Jordan W. (Intern, American, 2017)

Jordan W.
Internship Program: Unpaid Internship
Company/Type: Gallery Moryta
Nationality: American

Another intern talks about his life in Fukuoka. Jordan from the United States decided on an internship at Gallery Moryta in Akasaka.

Why did you choose Asahi Nihongo?
I wanted to go to Fukuoka and looked for internship programs. I found Asahi Nihongo easily and as it was a language school to also offer internships providing a good service at a reasonable price, I did not hesitate long and applied.

Why did you pick this internship?
I have always been interested in arts and photography, so an internship at Gallery Moryta just fitted best to my interests.

What were your tasks?
There were many different tasks I had to do. Most of the time I was in charge of the English promotion of the gallery and the social media. For instance, I created a video for our latest exhibition all by my own. Additionally, I translated texts from Japanese in English, so we could hand out English flyer to visitors. My supervisor Mr. Morita and I also went once to a Japanese Garden called Gyorakuten, located in the southern part of Fukuoka prefecture. I had the chance to take some astonishing photos there and see a traditional Japanese tea house from inside.

Were there any (cultural) problems you had to overcome during your internship?
No, there weren’t any problems.

What do you like the most about your internship?
My trip to the Japanese garden Gyorakuten was a memorable moment for me. Furthermore, I loved meeting interesting from the Japanese art scene in our gallery.

And how do you like Fukuoka?
The people in Fukuoka are very kind and warmhearted compared to bigger cities in Japan. It seems to be a excellent place to live with a good and simple traffic connection.

Do you have any tips or recommendations for people who might want to do an internship?
A fundamental understanding of Japanese is essential for a good internship. If you are not able, for example, to understand dates, times or places in Japanese, a smooth communication with your supervisor might be difficult. Moreover, I recommend you to get yourself internet on your phone in Japan. GPS and other application are very useful, if you want to make your way through Fukuoka.

Program: Unpaid Internship 

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