Interviews

Interview: Abednego B. Osindi, ABE Initiative Scholar | Part Two

Today we continue with our interview with Abednego B. Osindi. You can read Part One of the interview here. Check out Abednego’s blog and follow him on Instagram too!

On Learning Japanese

Did you speak any Japanese before going to Japan?

I knew no Japanese at all (ぜんぜん – nothing). I had only heard of konnichiwa (hello), and ohayou gozaimasu (good morning). Indeed, the first few days in Japan were a real headache because Japanese is everything. Thanks to the “survival Japanese” lessons in my university, my communication ability is getting better each day.

Mbithe’s ideal life would consist of an infinite loop of travelling to beautiful, idyllic locations with breathtaking views, amazing food, and nothing on her to-do list but relaxation and rejuvenation. Mbithe’s actual life involves a lot of proposals, research papers, and code, with just enough travel to make up for the rest of it.

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Interviews, Travel

Interview: Abednego B. Osindi, ABE Initiative Scholar | Part One

Hello everyone! Hisashiburi desu ne! I recently returned from the most amazing and unforgettable two weeks of my life in Japan which I shall blog about very soon. But first, today we feature quite a unique interview. We often hear about the MEXT scholarship, but there are in fact other scholarships that one can apply for to study in Japan. One of them is the ABE Initiative Masters and Internship Program, which we shall learn about from Abednego B. Osindi, a recipient of the scholarship who is currently in Japan. (By the way…. applications are now open for this program! if you are interested, please apply here!)

Mbithe’s ideal life would consist of an infinite loop of travelling to beautiful, idyllic locations with breathtaking views, amazing food, and nothing on her to-do list but relaxation and rejuvenation. Mbithe’s actual life involves a lot of proposals, research papers, and code, with just enough travel to make up for the rest of it.

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Who is TG? And why is she in Tokyo? Well…

When I first met her, she wasn’t Mbithe, she was TG and TG had a blog which she named ‘TG in Tokyo’. She had a nice new ‘fro and a pocket full of dreams which she blogged about in addition to her journey from Kenya to Japan.

In a perfect world, Gillian would be travelling round the world in her red vintage VW T1 van (Hippie Van) gathering stories of the people she meets and retelling them to those ready to listen. She is in the process of building this world which is now going to have all of you in it.

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