Kristin S. (Intern, German, 2017)

Kristin S.
Internship Program: Unpaid Internship
Company/Type: Appuppu Bookshop
Nationality: German

And again we had the chance to interview an intern! Today we asked Kristin from Germany about her experiences at Appuppu Bookshop in Daizaifu.

Why did you choose Asahi Nihongo?
I studied at Asahi Nihongo Japanese before, that is why I thought it would be a nice idea to do an internship this time.

Why did you pick this internship?
I am interested in books and literature, especially youth literature has always fascinated me a lot, so an internship at Appuppu Bookshop really fitted to my affection.

What were your tasks?
Daily tasks the team and I had to do were the cleaning of the bookstore, the examination of the books for any damage and the sorting of the new books. Moreover, I advised our costumers once in a while when they had questions regarding certain books and worked at the cash register. I also created a small exhibition about German and European books in our exhibition room connected to our store and wrote small descriptions and recommendations for those books. In Addition, Appuppu also organized events in which I also took part actively. There are lectures for kids three times a week and on the weekend we tell some scary stories. Besides those lectures, we arranged events where we read German fairy tales like “Mother Hulda” (Frau Holle) from the Grimm brothers in Japanese and German. The parents often attend their kids to these events, so it is also fun for them to listen to those tales in the original language, too.

Were there any (cultural) problems you had to overcome during your internship?
I had no problems at all since the start of my internship.

What did you like the most about your internship?
There are so many things I liked about my internship, but the best thing might be the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. My colleagues and all the costumers were very nice and of course I also enjoyed to interact with the children who visited the bookstore.

And how do you like Fukuoka?
Fukuoka is like a second home for me. I love the nature because it is different compared to many other parts of Japan. You can enjoy a variety of landscapes like mountains, forests and beaches, which is really unique. My favorite place is the Japanese Garden in Dazaifu. Additionally, the city is just perfect for living – it is not too big and not too small. I don’t like overcrowded cities that much. And last but no least I love the food. It is so delicious!

Do you have any tips or recommendations for people who might want to do an internship?
It is crucial to be interested in literature but also to know how to interact with children, if you plan to do an internship at the bookstore. Moreover, you better inform yourself about the Japanese working environment before coming to Japan as there some things you might not expect. It is important to be open-minded and be willing to compromise as it not so good to insist on your own ideas all the time. If you do so, you will leave a fair impression and enjoy your internship to the fullest.

Program: Unpaid Internship 

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