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From Tanzania to WASEDA

Mr. David Donald Mrema
2nd year student in the Master's Program, Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies

I am from a region named Moshi, located on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Tanzania is a tropical country located in east Africa. The official languages are Swahili and English. Tanzania is rich with natural resources and numerous species of wild animals live in national parks and wildlife preserves.

After studying electric power engineering at a local university, I obtained employment at a telecommunications company. While working, I searched for a scholarship that would support my research in the fields of computers and telecommunications. I was able to receive a scholarship from Waseda University. Since I was searching for a place to study advanced technology, Japan is truly the perfect place for me.

However, from the moment that I arrived in Japan, I felt confusion at cultural differences. The greatest problem is language. I never imagined that English isn't spoken by the majority of Japanese people, including employees at government agencies. In an effort to adapt to Japanese society, I have made time to study Japanese language, culture and customs. Japanese people respect others, are well-mannered, clean, hard-working and prefer healthy foods. As I studied aspects of Japanese culture, my perspectives were broadened by deepened cultural exchanges with foreign students from countries throughout the world. My time in Japan has increased my understanding towards other cultures.

Also, I have traveled across Japan to places such as Kyushu, Hiroshima, Okayama, Hakone and Fukushima. Wherever I went, I met people who welcomed me kindly, encountered beautiful nature and saw clean and organized towns. Despite the influence of advanced technology and Western culture, Japanese people continue to value their traditions and culture. Personally, I now wish to search for methods of preserving traditional values in Tanzania.

My life in Japan and at university has come to possess immeasurable value for me. Upon returning to Tanzania, I of course intend to find employment at a telecommunications company in order to implement the technology and ideas which I have studied. However, I also plan to spread volunteer activities and conduct education in local communities and universities. It is my dream that such social activities will someday bring about a change in the lifestyle and hearts of Tanzanian people.

Trying on a kimono during an event on Honjo Campus, Waseda University (2012; author is on far right)

A joint party at the student dormitory on Honjo Campus, Waseda University (2010; author is in the center of the back row)

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)