Rutherglen law student fulfils long-time ambition with work trip to Japan
old was how kind and friendly the Japanese people are.
“You hear so much about how other countries are becoming Westernised but Japan is still very iconic.
“One thing that I think the Scots and Japanese share is being very kind towards strangers.
“If I was ever lost or not sure about something, then everyone was very helpful.
“I actually managed to see the Takarazuka Revue perform and that’s very hard to do if you’re not Japanese.
“But so many people there were willing to help me try to get to see them perform.”
As the only European on her course, Caroline did find herself having a few misunderstandings, though.
“I found that sarcasm isn’t a common form of humour there.
“When I was at TMI I was given a big project to work on involving a Chinese company.
“I made a joke about it being no big d deal. Everyone was quick to explain it was important, why it was a big deal and asked why didn’t I think it was big?
“That was my most embarrassing m moment when I was there.
“There were some differences with t the education system too – at ICU every morning there was a test on the previous day’s learning, whereas over here it’s all about having an exam at the end of the course.”
There was another big difference in s store for Caroline too – she experienced a few earthquakes while there.
She says: “There were four or five minor ones. I’d never experienced anything like them before and one knocked the lamp to the floor in my room.
“I was talking about it the next day, which everyone found hilarious because they were all so used to it. Some of the people in the course were from California and places like that where they’re used to all the tremors.”
One of the biggest highlights for Caroline came near the end of her trip.
After wrapping up her internship at TMI, she was able to spend another two weeks in the country – and was joined by her parents Moira and David.
“My parents came out because they knew how influenced I’d been by Japan growing up.
“To see them experiencing it and showing them everything I’d learned was amazing.
“We went to Kyoto, where there’s a lot of the older buildings and temples. That was fascinating.
“It was a great trip – I’d really hope other people might look into trying for the scholarship because it’s something that has changed my life.”