A Literature-Like Journey

– 「Started from Literature」 –


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Majored in management engineering at Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. In his final thesis, he studies the analysis of business processes in a solar energy company. Using QMS and Gap Analysis, we contribute to enhancing the superiority of the company by collecting data, conducting interviews, and analyzing. He also has IT skills in SOLIDWORKS and Python. Interview in Japanese is possible. He is currently taking UI/UX courses and has a strong sense of curiosity.


Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)
Engineering and Design

Exposure to Japan through Japanese literature and an exchange program in Japan

Since I was young, I have been into Japanese literature, such as the works of Haruki Murakami. Manga has also been a big part of my reading material. In fact, I have so many Japanese books that I love and read almost every day around my desk. As I continued to expose myself to these Japanese literary works daily, I began to teach myself the language while in high school. It was not a serious undertaking, just a casual and informal study of Katakana, Hiragana, and a few other Kanji using a language-learning app. I completed two courses and found the materials given were made to be interesting, which makes the Kanji memorization not arduous as it should.

When I heard about a two-week exchange program in Japan, I jumped at the chance to apply. Why not, right? I ended up staying with a host family in Iwate prefecture, located in the northern part of Japan. The trip was full of memorable experiences, including the gradual shift from no snow to a full-blown snowstorm in Morioka, which was both bizarre and interesting. Additionally, I noticed that cars in Japan always allow pedestrians to cross first and often bow while saying “どうぞ” (You can go first) which was kind of weird for me.

On a different note, Japanese books are visually stunning and of exceptional quality. I remember buying a chemistry book at a local bookstore, and it was so beautiful that I hung it up in my room like a piece of art. I still have a book given to me by my host family, which has simple packaging and makes me want to read it just by looking at it, although I have yet to finish it due to the complexity of the Kanji characters. I also appreciate how the Japanese concept of a book is to learn something new, and the addition of another book cover to protect it makes the book long-lasting, which is amazing. The books are also small and easy to carry, making them perfect for reading on the go. I feel like this reflects the Japanese mindset in a way. Overall, my two-week stay in Japan was full of weird and wonderful experiences, which fueled my interest in working and living in Japan, based on my love of literature and my exchange program experience.


-Opportunity to Grow in a High-Pressure Environment-

In my opinion, the Japanese place a high value on discipline, professionalism, and responsibility, and their society is very time conscious. While living in Japan may be more stressful, it is a worthwhile trade-off because it allows for personal growth and improvement. If you view the pressure as a negative thing, then it will be negative. However, if you see it as an opportunity to grow, then it becomes a positive experience. Personally, I believe that Japanese society and companies offer the best environments for personal growth.

During my interviews with Japanese companies, I noticed how their values were reflected in the interview process. My mentor from ASIA to JAPAN was very strict with the students during the interview process. He emphasized that Japanese companies require professionalism and demand that candidates give their 100%. If you do not give your all, then you will not receive their attention. I am grateful to my mentor for giving me insight into the Japanese work culture and how to succeed in interviews with Japanese companies. Thanks to his guidance, my first interview was a success. 

From my experience, Japanese interviewers tend to be more relaxed and focus on asking ABC questions. I was advised to prepare for each question and verbalize my thoughts. I worked hard to prepare and it paid off.

When I shared the news of my success with my parents, they were both thrilled. My mother cried tears of joy and my father, who I have never seen cry, was also emotional. I was overjoyed as well. It is a bit embarrassing to share this story, but I felt the love from my parents.

I am eager to move to Japan in six months and immerse myself in a new culture. Life in Japan will be vastly different from what I’m used to in Indonesia, both in daily life and work. While life in Japan may be time-bound and pressured, I relish the challenge and look forward to growing and having fun. But before I leave, I plan to travel around Java to learn more about my roots and home country.


How much you improve depends on how you view the world

I grew up with my mother. She was not strict at all, and she always let me do whatever I wanted. I believe that my mindset is a product of her education. I learned from her that personal growth depends on how you view the world. If you have a positive outlook, you will achieve better results.  
This applies to job interviews as well; just try your best and take the first step. If you fail, try again and keep trying until you succeed. Indeed, you need to do very sufficient preparation. The interview is just a session of talking, however, the preparation behind it is immense. If you put in the effort and try your best, you can achieve anything you want. 

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Studied automotive engineering at Anna University’s Faculty of Automotive Engineering in India and graduated as a topper student. The government sponsored a two-week training session Melbourne. Based on mechanical engineering, he has studied CAD such as SIEMENS NX and Solidworks, and also studied electronics knowledge such as the development of FYP’s vehicle anti-theft system.

Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia's top science school. Worked at a manufacturing company for about 3 years, including 1 year in Japan. His research theme in university is to create weld fracture evaluation using finite element analysis and standard hand calculation AWS D1.1. He has also participated in numerous design competitions and won first prize.

Specializes in mechanical engineering and mechatronics at the University of Pune, India. In his graduation research, under the title of “Design and Development of Automatic Cookers,” he is developing a cooker that allows people who cannot cook or who do not have time to cook delicious food in a short time. All one has to do is provide the necessary ingredients and quantity required for the selected dish and heat it with an induction cooker. He has four members and is in charge of hardware design. He is interested in Japan because he learned about Japan’s high technical capabilities, Japanese way of thinking about work, work environment, etc. from his uncle who has worked in Japan for 8 years using CATIA and SOLIDWORKS in 3D-CAD. He wishes to improve his skills by working in Japan, which has high technical skills.

An Indian female student who can speak Japanese at a native level. After studying abroad at Okayama University for a year, she sympathizes with the Japanese way of thinking and working style and aims to work in Japan for a long time. As an intern at SG Analytics, she conducted a management analysis of a Japanese company by taking advantage of her ability to speak Japanese. After graduating in February 2021, she has been working as an assistant for Japanese interpretation and translation with the kindness of a professor in the Japanese language department of the university until Corona settles down. She is also interested in acquiring IT skills and is studying by herself.