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Y-E-S Award Plus Recipient

Aman Gupta
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Mechanical Engineering

Host institution/organization in Japan:
Human-Artifactology Division
Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering (RACE)
The University of Tokyo
May-July 2015

Despite of being a small archipelago with just 100 million inhabitants, Japan has left a big mark on the globe thanks to its people’s resilience (reflected in constant rebuilding even after wars and persistent natural disasters), inventiveness (reflected in the cutting edge research I participated in and witnessed), far-sightedness, cheerfulness and shunning of criminal acts, with crime being a rarity in Japanese society.
My Japanese professor redefined my perspective of a professor, giving me the sense of an elder brother or a friend who always guided me well with his superior knowledge while being playful and humorous with me at the same time.
The Japanese people, from the common folk in suburban trains to shop attendants are highly helpful, often going out of the way (giving personal time to help exploring shops or showing directions by personally accompanying others) to assist the needful, along with possessing high levels of civic sense and consciousness for environment. It was astonishing to see not a trace of pollution in Tokyo’s air, with its transport system working at efficiency and punctuality levels unrivalled in the world, despite of Tokyo being the biggest metropolis in the world.
Being an Indian who is always looking for flavorful food, I could honestly not develop much admiration for Japanese cuisine, finding it often over simplistic and over focussed on maintaining originality of ingredient taste. Tokyo also provided me the chance to explore global food which in-turn reinforced my love for Indian cuisine. Yet, Japanese food is another indicator of the attention Japanese people give to minute details which I believe has helped Japan to become a manufacturing and technology superpower.
To conclude, Japan and Tokyo provided me the first opportunity to experience a multi-cultural environment in a setting that was welcoming and peaceful, a rare combination in this world.

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