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I had an absolutely amazing time in Japan! I feel as though I have learned a huge amount about the cultural, business, and education worlds from such a short amount of time.

I enjoyed every activity we participated in during the trips in some way. My favourite part of the study tour ended up being the University of Tokyo Kashiwa campus visit, since I had not expected it to be so impressive, with its many top of the line physics laboratories.

The study tour was definitely worth the time and effort involved, as it has given me some valuable experience which I should be able to carry into the future and apply to my career. So to any nanotechnology students considering going next year, I highly recommend it!

Hopefully I am lucky enough to be able to return one day, for a longer amount of time. For now though, I am glad to be back home for a bit of a rest before getting started with the assignments.

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Catch Ya Tokyo! – Return to Melbourne

What a fantastic trip! Definitely would do it again if I had the chance. Over the past 10 days, I was able to explore many temples, shopping strips, observatory points, and many other exciting things. For the study tour, it has been amazing and phenomenal to see some of the laboratories, technology and research that Tokyo has. The 1st day of the study tour being a small cultural activity to visiting a booming shopping strip. Day 2 to Day 6 involved so much content, it was hard to keep up, since we visited two campuses of Tokyo University, AIST in Tsukuba, Australian Embassy, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station and the nanotech 2014 exhibition at Tokyo Big Sight. The tour gave me so much insight into research done in Japan and the expo showed me many potential career avenues in the nanotechnology department.

It was definitely sad to leave Tokyo behind, as it is such a spectacular city, with so much to offer everyone, that it is a city that I will visit again. To any other nanotech students reading this, I recommend this study tour because it is a once in a lifetime trip and show the vast world of nanotechnology out in the world, still yet to be explored. The last blog post of the trip, I’m glad to return to Melbourne but I’ll miss Tokyo.

Till next time Tokyo, Catch Ya!!

Japan, its been swell!

Sitting here in the airport, after 9 days in Tokyo, and i don’t want to leave. The trip and been so much fun, exciting and interesting. Getting to travel around Tokyo, and see all it has to offer blew me away, the city is just so big, and so diverse.

The study tour offered an insight into both study and work overseas, had has been interesting nearly every step of the way. Visiting the facilities at Tokyo Uni and AIST was an amazing opportunity, and taught me so much, and hopefully showing a glimpse of what universities in Australia can became.

The nanoTech expo was another highlight, providing a wealth of information into the business and research side of the nano-tech industry as a whole.

I highly recommend the tour to any future students, and hope the current group had as much fun as me, and if they take anything away i hope its the difference between timber and wood.

Looking forward to getting home, and looking forward even more to coming back and exploring this country even more in the future.

See you all in Melbourne

PS: Last shout out TEFT, cant believe you can read minds. Stay away from level 4 and above.

Not really the end, but that’s a wrap

This trip has been amazing. I have met people and found oppurtunities that I could never have thought possible. I think we have all been incredibly lucky.

Whilst I till have 10 more days in Japan, the Nanotech tour side of things is all finished. It was an insanely busy week but one I enjoyed immensely.There is still an incredible amount of work that we all have to do but I knew coming into this tour it would be a challenge.

The best part of this trip was easily me setting up my project for next year with NIMS. In all honesty, this is probably the single most important thing thhat has happened in my studying life. Can’t wait until next year now.

As for my thoughts on Japan, I pretty much knew everything to expect when coming here, one of the perks of studying the language for so many years. I am just glad I had a chance to improve my skills.

Well, I think now it is time I enjoyed my holiday. Thanks for reading 🙂

Day 6: “Mitsubishi Booth Babes”

Today saw as spending a whole day at the nano tech expo, after the first couple of days we had pretty much seen it all, and it was good to go back and spend a bit more time at the booths we were most interested in and find out a little bit more of what they had to offer.

We also realised we had access to the other two expos at the convention centre, the Energy expo and the Heating, Cooling and Vacuum expo. As it was my first experience with a trade fair it was an interesting experience, and we quickly realised that, just like at the nano tech expo, every booth was trying to sell us something. It was very different however to what was on offer at the nanotech expo, and some of the research going on at the Energy Expo was very interesting.

The Victorian Government also had lecture series today, and it was interesting to hear about what some of the representatives from Deakin Uni and the Synchrotron had to say about there current research directions.

The day ended with a small dinner and drinks gathering organised by the Victorian government, this also signified the end of the nanotour, it was overall a very fun and insightful experience that i would recommend to any future students, and offered alot of insight and information to what is available and out there for current students outside of Melbourne.

With a couple of days left in Tokyo it will be fun to explore and do some touristy stuff.

Catch you on the flip side

PS: TEFT you pulled it off amazingly, show us more!

Day 6 – An end to the nanotech 2014 study tour

Wow, the study tour has gone so quick and I cannot believe how much stuff I have seen and done over the past 6 days, it is scary to think I will be back in Melbourne in roughly 3 days as I don’t want to leave Tokyo. Tokyo is a fantastic place to be in, offering everything for a tourist/student would want. Especially today, where we spent the whole day at the nano tech 2014 expo, exploring the other side of the expo, that had booths involved in energy and household technology. Some of the booths were interesting, especially Mitsubishi, which had some live demonstrations of their products,

Talking to some of the exhibitors of nano tech 2014, I gained knowledge dealing atomic force microscopy, graphene and carbon nanotubes, ultra sonicators and many other potential products that will be seen in the future. One of my favourite booths involved 3D printing, which was able to create nano-scale structures using a focussed ion beam, though the technique is still in the research and development stage, it showed a lot of potential in the future.

