From October 20 to November 3, the student governments from Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) and Showa Women’s University(SWU) teamed up to host a Halloween costume contest.
Due to COVID-19 and being unable to host an in-person event, the contest was held entirely online. The 1st prize winner received a ¥10,000 Amazon gift card. There were two 2nd prize winners and six 3rd prize winners (three from TUJ and three from SWU).
Comments from TUJ Student Government
TUJ Student Government president, Bran Cowart, said, “I think that the event went really well and was a great opportunity for our two schools to participate in something together to showcase our creativity!”
Toshimasa Hatori, the TUJ Student Government vice president, commented, “It was unfortunate that our first event was held online. We are optimistic that this event has paved the way to further collaboration between the two universities in the future.”
SWU Student Government vice president Aya Matsumoto said, “It was the first joint project, but we had many more participants than expected! It would be great if we could increase SWU and TUJ joint projects.”
Comments from Contest Winners
Winners from the contest were asked about the inspiration behind their costume:
The 1st prize winner Sabrina Cheng said, “I thought it was appropriate as it was one of the only costumes that I have that fit the horror/gore theme. I actually made the costume myself! Too bad the picture isn’t a full body picture as there was a ton of work put into it.”
3rd prize winner Abagail Dickens commented on her costume – “A friend of mine had suggested doing a look based on of one of the seven deadly sins. I decided on Gluttony because it is definitely a feeling that I can relate to, especially during quarantine!”
SWU prize winner PIKO said, “I wanted to dress like a princess, Snow White has the same hairstyle as I did and thought she was Kawaii.”
A Word from the TUJ Dean
TUJ Dean Matt Wilson gave his thoughts on the event. “It is wonderful to see TUJ and Showa students work together to build cultural bridges while having fun. The Halloween costume contest involved considerable time and effort. I commend the student leadership at both institutions for their commitment to bringing both campuses closer together.”
Written by James Rapp （TUJ）