What's the same and different? Thoughts from our Myanmar representative

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Otemae University’s Myanmar representative, Thu Thu, visited Japan earlier this month to learn a bit more about our university and Japanese culture. She shares her thoughts about the cultural differences and training experience.
 
What’s your role with Otemae?
I am working to recruit students from Myanmar to study at Otemae University. I also offer support in various aspects concerning students, such as taking the university entrance exam, applying for visas, and other things until they arrive in Japan.
 
What was the most interesting thing about your trip?
The best thing is that I saw Japanese customs and lifestyles in reality, and I could feel the difference between the two countries, not only in physical things, but also mentally. For example, in Japan, I think the main type of transportation is train and in Myanmar, we rarely use train. I think we really need to develop the public transportation system. Mentally, most Myanmar people are afraid to say “No” to work or social requests or invitations, because they feel bad to refuse. But I think Japanese people are not afraid to excuse themselves from irritating conditions. Another great thing was that I realised that Japan is very safe and enjoyable for foreigners, if they don't mind the high cost of living!
 
What did you like about Hyogo and Kansai?
I liked everything about the Hyogo area! I love the Shukugawa (Shuku River) in Nishinomiya, and I also love Kyoto and Kobe too. The Kansai region makes me feel at home with lovely things like Japanese shrines, and the quiet atmosphere. I love foods such as yaki gyoza (fried dumpling), okonomiyaki (savoury pancake with various ingredients), takoyaki (octopus dumpling), and karē (Japanese Curry).

Thu Thu (centre) with two students from Myanmar at Otemae's opening ceremony in early April this year.

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