Exchange Diaries: A Japanese Student’s Perspective

Contributed By: Miho Tanaka
Edited By: Anirudh Agrawal

My name is Miho Tanaka and I am an exchange student from the International University of Japan. I am the only Japanese student at IIM Bangalore. It has been a month since I came to India and I had an amazing time with plenty of pleasant surprises.

First of all, the biggest thing I was surprised to see was the rapid pace at which India has developed in the past few years. I had visited India seven years ago and had travelled alone to Taj Mahal, New Delhi, Kolkata, Ganges River, Mumbai and Bangalore. Things were different back then. Earlier, the auto-rickshaw used to charge me ten times the price on the guidebook and the night trains or buses were generally late by more than 10 hours. I also had a scary moment when I arrived at the Kolkata station alone in the middle of the night. Besides, before coming here, I thought that I had to wear full-length clothes.

Miho in her travels to Chennai

Seven years later, I am surprised to see the ease with which you can travel around comfortably in an Ola/Uber. When I went to Chennai last week, I was able to ride the train on time comfortably! I also love to use Swiggy! It comes in handy whenever I want to order food. I can wear the same casual clothes that I wear at my university in Japan. Parties on campus are far more frequent than my university and I enjoy them every time.

Secondly, I noticed that the Indian students, as well as exchange students, got along really well. My laptop stopped working in the first week itself due to which I had difficulty in submitting documents and accessing study material. However, both the Indian students and exchange students helped me a lot.
Other things I liked about IIMB were the facilities available here: Geysers for hot showers, delicious meal in the mess, sports facilities, training for yoga classes and the beautiful lush green campus. I am simply amazed by the goodness of the environment at IIMB!

Before I came to India, all my Japanese friends asked me “Why India? Why do you want to go there?”. Every time I answered that IIMB is the best university and I can make connections with Japanese companies which have expanded their businesses in India. But I realized that it was not the only reason. I wanted to come because I like this country. I have heard that some students from IIMB will be travelling to Japan as a part of their course. I really hope you guys like my country, the food and the people. I am looking forward to seeing you in Japan!

Miho Tanaka is an exchange student for PGP 2018 at IIM Bangalore

Media Cell IIMB is the student run outreach and communication committee of IIM Bangalore dedicated to form the bridge within the student community and the outside world.

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