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Aug 09, 2013

Jose pictureI feel very lucky to be able to study in a city such as Kyoto in that, it carries the title of a school city, where there are many different universities and schools. This makes it much more interesting for me as a student to live in Kyoto, since in my free time there are numerous activities and events for students to enjoy themselves. At the Kizuna for instance, we have the International Afternoon Tea Party, which brings a mix of foreign and Japanese students, so it’s very easy to meet new people and make friends. Also Kyoto University has hundreds of clubs and activities, which caters to all kinds of tastes. I have found clubs ranging from the study of butterflies to Pokémon and mountaineering. Personally I’ve decided to limit my goings to club activities to only a few times a month due to the study load and my need to improve my Japanese ability. But, the times I went there I found people to be very friendly and eager to accept all kinds of new students to their clubs or circles, even if they lack good Japanese speaking abilities. One of the circle activities I went to was Saikyo Zensen I strongly recommend new students to Kyodai try this circle as the people and atmosphere are really nice, in this group about traditional Japanese dancing. Also something that is unique to the clubs and circles at Kyodai is that they provide a chance to do joint activities and meet students from other universities. This is interesting because people from, other universities can give unique ideas and recommendations about cool places in Kyoto that only a Japanese person who has lived here would know of. All in all I definitely recommend coming to Kyoto it may not have the nightlife or the sheer unending things to do and the wackiness that other Japanese big cities are known for, but it has its own charm and its only an hour away from Osaka.

Jose Circle

Jun 25, 2013

Park Blog 2013A new academic year calls for new opportunities, and I began my sophomore year with one of the most interesting and exciting experiences I have ever had. From April 17 to April 21, I attended the G20 Youth Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The G20 Youth Forum is a gathering of young academics to debate on the most pressing global issues and the exchange their academic findings. There were about 4 events held separately and simultaneously: the International Parliamentarian’s Debate, Conference, Youth Summit, and the Observers’ Program.
I took part in the Youth Summit, where I had the honor and the privilege to represent Japan and its Minister of Energy. Once in the Youth Summit, my fellow group members and I were given the task to expound upon the issue of “sustainable development of future energy markets”. Since the duration of the G20 Youth Forum was quite limited, about 8 hours per day were allocated for this task. After many hours and tiresome yet fruitful discussions, a final Communiqué was devised, in which all the ideas of 4 events were clearly and briefly summarized into one document. This document will be forwarded towards the Heads of State as well as leading organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, etc.
Just like the goal of the G20 Youth Forum, my experiences at the event were marvelous and grandiose. Not only did I have the chance to go to a new country and visit new places, but also I was able to meet many new talented academics and their bright, innovative ideas. I was all the while very excited talking about global issues, making new friends, and enjoying the scenery that four days felt no more than a few seconds. I will look forward to participate in more international conferences in the future to broaden my horizons and nurture my talents.

Park G20

May 22, 2013

Aulia photoI arrived in Japan on April 1st 2013, when Sakura had been blossom beautifully. It’s really wonderful opportunity for me to study in International Program of Kyoto University. Most of the lecturers teach us nicely, so it makes us understand easily. The class is a small-size and my classmates come from many different countries. The administration staff are very friendly and helpful. There are so many libraries in here and the students can borrow the book without limit. And also there are club activities for the students to enjoy the campus-life, beside study.
Around three weeks after I arrived, there was an orientation trip to welcome new comers of international students. We went to Sanjusangedo-temple, making Japanese sweets (yatsuhashi) and scented bag. This trip made me know more about Kyoto-city and I feel that my life become more fun.

In Golden Week, I went to a picnic with some of my classmates in the park near Heanjingu-shrine. We ate lunch together and played badminton, card, and other games. It was really fun because there was a punishment if you lost the game. In the last game, the one who lost was punished to ask somebody to take our picture using Korean language. And here are our pictures!

Aulia photos

So far, my life in Japan is very interesting and I can’t wait for the next new experience.


Apr 25, 2013

Mohamad jpegIt has been exactly 16 days since I came to Kyoto. The reason why I chose this course is that I have always wanted to study in Japan and when I found this course where all the classes are in English, as I am not good at Japanese, I thought that it was an excellent opportunity and I was fortunate to get accepted.
So on the first day I arrived from Egypt to Osaka then took the train to Kyoto and rested for the night. The next day my tutor who is a very nice third year student picked me up and I visited Kyoto University for the first time. Kyoto is a very beautiful city, but when I saw the university I thought: this is the most beautiful place I have seen in Kyoto. So at the first 2 days I finished the paper needed to stay in japan and visited a lot of places with my friends that I met here in Kyoto. Elagaty 2013On the third day we had the entrance ceremony and a welcoming party in the university for the new students of the ICP. In the party I met the teachers, all of my classmates, and the second and third year students. They were all nice people and there was a very friendly atmosphere. Of course life in Kyoto is different from my home country, but I didn't have any problems at all getting used to it. I really love Kyoto University and I get to befriend a lot of people from many different countries. Also it's not all about studying, you study, do club activities, go out with your friends. So you work hard and enjoy yourself!!

