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Jan 27, 2017

Sakr photoIt’s been over nine months since I came to Japan, and I’ve already made lots of great memories. One of my best memories over the past year is going to Shirahama last summer. Located in the southern coast of Wakayama prefecture, Shirahama is famous for the white sand of its beach, and for Adventure world; a theme park and zoo which has pandas! We went there by train, and the journey took over four hours. I especially enjoyed watching the Japanese countryside during the train trip.

After we arrive at Shirahama, we bought lunch boxes, and headed to our lodging, “Kyoto Daigaku Shirahama Umi no Ie”, or Kyoto University Shirahama Sea house. After settling in our rooms, we had lunch, and went to the beach. Later that night, we lit fireworks, and made Pasta for dinner. Cooking enough food for 13 people was no easy feat! After dinner, we watched a horror movie, which was more funny than scary in my opinion. After the movie, we turned in for the night.

Next morning, we packed our bags, had breakfast, and left the lodging. On our way back to Kyoto, we stopped by Shirahama aquarium, which was free for Kyoto University students. We saw all sorts of strange fish and aquamarine lives, which was really interesting. Afterwards, we hanged around the beach for a while before leaving to catch our train back to Kyoto. I’ve really enjoyed my (short) stay in Shirahama, and I’m definitely going to visit it again in the future. 

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Jan 05, 2017

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November Festival was held in November 19th-22nd. We had a booth and sold pasta. It ended successfully, but we had a lot of troubles behind its success.

 It was in October when we started planning to serve pasta. A new semester had just begun at that time and we had a lot of homework to do. Although we were so busy, we had to try making pasta and check its cost, taste, appearance, …etc. We managed to arrange our schedule and had a test-cooking meeting at Misasagi international house. I was hoping we could finish it in one hour, but actually it took half of the day. We tried so many times..., and finally we were able to make great pasta!

 In the first day of November Festival, we got together at 8 a.m. (even daily first classes start from 8:45!), and we prepared for opening the booth. After that, we worked hard to sell pasta, but there were few people who bought our pasta. We tried to find out solutions: using sign board, showing samples … and so on. Because of changes we made, many people got interested in our booth and we were able to sell a lot of pasta! On each day, we sold all the pasta and this makes us really happy.

 Managing a booth was really a tough work for us, but we had a lot of fun. Thanks to nice leaders, reliable friends, kind sempais (actually, some of our sempai helped us during November Festival), and all the people who involved with our booth, we successfully finished our booth. I heard this was the first time for ICP students to have a booth. Trying new things is always tough, but it’s also always fun. I’m sure we ICP students can keep going ahead with awesome friends!  

 

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Nov 30, 2016

 On the June 18th, I took part in the Welcome party for the foreign students in Kyoto University. This essay is just about some interesting stories during the party and my expectation for my university life.

When I received the notice of the party, I was very excited and looked forward to it. Because I am keen on making friends and the president attends the party. Moreover I received the mail to ask me whether I would want to be the representative to answer the question, to be honest; I was very surprised to be chosen as the one of five representatives to answer the question. Even though it is my honor and I was proud of myself, I was nervous. It is a good opportunity but also I have to talk to hundreds of foreign students and the president. The question that why I choose Kyoto University was most common question for all of students in the university also it was the most valuable question if we want to spend an unforgettable university life, it is the most important problem for us.langphoto1

I decided to further my study in Japan in my high school. When I was 12 years old, because of the interest to the Japanese culture, I chose the Japanese class in my school. In the process to choosing Japan, my tutor in my high school and my parents influenced me a lot. My tutor is an experienced, kind person and she taught a lot of students who study in Japan so she gave me good suggestions. My parents supported me financially and mentally as well. We should know what we can get from Kyoto University and also what we can give to the university. So as I answered in the party, I want to challenge the new environment and improve me in Kyoto University. In the Interview, I have not only talked about my viewpoints on the question, but also heard other ideas from my foreign friends. They come from different countries such as the United States and Indonesia. They have the own story for why they chose Kyoto university but the same point is that they like Kyoto very much. In the conversation before the interview, I knew I was the youngest representative among the five people even some of them are in graduate school.

