YNU-Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School Joint Workshop on Multicultural Symbiotic



The 2017 Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School DST Project’s goals:

1)To support Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School students in learning to better understand themselves and others, and to create opportunities in which they may express themselves. Students were encouraged to have confidence at school through experiencing Digital Story Telling activities.

2)To invite Yokohama National University students, including international students, to observe and become involved in the local community.

3)To combine resources from the junior high school and university to promote students’ understanding of multicultural and international issues, thereby contributing to educating a more global generation of young people.

4)To provide opportunities for participating staff members to share their perspectives and opinions with peers, allowing for the reconsideration of the meaning and role of language education.


A total of ten students at Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School participated in this project. Six Japanese and nine international students from Yokohama National University also participated in the project as supporters. The project was planned and conducted by seven Yokohama National University faculty members in cooperation with one Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School faculty member.


The following four sessions were conducted.


Students received information on Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School and learned the procedures for the project.

Day1 at Yokohama Yoshida

After self-introductions and ice-breaking activities, students watched two sample DSTs. Then, each student chose a topic that interested them and created a rough storyline for their DST.

Day2 at Yokohama Yoshida

Each student brought photos that described their story and created detailed storyboards for their DST. After finishing writing their scripts, students recorded their narration on an iPhone or MP3 recorder.

Day3 at Yokohama Yoshida

Using iMovie (for iPad), students created their DST (short film). In the end, students, supporters, faculty members at YNU and Yokohama Yoshida Junior High school, and the students’ parents watched all of the students’ DSTs and shared their comments.


All ten students successfully created their DST movie. Both junior high school students and college students seemed nervous at first, but as they participated in ice-breaking activities such as ball-tossing and photo show-and-tell, they started interacting with each other and conversing more.

On the project survey, most of the junior high school students responded with “(the activities were) very fun” and “I want to participate in the project again.” The college students told us that they were able to interact with junior high school students with foreign backgrounds, a demographic that they do not usually encounter, and that it was a good learning experience.

After the DST project, 10 DSTs movies were shown to all the students in the second year at Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School, and the students were given opportunities to talk about themselves with photos and pictures in class. This activity was carried out as aTabunka-Kyosei (multicultural symbiosis) activity.


This year, we conducted training for the project members to improve the quality of the activities. We also reviewed the previous year’s project carefully, and made appropriate changes to the plans. As the project proceeded, project members had opportunities to reconsider the meaning and role of language education. We plan to continue the project in the future, utilizing knowledge and experience acquired through the past two projects.


Project Members

  • Chiemi Hanzawa (Project Leader: International Strategy Organization, Division of Japanese Language Education)
  • Makiko Higuchi, Mayumi Yabe, Noriko Nagamine, Yoko Nishiyama, Aya Terao (International Strategy Organization), Yukie Takegata (Education)

Yokohama Yoshida Faculty Member

  • Michiyo Kumata (Kokusai Kyoshitsu (International Classroom) Faculty Member)