Member's Voice

FY 2020
  • Kristian
    Current Affiliation :
    Kochi University, Graduate School of Kuroshio Science
    Country/Region :
    Republic of the Philippines (Catanduanes State University)
    Name : Aldea

How did Sakura Science Plan play a role in your study / research in Japan?

Back in 2014, the Sakura Science Plan (SSP) has offered me an avenue to indulge in a more scientific approach in research undertakings which I have used when I came back to my university. Although it was relatively a short time, SSP let us experience some research methodologies, facilities, protocols and output. It motivated me to conduct research in a very scientific way which follows standardized practice. My knowledge derived from Sakura Science Plan as well as the motivations and research accomplishments at my home university influenced my current field of study in Japan in the following aspects: systematic field sampling, laboratory manipulations and thorough analysis of data.

Please describe your comments freely related to your life in Japan.

At first, it was a strange feeling to live in Japan due to many cultural differences between Japan and the Philippines. In the first few weeks, I always thought of my family and was always craving for our native food. However, I have already learned to appreciate Japanese food gradually and I am loving it. In studies, I was able to have a preliminary visit to sampling areas as well as classes on Japanese Language where I am able to express myself among Japanese and other international students. I am thankful for my laboratory mates, Japanese and international friends for their guidance and for being friendly. I found Japanese people are kind and accommodating. Lastly, my sensei in the Laboratory deserve a compliment for being an expert on benthic research as well as for being considerate, motivating and generous at all times. My other senseis at the Japanese class are also equally competent and patient regarding their teaching process.

Please describe your message to people who are going to participate in this program.

I would stress research undertakings. As studies in doctoral program require scientific and standardized processes, it is a help when someone eyeing a doctoral course in a Japan has already been involved in research practices. If juniors are not yet in academe or industry, it would be necessary to deal with indirect or informal research at their own pace. Internet usually offers lots of do's and don'ts and advice on doing research. If you are already in academe or industry, making proposals as much as you can would be necessary to advance your research in mind. Do not hesitate or be afraid of what others may observe and say. Just think that everyone has his or her own pioneering ventures.