I prepared a lot and I thought the interview went well.

In the party, as I thought, I met many friends from China, Indonesia, the United States and so on. We took photos; cheered, chatted for the university life and enjoyed the show “kendo” impressed me most. The party was significantly successful. In addition, the food was more than I expected they are delicious and various. I like sushi best and in fact, after the party, we all appreciated Kyoto University to give the excellent party, especially the delicious food.

 I expect all of us can really fulfill our dream after the four year in Kyoto University.

 

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Jun 07, 2016

Time flies like an arrow; half of my first semester in Kyoto University has just passed. It is going to be an important period to concentrate on the final examination.

Although I do not know what the best moment of my life is, attending classes in one of the most famous universities and teachers, classmates make me feel my future career gate is opening.Dophoto

 Lectures, Many basic primarily study subjects are provided for the first semester of the freshman. Most of them are fundamental and we can be well prepared for the specialized subjects the following years. However it doesn’t mean that they are easy. Deep understanding is required because they contain abstractive subjects and they are difficult to pass. Assignments related to mathematics and physic phenomenon are challenging for me and I strongly believe that their difficulties are going to increase in the following years. Therefore, learning how to deal with those difficult assignments is the most important thing to do in this field .I also think that a civil engineer has to face with many difficult situations in the future.

The professors in Kyoto University are very kind, thoughtful and generous. Not only they let their students academically perform well but also they know how to attract us. They give us variety of exercises and assignment which is challenging for us meanwhile they are interesting as well as creative. They always care about our inquiries and are willing to answer them.

 Students in the ICP class are also really brilliant and intelligent. All of them are able to analyze, interpret, and demonstrate their understandings of complex concepts during the class. I really admire them. I’ve learned a lot from my classmates by working together in group exercises and discussion. Their well-performance in the class is a motivation for me to try as hard as I can to catch up with them and follow the lessons. 

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May 06, 2016

 

It has just been about three weeks since we all first met and started attending the classes but it feels like it’s been months already. I am saying this because I have learned a lot in these three weeks. Perhaps, of most significance of these learnings in three weeks are three things.Isabella from Philippines -April 2016 admission

First, for me, life here has been an exciting adventure -- from walking or biking around the campus to searching for tasty treats and activities to try with my friends. Before coming here to Japan, I was worried about how challenging my university life would be as I expected to attend difficult classes and to be surrounded by a different language and culture. But not even a month has passed, my worries eased because people I have met are so friendly, understanding, and have really all been so helpful. Furthermore, Kyoto is very beautiful with the vibrant colors of nature and its rich culture, making it all the more a very pleasant place to study in and explore. Since my arrival, my friends and I have been attending Hanami parties and picnics along the Kamo River, going around the city for ramen, gyuudon and other Japanese foods, visiting landmarks like the city zoo, and even travelling all the way to Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture along with fellow international students. Indeed it has only been a short time but we have already explored so much. It goes without saying that I really look forward to even more adventures in the next four years.

Secondly, the professors and students of the International Course Program (ICP) make up one supportive extended family. Members of this big family help each other understand different concepts, making learning an enjoyable experience. All of the classes are interesting and I am sure everything that we learn will be of use in the future. Some topics can be tricky at first, but our considerate professors explain patiently well. Aside from this, international students also get various opportunities to interact with Japanese students. Thus, we get to learn various cultures and useful expressions not only Japanese but also numerous languages. I feel happy and blessed to be a part of the ICP family.

Lastly, I have been learning to live independently. Being away from my family is not easy because I have to make decisions and do things on my own. But this is a good chance for me to enhance myself. I sincerely thank ICP for this opportunity to begin a new life adventure with my new extended family as I hope to grow and realize my dreams.

