Lukas G. (Intern, German, 2017)

Lukas G.
Internship Program: Unpaid Internship
Company/Type: Gallery Moryta
Nationality: German

Today our intern Lukas from Germany describes his daily routine at Gallery Moryta.

Why do you like Japan?
Japan has a unique charm, which I really like. I mean, most people I know went to countries like Canada or New Zealand. Those are great travel destinations as well but in my opinion, they do lack this unique feeling Japan has. What interests me most is ukiyoe (浮世絵, pictures of the floating world) from the Edo period (江戸時代 1603-1868). Furthermore, I really like Gyoza (餃子, Chinese dumpling) although they are not exactly Japanese food.

How do you like Fukuoka and what do you recommend other people to do in Fukuoka?
It is the city to be and, of course, I recommend Gallery Moryta to everyone. Other nice places are the National Museum, which is one of the biggest museums in Japan. I also advise you to see the sunset at Fukuma Beach.

Why did you choose Asahi School?
Asahi School was the only school that offered internships so I chose them.

Why have you decided to do an internship in Japan?
As I said before, I like Japan’s unique atmosphere and would like to study archaeology to work in a museum in the future. I therefore looked for a place where I can learn how to make exhibitions and found it in Japan.

How long is the internship and how are your working hours?
I am doing a one-month internship and I work from Tuesday till Sunday from 13h till 19h. Monday is my day off.

What are your main tasks at Gallery Moryta?
Normally my work consists of preparing new exhibitions and talking to customers at the gallery. Furthermore, I have the special task to do research about art exhibitions in Germany and I am preparing a presentation about it.

What do you like most about your internship?
The gallery is like a social melting pot. There are so many different people you would not expect in Japan come to take a look at the pictures. Moreover, they come to talk about art in general. I really enjoy talking with them and listening to their stories.

Were there any (cultural) problems?
There were absolutely no cultural problems.

Do you have any tips or recommendations for people who might want to do an internship in Japan?
You should really consider doing a language course before your internship. It definitely makes communication at your company much easier. You should also not be afraid of the Japanese working environment because it is really nice actually.

Program: Unpaid Internship