NJP 2018

NJP Spring Experiences

I have acquired mainly two things. The chance to decide to take part in NJP was just that I had never been to Asia and I would like to go to Asia countries. I participated in NJP twice, because I wanted to go one more time.

First, it made me want to study English as a tool of communication to participate NJP. Indeed, as we found when we went to Nepal and did some surveys with a partner, it was very fun. Because I did surveys with my partner all day, we talked about many topics, for example movie, sports, and environmental problems in each country. Then I found that it was hard for me to tell what I think perfectly in English. I thought that I need more English skills in order to talk with my partner fluently. Therefore, I thought that I should improve the level of my English.

Second, I want to learn the culture of Nepal more. It was almost the new experience to go anyplace in Nepal. For example, during the survey I could not understand Nepalese, so my partner explained what respondents think to me. Then I asked him why he thinks so. Thought my partner’s translation, I found that people in Nepal have very different ideas depending on the background, education, and age. Therefore, I was interested in the Nepalese culture.
– Reo

The ten days of my NJP experience was one of the most interesting and exciting days. I got the opportunity to learn a lot about Japanese culture, tradition, working methods and obtained the opportunity to enhance my communication skills. It was a good learning experience to communicate and coordinate with foreign students; I tried my best to provide them as much information about my country as possible. My partner from Japan had visited Nepal for the second time, due to this reason it was easier for me to communicate and provide information to my partner.  The first few days of the NJP project 2018 was a bit difficult for me, due to my health condition but as I got better the days turned into wonderful moments with friends, brothers and sisters. One of the most memorable moments of my NJP experience was the first day were we met our partners, the nervous and confused faces of both Nepalese and Japanese students was one of the moments I’ll remember, along with the last day on hetauda were  we exchanged our cultural dances with each others. We performed our traditional cultural dance and some other trending Nepali dances; similarly the Japanese students also performed famous Japanese dances with high energy that made my night that day.

Hence, I can say that the NJP project of 2018 will be one of the most memorable events that I had attended in 2018. The memories of all the Japanese students will be on my mind forever.
– Bijin Pradhan

NJP was difficult for me, but I was able to do a very valuable experience. About Nepal I heard stories from NC students and workers and made us realize what is important to us living in Japan.Without NC students, I think I could not learn most of the things. They helped me in a slow and easy to understand English and I was really saved. They also made the survey very detailed, and talked about their own views.

The most difficult thing for me was discussion and presentation. The time was short, although I understood the contents, the focus tended to be small. Moreover, it became close to the opinion of specific people, not the opinion of the entire group. However, my partners and Japanese people from the same group taught me various things so that I was able to determine the point of focus for the next survey.

Thanks to NC’s students preparing, cultural night was very fun. It was nice to see national costumes because we had no chance to see them.

Living in Nepal was just unfamiliar and there were some painful parts for me, but I was happy to spend 10 days with NC students. Thank you.
– Mio Imai

NJP was like a week-long movie for me. Full of friendship, comedy, action, bonding, standing, surviving and thriving. I loved each and every part of it and gathered a lot of life experiences and knowledge. This project for me was by far the most organized project I have ever attended. It was a perfect syndicate of hard work, smart work and teamwork with a proper framework since day 1 and even before. My previous partner Leo Lizuka and my present partner Mio Imai have been like my support pillars. They are THE BEST PARTNERS. I literally felt as if I got a new family. After this project, I have come to the realization that things take better shapes when unplanned. I am especially thankful to our dear Senseis and seniors from the fourth year for making this experience meaningful.
– Shreni Rajbhandari

I went to Nepal to do field work using the last spring vacation at the university. So, I did various field work with my partner Shailaja. At first, I was very shy and poor at speaking in English. But she was always very kind to me. I could not listen to English, she was angry little, but it is a good memory. Even now I remember that she brought me to eat Nepalese food dishes every time when our questionnaire survey was done. Also, she gave me a Nepali hat. Even now, the hat is placed on my desk of the laboratory.

