Message from Students Vol.4

Chiara Comastri

Graduate School of Letters (Master’s year 1) Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy

 I am interested in Japanese culture and language since I was in high school. One day, I just happened to hear a Japanese song on the Italian TV and I was totally fascinated by this language. At first, I started collecting information about Japanese Language on the Internet and I taught myself Hiragana and Katakana. Then, after High School I entered the East Asian Department of Venice University.

  In the September of 2011 I ended the Japanese Language and Culture
Study Program (MONBUSHO) at Hiroshima University and I decided to stay in Japan and take the entrance examination for graduate school. I choose Osaka University mainly for two reasons. Firstly, because of the variety of courses, activities, and the good facilities that this university offers. Secondly, because I have always had a strong curiosity about living in the Kansai region. Now one semester has passed, and I can say a made the right choice by choosing Osaka University. In Osaka I met also a lot of people from all over the world and thanks to them I learned that there are a lot of point of view and different way of thinking. I think that the most important thing in the world today is to understand each other’s culture. I believe that when you live in harmony with other people of the world, it’s definitely possible to have peace on earth.

 Until the graduation there is still one year and half to go and I intend to work hard on my graduation thesis. Talking about the future, I have not really decided yet, but it would be great to become a scholar. If possible, I would like to translate Japanese authors and introduce them to the Italian people.