Category Archives: Life @ Oita

Cultural Tolerance

Sometimes when we do what we think is polite, can be interpreted as rude by others. For example, when we are visiting as guests; in American customs the host would ask the guest about his/her preference, such as what drink to serve, hot or cold, with sugar, milk, or even add cookies :). In Indonesia, it depends, the host will adjust according to his closeness to the guest, but would most likely offer options. In Japan, the host never ask the guest about his preference. (This is just simple generalization for comparative analysis).

“Please help yourself” can have an unpleasant ring on Asian ears. The Asian traditional sensibility interprets it as “nobody will help you” instead of “please take what you want”. Nowadays as people get more exposed to foreign culture, they have more sense to tolerate and understand these cultural differences.


Japan’s Fun Facts,, Did you know….?!

1. Japanese like to eat “Nattou” for breakfast. Nattou is a food destined to either be hated or favored for your entire life. It is sticky, salty and “ammoniacally” smelly. If you do happen to eat it for the first time, you will get caught in stringy “natto” spider web. No wonder it’s tasty, since it is partly made out of fermented soy beans, mustard, raw quail egg, and bacteria (Bacillus subtilis natto). The good part: I nearly threw up after chewing 10 times. The bad part: it’s healthy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Itadakimasu!

2. Japanese (female) students like to wear high heels to campus. More than half at mine. Some like to save up to buy Louis Vuitton bags. And while I shiver of the dreaded winter, they have the “heroes” ability of wearing mini-skirts even in those conditions. Envy that! (not the skirts, the ability). Urayamashii yo.

3. Sometimes you can find escalators that are crazily steep, nearly perpendicular to the ground. It’s nearly like an elevator. Not only that, they can also be so long. Beware of the local customs though. At Kyushu-Kanto area we stand still on the left, and walk on the right. In Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, etc), it is the exact opposite. Stand still on the right if you don’t want to be bumped with “Sumimasen!”

4. Bring your passport if you go shopping at Akihabara, which the Japanese refer to as “Electronic City”. We can get discounts by showing a tourist visa (6 months max stay). Too bad my visa was for one year, so no luck for me. Zannen desu ne.. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Also be careful in this area, there were crime last year. Kiotsukete ne..

5. For romantic hotspots in the Kansai area, I would go for Kyoto and Kobe. Kyoto’s atmosphere is uniquely, traditionally outstanding. There are romantic paths of Gion area. But be sure to bring money, a (romantic) dinner here on average can cost $120 per person.
For hungry moneysavers, go to Kobe, there is a Wonderful all you can eat restaurant for only $20. They have delicious crab, meat, seafood, Italian food, pudding, ice cream and even chocolate topping if you need to get fat. One plus, the waitress were very fine ๐Ÿ˜‰ Another plus, it is located by a lake/sea and we can view Kobe city from there.
Oh, Kobe have significant number of foreigners, and the first mosque built in Japan was in the city of Kobe! Sughoi…!

Film Indonesia di Televisi Jepang (ๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎใƒ†ใƒฌใƒ“็•ช็ต„ใงใ‚คใƒณใƒ‰ใƒใ‚ทใ‚ขใฎๆ˜ ็”ปใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸใ‚ˆ)

Sewaktu back-up foto2 saya selama di Jepang, saya menemukan foto menarik. Saat baru mulai tinggal di Jepang, saya sempat melihat orang2 Cina menonton TV… yang ternyata film “Ada Apa Dengan Cinta”-nya Dian Sastro-Nikolas Saputra, subtitled in Japanese!!.. Very surprised indeed..


Candle Night at Oita University

Here are some photos I took at the Candle Night. It was supposed to be on the 20th of June, but it rained, so the event was postponed one week later, 27th June (today). There were musical performances during the candle night, slow, jazzy music.

(Sorry, they’re a bit blurry, click to enlarge)


Some are taken by my tutor, Faizal.

From Wiki:

Candle Night is an international celebration usually held during the summer solstice or winter solstice. Celebrants, turn off their electric lights, light candles and enjoy various activities.

Sports Day with tutors

Today is sports day, where we play sports with other international students and tutors. Tutors are Japanese ‘friends’ who helps out with life inside and outside campus.

Started at 10 o’clock in the morning, played a badminton for a little while. Then I played basketball for around an hour. Haha, only scored one straight throw. ๐Ÿ˜›

After that we walked to the field, and waited for people to come, since they are oversleepers. While waiting, I tried to throw and bat baseball. Wow, for a first timer I wasn’t bad (in other words, great). I think I’ve got some talent to play baseball ๐Ÿ˜›

It was time for soccer.. (outdoor futsal to be exact). We played for a while, like, 3 hours! It was nice to see friends from China, Ghana, USA, Japan, Malaysia and don’t forget Indonesia in one field. To be honest I think I suck at soccer, I didn’t play it when I was a child, and don’t play often neither. We played in shine and in the rain (hyperbolic).

The tutors were playing baseball from 3 p.m. And soon afterwards the students joined in (except me.. and my tutor). It was raining, so I wasn’t really in the mood. Somebody special was waiting for me at the internet, hungry, haven’t finished my neural net program which bothers my mind a lot. I’m in debugging mode right now, using gdb.

Pheew… it has been a tiring day, but so much fun! Sad to leave Japan in two months time… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Edit in the afternoon (after shopping): Huhuu… I didn’t get bananas… cheap bananas… sold out ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
But I got orange juice ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Ow, and I found Tabasco… oh my.. at last something hot and spicy in Japan, it’s about time (8 months). ^^

Streaming Indonesia TV

The big news on the death of Indonesia’s former President, Suharto, made me want to watch the news from Indonesian TV channels..

I used the TVU Network for ANTV.

I found (there’s JakTV, RCTI, SCTV, Trans7, TransTV, MetroTV and Indosiar) follow this link
Sometimes you have to wait a long time for a channel to load… well, better than nothing ๐Ÿ˜‰