When I was in high school, I saw a documentary called "Culinary Humanity". Because I was impressed by the succession of Japanese tradition and their craftsmen-ship, I became interested in Japanese food culture. All of them, I got more interest in Japanese sweets.
Since Kobe received early western culture through the opening port, it is known that not only the sweets but also the Western food culture developed. So, while living in Kobe as an exchange student, I want to experience directly many food and sweets that Japan has developed.
Also, beyond thinking food as simply objects to be eaten, I would like to understand them in various aspects such as lifestyle, climate, or history. Moreover, I would like to combine experience about food with humanities and other researches. By being an exchange students, I can understand how the environment is created for Japanese to succeed family business and tradition.
There are many things that I experienced while studying abroad at Kobe University, since international students mainly focus on classes and studies, there were many things I learned in classes that I had with international students from various countries. First, in the classes we had are many activities of the group, we can decide the theme, discuss it and understand differences of cultures and values of various countries. Also, we can understand each other and it was valuable experiences. What I learned about the cultures of various countries that I had no idea about was useful for eliminating the stereotypes and prejudices that I usually had. And, I was going to approach Japanese culture while examining the materials for presentation,and repeatedly doing presentations in front of a lot of people. Consequently, my approach worked well. Also, the best thing I experienced while studying abroad in Japan was a Japanese festival. I had been invited to Japanese friend’s house, eaten soba, made 'Osechi ryori' and gone to 'Jinjya' to celebrate new year. It was in japan that I first had experienced these things. It was so fun that I could feel and understand Japanese culture directly. While I am in Japan, I want to learn more about Japan by doing many more experiences from now on.
While I came to Japan and studied abroad, I had various changes. The first is that I'm convinced of myself. That's what I could do.When I came to Japan, I realized what I didn't know.For example, I came to know exactly what I liked and what I liked.
You may think it's not a big deal, but I think knowing yourself is very important for growth.
I think you can't continue to dream about the future and hope until you know your own confidence.It wasn't a big discovery at first. However, I started with a discovery that might have been a little boring, such as how many colors I like and where I like. It was a trifle, but I became confident from the discovery. Isn't it really nice to have someone who can say exactly what he likes?
I was also happy to be able to gain deep knowledge of studies that I was usually interested in by taking classes in the department.
It was very good that I could go to art museums and exhibitions to see, feel and experience various things with the background of what I learned in the classes, taking classes in Western art history and Japanese art history.
Also, thanks to my friends from various countries who have dated while studying abroad, I widen my horizons and eliminate my unconscious prejudices and stereotypes.
I have come to have a wider world view and values.And studying abroad was very helpful to me in deciding my future course.
Before coming to Japan, I decided to improve my Japanese ability and decide on the path to the future.To that end, I took N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Japan.
Also, a Japanese tutor who has been helped many things to do from the beginning of my study abroad said that I had improved my Japanese ability and improved my vocabulary.
I wanted to make use of my major Japanese in the future, and while studying abroad, I was fascinated by the charms of Kobe and wanted to let people know more about this beautiful city.
Therefore, I would like to be an editor of a magazine that introduces Japan's small cities, including Kobe, to the future.