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Mar 23, 2016

The two-day field trip ended in last week is really exciting and fruitful. It may sound little Wei portraitexaggerated, but the trip turned out to be an eye-opener for me.

On the first day, we went to the construction site of Shin-Meishin Expressway (New Nagoya-Kobe Expressway) which is planed to solve the problem of traffic jam around the areas and to function as an alternative choice when the natural disasters occurs making the original one unable to use. The protection of historic remains around construction sites is very thorough and the constructing technique is very interesting, e.g. transfer timbering. After this, we went to E-Defense, a three-dimensional full-scale earthquake testing facility which is contributing to the data-collection and simulation for earthquake. On the second day, the tour to AkashiKaikyoBridge, the bridge possesses the longest central span, again, astonished me. Especially the fact that because the towers have been moved due to the Great Hanshin Earthquake, the engineers still managed to build the bridge by adjusting the location of towers and increasing the span of the bridge by 3.3 ft. At the end, we visited the construction site of tunnel in Tokiwa, Osaka prefecture, which is my favorite part of the trip, since I am kind of acrophobia, no place else can make me feel better other than the underground, XD.

Besides the filed trip, in spring vacation, I also joined a special seminar for ‘Introduction to Education’ in Shirahama with the professor from the Department of Education and other friends from various major. We discussed about some topics such like ‘Global Communication’, ‘Deep Learning’ and ‘English Skills’, which can also be a great help for my study life in Kyoto University hereafter.

 (P.S. The sea-food rice sold by the restaurant near the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is really delicious and cheap!!!)

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Mar 01, 2016

On Nov. 21 2015, I sang on the special stage in Yoshida Ground. It was held in November Keita Portraitfestival of Kyoto University, and the title of my stage was ‘Nishigaki Keita Tenor concert’. Fortunately, I succeeded in singing until the end having many audiences.

It was when I was a junior high school student that I realized how much happiness singing brings me. At high school I belonged to the chorus club and I devoted half of me to sing (the remaining half is of course…). And now, I am a member of Kyoto University Glee Club. As well as singing chorus, I love solo. I can sing more freely, and express myself much better in solo, while in chorus I enjoy the harmony. But there are few chances to sing solo in front of audience, like the one which drove me to participate in November festival.

 Actually, there happened some problems on that day. The pedal of the keyboard used was not set. The place was outdoor and I could not listen to my voice, which made it difficult to adjust the pitch. However, the most serious problem was that I was not able to enjoy singing because of those problems. I am not a professional singer, but an amateur. I must enjoy it. No matter how many problems happen, no matter how low the quality is, I should not give up enjoying to sing. Once I lose the feeling of joy on it, I am disqualified for an amateur singer. This is why I must say that the stage was not so good.

I am going to sing again in November festival in 2016. What I keep in mind for the stage is that I must enjoy singing!! I’ll enjoy, enjoy, enjoy and next try to bring happiness to you. If it is convenient for you in front of the PC, or smart phone, please come to ‘Nishigaki Keita Tenor concert 2016’!

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Feb 03, 2016

After getting over another stressful final week and multifarious moving procedures, finally Zhuora portraitthere awaits a two-month holiday, also a pretty good time to recollect details in the past two semesters.

 Kyoto city has beautiful sceneries as a quiet countryside, yet it still retains many functions that can only met in modern cities, probably because of its restriction of heavy industries. Another consequence is that the weather is always so delightful, you can always see clear sky, bright sunshine and white clouds as well as feel the gentle breeze. It's pleasant riding around but sometimes slopes kill half the joy. There are many temples and shrines – I prefer the expression “you can always find another one between any two of them” – each with a different style and view. Along with cherry blossom and red leaves, it attracts thousands of tourists every year.

 Compared with China, I think life in Kyoto is free and friendly. Japanese are so polite – sometimes they would apologize even if you offended them carelessly. Everyone on the street seems energetic and optimistic, they always wear tidy suits, and no matter walking or chatting they crush me with the impression of trying to enjoy life here. Facilities are old but well maintained, so you can hardly see them age. Years of maintaining brings perfect combination of people and common facilities, and that makes life easier and more enjoyable.

