Arrival at Japan

30th of October 2019

            The 7 hours flight went all good. We safely arrived at Narita International Airport around 4.00 pm Japan time. The ambassadors from the earlier batches helped us with the luggage. We prayed after gathering all stuffs, and moved forward to the exit and met some committees there. We were glad to see some of them who we had already known before – Mr. Yoneda and Mr. Takeda. We cheered to them and asking each other’s condition. We also sent some updated information regarding recent activities to our parents and our teacher who was responsible for us – Mrs. Hilda.

Before we moved to Haneda Airport for transit, we met our tour guide, Mrs. Ayano. She counted our attendance. In number, Indonesia was the most participant with 41 people. At that time, we also met ambassadors from Thailand and moved together to terminal 3 of Haneda Airport by shuttle bus.

            Everyone had gathered around 6.00 pm at the domestic flight boarding to Chubu. Some of us took pictures while waiting the gate to open. Interestingly, we met some ambassadors from Bulgaria. I immediately introduce myself to one of them, named Emilia. By knowing that there were more people to see, we finally realized that our batch was the youngest

When the gate finally opened, we took queue before entering. The flight was quite short, only took around 2 hours on air. We immediately went to hotel with a bus after arrived at Chubu Airport. During the ride, Mrs. Ayano and Mr. Yoneda passed us some brief explanation about the entire program, and also some necessary things to do after we disembark.

            For about 2 nights, we stayed at Meitetsu Inn Nagoya Ekimae. On the first night, Mrs. Ayano told us to have a dinner around the hotel by ourselves. We divided into groups. Most of us went to a Japanese style restaurant, but it wasn’t a little that the other decided to bought foods from the convenient stores and immediately got back to the hotel and have a proper sleep.

Activity: Day 1

31st of October 2019

            The first day of the program was finally started. The anniversary program consisted of visits, study tours, and lectures. Since the participants were a lot, we were divided into 2 teams – Chiba and Chubu. From 18 countries, Chubu team consisted 8 of them. Indonesia, along with Thailand, Bulgaria, Vietnam, UK, South Korea, Brazil, and Peru, did great activities around Chubu, Nagoya area.

On the first day, we visited Toyota Ecoful Town. Located in the Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City was selected by the national government as an environmental model city. This place served high-quality appliances based on eco-friendly technologies. The main goal of this city is to provide low-carbon society in 4 study points: living, transportation, industry, and forests.

During the trip, we were introduced to several ecofriendly gadgets that were being used within the town. There were drones, interactive screens, mobility scooters, installed solar panels on houses’ roofs, and even humanoid. But the most interesting was cars. There were 2 types of them. The first one was COMS. It was a super compact electric vehicle which used electricity to power the car. The second one was Toyota Mirai which was amid-size hydrogen fuel cell car. Both cars didn’t emit any carbon dioxide to the air. Mirai instead, releases clean water as its emission.

            We were completely excited to have such great experience to get in touch with futuristic technologies. Other than that, we also noticed that the goal of Toyota City was basically a clear materialization towards the UN’s SDGs.

            The tour went great, and we headed to the first orientation at night. We also had dinner together before finally got back to Meitetsu Inn.

Activity: Day 2

1st of November 2019

            We woke up earlier this morning due to the checkout. From this day, we were going to move from Nagoya to Tokyo at the afternoon by shinkansen. Everyone was so hyped for this ride, yet we had to be patient because we had another tour to Toyota Kaikan Museum and Chita Tree planting Area.

Toyota Kaikan Museum was somehow very recommended for those who love engineering and automotive. They had a wide show room with various types of Toyota manufactured cars. I would say that these cars are commercial, but more than half of the collection hasn’t been sold in Indonesia. The other things to see in the museum was the interactive Toyota information displays. It was a set of a long hall with many gadgets which you could interact with, or even play games from it. It was built to inform the visitors about Toyota manufacturing more deeply in a fun and creative ways. There were many of them, and this place would be highly recommended for children. Finally, on the top floor, there was a museum shop and café. Some of us bought few things for souvenirs.

After we finished, we moved from Toyota Kaikan Museum to Chita Tree Planting Area. Still in the Aichi Prefecture, Chita Tree Planting Area was located in the peninsula. The wind speed was high, although it’s been rare. We had tour to the area first before having a lecture. At the highest peak, we could see a large area of solar panels power plant. It was so huge that it was enough to power the entire city. I honestly surprised for the fact that the city had already applied this technology in a great scale.

            The lecture was done outdoor near the place where we saw the solar plant from afar. We learnt about the history of the area and how the

development has been done. The most interesting thing was about the solar plant. It was extended approximately by 141,000 square meters and had maximum capacity of approximately 12 megawatts. No doubt that the city was so ecofriendly.

            Once the lecture ended, we had a photo together with the lecturer. There was a slight spare time after that, so I decided to talk with the lecturer more about the area with some of my friends. Although we asked him with Japanese, the translator, Mrs. Emily Boeckl, still there to help us because we couldn’t understand most of the answers. After an intense discussion about the environment and the technology, we expressed our gratitude by giving the lecturer a brooch in a shape of Kujang, the traditional weapon of West Java, the Sundanese Land. The lecturer seemed delighted with that, and then we took a photo together before leaving.

            Before heading to Nagoya-Eki, Mrs. Ayano told us to buy some food in the AEON Mall. We were given 20 minutes to grab our food fast, and then we moved directly to the station.

            When all of us finally made it to the train platform, we immediately made a line to ensure that we all can move neatly, because The Shinkansen train had only exactly 2 minutes for boarding, so we had to move fast when the train arrived. During the waits, I could see local people were getting in and out through several trains, while the others were waiting quietly on the platform. They were standing at the place that had been signed for queues. There were also some seats, but only elderly who sat there. I was impressed with the scenery of Japanese people’s discipline. At some point, my mind flew to my home country, hoping it could adapt this culture of orderliness.

To be honest, the reason of why Shinkansen is so famous was not to question. I have experienced it myself. The train was very comfortable. The car was wide enough for people to pass. The interior of the train was similar to airplane. Other thing to point was that even though the train moved really fast, there were almost no frictions felt under the feet, and we can walk along the car without having to worry about being tripped.

            We finally arrived at Tokyo Station at 6 pm and had a little walk to the bus terminal and moved to Chiba Prefecture to have a second orientation with the whole participated countries (18 countries in total), and also some briefing for the next day’s discussion. After that, we had dinner and straightly went to APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari to get a rest.

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