Until that time, I thought of myself as not a tearful person. I have never cried when I was at the graduation ceremony. But, I almost cried on the last day when I departure from Nepal. So, I don’t cry when I parted with friend who have been together for years. But farewell with her just spent only 10 days was very painful. I wonder my inside has changed completely while staying in Nepal. I can express my feelings well. For me, 10 days I spent with my partner Shailaja must be a treasure of my life.

NC students will be able to come to Japan in August this year. I am looking forward to see you all again in Summer Project.
– Yuki Horita

NJP was like a week-long movie for me. Full of friendship, comedy, action, bonding, standing, surviving and thriving. I loved each and every part of it and gathered a lot of life experiences and knowledge. This project for me was by far the most organized project I have ever attended. It was a perfect syndicate of hard work, smart work and teamwork with a proper framework since day 1 and even before. My previous partner Leo Lizuka and my present partner Mio Imai have been like my support pillars. They are THE BEST PARTNERS. I literally felt as if I got a new family. After this project, I have come to the realization that things take better shapes when unplanned. I am especially thankful to our dear Senseis and seniors from the fourth year for making this experience meaningful.
– Shailaja Kharel

It was my first time to participate in this project. We have been prepared for this project few months before visiting Nepal. Since my position was to make questionnaire about waste management, we searched some information related to waste management system in Nepal. It was my first time to do such investigation and also first time to visit Nepal, so I was very excited to visit Nepal. In Nepal, I met lots of great people. I did not have confidence in speaking English, however NC students were very kind so that I did not have to worry much about speaking English and able to spend precious time with them. During the interview of garbage, I could not do anything but I could learn lots of things from it. We visited variety of places, so that I could see lots of people living style. Also, I was very surprised by the result of the questionnaire, because even there are lots of garbage are thrown away on the road, their awareness toward recycling and waste management are very high. So that I was very curious about this result. This investigation gave me opportunity to rethink about my wastes management as well. Also, visiting local school was impressive for me because I did not expect that all students are highly motivated. My one of the personal goals that I wanted to achieve through this project was to be actively involved in every activity. So that these elementary students and NC students who lead us in every activities are very good example for me. After I came back to Japan, my way of thinking has changed. This project gave me opportunity to broaden my horizon and encourage me to take action. 
– Misaki Kato

Being my second year in Nepal Japan Project (NJP), I felt quite confident before the project began. Even with this confidence, I was taken quite aback from the openness of the Japanese students. They were very welcoming because of which we were able to bond with them in the first day of the project. This year, my partner was Misaki Kato. Being partnered with someone sweet and kind made my entire Spring Project memorable. Another reason why Misaki and I were able to become really good friends was probably because of our mutual love for food.

The entire experience was a good one since the students from both the countries were eager to learn about the culture and tradition of the other country. This gave us the exposure to think that the reason why we tend to act or think differently is because of our unique cultures. Being a part of Nepal Japan Project made me realize how important it is to understand the difference in our cultures. I am very thankful and honored to be part of such a project.
– Apekshya Pal

Nepal Japan Project is something that I always wanted to be a part of. This dream came true last March, as I got selected for the NJP Spring project 2018. I had Yuya Okubo from Waseda University as my partner. When the Japanese team arrived, I was excited to meet all of them. I met my partner and we got along really well. It was both our first time in NJP and so we both were looking forward to learning and exploring as much as we can from the project. The project began with different organizational visits and discussions in different places of Kathmandu. I got to learn about different waste management systems and transportation system of Nepal. We started our research work in Patan and my partner and I really had our patience tested. We worked hard to get proper answers to fill the questionnaires. The NJP excitement got even high when we went to Hetauda. We did a lot of questionnaire survey and visited different organizations related to our research work. We had a lot of fun in Hetauda during our free time and even during research work. The interaction and discussions among Nepalese and Japanese students every night brought us closer and was very productive. The cultural night at the last day of Hetauda and the alumni reunion and farewell in Kathmandu were particularly very lively and created very fond memories for all of us. We were all sad to see off our Japanese partners, but it isn’t a ‘goodbye’ but a ‘see you again’ and so, I can’t wait for the next project to happen.
– Janak Pokhrel

