November 25, 2014

My internship in Japan (Niigata)

If you haven't read my previous blogposts about my overseas industrial attachment at Japan you can click on the links below:


Working in Japan is one of my greatest experience so far! The people there are so nice to communicate too and they are not only patient but very kind too. Despite the communication barrier, we were still able to translate our body language to talk to each other. The only funny thing is when we have to use Google Translate to talk to each other. Above is a picture of a huge tentage that my colleague and I built. Do note that everything including the tent sheets are made from scratch! 


I was attached to a logistics company during my internship period! The company has many years of experience in the industry thus I learnt plenty of things about administration & practical work. Japanese are very passionate into their work and they like to complete things in one piece. If you were wondering where are the rest of my course mates, we were all actually split into different companies thus, I was attached to this company with my friend. (Miss those days when I have to wake him up for work). If you aren't aware, the time difference between SG and Japan is one hour difference. So technically, I have to wake up at 430am (SG timing) for work if not we will miss the bus. The bus comes an interval of 20 minutes. Hence, we need to be on time for the bus because they leave very punctually.


This is the manufacturing department where all the materials to make a tent are cut and binded together. There are actually measurements on the floor, so you need to cut the tentages according to the given instructions. You can see that there is a lot of hard work to be done, because the measurements given are the exact size that will fit into the mental poles. Hence, when you cut the right size, you need to be very alerted and precise.


On the last day of work before we left the company. We had a surprise lunch party in the company's office. My friend and I were really touched because we didn't really knew that there was a party secretly being planned for us. I was sitting beside the interpreter that could speak fluent english. She's actually the boss's English teacher. Thankful of her presence because she helped us a lot in translating our questions to our colleagues. We had several conversations like what food do we eat in Singapore and where are the places to buy last min gifts! I showed my colleagues every single food photo I could find in my phone like Chicken Rice, Chilli Crab, Nasi Lemak because they were all very interested in finding out what we usually eat in SG. My only regret is I wished I could have bought some instant chicken rice paste or curry sauce in SG and give it to them as a gift before I left.


The lady boss (picture above) prepared lunch for us! I have never tried home-made Japanese food before so I was really curious how will it taste like. You see the big wooden bowl filled with sticky rice? We were having DIY Japanese Onigiri for lunch! They even taught us how to make our own onigiri (of cos I made a mess)! But not bad for first timer! 


The secretary and general manager showing me how to make my own onigiri! All so cheerful and happy! I feel like my friend and I are the most luckiest guys on earth to even have colleagues whom we just met for less than 3 weeks to even plan a huge farewell party that we wound't even dare to request for. 


Beef Stew Soup with potatoes and vege! One of the best thing I've ever tired! I think the broth tasted a little like babi ponteh (a Nonya dish). The entire dish was sweet and I had many rounds of it!


I do not know how to describe this but I'll call it Japanese Omelette Cakes! They tasted sweet too! Oh ya, this is so insta worthy! Haha!


Fried Rice Balls!


And of course, the legendary Tokyo Banana! Yums!

I was so touched that I was going to break down into tears because you know in Niigata you cannot get Tokyo Banana even in the airport. So practically during my days in Japan, I would ask every single one where I could actually buy Tokyo Banana. They all told me that you have to travel down to Tokyo itself to get it (A bullet-train ride for 2 hours) away from Niigata. It was impossible for me because I did not have sufficient time to travel down to Tokyo. However, during the party I was surprised with 2 boxes of Tokyo banana on the food table. The interpreter explained to me in English that the boss actually called someone from Tokyo to specially deliver the Tokyo Bananas to Niigata! Why are they so nice!! I guess my colleagues actually told told the boss I was searching for it badly! I was really very touched and wanted to just tear up on the spot (happiness joy ah)?! My friend and I were given 2 boxes each to bring it back home to SG. I will be forever grateful and I will not forget this wonderful experience.


We ended off with a certificate of appreciation ceremony.


Took a company #WEFIE before we left the place!


Ending this blogpost off with a #selfie!

I'm really thankful for the school for sending me overseas for attachment. I'm really grateful (can say 100000x thanks I also don't mind) I was sent to this company to work with. I will never forget this wonderful experience and opportunity. I will come back to Niigata to visit this company one day and I wish for this company to prosper and do more businesses! Hopefully the next time when I go back to Japan, it will become a super big company already! They have guided me a lot of useful skills to that retained in my mind. The working culture is so different and there's a lot of things I have yet to pick up from them. Thank you for everything!

My next blogpost for Japan will be the last one! I will talk about my one-day student exchange experience and I'll cover food in my next post! Thanks for reading! 

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