Malaysia/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GPEAK)/Master’s Student/I am a Masters student at the University of Tokyo’s Komaba II Campus. I am based in the Oki Lab, where I am trying to hone some skills in hydrological modeling. I call Malaysia my hom
I am a Masters student at the University of Tokyo’s Komaba II Campus. I am based in the Oki Lab, where I am trying to hone some skills in hydrological modeling. I call Malaysia my home but have also lived in America and Poland during college. During my free time, I enjoy dabbling in street and food photography, which I upload to my website.
Describe the adjustment to Japanese culture.
It has been an adventure learning the Japanese culture and trying to adjust to it. Some things baffle me (for example, the amount of forms one has to fill out), but the positives outnumber the downers by far. Currently, I am trying to learn the Kansai dialect from my fellow lab members and am having a blast with it! “Mokarimakka?”
Describe the friendships and connections you’ve made at Komaba, UTokyo.
Most of my friends and connections in Japan have been made in my lab. I cannot be grateful enough for the times they have helped me in various matters, and the ups and downs we have shared. Aside from that, I have friends that I met at Japanese Language Classes in Komaba II and various other international student events. I enjoy the myriad of perspectives they share with me every time we converse.
What’s your favorite thing about Shibuya and Tokyo?
My favorite thing about Tokyo is the number of tall buildings around, and how I am able to go up in them and observe the world from a high vantage point. These moments allow me to put things into perspective and feel at peace amidst the hustle and bustle of this busy city.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new international student or researcher, what would it be?
Please observe No Overtime Day!