I participated in this program two times, 2017 and 2018. In NJP 2017, this is my first time to go abroad, so I was very nervous. But every NC students were very kind and I was very excited to interact with them. NC students are my first friends who live in abroad and my treasure, so I want to meet them again. That’s why I decided to come to Nepal again and I participated in NJP 2018 as a leader. Leader’s work was very heard I thought but I was able to learn and get many things. To become leader,

I was able to know the difficulty to combine every members, but I was able to know importance of members. In addition, I was able to get management skill. I want to management skill, so it is happy for me. I was also able to get precious memories. This year in culture exchange, addition to Japanese girl’s performance, I sang Nepali song that my partner taught me with 4 members and did dance using Nepali song with Japanese leaders. This experiences was good for me because. I feel I had confidence compared to before participated in this program. I think this program change me!!! I am  very very happy to participate in this program two times!!
– Sae

This year, I participated this Nepal Japan Project as a leader from university of the Sacred Heart. This was the second time to visit Nepal. I was so happy because I could visit Nepal again. Last year, I could not communicate well with National college students because I was not good at speaking English and felt resistance to speak English. Also, if something happens, I often depend on my Japanese friends and senior. So, after I went back to Japan, I felt regret. This year, not only I thought that I want to improve my English skills than last year but also, I wanted to become a leader of this project to overcome last year’s regret and I want to carry on this project as a leader. Before I made a questionnaire in Japan, I saw a lot of materials, papers and research information on the internet. I gained some knowledge and I expected some answers of local people. However, actually, I went on the spot investigation and I got some answers which I did not expect. I was shocked because my expectations were different although I researched a lot about the theme of our questionnaire. Also, I felt my ideas were being too naive. However, I was so happy because I went to Kathmandu and Hetauda and I could get a lot of new knowledge by hearing the talk from local people and National college students for the first time. 

I am so happy I could participate this project twice. Also, this year, I could learn a lot of things not only as a leader but also as a person. I could spend a wonderful time in Nepal. I really appreciate to my partner, Smriti, Shreya and all National college students. Thank you so much!!
– Mizuki Itabashi

NJP will always be a best part of college memories. Along with the cross cultural experience, it has been a learning platform for all the project members. We have had the opportunity to conduct research on various topics that has been critical to understand the different development scenario of Nepal and Japan. For the spring project, I and Shreya, we had the same partner Mizuki Itabashi. This was her second time in Nepal. She is nice and helpful. She didn’t hesitate to ask questions, so it was very easy for us to know whenever she didn’t understand responses from the survey. I had a great time working and having fun with her. Thank you for the good times.
– Smriti Rai

The spring project was my first experience in the Nepal Japan Project. Having heard from the seniors about the academic aspects of it, plus my own expectations about the learning opportunities I was about to be presented with, I was very excited for the project. 

When the Japanese arrived, there was a bit of awkwardness in the beginning which dissolved very quickly and we soon bonded over silly jokes and weird translations into each others languages. 

Research is a big part of our studies at National College. We had been given an overview of the basics of research during the course of our studies. NJP provided a real-life scenario of what research really looked like in reality. I believe this is one of the major take away from the program. 

We have been hearing time and again about the world being reduced to a small global village. NJP to me was a sweet teaser of what can be expected from global partnership. 

To sum up, the project was a great learning opportunity in which I simultaneously made lasting friendship with my partner Mizuki Itabashi and developed a bonding with my co-partner Smriti Rai.
– Shreya Paudel

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