JICA Chugoku Training Program Division interviewed eight participants who came from countries around the world to know their country and their life in Japan. They have stayed in Japan more than 2 years and successfully graduated a university in japan on March 2020.
We would like to share interesting stories from them with you.
In this page, we introduce you about their country culture and life in Japan.
Traditional wear of;
King of Tonga (Ms. Tilisa TOHI)
Basotho dress and hat
Kingdom of Lesotho
(Ms. MORAI Mamotjoka Joyce)
Traditional food of;
King of Tonga (Ms. Tilisa TOHI)
Yellow corn (Papa), green vegetables (Moroho), and chicken stew
Kingdom of Lesotho (Ms. MORAI Mamotjoka Joyce)
University life in Japan
Ms. Tilisa TOHI who graduated from Okayama University said
"I was a student at the Institute of Plant Science and Resources which is a part of newly established Okayama University graduate school of Environmental and Life Science. It runs various graduate programs at Master (MSc) and Doctoral (PhD) levels that are associated with the research staff and laboratories located at Kurashiki campus. It was a great experience because I gained a lot of skills from working together with research staffs and Professors. The knowledge obtained are beyond of an ordinary university student. Although it was a hard work and needed a lot of efforts plus their syllabus was very intense, but in the end I know its benefits. "
Ms. Tilisa TOHI
Favorite Japanese food of participants
Favorite Japanese culture of Participants
Bowing for greeting, Hanami (Million-dollar view of cherry blossoms /sakura), Tea ceremony, and Yearly festivals being performed across Japan.
Mr. WONG Alexander said
"At the Handayama Botanical Garden in Okayama, I enjoyed beauty of Sakura."
"I love to watch the yearly festivals being performed across Japan. For example the culture shows in November I believe and others on the street which is called "Mikoshi". Mikoshi is a really impressive event. "
Ms. Tilisa TOHI said
"I loved how they don't shake hands or hugs but bow. In my home country, you only bow to the King and Queen, the highest rank in the society. Here in Japan you can bow to anyone and people can bow to you too which is quite impressive to me. "
Mr. SINABAJIJE Alphonse said
"I like seeing people bowing while they are greeting each other, I wanted to give a handshake but people were not interested."
Mr. UKWIZAGIRA Emmanuel said
"I have liked Japanese culture with which flourish hard work, mutual respect, humility, safety and is considerate of foreigners and other values."
Mr. CISS Mamadou said
"I enjoyed the Saijo Sake festival because we sang Japanese song while beating drums, walking through the crowd. At night, I joined the concert and had a blast with friends. "
(Mr. WONG Alexander)
Saijo Sake Festival
(Mr. CISS Mamadou)
Favorite place in Japan of Participants
Nice View from the top of Mount Misen in Miyajima.
(Mr. SINABAJIJE Alphonse)
Ms. MORAI Mamotjoka Joyce said
"I visited there in 2019 with my African and Japanese friends. I have heard people say life is a roller coaster, and I wanted the chance to see and ride the roller coaster, and I did! One thing I learned from that experience is that life is truly like riding a roller coaster; it is fun, scary and sometimes an overwhelming experience and it needs me to hold on until the end. If anything, Universal Studios Japan is a therapeutic place to be! "
I like Universal Studios Japan.