Message from Mr. Chakraborty Anirban


          Please give a short introduction about yourself.

I was born and brought up in Agartala (Tripura) in the north-eastern part of India. In 2012, I graduated in Civil Engineering from  Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. After graduation, I worked as a Graduate Engineering Trainee and Senior Engineer (Civil) at Larsen & Toubro Constructions. In 2014, I started my Masters at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur but discontinued and came to Japan on April, 2015 and joined Kyoto University as a Research Student. I am now a Masters student at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University with research in Earthquake Engineering. On a lighter note, I am a passionate Photographer and a traveler at heart.


What is your favorite thing about Kyoto?

Kamogawa, the river that flows right through centre of Kyoto is undoubtedly my favorite. On one end, there is the calmness of Shimogamo Jinja and on the other end is the bustling down-town of Kyoto, Gion-Shijo. Amdist the contrast there seems to be a oneness.


In what way has your impression of Kyoto or Japan changed since coming here?

In the beginning, I could not speak any Japanese. It was a little difficult to communicate. At the time, I was more of a tourist studying in Kyoto. But now, when I can communicate and talk to the shopkeepers, Japanese friends and others, I feel more comfortable. Kyoto now feels like a home.

What attracted you to choose Kyoto University as a place to study?

My research interest is in the field of earthquakes. Japan is one of its worst sufferer almost at a daily level. So, Japan was an obvious choice. Kyoto University , other than being one of the leading research Universities in Japan offers an opportunity to spend a part of my life in the beautiful city of Kyoto. So, I chose Kyoto University.

In what way did you adjust yourself to Japanese culture?

I usually follow the saying ,’ When in Rome, do as the Romans do ’. As an Indian, I definitely miss the spice in food and the loud talking habits. But as I opened myself up to the challenge, I now enjoy traditional Japanese food and also appreciate the silence more.

Please give a message to students or researchers in your home country who may be thinking about studying in Japan?

Japan is a very refreshing place for educational life. Being a student in Japan has its privileges. Please do not worry about the language. It is an issue but not that big. If you are willing to get involved and learn it, you will find it way easier than you thought. There is a lot to learn from here, both academically and spiritually.