 It should be one of the best memories receiving a higher education in Kyoto. The International Course Program, aka ICP, is a little bit different from normal courses. Class is taught in English, that’s international standard. Also there are less students in our class, making it easier for student to receive one-to-one private guide from professors. Schedules are carefully designed and cover a very broad range – as a future civil engineer, we will learn basic math, classical physics and computer technics as well as other professional courses. One “side effect” is such that many courses are difficult, not mention they are taught in English. Some courses are hard to pass, and that requires hard work. But that is what top universities like, isn't it? I can tell I really learned something that would be useful in the future.

 The teachers are all professionals. Some of them are extremely conscientious, they not only teach us the class but also tiny but important skills such as how to make presentation and how to write emails to professors. Textbooks are mainly American ones, start from simple and familiar concepts and then goes deeper and deeper, with many examples and exercises.

 Classmates are very smart and always willing to help. We organized study groups to review and do pre-study. On holidays or someone's birthday, we send small presents and hand-made cards. Japanese are sometime conservative, but there are always guys from aboard that get us to parties and have fun. That is an advantage of a small class but containing students from differ cultures.

 We follow strict but simple schedule. School begins on 4/1 and 10/1 every year and lasts precisely 4 months. During every semester except weekends there are many small holidays. They are fixed days but always come as a surprise for students so that they got another day to rest. Every school day follows the same time table, neither starts too early nor too late.

 The campus is not very big but is very beautiful. Trees and plants and bicycles everywhere, all buildings have a special style. Cafeterias are very convenient, menus are all specially designed with details such as calorie level, and they change it every a few weeks. The library is unimaginable powerful. With our university ID we can access to nearly every book and paper and check them anytime, anywhere. We also have this entertainment room with newest high-end media equipments and tons of CDs and DVDs.

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Jan 07, 2016

It has been more than one year since I came to Kyoto. During this period of time, I Yin portraitstarted to feel the peace of Kyoto, experience the culture of Kyoto and gain knowledge in Kyoto University. Being a member of Kyoto University has been my short-term dream since I was in high school and I have achieved now. And I will continue to realize more dreams here.

 Lectures, which are provided in English, friends from all over the world and professors, top researchers in each field, enable us to have an amazing learning environment. In addition, our course offers more chance to communicate with Japan companies so that I got what I should do for my future life. Beyond studying, what impressed me most is its splendid campus life.

 I attended a family program which was organized by KOKOKA (Kyoto City International Foundation). Those KOKOKA families (local Japanese families registered for the family program as volunteers) play a role as advisers for me, foreign student, and let me deepen our mutual understanding by spending time together. By this activity, I can ask everything that I am worried or want to know about. Moreover, I also enjoyed Japan traditional festivals together. They introduced the past history of those festivals and invited me visit many temples such as TOUJI and NIJO Castle to teach me the history of Japan. What’s more, I also had chance to taste many different countries’ dishes including those Japan traditional food which were recommended by my family. During this period of time, I furthered my understanding Japanese life and history.

 In all, study in Kyoto University can not only provide us a study full of  challenges, but also provide an interesting campus life. My goal is to pursue knowledge in the region of civil engineering and enrich my life experience. Even though I am the fresh this year, I have already been ready for the coming challenge and looking forward to it.

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Nov 30, 2015

Kyoto is a city overflowing with rich culture and history; a university­ is a place enchanted Meng-Heng portraitwith great knowledge and freedom. The two makes one of the best places to pursue knowledge and enrich life experiences. It has been a little over seven months since I began my studies here in Kyoto University, and each day went by fast.

For the past seven months, I have juggled between studying, playing, and living out life.  The workload at Kyoto University is not light, but you can always find time to have fun and enjoy life. Perhaps this is the university’s way of upholding its philosophy for students to have freedom.

