My name is Teodora Roșu, I am 23 years old and I am a second year student at the master's program in Business Administration in Tourism and Aviation at the Romanian-American University.
Japan and its culture have been dear to me for a very long time. I remember very well that, when I was eight years old, a program with anime was introduced in the schedule of TV programs. That was my first contact with the Japanese language, which I immediately fell in love with. Gradually, I was able to remember different words or phrases and get closer to other aspects of Japanese culture, such as music and manga. A few years later, I decided to seriously learn this language and that's how I got to CSRJ, and even to Japan.
CSRJ is like a second family to me; I always return with pleasure to these beautiful people, to whom I am very grateful because I was left with only wonderful memories. As a volunteer and student, I was involved in all the activities that took place here: summer schools, cultural program, workshops, festivals, which helped me get even closer to Japanese culture.
I went at Meiji Gakuin, in Tokyo, being the beneficiary of an Erasmus+ scholarship offered by the Romanian-American University. Being a student in Japan is not easy, but it is an unforgettable experience. I studied at Meiji Gakuin for a semester and everything was superlative. I had the chance to learn a lot of things, but especially to practice my knowledge of Japanese, to make friends with both Japanese and foreign students, to see new places and to really enjoy everything around me. The fact that I was included in the buddy program and stayed in a small dormitory, only thirty people, helped me to settle very quickly away from my loved ones.
Japan's culture is so complex and vast, and I like it so much, that it's a challenge for me to choose what I like best. But I think in Japan I like the respect that the Japanese have for those around them. In the Land of the Rising Sun, I feel at home, making it easy for me to adjust precisely because of the way people treat each other. Moreover, the Japanese have an enormous respect for nature, which makes me feel even closer to their culture.
I consider that "my Japanese journey" has influenced me quite a lot for the better. I learned to be more responsible, to communicate better, to analyze things much more before making a decision, to be more patient. And it really helps me a lot.
It is very difficult for me to choose the dearest memory related to the Center, because every moment spent there remained imprinted in my soul. If I had to choose, however, I think that the Haru Urara Festival in 2018 comes to my mind the fastest when I think of CSRJ and it excites me the most.
Happy anniversary, dear CSRJ, and to as many beautiful successes as possible!