HUMAP  兵庫・アジア太平洋大学間ネットワーク Hyogo University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific


  • 氏名:T. M. [ オーストラリア ]

  • 受入期間:2023年04月01日 ~ 2024年02月09日
  • 受入大学:神戸大学
  • 在籍大学:西オーストラリア大学


I have been surrounded by glimpses of Japanese culture throughout my whole life. From being born in Japan to Australian parents, to growing up alongside Japanese cooking, shows and movies, to hearing stories about Japan from my parents and visiting to see old family friends, the culture of Japan has always hovered in the periphery of my life. From this came my desire to study Japanese at high school, which then continued into a Bachelor of Japanese Studies at the University of Western Australia as I worked to learn and understand more about the country I had been told so much about. Hence, my main motivation abroad came from a desire to gain fluency in the the Japanese language and gain a deeper and direct understanding of Japanese society and culture and to review through my own lens how it differs to that of Australia. Furthermore, I have always had a passion for Law and once my undergraduate degree is complete have a direct pathway into a post graduate law degree at UWA. With this came a growing interest in international relations and specifically the modern relationship between Australia and Japan. My aim of my study abroad experience is to gain as much fluency as possible in Japanese, and to fully immerse myself in the Japanese culture and lifestyle, to learn about Japanese legal systems and the geopolitical position that Japan and Australia hold in the rapidly emerging and changing Asia Pacific region. My year of study at Kobe University will also allow me to get to know students of many different nationalities each who will bring with them a view of Japan from a unique and valuable position. There are not many other places where students can engage with such a broad range of cultures and exchange views and opinions with such a diverse student population. I aim to engage with as many students possible, both Japanese and international students alike, to study, listen and exchange and form a deeper understanding of Japan, its culture and place in the world.