(Picture: "Just arrived!" Mohamed on the left)

Mar 01, 2013

Wajnala.jpgThis was an event in which most Global Engineering students took part in. It was a joint trip for both the students and some members of the staff, which was memorable in that we got a chance to interact with the teachers outside class.

DAY 1.

The first stop in our trip was the Hanshin Express Earthquake Museum in Kobe, where we got a chance to see firsthand the remnants and debris of the bridge and some infrastructures destroyed during the Great Hanshin Earthquake. After the museum, the next stop was the Disaster Reduction & Human Renovation Institution and later that evening convened for a workshop and interaction that was quite refreshing. How could I forget the snow fight we had amongst ourselves on that evening with our professors!

DAY 2.

We visited Amarube viaduct towards the North side. The viaduct was been reconstructed and we later learned that the Engineer overseeing the process was an Old boy. Later we were Izushi bound, where we had a whole lot of experience together, visiting the shrine and enjoying the delicious Soba.


The two day trip couldn’t come at a better time than the end of the semester, after exams, where students took time to unwind and relax their minds.

Feb 01, 2013

Yamashita.jpgThe reason why I decided to choose the international course is every class is taught in English, so I thought that I would be able to master English. However, at the first semester, I could not keep up with the classes at all because of my terrible English skill. So I would try to go abroad to improve my English skill and I went to Toronto in Canada during my summer vacation.

This was my first visit to foreign country. So at first, I was worried whether I would manage to live in Toronto, not Japan. As I thought, I could not make myself understood in English at all at first one month. I always wanted to go back to Japan.

However, a lot of people around me, such as host family, teachers of the English school and friends, supported me. So when one month passed in Canada, I started to listen and speak English a little. I enjoyed my life in Canada at that time. However, I had to go back to Japan. Then, I really really did not want to go back. It was too sad for me.

Yamashita Canada

This visit made me tolerant about foreign cultures. In Canada, there were a lot of unbelievable things for me as a Japanese. However I thought that to accept such things was very important for those who want to play an active part in foreign countries. If I have a chance, I want to go to Toronto again.

Jan 01, 2013

Hello everyone!! Happy New Year!!

DaruIt’s already been 8 months since the first time I arrived in Japan, and it already become one of the best time in my life until now. Especially this New Year which was very special for me because this was the first time in my life to celebrated the New Year in Foreign Country. As the time goes by, I did not realize that there are so many things already happened in the previous year in Japan. Without realizing, I made many friends here, not only Indonesian people but also foreign people especially my classmates. We spent our time here with a lot of gathering and having party together. One of them is End Year Party for International Course of Global Engineering's student and staff that we held on 21st of December, 2012.

 This Event was awesome since it was held only for International course of Global Engineering's people. Or maybe it can be said as The Party of International course of Global Engineering Family. For us students, it was also a nice change from our usual daily interactions with lecturers in class. It allowed us to socialize with our lecturers in a relaxed environment, while not forgetting our respect for them. At that party, we had many kinds of foods and drinks, interesting games, and some amusing performance by the students. Thank for the chance that given to us student from Indonesia, we can show them, one of the most popular traditional music instrument in Indonesia, Angklung. Even though our performance was not very good, I was very happy when we all sung the song "Furusato" together, and also when we told our friends and lecturers how to play Angklung. It was a nice party. I hope next year we will have this party again.Daru Party

Dec 01, 2012

Sui.jpgIt's been more than half year for me to be in Japan, I would describe my life here "colorful". The life here in Kyoto University is not only about study, instead, it always give me surprises.

This month is fun because it was filled with a bunch of events and activities. Some of our classmates we had a party in the Misasagi dormitory though the food was simple, we had great fun spending that night chatting, playing chess and ping-pong. After studying in the same class for more than a semester, I feel that everyone in this class has become very close friends with each other.

The dormitory in Misasagi is a good place to live for its environment, and also for its people. The university organized a party for the foreign students to get to know each other. It was good, getting to know students from different countries is quite interesting.


The best thing about November is the maple leaves and November Festival. The November Festival was from Nov. 22nd to Nov. 25th. During this time, the campus was filled with people coming to join the event. There were shops, activities indoors, and stage performance. The event is a great chance for students to show what they can do and practice skills that cannot be learned from lectures, and for everyone else to have fun and develop new interests. It was the festival that really made me become aware of how many after class activities we have in this university and that school life is not only about study. There is a life beside the books.

