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Oskar Sumovsky, Technical University of Liberec,ročník 4
About the country
Location of the place
Tokyo is big, crowded everywhere everytime but also insanely accesible, get used to cramped spaces, and fast way of life.
Japan is super hot in summer, I mean it, the train service is amazing, I would recommend visiting the main places in Tokyo and Kamakuura and Nikko, just anything that has nature probably
Surroundings (possible trips, ...)
Hiroshima was for me the best most enjoyable place but its not close and not so cheap (Shinkansen)
Graduated school of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, maybe the most prestigious university in Japan, and a amazing campus surrounding it.
Trying to program a different version of a specialised Quarternion neural network, mostly research at the beginning and then just trying some way to program it, which I hopefully accomplished. The help and support given from colleagues and supervisor was amazing and I am happy there was a very friendly culture.
Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)
Kinda, I definitely spend more though on some good food which is the best thing about Japan.
Japanese people dont speak english well, explain things very clearly and in veeery simple words, using complicated pronouns and special verbs is not recommended. I recommend learning Hiragana/Katakana, and some basics of Japanese.
Accommodation (price, who provided it)
IAESTE, was very small, but I'm tall. Was worth the experience, but now that I'm home, it retrospectivelly looks depressing and claustrophopic when I think about it.
Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)
No pickup, met at Ueno station but that was fine. Not many events, not too good and the organisation was kinda lack-luster.
Meeting other foreign students
In the lab or on IAESTE I met some other foreign students. Mostly I spent time with the lab members when spending time with others.
Sport and culture
There its definitely a lot of sports you can do in the school, but overall if you like sports in nature you will have to go out of Tokyo, I enjoyed Bouldering (NOBO rock bouldering gyms, DONT go to B pump Akihabara, its super expensive) and playing badminton with the lab members.
Food, local specialties
I tried many, every time I went, Soba, ramen, Udon, miso ramen, sushi, Yakitori, yakiniku. Its good but sometimes not many vegetables and very umami, not so sweet taste we have here in Europe with onion-based dishes
Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic
internet, just was a hassle to get the Japanese sim card, not too much assistance with that tbh
Recommendations for students who will go to the same place
ITS HOT, TRUST ME , and humid, enjoy the food and be extra polite if you make a mistake (its a big chance you willl, some cultural differences are kinda big )
What not to forget with you
sunscreen, travel insurance, umbrella, deodorant which is not too common, some home snacks
Benefits of the internship
Trying something challengging, trying my luck at something Im not nececcssarily good at (programming), meeting new people which broadened my world view
Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country
With the contact person it was kinda of hit or miss, there weren't many events, and it wasn't too much help when I needed assistance...
Overall experience with IAESTE
Amazing communication from the Czech side and the organisation of the school, I'm really glad they were there to help me.
Other useful links
https://shinkansen2.jr-central.co.jp/RSV_P/smart_en_index.htm - website for shinkansen registrration (JR west- if youre going to the west- Kyoto, Nagoja, Osaka)