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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 🙂


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.

The Fifth Day: Aussie Embassy and return to Expo

Today we had a much better starting time of 8.20 am. First we visited the Australian Embassy, where gaining entrance was much like going through customs at the airport. We had to present our passports and go through a metal detector. Once we got in, we were given a presentation outlining the importance of Japan to the Australian economy, particularly in the field of education. I was surprised to learn that education was Victoria’s fourth largest export in terms of the revenue it brings to the state. We then had a photo opportunity in the back garden of the embassy before we left.


After our visit to the embassy was over, we made our way to the Tokyo Big Sight once again to attend the Nanotechnology 2014 Exhibition.

Initially, everyone split up to explore the venue by themselves. Daniel and I went to get lunch, and then went to the Oxfords Instruments booth to interview a representative for the Hysitron company. This company manufactures and operates nanomechanical test instruments, which I though was pretty interesting.

We met up with Richard after that, and then found a large company to have an interview with. We ended up talking to some representatives from Bruker, who explained to us their most popular product in Japan, the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). They also explained their most recent development, an AFM with Raman analysis capabilities, which was the highlight of the day.

After that, we attended some seminars by German companies and institutes, which included topics such as organic compound purification, metal nano-inks, and organic electronics. Some of these presentations were particularly interesting, though I enjoyed the nano-ink talk the most.

The exhibition finished at 5, and we were then treated to a networking dinner. This was a nice, relaxing way to end the day, where we got to talk to people from many different countries and witness a traditional ceremony of breaking barrels of sake.

It was a very productive day, getting some company interviews and other tasks completed. Looking forward to having a more relaxed day at the exhibition tomorrow to really take in the surroundings.

Day 5: How does one find a good conversation starter?

This was easily one of the most informative days we have had on this tour. Personally, I found our morning visit to the Australian Embassy to be one that yielded a lot of important information for me. While it was only a short visit, it was certainly a positive one. It was a shame we didn’t get to visit during the time when the cherry blossoms in the main garden are in full bloom.

Returning to the expo today meant a major change in my attack plan. Yesterday was more of just a random walk around and get the feel of the place. Today, we were on a mission.

I set out my seminars I wanted to attend, I found the booths I wanted to visit. It was a very productive day.

The German seminars on Organic Nano products stretched across a wide range of applications and models but they were all very enjoyable and informative. Patrick, Daniel and I headed to Brüker to have a discussion with them about their AFM machines to begin our large company case study. They were really helpful with explaining not only their products but also why the company was there and what directions they were looking at heading towards.

The day finished with an amazing reception for all the exhibitors. This was a perfect chance to network on a slightly more casual basis and I found it much easier to be able to start a conversation with some of the other country representatives. I thoroughly enjoyed my chats with representatives from Iran and Spain and will be continuing those conversations tomorrow for certain.

Another full day at the expo tomorrow so for now it is time to begin planning my day.