This study tour has been fantastic, as I have observed several different research projects and instrumentation from Tokyo University, AIST and nanotech 2014, that this experience has been unique and a once in a lifetime opportunity to undertake a study tour that looks at various nano technological aspects of a specific country. It was phenomenal to get a gllimpse of how nanotechnology is approached in another, heavily supported by a nanotechnology expo that boasts over 1000 exhibitors. It has been a marvelous trip and I recommend this trip to any purpose studying Science and nanotechnology.

Been a blast, nano tech 2014 is over and now time to explore Tokyo, catchya!

The Final Day

Unfortunately, today marked the final day of the study tour. The whole day was spent at the exhibition location, the Tokyo Big Sight. First we wandered around the Nanotech 2014 exhibition again, before heading to the neighbouring hall to explore the Smart Energy Japan 2014 exhibition that was occuring at the same time. It contained a lot of interesting power saving devices, including some flashy electric cars. It was a nice change to look at some different types of technology than the last two days.

At 2, our Victorian representatives at the expo gave a series of presentations, outlining some of their recent research. After the presentations were finished, we returned to the Victorian Government Business Office booth. Richard and I helped out a little by giving away some of the free merchandise and brochures to passing patrons. It was a valuable experience as we got to speak to people with a wide range of professions.

Soon after the expo ended, we along with everyone involved with the Victorian booth attended a reception, along a few special guests. It was a great chance to network and have some lighthearted conversations.

And with the reception finished, the study tour was over. I had an amazing time in Japan with everyone, and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and gained some vital international business experience.

Day 6: The Last Stand

Well, it is all over. The last day of the 2014 Nanotech tour.

Today was a full day at the exhibition. I went early to a presentation by my new contact at NIMS about his work on nanofibre mesh as a treatment for cancer. His passion was incredible and was happy to sit down and have a brief interview with me in Japanese. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with him about this and can’t wait to do some work with him next year.

The Victorian presentation was a great experience. Most of us were surprised at how good the turnout to the presentation was. Always a pleasant surprise when people are interested in your country. Massive credit to each of the presenters.

I was able to have a good walk through the Smart Energy Expo which was run in conjunction with the Nanotech exhibition. Was certainly a different experience all together. Here is an adorable photo of me with a polar bear

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The day finished with a wonderful little reception for all the Victorian representatives and a few special guests. It was a great way to round off the trip with some wonderful food and company. One last chance to network before we concluded for the week.

Now, time to enjoy my next 10 days of holidays 🙂

Day 5 – Aussie Embassy and Nanotech 2014

Day started a lot later than yesterday, so our first visit was to the Australia. The feeling of stepping on Australian soil was fantastic, as it felt like home, as the people at the Australian Embassy sounded like true Aussies, so it felt like home. The embassy boasted tight security, as we had to present our passports and walk through a security gate to ensure we were just here to visit. The Australian Embassy was large, having many residential apartments for Australian citizens and an office to suit Australians trying to make an impact on Australia. We were given a brief presentation on Japan and Australia-Japan relationships by George Manetakis, who is the education manager that represent Austrade. It was great to learn that Australia is trying to expand its relationship with Japan and striving to drive more Japanese students into Australia, to allow the Japanese students the opportunity to study abroad and vice versa for Australian students

Travelling back towards Tokyo Big Site for the nano tech 2014 expo, Ben and I searched amongst some of the countries that had booths in the expo so that we could conduct an interview with representatives of the country as our requirement for 1 of the assessments in NAN3NST. We chose Switzerland as it has some companies that were part of a networking cluster, pointing businesses to potential collaborators known as MicroNARC, an institute interested in research for the Industry sector which was government funded known as EMPA and a manufacturing company interested in potential companies at the exhibition called TISCAL. After these 3 interviews, we listened to some of the seminars given by Saxony, Germany, about their research and potential applications for future needs. At the end of the exhibition, we attended a networking event, that reaches out to the exhibitors of nano tech 2014 so that many different organisations have the chance to communicate with others and possibly establish useful relationships for the future.

Nano tech 2014 for the win!!

Day 5: “DTF Industries, something i could get involved with”

Today started with a visit to the Australian Embassy, here we learnt about the relationship between Japan and Australia, and other useful information about the relationship our two counties.

By midday we were back at the Nanotech expo, once here we interviewed some companies, research clusters and independent research facilities in Switzerland, so as to better understand nano tech in other countries.

As the expo is an industry expo, it was of no surprise that a lot of the companies and research clusters were here ot expand there business connections and collaborations. It was good to have more time to explore and learn about other new research presented by some of the other companies, but it didn’t take long to realise that a lot of the booths were there to expand there businesses.

We also sat thru a series of lectures presented by the Saxony, Germany, it was interesting to learn about what foreign companies were interested in and researching, and it was no surprise that in the middle of these lectures they were selling there businesses/institutes.

At the end of the expo we were invited to the Nanotech networking seminar, a set time and location for attendees to eat, drink and network.

Overall it was a fun and interesting day, and im looking forward to explore and talk to other booths about there research areas.

Catch you on the flip side

PS shout out to TEFT, sif nothing new happened!