Message from Ms. Abhishikta Basu

Please give a short introduction of yourself.

I am Ms. Abhishikta Basu, from India. My hometown is Kolkata, the capital city of Bengal. Presently, I am a second year Ph.D. student at the Graduate school of Medicine and Veterinary medicine, in the University of Miyazaki. I am a privileged Mext scholarship student. MEXT is one of the best scholarships provided by Japanese government to foreigners.

What is your favorite thing about Miyazaki?

I love Miyazaki’s scenic beauty – the mountains edged with series of Pine trees, the lushy green fields, the vast blue Pacific ocean, the seasonal flowers and the clean air. The cave temples near the sea beaches and the Hanabi (fire crackers) festival on the bank of Oyodo river are my other favorites, to name a few.



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

Before arriving in Miyazaki, I was not aware of this place at all. Moreover, I was a bit worried about the frequent natural calamities which are known to be a constant companion of Japan since the inception. After coming here, I had a sea-change in my opinion. Miyazaki is not only blessed with a warmer climate but also less prone to earthquakes.

What attracted you to choose University of Miyazaki as a place to study?

The University hospital is much acclaimed for its care and cure of critically referred cases. They have a helicopter named, DoctorHeli, to extend their help in case of emergency. In my opinion, doing research in such an environment will provide me with dynamic exposure. Moreover, the equipment and facilities available here, also facilitate one to pursue advanced research. In a nutshell, University of Miyazaki is a wise choice for aspiring researchers.





In what way did you adjust yourself to Japanese culture?

Japan’s progress in the field of technology and automobiles is a well-accepted fact, but this development is accomplished by the people who are frequently affected by earthquakes and tsunamis and also had the misfortune of tasting atom bombs once. I wanted to learn how they manage to overcome such disasters and progress unremittingly. I found that the secret lies in hard work, with a keen eye on quality. And they are able to do this by their regular intake of ocha (green tea), fertilizer-free organic vegetables and good quality non-vegetarian products and regular exercise. Interestingly, all their meals and soups are rich in non-vegetarian items which supplies the necessary stamina to work hard. With slight change of eating habits and daily routine, I am able to mold myself to suit the work culture. As an added boon, I have also started to look young, just like the evergreen Nihon-jin (Japanese people).


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

Japan is a beautiful and safe place to do higher studies as well as quality work. It is birth place of the ground-breaking scientific advancement, the iPS cells. If you dream to pursue high-end research along with giving yourself the luxury of splendid scenic beauty and innovative gadgetry, Japan is a wonderful choice. The polite Japanese people can be your very trusting friends. Japan is the only place in the world which gives you the privilege to say, that where you are, the day starts from there!