Message from Mr. Sharma Bhupendra

Please give a short introduction of yourself.

My self is Bhupendra Sharma. I am a JICA scholar and pursuing doctoral degree in the department of mechanical engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Japan. In my research, I am developing a new cost effective fabrication approach to produce titanium biomaterials, under the guidance of Professor Kei Ameyama. I have completed my Masters of Technology (M. Tech) in Materials Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H), India. In future, I would like to see myself as a good researcher in my and explore more in the materials science and related area.


What is your favorite thing about Shiga/Kusatsu?

Very old and popular for so many shrines and temples. The beautiful lake, the green mountains the clean air and fresh water and not too much crowd make this place heaven for nature lovers. The Shiga people also known for their kindness and I also have similar opinion. If you are planning for vacation or hiking or want to play in fresh water this is the most wonderful place in Japan.


In what way has your impression of Shiga/Kusatsu or Japan changed since coming here?

Before coming to Japan I didn’t know/heard much about the secret beauty of Shiga prefecture except about biggest fresh water lake (Biwa Lake) in Japan. But after coming here I could see its natural beauty. I always experience that the people are also very kind and supportive.

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

First of all I would like to mention that my preference was research guide not the university. Therefore, our lab Ameyama Laboratory attracted me to study here. Our laboratory is famous in Japan and known for our professor’s idea about harmonic structure materials. We are developing advanced structural materials with high strength and high ductility. Particularly, Ritsumeikan BKC campus has a huge area and laboratories are equipped with highly sophisticated instruments.


In what way did you adjust yourself to Japanese culture?

It was very simple for me until unless you don’t annoy others nobody will bother you. So, I live here like all Japanese people. Simply, live your life. I am a vegetarian and rather than rising issues that “in Japan it is very difficult to find vegetarian food” I started cooking food by myself. Yes, initially life was little difficult here but with time I became used to it and enjoying a lot.


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

I think if someone coming from India, he/she should learn some basic Japanese and should know cooking. Don’t worry about safety, Japan is very safe country and it is very good for higher studies. You can enjoy a lot with your professor and Japanese/International colleagues. Keep your mind open and choose a good research group rather than university. It will help you to learn more in your research area.