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Témoignage


2017 CERAP IDDH CI SophiaUni Japon couv

 

Le CERAP/IDDH a un partenariat avec Sophia University au Japon.

Cette année, l’étudiante Elisha Hanna Sarah, en L2 au CERAP/IDDH y est en semestre d’échange.

Voici son témoignage (et oui : en anglais !)

 

Tokyo, November 23rd, 2017

 

Greetings from Sophia University!

 

I am Elisha Hanna Sarah, a second-year student of finance and accounting in Jesuit University Institute of Abidjan (CERAP/IDDH). As part of an exchange program between the CERAP and Sophia University (Japan), I have been sent to Tokyo for one semester of study. As a representative of CERAP and Côte d’Ivoire, I am now learning the Japanese language, Japanese people’s mindset, lifestyle, and all traditional features of this modern society, very different from ours, while receiving the same kind of intellectual and human education from another Jesuit university (Sophia University). This is an experience in another part of the world, in another culture, and it makes me realize how rich the world is from all these differences.

 

I arrived in Tokyo two months ago, precisely (Sept 19) and these are some of the amazing experiences I have had the chance to live so far. I would like to share it with you.

 

First day of class. It sounded like the official start of the challenge in the place where I would spend most of my time, working, making friends, entertaining, etc. And I needed to be full of joy, energy (the yellow color) despite my small worries of being a new student (because no one goes to war to lose!).

 

During the holidays, I had the chance to visit the famous neighboring cities of Kyoto and Osaka.

Kyoto is so beautiful! There are a lot of temples and very nice places to visit. A very traditional city where a lot of people wear kimono, tourists can also rent one and dress in Japanese traditional way.

Osaka is different but not less beautiful. You can see on the picture the Osaka castle (Osaka-ju), old and stately, from the bridge to get there. It is located in the middle of the city, surrounded by buildings, a great contrast between tradition and modernity.

 

The first thing that comes to mind about what I’ve seen during this trip is nature. Japanese people are respectful and attentive to nature around them. They take care of it, make it so beautiful that the entire world comes to see how amazing and healthy it is (a huge number of tourists every season).

There, I also ate my favorite Japanese food so far, which is called Okonomiyaki, a culinary specialty of the region. It is like a salted crepe with some vegetables, meat and sauce over, sometimes a bit spicy. A very tasty meal!

 

The last comment goes to Tokyo, where I live. I think I will need several more months to know it better but as we know, it is a very big, famous, touristic city with different facets. Some places like Shibuya are very animated while others are calm or more traditional. A big population lives here, Japanese and foreigners. This might suggest that life here is very stressful and agitated. I would say: not that much. Why? because Japanese people are very disciplined and care about common welfare so public life is easier, well organized (and foreign people discover with astonishment how much order and discipline are great).

 

This exchange program is worthwhile and would be more beneficial to Côte d’Ivoire, which is trying to reach development, if more Ivorian students could have this chance to go and study in a country like Japan (a great model for our country) each academic year. So I do encourage CERAP’s students (freshmen especially) to take advantage of this opportunity and work as much as necessary to be able to benefit from it and make benefit our country too.

 

Elisha Hanna Sarah,

From Sophia University

L2, Finance & Accounting

Jesuit University Institute