Technos International Event Student Reports 2017

The prestigious annual Technos International event sees four undergraduate students in their second year spend two weeks in Japan. The trip aims to promote international exchange and understanding between students of Pembroke and Technos International Colleges, as well as to offer opportunities to experience Japanese culture. Read our 2017 Technos trip reports below.

Isabel Smith (Experimental Psychology) 

'We took a coach to Midori no Mura (‘Green Village’) in the Nagano Prefecture via Mount Fuji, a few hours drive from Tokyo. Our guide Sho had thought of everything, and told us about each region we passed through on our journey. When we started to approach Mount Fuji on the winding uphill road, everyone whipped out their cameras to try and catch a first glimpse. Once at the fourth level we were lucky that the clouds cleared for just long enough to take a group photo - one of the many that were taken on the trip.'  Isabel Smith

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Dan McAteer (History) 

'Sleeping on traditional futon at Midi No Mura, in communal rooms, gave practical insight into a side of Japanese life imperceptible in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Midi No Mura is a serene place, and I think that we began to understand why the calm of the Onsen, the peace of the countryside, and the appreciation of the natural world go hand-in-hand as inseparable parts of Japanese culture.' Dan McAteer

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Vicky Robinson (English Language and Literature) 

'Undoubtedly though, what made the trip so unique and special were the friendships we formed with the people we met across the two weeks. The Technos students were all so bubbly and enthusiastic, from the moment they met us at the airport to the goodbye ceremony at the end of the program. We also made friends with the other international students – and our friendships with both the other international students and the Technos students are ones that I will cherish forever.' Vicky Robinson 

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Jack Smith (Engineering Science) 

'Some of my favourite cultural experiences from the trip were visiting the numerous Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Often in a tranquil wooded place just off a bustling street, I was enthralled by their history and serenity, as fascinated by their continuing relevance in the modern Japanese lifestyle. We visited some very pretty ones in Kamakura, during a very atmospheric storm no less. We also saw the impressive Great Buddha of Kamakura.' Jack Smith 

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