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From America to Waseda

Kion Clucas/2nd-Year Student at the School of Advanced Science and Engineering
Jul 6, 2015

In my second home of Japan, taking the first step toward my dream

I was born to a Japanese mother and an American father, but lived in America for almost all of my life. For me, Japan is an exciting and unique country. No matter how many times I visit Japan, my interest in the rich and deep Japanese culture never wanes.

In addition to Japanese culture, I also find great appeal in Japanese people. The majority of Japanese people are reserved and well-mannered. They value respect and care for other. On the other hand, they seem a bit rigid and sometimes have trouble being frank with others. However, following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the world saw how all of Japan cooperated to support the disaster area. The speed and passion of the Japanese response was surprising, and it showed the depth of feeling that overflows from within Japanese people.

I decided to study abroad due to my interest in Japanese culture and people. Currently, I study life science, medical bioscience, and biological engineering at the Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience in the School of Advanced Science and Engineering. I chose this field due to my personal experience of receiving treatment at hospitals many times in the past, an experience which makes me want to bring happiness to people through medicine. Science evolves at an astounding speed and the field of biological engineering is no exception. This fast-paced environment has increased my desire to study the field.

My ultimate dream is to found a biomedical company in America in order to research and provide new technology for a variety of medical needs. Although I have a long road ahead of me, I have finally taken the first step on the journey toward my dream.

I explore Japanese culture by visiting Meiji Jingu Shrine on New Year's Day, going skiing in Nagano Prefecture and trying kyudo (Japanese archery)

The one Japanese culture which I cannot adjust to is slippers.
Slippers are sometimes used at facilities like hotels and schools. Although slippers are provided to keep feet warm and socks clean when taking off one's shoes, my feet are too big and my heels hang off the back of the slippers--an uncomfortable experience!


Kion Clucas/2nd-Year Student at the School of Advanced Science and Engineering