【留学生インタビュー〜Youは何しに神大へ〜 vol.6】


今回お話を伺ったのはルーマニア出身で国際文化学研究科・大学院生のTUDORICA IOAYA CILIANAさん。神戸大学でのキャンパスライフや、ルーマニアの魅力、日本文化のなかで特にお気に入りだという書道について語っていただきました。また今回は留学生の方ということがあり英語と日本語でインタビューを掲載しています。

(I interviewed Tudorica Ioaya Ciliana, a Romanian international student studying at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies. She talked about the campus life at Kobe University, the charm of Romania and her favorite aspect of Japanese culture: calligraphy. This interview is available in both English and Japanese versions.)

(Please tell me why you decided on studying abroad at Kobe University.)
(I had decided from the very beginning that I wanted to go to Japan. In Europe there is a scholarship called Erasmus+ and you can study abroad if you pass the admission conditions, such as writing a letter of intent and undergoing an interview. Kobe University was our only Erasmus+ partner university in Japan so I decided to study here. )
(Please tell me your field of specialization.)
(My major is Public Relations and Advertising and I am researching the effects that Japanese advertising has on people. More specifically, I am planning on writing my graduation thesis about the advertising of Dr. Pepper, a soft drink similar to Coca-Cola. I took many classes in Kobe University, but one of the most interesting classes for me was ‘Japanese Cultural Industry’.)
(What aspects of Japan do you like?)
(When I arrived in Japan what surprised me the most is that warm drinks are sold in bottles in many places. In Romania, even though the temperature is lower than in Japan and it snows quite a lot, warm drinks are sold only in cups. Moreover, I think it’s very useful and good that you can pay utility charges and even send packages in convenience stores.
On Halloween I visited Shinsaibashi. Because in Romania cosplay is not yet very popular, I was a bit surprised by people’s various costumes, but it was very fun. I have also visited temples in Kyoto. Before I go back home, I would like to visit Hiroshima. )
(Please tell me about Romania’s appeal.)
(There are many monasteries and castles in Romania. The person who was the model for the well-known vampire Dracula is actually Romanian. His name was Vlad Tepes and he was a king in the 15th century. Because he fought against the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish armies, he is known as a hero in Romania. Please visit Castle Bran, the castle of Vlad Tepes!
One of the most famous Romanian foods is the cabbage roll called ‘sarmale’. It is very delicious and it contains rice as well. In addition, because Italy is so close, we also love eating pizza.)
(I hear that you like Japanese calligraphy – could you tell me why?)
(I was deeply moved by the performance of the calligraphy club at Rokko Festival. My university teacher in Romania offered me the opportunity of learning about calligraphy. I can still remember how surprised I was when I first saw the word ‘life and death’. I was taken aback by the beauty of the moment when I could truly feel the image contained within the letters. Moreover, I think it is fascinating how many meanings can be incorporated into the same kanji. It is unfortunate that calligraphy is not that popular in Romania and it is difficult to obtain the necessary tools for calligraphy there. )
(Please give some advice for people thinking about studying abroad.)
(Firstly, do some research about the country where you want to study and try to practice the country’s language. Kobe University has a top-class system for studying abroad in Japan and I could ask tutors for advice regarding the lifestyle or classes at Kobe University. Before coming here as an exchange student, I had never left Romania. After coming to Japan I have had the opportunity of talking to so many people and I have had various experiences which helped me grow, so if you have time and you are thinking of studying abroad, please do so!)

経済学部2年 前田 真我
Interviewer: MAEDA Shinga (Faculty of Economics, 2nd year)
(She seems to like calligraphy very much, and I was surprised that she knows more episodes about it than me. Ms. Cili was very easy to talk to, so during the interview we had a lively and openhearted conversation, and it was great for me as the reporter.)