Kenkyu 

2008年05月23日(金) 0時03分
1. To be considered for Japanese Government Scholarship, one has to be less
than or 35 years old at the time of commencement of studies. Else, one ought
to be lucky like me to be sponsored privately.

2. The duration of postgraduate studies is relatively strict (Master - 2
years, and PhD - 3 years). Extensions are granted only in few cases and as a
result of circumstances obviously beyond the control of a student and or
professor. The PhD degree is not by thesis alone. Papers ought to be
published in peered-reviewed journals and within stipulated times before the
degree is awarded. PhD students could be graduated after 2 years of
residence if a certain number of papers have been published, depending on
the University, Faculty or Department.

3. Professors generally consider students as partners. Therefore,
supervision/direction is practically nihil. Even as a fresh foreign student,
one is expected to find his or her own way in the lab without the
assistance of anyone.

4. Very little training in research methods/design, report writing, computer
literacy, etc. is offered.

5. Knowledge of English and other foreign languages is not adequate for even
basic conversation among the majority of professors, students and the
people in general. Therefore, prospective students should be very careful if
a prospective professor “swears” that one can conveniently work and be
supervised in English. This lack of English knowledge restricts
communication among Japanese and foreign students. Once admitted, always
make the first move to communicate and the Japanese colleagues will talk
back as much as they can. However, be certain that you and Japanese
counterparts have a common understanding of every issue.

6. Before admission, be careful not to fall into the hands of any professor
who may not be working directly in your chosen field of interest. Such
incidents are very common in Japan. This is mainly due to some Japanese
Professors desiring to enrol international students at all cost in order to
enhance their image and even ensure the sustainability of their laboratories
in some cases.

7. Interaction between Japanese professors of the same field of studies in
the same university is not common. Thus, several laboratories professing the
same research interests exist in the same University or even in the same
Department. However, be careful once enrolled: in order not to cause any
dissatisfaction in your professor, actively seek his or her permission
before making contacts with other professors, especially when seeking their
advice, support or explanation on issues that are related to your thesis. If
you should have the chance to meet, never talk disfavourably about a
Japanese professor or staff to another Japanese professor, staff or student.
Even if they are enemies, the former will soon inform the latter of what
you have told him or her.

8. There is no room for other views in academic debates in Japan - once a
professor takes a line, “faithful and loyal” students should follow suit,
even if the professor is obviously wrong. This is deeply rooted in the
Japanese culture; the young (disciple) always follows the old (master).

9. The standard working period in the day is 9 am - 9 pm; with only 1 hour
lunch break in the afternoon. Therefore, reporting after 9 am or going home
before 9 pm makes professors unhappy and even angry.

10. There is nothing like weekends or public holidays for students, except
the traditional Golden Weeks when many Japanese visit families, hometowns
and friends.

11. Professors are so busy with activities outside the university that the
few “who care” make allowance to meet students for any discussion only in
the night hours, weekends and public holidays.

12. Students are required to be always present in the lab, even if there is
nothing to be done. It is acceptable to be in the lab and surf the internet
or sleep. Only “lazy” students stay at home, go for leisure or vacation.
This phenomenon is the same in Japanese offices and workplaces - workers
spend most of their time after the official working hours and weekends at
the work place, especially when the boss is still around. Then, frequently,
go out for late night drinking together. When a worker, especially the male,
goes home just after the usual close of work, the spouse may be thinking
that either he has a problem at the workplace or the husband is simply lazy!

13. Labs and offices are very, very crowded; and very noisy due to loud and
non-discrete official telephone calls and chats among students and staff
across rooms. Eating on one’s desk in the lab or office is not an offence
in Japan. In fact, there are no “tea/coffee” rooms. Therefore, lunch-packs
are eaten right on one’s desk. Foreigners have to quickly retune their
mind in order to adapt and cope with the noise, smell and other
inconveniences.

14. Traditionally, Japanese do not write long essays. Therefore, treatises
are not encouraged. Graphs, diagrams, photographs and tables with short
footnotes are often all that is required. However, as a foreign student,
insist and write your reports, papers and thesis conform to renowned journal
standards and formats.

15. Just as a reminder, the Japanese language (NIHON-GO) is phoenetic and
Roman alphabets are not used to write the language. Rather, Kanji, Hiragana
and Katakana are used. These are closely related to Chinese characters. Very
little time is given to foreign students to master the Japanese language.

16. Everything is edible as long as it is not poisonous! Raw fish and other
foods may not be appetizing at first sight. However after the first bite,
you will always order it. Japanese eat their food with such an enthusiasm
that all sorts of “noises” are made in the act. This could be strange to
foreigners. When you arrive in Japan, learn how to use HASHI (bamboo chop-
sticks) very fast. Cutlery set is not always available in many restaurants.
The exception is to be given a spoon for curry rice.

17. Are you shy of your nakedness when with strangers? If not, try relaxing
in the many public hot pools that are available all over Japan (ONSEN,30-45
°C). “They say” that it is nice!

