Sakura Science Plan offered a great opportunity for me to know the advanced techonolgy and Japanese culture, and the experience I got helped me fit into the research environment quickly after I came back to Japan for further study. The plan also encourage me to collaborate with local students and to be a researcher with global vision.
Firstly, language is always the problem you are facing as a foreigner, especially in Japan. One should not give up learning Japanese. Secondly, keep frequent and close contact with professors. Japanese professors are often busy but always very kind, talking about research or even about life is welcome here. Thirdly, balance the time cost between study and part-time job. Though the living expense is high in Japan, try to get the scholarship if possible.
Welcome to Japan, it is the right place to realize you dream.