Ditawari Balik ke Jepang untuk S2

Tahun lalu (beberapa bulan lalu sih) sebelum berangkat ke Jepang sebagai mahasiswa YSEP, temanku bernama Akhmad Syaiful Hidayat memberikan link blog senpai YSEP bernama Achmad Syaiful Makmur (nama depan yang sama bukan suatu kesengajaan,hehe) tentang suatu cerita bahwa harapan seorang professor YSEP salah satunya adalah agar mahasiswa YSEP nya kembali ke lab-nya untuk menjadi mahasiswa S2 atau S3. Dan beberapa hari yang lalu, kalimat itu terwujud!

Tahun baru ini, lab kami direnovasi, dan entah keberuntungan atau bencana, hehe, meja kerja profesorku (sensee) dipindah jadi dekat sekali denganku, kalau sensee lagi ada kursinya dan aku duduk di kursiku jarak kami mungkin kurang dari 1 meter!. Hehe. Namun Alhamdulillah sensee ku bukan tipe sensee yang dingin, jutek, apalagi galak dan bermuka seram, bahkan sensee orangnya baik banget. Sensee kami masih muda, setidaknya rambutnya belum putih semua, mengajak maen Es Seketing,  senang bercanda sekaligus menanyakan progress research sambil makan siang bersama dengan anggota lab.

Sensee sangat suka sekali mengajak mengobrol, terutama tentang makanan, dan makanan yang diceritakannya sering aneh-aneh. Makanan terakhir yang dibicarakannya adalah tentang makan belalang! Sensee bilang itu sangat enak, sambil ketawa-ketawa dan bilang Continue reading

Chisetsu Elementary School Visit

Yesterday, all YSEP students and others students of Topic on Japan class went to Chisetsu Elementary School. We walk to go there, map guide said that it takes only 20 minutes from Ookayama campus but actually it’s far enough to make your stomach hungry again after breakfast.

But the elementary school students are completely surprising!

You know, It feels like in Chibi Maruko Chan Movie where I can see so many children around and they just talking something that I didn’t know what is it mean. I got the first grade class, where the 7 years old kids with reddish cheek shouting, yelling, and laughing each other, until sensei tell them to be quiet. You can imagine that crowded class and sensei shouting like in Crayon Shin Chan Anime, but the students are not so naughty like Shin Chan.

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The Biodegradable Plastics : Maybe someday we don’t need to separate garbage anymore

At the first day I arrived at Japan, just a several hours after we arrived at Narita airport (even we haven’t rest at all), I and all very tired-YSEP students are welcomed by the orientation sessions of Tokyo Tech Umegaoka Dormitory, and the longest session is about “How to separate your garbage!!”, such an important rules because in Yokohama prefecture there is a very strict regulation about it. You must not only separate your plastics and non plastics garbage, but SO MANY! Such as metals, bottles, reuse paper, reuse stuff, sharp garbage, beverage box, reuse box paper, etc. So, it is not just remove the garbage but you must take time to separate it well, because Japan Government is trying to make all the things friendly to environment.

Now I’m gonna tell you about the story of friendly plastics, that maybe someday the government will make a new rule to remove your plastics garbage by just bury it inside the ground! And they’ll gone!!!

Why do they are very strict about plastics is because, I think you’ve already know, that plastics and all product made from petroleum are very hard to decomposed by earth. The fuel-based plastic lock the carbon inside, and if it incinerated it’ll make CO2 pollution on atmosphere. Then Scientists and Engineers make a new kind of plastics called Biodegradable Plastics. The friendly environment plastics that degraded well by soil microbes.

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Homestay Program : My day with Kiky’s family

Homestay Program is one of activity for International Student of Tokyo Tech that want to know more about Japan by living in Japanese family’s house. Lucky me that I’m in Japan now, of course I didn’t missed it!!

After finishing the registration process, finally I meet my Host Family at the gathering in campus. It is very surprissed!! They give me a purezento covered beautifully and a postcard that contain her hope for this program, she and her family are very happy to make a friend with me.

And then we go to their home. She said to me “Ayo kita pergi ke rumah saya..” hehehe very nice. Evidently, She lived with the other friend that be the host family of my friends. So we get the wellcoming party together with the other friends that lived in the same area, in Tokyo. Before it does, we should make some meal to share in the party, so we cook together in the top of the mansion where the host family of Risvan lived. So I, laras, and Risvan make a onigiri, tuna karoke, and the other Japanese delicious food. Yummy..yummmy.. but we are not allowed to eat much after cook, because we will don’t have any appetite at the party then. So we eat as much as possible at the party!!! Hahaha.

My host fam house is in the first floor, so we should get the stair until fift floor where we cook. Kiky’s son named Dang Go Ri, 6 years old, lead me to the stair and when we arrive at the fift stair, he showing something outside! TOKYO TOWER!!!! Whooaaa… very glorious..

masak bersama host family

And then we get the party, and meet my Indonesian friends that have a host fam in Tokyo too. They are Risi and Awan. So we are 5 Indonesian now. We want to surprise the Japanese people there, by singing doraemon song together in Indonesian Language! Haha.. Succesfully, they know it and they just follow us singging a doraemon song but in Japanese language. What a nice party.. and I found my favorite food here: Takoyaki!!! Hwaa.. delicious.. .And then as the Japanese party, they never let the room dirty and messy after party. Yeah, we cook our meal by our self, arrange the party room by our self, and clean the room (and bring the garbage go home) by our self.

mino tidur difoto.. heheAnd then I stay at Kiky’s house. She lived very happy with two son : Dang Go Ri and Kurori, but they have a korean name Kyu and Mino. And Mino is very very very cuuutee… he is just 3 years old. Cute so much, he talk and ask—just like a baby that start to talk so much (in Japanese), and of course I don’t know what is that mean.. but they just laugh and laugh.. very funny kids! And Kiky’s husband can speak english well, Kiky an her husband are quite well in English. We talk so much, I share about tari Indang, and we search on youtube, and they very impressed! They like it so much and they said that they will come to our performance in tke Koudaisai Festival, one of annual culture festival in Tokyo Tech. Anyway, it is very impressive to get homestay program with them.

Nyampe Jepang

Alhamdulillah…
Akhirnya aku telah sampai di Jepang kawan2… 25 september 2009 lalu
Sampai detik ini aku masih merasa terheran-heran kenapa aku tiba2 berada di sini. Tergabung dengan orang-orang dari negara lain dalam Young Scientist Exchange Program 2009-2010.
Dan Tokyo Institute of Technology benar-benar kampus yang menakjubkan. 16 pohon sakura berbaris rapi di depan main Building-nya!! Sayangnya ini mau musim gugur.
Lantas aku teringat dengan foto bunga sakura yang kupasang di desktop laptopku (yang sekarang kutinggalkan di Indonesia), tiap kali aku memandangnya,, indah sekali. Aku sangat mengaguminya. Hingga tiap kali menunggu loadingnya laptop-perjuangan itu, aku selalu berdoa “Ya Allah, aku ingin melihat bunga sakura secara langsung, bentaaar aja..”.
Dan mungkin doa itu beberapa bulan lagi akan terjawab, pada musim semi nanti.
Terima kasih Ya Allah
^^