Before participating in the program I have thought of Japanese students very differently. At first I think Japanese students are very study-oriented and introvert. Partly because I know that the Japanese University Entrance Examination is very hard and students must prepare a lot. However, the Japanese students I met during the Workshop were very nice, hospital and outgoing. They have traveled a lot in many countries in the world, experiencing several cultures. Also they are really happy that foreigner students are interested in Japanese culture. They have explained and taught me a lot about the Japanese modern lifestyle and how to make friends with Japanese people.
The most interesting part of the workshop must be the group discussion and presentation. In a very short time of only 2 days, we had to come up with a solution for a problem of South-east Asian life in Japan. We have chosen to tackle the Halal food. It was a very interesting yet hard topic as none of us are Muslim. However, we thought it was a very big issue that would improve the life in Japan enormously. The time was limited. We also had to work overtime for the project. Fortunately, at the end the final product was satisfying. Everyone was happy as the hardwork finally paid off.
The Workshop is the first time I interact with young Japanese people. I have learnt a lot about their ways of thinking. Also I have made a lot of new Japanese friends. These experience and relationship are very important in the future for me. Additionally, students from both sides, South-east Asian countries and Japan, have learnt a lot from each other about the cultures and people. This understanding will be very essential.