By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Hosei University outside Tokyo has extended its relationship with Boise State and its football program by installing a blue football field. It's the first international license granted by Boise State, which holds a trademark for its signature blue field with orange end zones. The licenses are free.
The two schools have been partners since 2006. Since then, 65 students have been exchanged on a semester- or year-long basis. Boise State’s Center for School Improvement in the College of Education has sent about 35 local educators to visit schools in Tokyo. The Intensive English Program hosted a group of 21 Japanese sports medicine and health studies majors and three faculty members from Hosei last fall.
“The exchange with Hosei University is emblematic of our expanding global outreach as a university and city,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said in a press release. “The relationship continues to blossom in several ways as the two universities have developed an international friendship and gained so much academically, athletically and culturally.”
Hosei's school colors are blue and orange and the team's nickname is the Tomahawks. Hosei players and coaches have been visiting Boise State during spring football since 2008. A Boise State flag signed by the coaching staff was present at the Hosei field's dedication ceremony Sunday.
Hosei has 41,420 students on three campuses around Toyko, offering 16 undergraduate colleges and 14 graduate schools.