Nov 01, 2012

Mbithi.jpgIt’s already been one and a half years plus a few days counting since I was blessed, so to speak, with the opportunity to come to Japan, the land of the rising sun, and more so the great Kyoto University that takes pride in several Nobel Laureates among many other honorable academic achievers. So far so good, life has been amazingly great with the very many new experiences I have encountered including new cultures, people, environment, and so on. Looking back, I don’t see a day where the thought of coming to Japan ever crossed my mind, but as far as the present counts, all I can say is; it is worth being here.

I have been able to make new friends not only from Japan but also other foreign students as well as people outside the school environment with whom we have engaged in so many activities together such as barbeque parties and so on, including the wonderful classmates I have too. Up to date, I must say I have visited a couple of places although am not really a fan of travelling. If I were to write about all of them, perhaps it would take too long. A good example is Yoshida Shrine that is just near my apartment. That shows how beautiful Japan must be. Amazing temples, countless festivals, traditional dressing, four beautiful seasons, delicious food, kind people, and unique way of writing…. The list is endless.


During this time I have also improved my Japanese language skills through extensive study including Kanji Chinese characters, grammar, and most of all putting them into practice in the social scenario. That reminds me, I have a Japanese Language Proficiency Test on December (JLPT). Time to sharpen my skills! I know you’re eager to hear other interesting encounters. If you are hesitant to come to Japan, this is the right place to be and more so the G30 program. Do not think twice! Cheers.

Oct 01, 2012

Hirata.jpgIt has been for half of a year since my life in Kyoto University and in this course started. I have just got used to this college life.

Anyway at this time, I would like to talk about my experiences abroad in this summer vacation.

First, I went to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in Southeast Asia. I had never gone on a trip abroad alone, so I was surprised at the differences between Japanese culture and foreign counties. For example, in Thailand the Donald McDonald figure in front of McDonald’s shop, who is McDonald's character, puts its hands in front of its body.Training I hear that it does “wai”, which is a traditional greeting manner in Thailand. At Luang Phabang in Laos, people give breakfast for the monks early morning every day. This custom is called “religious mendicancy”, and this world cultural heritage city is famous for it.

Also, I experienced many new things. Especially what I was impressed by the most was the elephant training experience. At the suburb of Luang Phabang, there is a village for elephant riding and training. I trained the elephant and I could manage it alone! This experience was good and fun.

Second, I flew from Vietnam to Taipei in Taiwan. In Taipei, I joined my circle members, and we interacted with college students there. Due to the interaction, it was easy for us to touch the culture there and we could make so many friends. So, this experience was also good for me.


Finally, this trip was only for three weeks, but I had many wonderful experiences. I want to put these experiences to my life.

Sep 01, 2012

Wasi.jpgI have just started my study in Global Engineering in Kyoto University since April 2012. This is my new experience for both having a trip outside my country and studying abroad. Although I felt so nervous at first, I am enjoying my life in Kyoto now. There were a lot of things that I have learnt since a couple of months ago, both in academically and non – academically. Besides, I have met some new friends from different countries; especially Japan, China and Korea. Moreover, I also became friends with other students from Indonesia. Surprisingly, there are a lot of Indonesian people living in Kyoto. They taught me how to behave here, shared their experience, invited me on a trip, and sometimes I also learned Japanese language from them. I had a lot of fun, and I can never, ever, forget what I experienced and got.

Being a student in Kyoto University with all of my new friends is very interesting. They are very kind and nice. At first, each of us was hesitating to make conversation. However, as the time goes by, there was no more hesitation. We were chatting, joking around, sharing information, and other positive things we had done. Besides, I also had a responsibility as a student for not to forget study. The lectures are great and interesting. Well, some are difficult and harder than the other ones, however, the lecturers are very kind. They always have a time for the students to ask if the lecture was hard to understand. To be honest, they care about students very much.

Besides the responsibility as a student in Kyoto University, as a Muslim, I do have the other responsibility of prayers and also about the food. At first I had worried about missing these important elements; however then, I came to know that there is a mosque near Kyoto University, so I could have performed prayers there. In the same building also, they sell the food that Muslims could eat. So that, being Muslim is not as difficult as I thought before, because there is a place for doing prayer, buy foods and also the Muslim community as well. In fact, a lot of Japanese people welcomed us with warmth.


To conclude my story above, I enjoy living and studying in Kyoto. The scenery, atmosphere, friendship, everything is very comfortable. And if you are a Muslim who wants to study in Japan, please do not be afraid to come. Living in Japan as a Muslim, is not as difficult as you can imagine.