18. Japanese do not say either no or yes directly.Therefore, foreigners have
to figure out the actual responses every time.

19. Are you a non-smoker, drink little or take no alcohol and anti-adult
night entertainment? If yes to any of these, you may feel like an outcast
among your group or lab mates!

20. Houses and room sizes are comparatively small; they are pre-fabricated
or constructed from light wood and with poor heating systems, if any. Pairs
of foot wears are always left at the entrance of houses, rooms and in some
offices. Pairs of slippers, meant for such areas, may be used instead. Or,
it is normal to walk around barefooted with only a pair of socks on.

21. Sexual harassment is a vaguely defined crime in Japanese law books. It
is what the “victim” says that carries weight, not the intention or motive
of the “criminal”. Therefore, be extra careful and do not take any one
for granted; even when he or she consensually says yes.

22. Socially, women stay and take charge of households and young children
whilst men work for long hours. Having leisure hours with the family is a
very minimal activity for a Japanese worker. Couple and lovers kissing or
holding hands in public is considered a western decadent. Marriage is more
of a social requirement. Love, in the western sense, is a strange word in
Japan. Thus, if you are looking for love, not in Japan! In the Japanese
system of things, wives take charge of the check book and the bank account.
Men, when going to work, are given lunch allowances by their wives!

23. The hierarchy at a workplace is based more on who was appointed first,
not on the merit of academic qualifications. Thus, it is not odd in Japan to
find a high school graduate or technician heading a technical research lab
and doctorate degree holders working under him or her. Congratulating one
another after a hard day’s work is culturally in order. This could well be
celebrated with a late night drinking session.

24. Japanese are living harmoniously with their environment; on only about
30% of the country (the rest consists of unstable hills and mountains).
Conservation and sustainability of natural resources are major every day
issues among all.

25. When visiting a Japanese home, it is culturally polite, and as a matter
of goodwill, to carry along a present from your locality.

26. Japanese are very sensitive to comments made about them by foreigners.
However, they are such an innovative people that the jokes shown in the
photographs under “ONLY IN JAPAN” are often made about them.

27. At the end of it all, do not be surprised to be asked “what type of
designation” should be written as your degree. As one’s degree is being
prepared for graduation, qualified students have the option to choose DOCTOR
OF ENGINEERING (DEng),DOCTOR OF SCIENCE (DSc) and DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD
). In fact, PhD is a “strange” title in the Japanese degree system. It is
only meant for foreign students to take away to their home countries. The
difference is that foreign students have the option to choose the desired
type of degree designation in Japan and all are weighted equally when
presented for jobs.

May 20 

2008年05月20日(火) 22時47分
General Daily Horoscope for everyone

A new astrological month beings today as the Sun enters the last of the three signs of spring at 12:00 pm EDT. While the Sun is in airy Gemini, we consider the variety of life's experiences, as this is an information-rich time. For a while, we each face the Twin's dilemma as we live in a world where things arise in pairs, yet decisions still must be made. Meanwhile, the Scorpio Moon invites intensity because we feel everything in the extreme.

Personal

You are entering a month of higher intellectual focus and will need to take care of business. Spend more time organizing your personal finances and making your immediate surroundings more pleasant. Don't be lazy and slip back into your old routines; take some risks, but don't get overly attached to the outcome of your work.

May 19 

2008年05月19日(月) 23時43分
General Daily Horoscope for everyone

Today's powerful Scorpio Full Moon at 10:11 pm EDT reflects the emotional intensity hidden in the shadows just before it slips into uplifting Sagittarius at 11:18 pm. The most sensible use of this time is to delve right into any serious issues that are facing us. We cannot use logic now and must feel our way through the dark. Luckily, a magical quintile between the lovers, Venus and Mars, can reveal a highly creative solution to a difficult problem.

Personal

Today's Scorpio Full Moon is opposite your Taurus Sun, encouraging you to reflect deeply on your current relationships. Your heightened sensitivity could be confusing, for you realize how complicated other people can be when it comes to love. You might be more comfortable if you avoid intense emotional interactions, but exploring the complexity of the heart can teach you something very important.

My tragedy. 

2006年10月17日(火) 11時55分
I am just so tired.
My heart was already broken. Who else can save it now.
After my departure, who else cares about me.
is there anybody thinking about my things, zutto, zutto.
I didn't mean to do nothing like this, i just got hurt so much.
Is there anybody who can really understand now.
Please give me the courage, to love, to open the door, please at least try once,
even i couldn't try to give you the opportunity.

I don't like things to happen like this again and over again.
I gained my everything, i lost my everything, everything has to start from the very new beginning. I am not really the person who can let everything pass, like never encountered before.
Something that i couldn't forget, i just don't want to let them gone.
I am so afraid to lose anything any more. i just want to hold them as tightly as i can, even i never tried that hard.

I just hate. 

