Message from Mr. Sivakumar Dineshkumar

Please give a short introduction about yourself.

Name: Sivakumar Dineshkumar
Home country/region: India/Tamil Nadu
Affiliation: Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering (M2), Graduate School of Engineering
Hobbies: Travelling and Playing computer games


What is your favorite thing about Hiroshima City?

Hiroshima is a really fantastic prefecture. Hiroshima city is not as big as Tokyo or Osaka, but it’s a perfect place to experience both modern and traditional Japan. It is really an inspiration living at this place, considering the pace it has been developed since then the A-bomb. This is one perfect prefecture to experience all the 4 seasons of Japan and lastly my personal favorite about this place is its delicious OKONOMIYAKI.



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

Before Japan, I didn’t know much about this country except for the fact that this place is the origin of all the cool electronic stuff. About the people, I always had this impression that Japanese people are really disciplined. And both of those were very true. I feel I have learnt a totally new definition of the word discipline. Each second matters in Japan!


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

I wanted to go to a place where there is good education but at the same time has not been a popular destination for Indians, such as Europe or America. These are very common destinations for a mechanical engineer. However, I wanted to do something different. Except for the language barrier, I know Japan is as good as a place to study and have a career, as anywhere. Despite the language being difficult. I wanted to take this opportunity as a challenge and head to Japan. I belong to a program called Global Manpower Development Project for Hiroshima Prefecture. I didn’t have any written entrance examination. My university in India and Hiroshima University have an MOU, a partnership agreement, so Hiroshima University wanted students from Asia. Every year, five students from Asia are selected, and they come to Hiroshima University for Masters in Engineering. I was really interested in this opportunity and I applied. The HU professor in charge of the program came to India to interview applicants, and after the interview the results were released and I was selected.


In what way did you adjust yourself to Japanese culture?

To keep it simple it was just 4 mantras, SMILE, BOW, EXCUSE ME, THANK YOU. I had to adjust to the food here which was initially difficult but now am in love with Japanese food as much as Indian. Of course the culture here is quite different from India, but I was quite ready to accept it. So I kept my mind open, and as simple as that I was able to adapt to this country.



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

I think if someone from India can come here they can learn Japanese naturally. I feel Indian languages and Japanese are actually in some way interrelated. Maybe that’s why I was able to learn the basics of Japanese very quickly. So I think Japan is actually a really good place for Indian people to study, but a lot of people are not aware of that. It is not a common location of study for Indians because of the language barrier but there are a lot more positives than negatives in Japan. Compared to the stories I hear from my friends studying in other countries abroad, I think Japanese people are really kind and helpful. And the culture here is amazing!!