Japan Visit Report
ABOUT JAPAN VISIT
Japan Visit is a program from non-profit organization named Sing Out Asia. This program aim is to produce young global leaders from Asia who can contribute to the current demand of international society. Raising global awareness, forming international relationships and increasing for various cultures in Asia are also their missions.
Japan visit held on December 17th – 24th December 2015 in Tokyo. The participants are youth from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Japan. We (participants) were actually get involved in previous program in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
From a more personal perspective, there just seems to be a huge lack of words which can sufficiently describe my SOA experience. For me it was a simply an unforgettable experience. During the program, we visited a number of beautiful places such as Asakusa, Nozawa and Kawagoe and SOA members and organizers constantly made sure that our knowledge of Japan was getting enriched day by day and that we were enjoying every single minute of our trip.
We learned about the history of Japan when visited Kawagoe. As a town of history retaining the culture and aroma of Edo, Kawagoe is a perfect place. On the other day, we headed Nozawa to overjoyed at the sight of snow and the friendship grew with evert snowball that we threw each other or every time we slid down the snowy hill while shouting in merriment. On the other day, we went to Ms. Yoshie or we usually called her a Tea-Master for a special tea ceremony that well-known and one of must thing to do in Japan. The excitement is increasing, we had a cappella concert in Waseda University, and tried almost all of Japanese traditional foods. We were all filled with awe at the sight of the food that cooked by Ms. Kazue as it certainly seemed like a feast for the royalties!
Besides the impressively beautiful city in Japan, I found interesting stuffs such as their culture and a very high-tech in almost everything. I found that Japanese are obedient, they are queue on elevator and also before get in a train. Every toilets in Japan is a proven that it has a sophisticated technology. As a Microsoft Student Partner I was lucky to have a tour and discussion with Japanese MSP and employee. It was such an amazing experience!
Figure 2 Queue on elevator and Train
Figure 3 Microsoft Office in Japan
Without any hesitation, I can say that SOA program exhibits the capability of breaking international barriers and creating a global community of young individuals who can eventually work hand-in-hand in uniting nations. I can confirm that it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was an inspiring, wonderful and unforgettable journey.