Welcome Sapporo

Hai everyone, genkidesuka, Let me introduce myself first. My name is Agus Wahyudi. I’m graduate student from Bogor Agricultural University. Now, I stay in Sapporo around six month to take long term PARE Program in Graduate School of Agriculture in Hokudai. I came to Hokkaido in 23 March last month, before that, I spend two weeks in Thailand. There is a lot of amazing experience while in Thailand. We visit beautiful place and spend good time together with other PARE Members from Thailand, Japan and Malaysia. We make a lot of group discussion and presentation (Thanks it has ended). Thailand is nice country, I hope that I can visit Thailand again someday.

Fig 1. Thailand Floating Market

While in Thailand, I ask Hokudai student about the weather condition in Sapporo right now. They said that there is still snow there and the temperature around zero C degrees. I can’t imagine how cold there. So, when I arrived at the first time in Sapporo the weather is very cold. How can these people live in these kind of place. First three days in Sapporo, the snow still come down and I love it, but I don’t like the cold temperature. But in the third day I have to go to campus and visit PARE office and also go to the others office such as bank, ward office and etc. I go to that office with my supporter student from my laboratory (Thanks Yamaya san for accompany me).

Fig 2. OIA Building

The first building that I visit in Hokudai is Office of International Affairs (OIA). I meet Saori Sasaki who’s staff of PARE office that always contact us, IPB students via email before wecome to Sapporo. She talks a lot about the PARE student procedure and also she is very kind. She give me a handkerchief because my hair is very wet because of the snow.  After that I went to ward office, Hokkaido Bank and Post Office to prepare all the things that I need while I stay in Sapporo. After finish all, I go to my laboratory, Environmental Informatics to meet my supervisor Hiroshi Tani Sensei and also meet my labor mate and one of them is Indonesia student that take Doctoral Degree (Yoroshikuonegaishimasu, HerrySenpai).

Fig 3. Agricultural Faculty

In my dormitory also, there is Indonesia students there. They tell me everything about Sapporo, halal food, masjid for pray and also teach me how to be survive here. There is also Indonesia Students Associations (PPI) in Sapporo. They lend me a bicycle that’s very useful here to go anywhere (Arigatougoizamasu for the bicycle, YassirSenpai).

Fig 4. The Bicycle

Fig 5. Hokudai Scenery in Winter

Fig 6. Hokudai Scenery in Spring

Sapporo is nice city. The people are very warm and I hope that’s everything will be ok while I’m stay here. There will be a lot of good experience for me. I hope that I can visit many place in Hokkaido especially the mountain. Yeah, I have to climb mountain here. Come, join with me, Minna. ( ^ ͜^).

Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
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