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Overseas Study Program of International Exchange Course
Eleven students and three faculty members of Kyoto University visited Trashigang District of the eastern Bhutan. They made presentations about Japanese cultures in Sherubtse College, located in Trashigang District. They participated in the classes of history, DriglamNamzhag (Bhutanese Etiquette), and dance at the college. The Kyoto university students together withthe fiveSherubtse college students conducted field studiesin Radi Gewog and Bartsham Gewog. They visited farmers’ houses and the several local institutions such as Gewog offices (government offices), Basic Health Units (BHUs), Lhakhangs&Gompas (temples), and a primary school. Throughout the study tour, dynamic changes of climates, vegetation, and livelihood were observed in the altitude range about 900 – 3800 m.They touched Mithun. They listened to the stories from the villagers about animal damages. They saw the situation of abandoned paddy fields.They listend to the legends about AmaJomo (a local deity) and Chana Dorji (Vajrapani, protector of the Buddha) devouring snakes. They received a pulse diagnosis by Drungtsho (doctor of traditional medicine). They fostered friendships by sharing the experience of the field study.