Beyond studying, I also have been spending time with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. It is an outstanding orchestra that strives to make each piece perfect. As an intermediate musician, I still have a long way to go before I can catch up with their performance. Being a first-year in the orchestra, I could only take part in small recitals and help out the stage management in concerts. I look forward to tone my music skills and become a performing member of the orchestra.

As the first semester ended and summer vacation began, life finally slowed down. I was able to take it easy for the two months. For the first few weeks, I went sightseeing in Kyoto, witnessing the rich culture of the city with my own eyes. From the ancient temples to the scenic landscapes, Kyoto is truly a beautiful city. And as the summer holiday came to an end, I lightheartedly welcomed the new semester and thought to myself, “It is wonderful to be here.”

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Oct 09, 2015

I joined World Humanitarian Summit Global Youth Consultation in Doha, Qatar on 1st-Aulia Portrait 20152nd of September 2015. It was my 3rd time to join such international youth forum in this year, previously I joined ASEAN-Japan Youth Forum in Indonesia and United Nation Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Sendai. This was my first time to visit Middle-East Country, thanks to all the sponsor team who paid our travel expense and accommodation in Qatar, I really had a good time during my stay in there. The first thing I noticed was the difference in temperature. Kyoto's summer is hot, but Qatar is much hotter, the temperature is above 40, and it may reaches until 50 Celsius degree. I arrived in Doha on 31st of August 2015, so I had time to travel around Doha City. The good thing about joining such forum is that we can get many new friends from all over the world and also improved our experiences and knowledge. I visited Museum of Islamic Art and famous traditional market in there.

This consultation, facilitated by United Nation Major Group for Children and Youth and Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), was aimed at engaging youth from different backgrounds and experiences to discuss where youth stand in the current humanitarian landscape, what they can provide, how to maximize their potential, how they can have stronger voice in humanitarian issue. Some panel discussions included humanitarian effectiveness, serving the needs of people in conflict, transformation through innovation, and reducing vulnerability and managing risks.

From this forum I learned many things, which I did not get in university. I realized there are many conflicts in this world, and youth can play critical role to help solving those problem. I met many friends from conflict area, such as Syria, Palestine, and Africa. I heard their stories; I felt they did a lot of things to save their community. For example, in Africa, many people became victim of Ebola disease. Some people died from this virus, some of them have been cured, but they lost their education, jobs, etc. some youths engaged their community, some activities they did for example: spread the knowledge of Ebola, give psychosocial support for children, orphan, collect the voices of people and tell to government official and United Nations, etc. They also told strong message to us.  “Please help us to act from now on, otherwise we will have a generation without education in near future!” Another story from Palestine. We know Palestine-Israel conflict has not stopped until now. But I want to focus on the children who became victim. They lost their family, home, school, hospital, and other infrastructure. Even so, they did not lost their motivation to continue study. They studied in the open-air classroom with high-spirit and enthusiast. I really hope the best wishes for their future.

While after this conference, I realize I am so lucky to have good chance to study in good university, in a peaceful place. It will be bad if I am lazy to study, remembering those children who do not have chance to get the education. Therefore I have to study much harder, to be professional in the future, so with the knowledge I have, I can help other people too. One of the panelist said, “Those smiling face of children make us never tired to try our best to help them”. Education for children is a great investment. I really wish I could help the children and youth in conflict area to have better access to education in the future. It is our role, as a youth, to make this world become more peaceful from now on.

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Sep 07, 2015

 For two weeks in August during my summer holidays, I had my internship at WakayaSamuel portraitma Prefecture under Kajima Corporation. Kajima is one of the biggest construction companies in Japan and having been accepted on their site was an honor for me. The site was for a bridge construction as part of the Highway from Kyoto to Wakayama through Nara. I wish to major in bridge design and construction during my master’s course so for me this was the perfect internship.

