Message from Mr. Savyasachee Jha


          Please give a short introduction about yourself.

My name is Savyasachee Jha, and I’m a Chemical Engineering major from BITS, Pilani studying chemistry at Kyoto University. My hometown is Chandigarh, India. I have always been interested in science, football, and music, not always in that order.


What is your favorite thing about Kyoto?

Kyoto is a beautiful city with just the right amount of urbanness for it to feel like a city, but not enough for it to feel overcrowded. Everything in Kyoto is built around that aesthetic; be it the thousands of temples the city is known for, or the central Shijo Kawaramachi area. This aspect of Kyoto makes it a popular destination for many people from around the world, making it a melting pot of culture, tradition and modernity. It is a charming place to meet Japanese people and understand them, because they are so used to tourists.


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

My impression of Japanese people has changed a lot after coming here. Having spent almost three years with them, I have come to understand their idiosyncrasies, their small habits, their mannerisms, and I have come to love them for it. While I want to travel the world during my studies, I can see myself living in Japan not just because of its serene beauty, but also because of the amazing people you meet everywhere.

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

Kyoto University was a natural choice because of its towering academic reputation in the sciences and engineering. With 8 Nobel prize winners, the university is a serious contender for the greatest minds in Asia. In addition, the promise of lectures being taught in English by world-class professors was too good to give up.

In what way did you adjust yourself to Japanese culture?

I started eating Japanese food, and I loved it. I also started going to all the parties and trying to understand Japanese culture better. I interacted with people from all parts of society, from actors, to scientists, to MBA graduates. I went fishing with my friends, I went for karaoke, and I did everything a Japanese person would do when in Japan. It really helped to be part and parcel of the culture.

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

Japan is a lovely place to come and study in. The best part about it is the promptness and professionalism in everything. A sense of trying to make everything perfect is part of the culture, and it translates itself to academics very well. I believe that all of us have a lot to learn from Japan, and anyone who comes here to study will surely enrich their life a lot.