on the last day of NASSYE program, we were invited once more to NUT campus and experience taiko and tea ceremony. taiko is a traditional drum play from Japan. here, they have their own club and often play drum in Nagaoka annual festival. I've seen people playing this taiko at many game centers, either back in my hometown or here in Japan. osu!, one of the rhythm game I play (lol jadi inget maro sama lilis kalo bahas osu) has this taiko mode too; but I never understand how to play and click all of those fast moving circles. I prefer the piano mode. if you like rhythm game, you definitely have to try this one! they provide bunch of bitmaps, free for download, different levels and modes, etc x)
this is osu!.
watch NUT students play taiko was interesting, and try to play it by ourself was lit! it was actually not that easy to catch the rhythm; even the slow one, but we enjoyed it much. they also had a cool club uniform and let us took photos with it.
after taiko, we went to a special room for tea ceremony. tea ceremony club welcomed us warmly, and as they prepared to serve the tea (that we had to mix it by ourself), one of them explained things about tea ceremony; the events, participants, procedures. in the end of the session, we drank our own-mixed matcha tea
it was extremely bitter.
as they told us, for summer season, we added 3 gr of tea powder into a small bowl, and mixed it with certain amount of water. but for winter, with the same water scale, they mixed 30 gr of tea!
...hmmmmmmmm couldnt imagine how bitter it is, thanks :))
although its bitter, I really love the scent
dear me why so short
and we were all actually curious how these guys can stand to sit in that position for a long time; as all of us were suffered enough only after couple of minutes.
these activities ended at 11 am and we still had plenty of times until the last ceremony on 1 pm. thus we decided to go into our laboratory; tried to meet our lab mates and say our last goodbyes. sadly we only met two of them; but as Lisa called the others, they flew to the lab as soon as possible! we also had our last lunch together. thank youuuu! you guys were awesome, we were all touched by ur kindness :"""
I once again say thank you for all of our lab mates, hope our moments together will always stay in our hearts!
in the end of this day, I went to Don Quijote by myself to buy certain of things. I've asked lot of things to my NUT friend, took screenshot for all of the directions, estimated the time.....
but still got lost. takapeu. huhu.
well luckily I managed to find a grocery store on the way and they provide Free Wi-fi. Google Maps saved me then. alhamdulillah.....
shoes sponsored by Sulis and Heldy :))
I took a night bus and explored Tokyo on my very last day; see you on the next post then!
our Tuesday and Wednesday were spent by having games, group work, and final presentation with the other NUT students. turned out that since the bachelor degree students were still in their summer holiday, we met our lab mates once again in this session! thought we would never meet them anymore.. a musical chair games opened this session, and we were divided into 6 groups, combining NUT and NASSYE students. I was in the group 4, together with Lim (Malaysia), Dew (Thailand), Yuta and Hiroto (Japan). we were told to make a presentation about 'the differences between my country and Japan'.
we also had this game where we have to build a paper tower, as tall as possible. seems so simple, but it was actually hard and challenging...; no tape, glue or any sticky things at all. congratulations for the runner up place, guys! :p
at the afternoon, we went to three different places for Nagaoka sightseeing (one place each group). I visited Niigata Historical Museum. although all of the explanation were written in Japanese, they provided us an english explanation audio player, which had a sensor/receiver. every section in the museum equipped with transmitter, so that every time we brought the audio player near the display, the english explanation audio was automatically played. hmhmm more efficient than changing all the display explanations.
Nagaoka sightseeing team!
our final presentation was held on Wednesday. it was like a session to enrich our knowledge and information about the other country's culture and daily lives. everyone had their own uniqueness to present (well, we also watched sudden performances of Thai and Chinese dance x)) we ended this day by having a farewell party, almost all of our academic adviser and professor also came.
yay sudden Chinese dance
thank you for our lab mate fellas who thoroughly prepared these two days! we all know that you guys also had to work for your research projects since you were all master and PhD students. it was very nice spending time with you all again. hope meet again very soon!
in Monday, August 28th 2017 we were scheduled to have a company tour. we left our hotel at 7.45 AM by bus (which was extremely early compared to our daily-9-10-am-schedule before). first company we visited was Echigo Seika, Co., Ltd, a food processing company. their base material was rice; all of their main products were derived from rice. no wonder, Niigata Prefecture best known as The Rice Capital of Japan. we could easily find a paddy field almost everywhere, especially in Nagaoka city. wherever you drive, you can always see green enormous paddy field from the roadside. I also saw many houses had their own garage filled with agricultural machinery (4-wheeled tractor, combine harvester, transplanter, etc) along the way.
yap, this fact was really interesting as I never witness a wide modern agriculture application from this close before.
back to Echigo Seika, we were introduced about their latest food processing technology; high pressure treatment. this treatment help to reduce bacteria and microorganism heat resistance. they used this method for making a cooked-rice pack (yep, its cooked, not the raw one). this is the image of this rice pack product:
the thing is this rice was made with no chemicals at all; pure water and rice, and they said that this rice pack shelf life could reach almost years!
we also got a factory tour but we couldn't take any photos.
after we finished the tour, we went to the second place; Shinanogawa (JR East) Hydroelectric Power Plant. this company used Shinano river, the longest and widest river in Japan, as their source of energy to supply JR company across Tokyo. this power plant includes a quite enormous area, as it covers some lakes, bridges, and factories (?) *how to say it, the place for turbines and generators?*. they stop the water from Shinano river using dam, make it flow through some tunnels and lead them to the turbines and generators.
although the river is blocked by the dam, they still provide this 'stairs' for fishes
who want to swim across. super cute!
in the end of our tour, we visited Shinanogawa Hydroelectric Power Plant museum, where lies some history of JR East and explanation about the Shinanogawa Power Plant. there were some interactive corners inside; QnA section (but in Japanese)(couldnt answer any single question), drive our own train, turbine simulation, etc.
miniature of the power plant
true of false
they also have this big and green backyard where we held a mini photo session!
gangster. somehow (?)
arrived back to the hotel at 6 pm, we agreed to meet again at 6.30 pm and had a dinner together. we all went to a Japanese restaurant near hotel and ordered some meals.
the funny moment came when it was the time to pay, and we had to calculate those money from around 12 peoples. we ordered different dishes; moreover we also had to deal with the 8% tax. and almost everyone paid with coins!