While at my internship, I met some of the kindest and understanding people from the company. Both the engineers and the workers at the field tried their best to communicate with me despite the language barrier when it came to technical terms.

I had the pleasure of seeing what goes on inside a Japanese construction company both inside and outside the office. The Director of the site, Mr. Tanaka was very generous who went out of his way to make me feel comfortable and welcomed during the period of the internship. I not only got to learn about bridge construction but was also got a rough introduction to tunnel construction from a nearby site. By the end of the internship, I felt like I was already a member of the company.

Overall, it was much better than I expected and if it motivated me to do my best in my studies so as to join Japanese Company in the future.  I hope to visit my internship site once it is completed and see what amazing progress has been made.

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Aug 08, 2015

It’s been almost four months and half, four months and half of discovering, learning, and knowing how I was very lucky to Omar portraitcome to study here. The day here is not just a day, it is an experience, or a story. In Japan you will know exactly the meaning of “studying and enjoying at the same time”. Japan, this magic pearl of Asia, which always inspires the world with its technology and solving problems with a very smart way.

 Studying civil engineering was the biggest dream for me. I believe that Japan is the best place for this major. As you know, Japan is located a critical place, even though it stills the safest place on the planet because, in Japan, every problem has always a solution. Here you will learn how the people can face the problem and you will learn how to find a solution.

 Studying in the International Course, is really a very good opportunity for anyone. The course is really benefit and effective. The university here always tries hard to improve our skills and prepares us to be the best civil engineers in the world. In this university you will know how studying is really interesting. The professors here are amazing. Every professor tries hard to give his experience to you. For me, I feel like it is a relation between a father and his son not a teacher and his student. They really care about us. University life here is amazing and you will discover your talent here. There is always a place for you in a club or a circle. Also, Kyoto University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. This university tries to make a perfect generation for building and improving this planet. Studying at an international university always offers you to learn more about other countries and other cultures.

 Anyway, it is not the end of my dream to study civil engineering. However, I have to study, because it is just the beginning of a new dream to graduate and share my knowledge with the world.

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Jun 30, 2015

Munkhdalai portraitThe last 3 months of my life has been like a dream, that came true, as studying in Kyoto University was one of the biggest dreams of my life. And as I believe everyday that I spend here living is not a wasted one, as I made many new international friends, did sightseeing, gone on a picnic as well as just simply learning and starting to become one with the surrounding Japanese culture.

And as I have mentioned above, all the classes are totally of an international environment, as I am making friends from all over the world…. Even the professors are all top notch world class researchers from all over the world! Moreover, thanks to the international course program, we – the international students are living together in an international house, which is completely furnished with a great feel of a comfort. Living with students from various countries has been certainly a thing of a great interest for me. And since we have different cultures, lifestyles, food tastes, thoughts and views. I feel as if I am traveling all around the world each and every moment that I spent living here.

Outside the classes, I have joined a basketball circle/club. In which I am the one and only foreigner, yet on top of that the Japanese students of the circle have welcomed me on each and every practice as if I was one of them. And to say the least its helping me improve my Japanese while having lots of fun.

In the end, I would like to say that living in the city where the nature, modernism and the Japanese culture are being held in a harmonic way, as well as being a part of an amazing international community at the Kyoto University is a dream that I have been pursuing for many years. And thus I can say without a doubt that it inspires me to be here, and gives me a confidence in my future contributions to my home country as well. All this is happening thanks to the chance that Kyoto University gave me.

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Jun 01, 2015

Alia facial photographStudying in Japan had been my dream since I was in junior high. Why should it be in Japan, not in other countries? I have many reasons, one of them that I know Japan has the same natural disaster problem as my country, but they can have a step ahead because of the high development of civil engineering area. This is what impressed me the most about this country, how they build buildings, structures, and even a city in a very high efficiency so that it can last long. I really want to learn about this, and I never thought that I would be able to learn it, moreover in Kyoto University, which has the best civil engineering major. I should be one of the lucky students who have this chance.