2006年10月07日(土) 3時01分
I cannot do that.
That's not usual,
I just want to feel something right now.
I know i don't like it,
before something get in deeper,
before everything run faster.
I'm not able to be responsible, i know.
That's my big problem.
I cannot give them a fuck, neither did i.
I become knowing nothing at all..
KYOHEI,you ruined my heart thoroughly.
even i never meant to ruin yours.
i have to just follow.
This for long time.

"Before you hurt me,
i'd rather hurt myself."
It is not usual,
they started suddenly and ending slow.
It all begins slowly and get a sharp close.
That is climax.
Pain from climax.
Death from climax.

I WAS CALLED. 

2006年10月05日(木) 4時35分
I KNOW I CAN'T CONTRIBUTE MY LIFE TO EVERYBODY.
WHAT CAN I DO.
THIS ISN'T GONNA WORK AT ALL.
WHETHER I SHOULD BEGIN A REALATIONSHIP OR NOT,
EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IT'S JUST SPECIAL.
SHIT.
I WANNA BE SURE EVEN THOUGH I KNOW I'M NOT ABLE TO.
I CANNOT TAKE IT ANY MORE,
WHILE I AM STILL DOING THIS,
AND I AM EVEN EXPECTING IT.

Why should you hate me? 

2006年10月04日(水) 9時11分
IN EVERYONE'S HISTORY,
THEY HAVE TREASURE OF THEIR OWN.

BUT THE TIME LEFT IS NOT FOR THE A PAST.
SOMETHING IS STILL WAITING.
I NEED GET THEM DONE AS PERFECT AS POSSIBLE.
BECAUSE I KNOW I CANNOT AFFORD ANY LOSE.
ANY UNCERTAINTIES,
I MUST EXCHANGE THEM WITH LIFE COST BET.
THE RESULT MUST BE WIN.

I CAN HARDLY CONFESS THAT IS A CHALLENGE,
NEITHER CAN I PRETEND THAT IT IS NOT.
SO I DON'T THINK ABOUT IT ANY MORE.
I HAVE TO GET THEM ALL SHAKED OFF.
GET IT STARTED RIGHT NOW.
I STILL HOLD 0.01% POSSIBILITY.

WITH IT,

THERE IS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY HISTORY,
IT IS JUST A FUTURE PREVIEW.

SIN? NO.. 

2006年10月03日(火) 10時21分
YOURS IS BETTER,
BECAUSE IT IS ORIGINAL.
EVEN IT IT IS NOT THE BEST.
WELL DONE,KYOHEI..
PLEASE TAKE A BREAK. TIRED!
(I WANNA SAY THAT YOU ARE SO..O CUTE!)

I AM SO TIRED, TOO..
BUT RMEMBER, THAT IS GOD ONLY GIVES POWER TO PEOPLE WHO KNOWS HOW TO USE IT.

I START PRACICING THE LOVE STORY.
HOLD ON..

宿題 

2006年10月02日(月) 1時39分
大富豪と話をしました。
彼の車は素晴らしいです。

でも、あの人には、家族がない。
私も。ここに。

今日、宿題に対処しなければなりません。
そして、メモを始めなければなりません。
今、何が欲しいかについてわからないとしても、
It must be done, anyway.
I started disregarding a quit on the way.
フライトの切符を予約して、
ホテルの部屋を予約してください。
全ての文書を集めて、
アプリケーションを配置してください。

I will use the number at the last moment,
存在が確かではありません。
Any picture might be useful.
The river, the neighborhood, the people.
Any spot.
Conversation, contingency.
あのクリ−スマ−スが、
ウァートクリ−スマ−ス?

KYOHEIの友達に会いたい。
私も。

I reserve severl ideas.
After all, I will be in Japan. I will encounter a lot of things.
I know it.
That's not a challenge.
My life..
I would say, 人性がいろいろ。

I am doing shit?
Because "I just wanna keep doing shit."

〜あ〜 

2006年10月01日(日) 3時58分

明後日は学校にきます。
たくさん歩いて、足が疲れました。
このス−プは、味(AJI)が薄(USUI)いです。
子供を預(AZU)かってください。
銀行にお金を預けました。
汗(ASE)を拭(HU)きました。
猫に食べ物を与(ATAE)えないでください。
部屋を暖めておきました。
この辺り(ATARI)に図書館はありますか?
当たり前のことをきかないてください。
三つずつ配(KUBA)って、一つ余りました。
悪いことをしたときは、謝(AYAMARI)りなさい。
これは、魚ヲ捕(TORU)る網(AMI)です。
友達と争(ARASOU)うのは、好きではありません。
改(ARATAMERU)めて、自己紹介します。
あらゆる(ARAYURU)場所を探しましたが、ありませんでした。
とうとう姿を現(ARAWASU)した。ありがたいことです。
犯人が現れるのを待っている。
あの記号(KIGOU)は、何を表(ARAWASU)していますか?
この本を著した人に会いたいです。
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