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



The 2018 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.


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


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.


This year, two Japanese students from Yokohama Yoshida Junior High School joined the project, and it brought us more interaction among participants.

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, 8 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 the movies in class. This activity was carried out as a Tabunka-Kyosei (multicultural symbiosis) activity.


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