I have been in Kyoto for 2 months. I can feel the atmosphere of International course by meeting many people from many countries. Besides happy, proud and grateful feelings, of course as a new comer and a first year foreign student, life was not easy at the beginning. Conforming with people life, rules, different academic approach, and weather need adaptation but it is new challenge for me. I’m very happy that I have some seniors that I can lean on when I first came here. It’s very nice to hear how’s life going on from them. Also Professors, teaching assistants for foreign students, and my friends are very nice.

As I thought, Japan is very beautiful, unique, discipline, and neat. I like the way the life flows and moves each day, like people are very busy yet lively. I want to learn more about this country, and get more knowledge that I can apply in my country.

For that intention, I need to study hard to attain my goal someday, so that I won’t waste my time, energy and hope of my country. Even though I have certain aim, of course I also spend some time to enjoy Japan. There are many top visited places here that I can observe. By visiting those places, I also can compare with what my country has, what make them differ, and also what I must do for my country later to make them more valuable.

The last, I enjoy living and studying in here so much, and I hope I still have this chance until I can do something to my own country. I’m looking forward to the next interesting projects in class!

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May 08, 2015

Youngmin photo It has been nearly a month since the entrance ceremony, and I am quite surprised to find myself pleasantly studying through the holidays for classes. Last day of Golden Week ended roughly twenty hours ago, having filled mostly with the preparatory meeting for the presentation in "Exercises in Infrastructure Design." The class aims to improve first year students' understanding in civil infrastructure through lectures and student-oriented presentations. This time, my group decided to introduce the concept of viscosity and characteristics of viscous fluids, on which the study of hydraulics focuses. For better understanding of the difference between inviscid and viscous fluids, we have used Bernoulli's theorem for inviscid fluids to describe that the conservation of energy is kept constant in the Bernoulli's equation, and how the energy loss occurs when a closed system deals with friction caused by the viscosity of a fluid. As the study of hydraulics is a major-specific course designed for second year civil engineering students, my group tried to keep our explanation as succinct as possible.
When such task is over, the sense of fulfillment from successfully completing a university level task is quite distinctive, and it serves as a great source of motivation for further studies. For such reason, I hope to fully utilize the "freedom of academic culture" in my stay at Kyoto University.

Feb 27, 2015

wang facial photographAs time flies, my fourth year in Kyoto University is about to end. I would like to share my experience in this year.
Since the end of April last year, I have been affiliated to the structural mechanics lab and started my graduation research. Different from the first three years in the undergraduate school which were filled with fully scheduled lectures and tests, I have to manage time by my own to make progress with my research in this whole year. Also, different from learning about a subject where there is always a teacher telling you how to solve problems, doing research is a process during which you have to find your own goal and try to approach it with what you know. This year was full of frustration when my research stuck around and satisfaction when I made any little progress. I believe I have gained a lot during this process.
Also, in our lab, there are peers, senpais (senior students), and researchers who are much older than me. Spending every day with these diverse members is really interesting and beneficial for me. There are many regular events in this lab, too, such as playing baseball against other labs, joining bridge making competition, making curry together, and so on. Life is colorful every day.
I am glad I entered this lab and spent one year with these awesome members.

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Jan 07, 2015

Zhang GuoyuIt’s my second year since I became a student of Kyoto University, and I would like to share my experience with you about my second semester as a sophomore.

I like J-pop and especially Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume from producer Nakata Yasutaka, so I went to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s concert on October with my friend. It’s very interesting and she was so attractive that everyone in the stadium dancing with her.

From the end of December, the holidays started, and it’s also my second new year in Japan. I went traveling in Chūgoku region in Japan. Mainly I went to sightseeing spots like Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori Prefecture, Izumo Shrine in Shimane Prefecture, Kintaikyo, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, and Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima Prefecture. From my traveling, I understand better of Japan through many different and similar points comparing with my country. One of the most interesting things is that the idea of Kintaikyo Bridge in Japan came from another bridge of the same name in West Lake, Hangzhou, China, where I grew up. These two bridges became friendly bridge in 2004 and if you went to Hangzhou, you could see a curved stone showed it. Also I find it became different when I observed bridge in a civil engineering student’s point of view.

