TOKYO DREAM

Ruther­glen law stu­dent ful­fils long-time am­bi­tion with work trip to Ja­pan

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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.”

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