Tohoku University's 115th Anniversary x Homecoming Weekend (Sept 30 - Oct 2)

This year marks the 115th anniversary of Tohoku University's founding, and 100 years since the Faculty of Law and Letters was established on campus.

To celebrate these milestones, this Homecoming Weekend will feature a variety of events that embrace the humanities, life and social sciences. There will also be an opportunity for participants to taste or purchase specially branded Tohoku University products made just for the occasion.

Hasekura Summit

The Hasekura Summit will address the significance of the social sciences and humanities in the 21st century, and the importance of cultural exchange between East and West. There will also be a panel on the future directions of research and education in these fields.

Tohoku University students will then share their study abroad experiences, and participate in a Q&A session.

At the end of the event, Tohoku University President Hideo Ohno and the heads of the other Hasekura League universities will sign a joint commitment to promote and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration within the social sciences and humanities.

Date and time: September 30, 1 - 6 p.m.
Venue: Tohoku University Centennial Hall (Kawauchi Hagi Hall)
To watch online:
Youtube / Zoom (Pass code: 895660)
For more information:

115th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony and Festival

At the Commemorative Ceremony in the morning, President Ohno will be joined by various government officials, consortium partners, alumni and special guests, who will offer congratulatory messages.

This will be followed by a retrospective look at the history of Tohoku University, led by TV announcer Satoko Yagyu, along with Special Advisor to the President and head of the Tohoku University Archives, Satoshi Kato.

The afternoon's Commemorative Festival will feature various university alumni sharing anecdotes about their student days, the impact Tohoku University and their mentors have had on their lives, and their expectations for current students.

There will also be a spotlight on the activities of Tohoku University's international alumni and the foreign chapters of the Alumni Network. Special awards will be given out to members deemed to have been most active in promoting the university abroad.

This is a hybrid event that includes both in-person lectures and video messages. Presentations will also be in either Japanese or English, with simultaneous translation available in both languages.

Date and time: October 1, 11 a.m. - 12 noon (Ceremony) / 1 - 3 p.m. (Festival)
Venue: Tohoku University Centennial Hall (Kawauchi Hagi Hall) and online

To watch the Ceremony online:
Youtube / Zoom (Pass code: 697805)

To watch the Festival online:
Youtube / Zoom (Pass code: 483204)

For more information:

35th International Festival (TUIF)

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tohoku University International Festival is back, with the theme "Reunion of Cultures."

This event is a great opportunity for students, staff, alumni and local residents to come together to experience different cultures. There will be performances, interactive booths and food stalls selling delicacies from around the world, cooked by Tohoku University students.

"For first timers to this festival, we hope this can be the perfect introduction to the diversity of Tohoku University and Sendai in general," says Aziz Faizullah Abidin, head of the International Festival Students Organizing Committee. "For regular participants, we hope the addition of different cultures, menus, and activities this year, will bring a fresh international experience."

Entrance to the festival is free. Tickets for food can be purchased at the venue on the day itself.

Date and time: October 2, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Venue: Tohoku University Centennial Hall (Kawauchi Hagi Hall)
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Sweets Town and Limited Edition Tohoku University Merchandise

Tohoku University has collaborated with several well-known companies to produce specially-branded, limited edition goods. These will be on sale at the Sweets Town section of the Homecoming Weekend festivities on October 1 - 2.

・Thermo Mug

Tohoku University and Thermo Mug have designed a flask to celebrate the anniversary. The new 190ml flasks come in white or purple, and feature the university's bush clover logo. There are 115 flasks of each colour available.

Each flask costs 2,500 yen and a portion of the money from the sales will go towards the Tohoku University Fund.

・Four-piece boxset of Yokan

The product is called "I am a Cat who Likes Yokan" (吾輩は羊羹好な猫である), a play on author Natsume Soseki's most famous work. Produced in partnership with Shiromatsuga Monaka Honpo, each box costs 800 yen, and features cats and the Tohoku University logo on its packaging.

Approximately 3,000 volumes of Soseki's work are kept at the Tohoku University Library, and a portion of the proceeds from "I am a Cat who Likes Yokan" will be used to maintain the Soseki Collection.

・Kawatabi Berry Beer

Tohoku University, Fujisaki Department Store, and BATSUJI BREWING teamed up to develop a Hazy IPA. Blueberries grown at the university's Kawatabi Field Center were used as a secondary ingredient to give the beer a distinctly fruity taste.

Each bottle costs 1,200 yen and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Tohoku University Fund. Only 115 bottles will be on sale this weekend.

Date and time: October 1 - 2, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Venue: Tohoku University Centennial Hall (Kawauchi Hagi Hall)
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Tohoku University General Affairs and Planning Department
Tel: 022-217-4812

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