In the final day of 2014, I ate Japanese food of New Year, Osechi, Sushi and fried chicken with my friends, and we watched the annual music show Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
Thanks to this program, I had unique and wonderful two years in Japan.
As the second year in Japan passed , my new adventure in Japan is coming, and I believe my classmates and I will become better and enjoy our lives in Japan.

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Dec 01, 2014

Ryo Tonda portraitI stayed in Laos for two weeks to join the road construction internship program in Obayashi-Obayashi Road Joint Venture in September.
The project is about the improvement of national road in Laos. I learned a lot about one of the processes of it, paving the road.
I would like to introduce my valuable experience of the internship while focusing on two points: the challenges of working abroad and knowledge of civil engineering.

Difficulties are inevitable when we work abroad because of the dissonance between working conditions in Japan and those in other countries.

First of all, road conditions are dangerous especially in developing countries. In Laos some staff members gave me a lift to work sites and the office. There were holes and cracks on the road, and they avoided them skillfully. What was surprising is that little children rode motorcycles. What is more, cars, including heavy trucks passed them at high speed. Such road conditions reminded me of Mario Kart.

Secondly, developing counties are subject to poor sanitary conditions. Sometimes people suffer from illnesses. In my case, I suffered from food poisoning from fish in Laos. I learned the fact that food safety is high in Japan from my own experience very well.

Despite of such danger, lack of hygiene and other troubles, staff members work day after day. I was able to realize that civil engineers are so cool.

“Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking” said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a famous German writer and statesman.

I would like to restate this in a different way. “Study civil engineering! Also do a civil engineering internship and look at many things! Very interesting!”
Now I study civil engineering in Kyoto University. “Soil mechanics” is one of the major subjects which we learn. It describes the behavior of soil. Some of Soil mechanics lectures provided us the knowledge of “soil compaction”, which simply means the method of increasing the density of soil.
In the internship, I observed the processes of paving. One of them was “asphalt compaction”, which is the process of pressing the asphalt mix by rollers.
Not until this time did I appreciate the importance of the concept of “compaction.”

Looking at the actual construction processes in Laos with using the knowledge acquired in the lectures in Kyoto University really motivated my study. I hope that I will eventually acquire a good knowledge of civil engineering, albeit slowly and gradually.

The memories of the internship are great assets to me. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Obayashi-Obayashi Road Joint Venture, professors and staff members involved with the internship.

Finally I would like to conclude this blog by introducing everyone, especially my juniors to this Goethe’s phrase: Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Tonda Internship

Nov 04, 2014

angklung jefryIt has been almost one and half year since I began my journey as an international student in Kyoto University. My life here in Japan has been so awesome. I could experience different culture and meet people from different places. Living here as a student in Japan has also given me an opportunity to introduce Indonesian Culture to Japanese society. One of the Indonesian culture that I have been introducing until now is angklung.  It is an Indonesian traditional musical instrument made of bamboo. Because one angklung only has one tone, to play a song a lot of people are needed.
Last June, me and my Indonesian friends performed angklung in an event Kyoto Sustainable Month. We performed two songs, one Indonesian traditional song and one Japanese song, Heavy Rotation from AKB48. A lot of people came and watched our performance. Some of them were interested in angklung and were asking more about agklung after the performance ended. This November, we had another angklung performance in an event called KOKOKA Open Day 2014 in Kyoto International Community House. We performed three songs; two Indonesian songs, and one Japanese song, Furusato.
Even though it is a hard for me to manage my schedule for my study, part time job and angklung practice time, I feel happy to get the opportunity to learn and also share a lot, not only about the school curriculum but also the social living, traditional culture of Japan. I hope I can continue to learn and share more in the future.

Jefry Blog 2014