Hello everyone. Let me introduce myself. My name is Ahmad Ridwan Fauzi. I am from Surabaya, Indonesia, the student of Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, famously called スラバヤ工科大学 in Japanese. I would like to express this amazing yet compelling experience that has given me a lot of significant new insights. Starting from August 17th, I arrived at Haneda Airport to commence this wonderful journey.
Waiting for the bus at Haneda Airport
The first impression when I arrived in Japan is, I was astounded by its cleanliness, marvelous urban planning and its fascinating scenery.
Photo taken from the bus to Hon-Atsugi Station
Photo near apartment
The first time I arrived at Hon-Atsugi station, I was immediately greeted by Okuda-san the time I left the bus. I was very amazed back then because Okuda-san still remembers me although we met a year ago, that is my first trip to Japan. So after greeted, she showed me everything that I need to know to live in this beautiful little city of Atsugi.
The most crucial agenda starts when I was introduced by Okuda-san to Tanaka Hiroshi-sensei. Tanaka-sensei along with Tatsuki Ebihara-san are the people in charge of my research here. Soon after we have introduced each other, we share our personal information about ourselves and also the plan of the research that will be undertaken while the program is undergoing. The members of the lab, although honestly I can say some of them are very bashful (I am sorry for telling the truth guys. :p), they are, especially Tanaka-sensei, are very welcoming towards me. It is also probably hard for me to talk with some of the members, as I don’t speak Japanese that well, but at some point I am trying to have a little chat with them and they are very willing to help even though there is this language barrier. We have this nice wonderful little welcoming party the first time I entered this laboratory.
Welcoming party photo
It is all in all a nice party. We shared a lot of interesting information and cultures regarding Japan. After being very well welcomed to this lab, I began my research immediately in order to finish it as soon as possible as I need to go back to my country to complete my undergraduate thesis too. During this research, I could not say any better word than “Thank you” as whenever I need some things, Tanaka-sensei will always immediately complete my research’s needs, and also whenever I need assistances, Ebi-san will always help me for 24 hours (thank you Ebi-san, you are amazing. Haha).
During my stay here, I go to several big cities around Japan, especially Tokyo. It is because Tokyo is 40 kilometers away from this city and can be easily reached using only Odakyu Line. I got a lot of amazing experiences and refreshment by visiting Tokyo.
Dazzling Tokyo Tower at night
Sensouji, the biggest temple in Asakusa, Tokyo
Also I have visited Osaka by plane. I went to Narita Airport first to catch the flight.
Arriving in Osaka
But during my trip to Osaka, I stayed at Sasayama, a small city in Hyogo Prefecture because my friend is also staying in Japan and chooses to have the internship in Sasayama. Sasayama is one of UNESCO’s Creative City Network, and is very famous for its 黒枝豆. Also this city still has a lot of unique houses as some of the houses are the heritage of Samurai period in Japan.
A little street in Sasayama
In this experience. I also met several people in which they are in charge of my friend while he is doing his internship here. They are from Kwansei Gakuin University, and they are the part of the organization called AIESEC
Taking a trip in Sasayama with my friend and several people from Kwansei Gakuin University
It is a tremendous and blazing experience that I have and I am very glad that I can meet a lot of new people while I am here, as it is very important for me too to have a lot of connections in the future. After taking several days in Sasayama, I went back to the apartment to continue my research again.
Working for 3 months, I have finished the programs that are required to complete the research and to do the experiment afterwards. The members of the lab, and several members from the other labs, have been taking a huge part in this experiment as the experiment is the main role in this experiment (I also thank you guys, you have done a great job [お疲れ様でした] ;) ).
Experiment photo #1
Experiment photo #2
Finally, after the test has finished I keep continuing to complete my research until finished. Eventually the day of the presentation has arrived after working for straight 3 months. Below are some photos from the presentation.
Presentation photo #1
Presentation photo #2
After finishing the presentation and answering several questions, I received a certificate and handshake from Matsumoto-sensei, the Dean of Information Technology in KAIT.
Handshake with Matsumoto-sensei
All in all, thankfully all parties that are involved in my research and also the professors are very appreciative towards my research. I also would like to express my gratitude to Inoue-sensei for lending me his CAVE room to finish my research.
Photos with audiences after receiving the certificate
The day of the research has finally come to an end. I am really happy and also very sad at the same time as I have to leave Japan for good. I could not express any better word in describing how tremendous, wonderful, amazing, and dazzling experience I have while I am here. I am very grateful in every second I have while I keep working on this research. I would also show my very best gratitude towards my friends here on Tanaka Lab for being such an awesome partner, as they still accept me in spite of this language barrier. Summarily, I wish we could meet again sometime in the future as a successful person, and I hope that this partnership will not last the day after I leave Japan. Thank you very much for being part of a wonderful journey in my life. ;)