July 10, 2023, students from Seicho visited TUJ as a part of the school’s curriculum to participate in a hospitality training activity involving cleaning windows. TUJ students, faculty and staff welcomed the Seicho students and gifted them with university T-shirts. Wearing Temple cherry and white shirts, Seicho’s students diligently worked on their tasks. This collaboration not only cleaned the campus but also fostered interaction and understanding between individuals from diverse backgrounds.

In another event, TUJ students, faculty, and staff were invited to visit Seicho’s student-operated “Blue Bird Café” on July 13. The café, open every Thursday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am (excluding summer and winter vacations), provided a delightful opportunity for local residents, including TUJ members, to enjoy beverages and sweets served by Seicho students at an affordable price of just 100 yen each. TUJ staff were impressed by the warm hospitality and enjoyed the quality of drinks, cookies and cakes offered by the hard-working students.

Signage in front of Seicho’s Blue Bird Café displays the menu list.

Since moving to the Sangenjaya District of Setagaya City in 2019, TUJ has been actively involved in a series of academic programs and cross-cultural events with local residents and students on a regular basis. In December 2022 TUJ and Setagaya City agreed to establish a formal comprehensive cooperative relationship to deepen collaboration on projects that promote cross-cultural communication and international understanding.

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