Aug 01, 2012

ZhangPic.jpgDuring this semester in Kyoto University, I feel very comfortable here. Although studying is busy every day, I can still feel relaxed study atmosphere in KU. Professors open many windows for us, and I start to get familiar with how to research good and suitable material for study effectively and also try to do self-study before classes. There are too many things new for me, and I learn new ideas every day. What make the new life in KU more exciting and what is the most important thing is that I meet lots of new friends here.

When I first met my classmates from different countries, Japan, China, Indonesia and Korea., I learned that although we have different cultural background, use different language, nothing really matters. When I look at the smile on their face, I realize that there is no difference and gap between us. It is pretty nice time when we just hang out and play or have dinner together. At school, discussing homework and preparing presentation are also kind of fun.

What’s more, I joined Taichi club(太極拳サークル). Every Saturday, I go to the gym for exercising. Through this club, I meet more Japanese friends who are seniors in KU. After the club activities, we also go to Cafeteria Renais and chat with each other. I do not only learn Taichi from them, but also get lots of help, such as advice for studying and living here. Besides every weeks’ exercising, when we have free time, sometimes we go to karaoke. For now, I just can sing few Japanese songs, but I’m trying to learn some more nice songs so that next time maybe I can surprise them.


All in all, I love studying life in KU and look forward to new experiences and make new friends here.

Jul 01, 2012

ZhuPC.jpgIn these three months of living and studying in Kyoto, I have been truly in love with this city. There are so many incredible things for me to explore, to experience and to learn, and I really enjoy them. I have met many intelligent and kind students from different countries and knowledgeable professors in this program. I have been to some of the most famous places in Kyoto, and they impressed a lot me because they are really the representations of the true beauties of Kyoto.

On June 14, we had our welcome party for International students, which made me feel closer and connected to the university and people here. The words from President Matsumoto are inspiring, and I feel thankful being given this wonderful opportunity to be in this program.

There are lots of benefits I have gained since I have been here, and language is an example; all the materials in classes are taught in English, so that I improve my English skills while I also improve my Japanese skills through my daily social life. I have learned many interesting and useful things in all these courses I'm currently taking, and I become more passionate about my major, Global Engineering, and I'm also very excited and looking forward to the other classes I will take later in this program.


I believe now it is just a beginning, and I will have more challenges to face and more problems to encounter. No matter what will happen, I will always be with all the other students and faculties in this program to enrich our knowledge and skills and to achieve our goals together.

Jun 01, 2012

201206-1.jpgThere are many new things I experienced here. Like living alone far from my parents, making my own food, and also hanami! It’s fun to gather around under the blooming sakura tree and see sakura petals falling down prettily. I also enjoyed my time when cycling back to dorm on the road with a line of sakura tree. Sometimes, I stopped to take a picture of sakura.

In 2 months, I already went to several places, one of them is Amanohashidate, which is said as one of Japan's three most scenic views. Unfortunately, it was raining when I went there. Not a big rain, but it still made the view a bit foggy. I also went to Honkokuji temple. It’s not a really famous temple, but it located near the dorm I live, so I went there in my spare time. At the time I went there, it’s so quiet and peaceful. Also the view and the golden dragon statue are pretty nice.

As for the study life, most of lecturers here are fun, that makes me understand the lecture more easily. There are also lecturers who are a little bit strict, the class might be a little bit boring, but it makes me remember the importance of the lecture.


Overall, my new life here is pretty fun. I got new experiences, nice friends, and a lot of things to learn. I think it conclude this writing. Time for my friend’s writing!

May 01, 2012

201205-1.jpgIt has been over a month since I arrived in Japan. In these past 30 days or so, I have been blessed with the opportunity not only to encounter a variety of new experiences, but also to savor every minute of these encounters. I have so far visited so many places which their names I cannot pronounce very well, but one of the places I can recall is the Byodoin Temple in Uji. This was a remarkable place not only because of its marvelous history and beautiful structures, but also because it was where I got to socialize with my classmates more. Thanks to this marvelous bonding with my classmates, I am no longer afraid to have meals by myself.

I have also met as many people as I have visited places, and so far I cannot pick any favorites because they have all been so kind to have made every day of my stay joyful, and sometimes challenging. Excluding my friends, I have met very interesting professors, some of whom give very difficult but necessary lectures. From this I have realized once again, as I have always done in the beginning middle school and high school, that ahead of me lies a long road of difficult challenges. However, this time it is very different because I will not only succeed in making it till the end of this road, but I will also make sure that I enjoy this process long journey.


It was quite refreshing to have summarized my accounts and reflections thus far. I look forward to see what my friends have to say about their adventures in Japan, certainly because their accounts will be even more amazing than mine. With this I conclude my first piece and pass the baton to my fellow classmates.