Being able to study tourism in this international city of Kyoto was what got me. I feel that this Department is special not only because of the classes that makes us think about global issues, but also the chance to learn about management and economics as well. There are also many opportunities to use English in our classes and fieldwork. I have personally put a lot of effort in improving my English skills by actively taking classes held in English --and because of that, I have grown so much in the past year! My current goal is to work on tackling Japan's agricultural problems. I am broadening my academic knowledge so that one day I could help revive the agricultural sector in a way that respects local communities.
For my fieldwork at Awara Onsen hot springs, I did a survey on the Echizen Railway. It was difficult since it was my first time, but the experience came with many interesting discoveries along the way.
I am also involved in putting together the free local publication Enjoy Kyoto, which features information and stories about the exciting aspects of Kyoto. I enjoy being able to interview, write the original draft, and translate it into English.
I wanted to refine my English skills since that's what I do best. I enrolled in this Department because I was interested in also learning about tourism studies. The Department offers many classes that offer opportunities to get out of our classrooms and actually explore tourist attractions in Kyoto. When I look around those spots with a perspective of "Why do people gather here?" I can see new aspects and challenges that I never realized before. This is how I acquired a new skill to look at things from multiple angles. My dream is to work at a job that brings people together and establish connections. In order to fulfill that dream, I am working to earn qualifications and gather information.
I also participated in a language program at the University of Guam. I actively communicated with the local students and our cultural exchanges came out successful! They were all really nice, and on our days off they showed me around Guam.
I chose Guam as my destination in the CEP. I am now focusing on "dark tourism" from my experiences there and am conducting a comparative study on Guam and Okinawa. In the near future I would like to share about the history of the Battle of Okinawa and its battle sites.
As a part of the Community Engagement Program (CEP) in my sophomore year, I stayed at Kinosaki Onsen for about a month. My group researched about the issue of food waste and proposed an idea to reuse them to nurture marine life. What moved me the most during my stay was how the ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) employees welcomed each guest with a warm smile and were proud to work there. The experience made me curious about the accommodation sector, so much that during summer break in the following year, I worked at that same ryokan I stayed at for CEP. My current goal is to work at a foreign-owned hotel. Further down the line I would like to build my career in hotel management and operations, which is why I am also studying marketing.
A group photo with the ryokan employees at Kinosaki Onsen. Engaging with a lot of inbound guests while they let me stand at the front desk has made me realize that I needed to learn English for hospitality.
This department is unique in a sense that the professors and students are really close. Even the department chair welcomes anyone for a casual chat! It's amazing to be able to study in an environment where you can talk just about anything to professors who are full of knowledge and experience. Students are taught in a way that helps the achievement of each students' individual goals.