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Honda Y-E-S Award in Laos
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Y-E-S Award Plus Recipient

Souphaysone Manodharm
Electrical Engineering
National University of Laos, Faculty of Engineering

Host institution/organization in Japan:
Kyoto University
Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Civil and Earth Resource Engineering
April 2014-March 2016

I think that I am destined to be here; in Japan and especially the lovely city I am staying now, Kyoto. One year has passed so quickly and words cannot explain enough how much I have enriched every single moment in Kyoto. The first thing to talk about my awesome Japan’s memories is Japanese People. I would like to share my short but totally impressive history. I arrived in Japan on 2nd April 2014 and by 1 PM I reached my dormitory. There was one female staff waiting for me, she was very friendly, kind and helpful. She asked me if I had eaten anything after landing or not, I said no then she gave me her only cup noodle she had. I believed it was not a part of student service but from her kind heart instead. That is my first meal and also the first impression about Japanese people I have. When going somewhere else, I was always helped by Japanese people when I get lost. Although Kyoto is not as huge and complicate as Tokyo but it is different from where I come from. Secondly, another Japanese person who I expect the most, who really made the significant change and guide in my life in Japan is my Supervisor. He is like my second father, he loves all his students and no matter how busy he is, he always seeks a time to talk with us about the thesis. He is not strict like the previous information I got in my mind about Japanese professor. In contrast he is considerably kind and open-minded, he listens to my problem, gives me a freedom to do what I dream to bases on my interest not his. All he has are the strong support and fruitful suggestion for me to be improved. In summary, I am so much into Japanese people and the way how they organize and manage their lives; I truly absorb to Japanese Culture whatever I do. Finally I’m really appreciated every experience I learn in Japan every day and it will be like this forever. Thank you for making me a better person, Japan.


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