We would like to introduce Ms. Sujata as a “Conohana-san” of this Month”, who had come to University of Yamanashi as a student, and now, is working as a researcher/ member of ICRE.
She is a clever and charming woman from Nepal, and actually she JUST got married in Jan, 2013.She is good at English, so we carried out the interview in English as you can see below (We tried really hard for this work^^;). Indeed, the lectures she attends are carried out in English.
●Could you tell me the reason why came to this university? What made you come here?
After I graduated from a university in Nepal, I joined and completed a Master’s course at AIT in Thailand. Later I found that University of Yamanashi offers a special doctoral course on Integrated River Basin Management. I found it interesting so I applied and came to this university. I already received a Doctor’s degree at University of Yamanashi. Now, I am working as a post doc researcher here.
●What is your study about?
Telling you simply, it is about climate change and its impacts on water resources in mountainous areas of Nepal.
Our county has different eco-climatic zones. One is North area (very cold) where the Himalayas/mountains exists, next is the middle area (mild climate) where Katmandu is placed, and the last one is the hot South area. My country’s background is agriculture. I mean, many people’s livelihood is agriculture based. This mountain area is influenced by the global warming/climate change little by little. That made me think how climate change will affect water resources and agriculture. It is really important to study the climate change, its impacts and possible actions to adapt to the changes.
When I studied at AIT, it was not very detail. But in here, I can do more detail research, because in the project that I belong to now, there are many experts in this field for technical guidance I also have necessary software/hardware facilities and others that I need for my study. This great circumstance makes it possible to study hard and comfortably.
●It should be a study for the future of Nepal. That is awesome! How do you study it in detail?
I reviewed many books, searched some past data, and gathered secondary climatic data from the Meteorological Agency in Nepal. And primary data is collected by conducting interview with local people. And then, I analyzed these information and studied them carefully.
●By the way, what is your first impression about Japan or Yamanashi?
I think people in Yamanashi are not so busy and is less crowded, not like big city, Tokyo.I think here is so nice place to live. People here, sometimes, say hello when I go around. Yeah, I like here.
BUT! I don’t like summer season in Kofu, it’s too hot and humid. In my hometown, Kathmandu, it is not very hot, maximum temperature will be 32~33°C, and is just for few days, not throughout the season .Otherwise it is around 27~28°C.
●That is true!! I have lived here for long, but it is sometimes difficult even I lived here for long time. Are there any problems about food?
No, nothing special. Our local meals need so many spices, but we have them, such as sesame or cinnamon, at OGINO. In case of the minor spices that I can’t get there, I order at online shop via internet together with my friends. The delivery is free if we order more than 5,000yen! So, no problem!
She enjoys the life in Yamanashi except summer season in Kofu. We would like to introduce her experiences and upload even wedding pictures next time. Stay tuned!