(Sorry this post is in Japanese only)
The course finished last week. One year was so quick! For the last project, we made an iPhone application called “Alight”. Alight is an application to allow users to associate their small ideas in daily life with particular location, so that they will have more chanced to develop them further. I was in charge of interface design. I know iPhone is not small as mobile phone, but still designing menu for small screen was good learning for me. We used 50inch plasma TV for the degree show, so I had to edit some footages (which I hadn’t done for a few years!). My poor macbook (not pro) was crying all the time rendering HD. Finishing the course, I really feel that I met such wonderful classmates! It was so fun to do project with people who are enthusiastic about interactive media, and we enjoyed the time together even outside the studio! Some of them have already gone back to their own countries, but I believe I can see them in the future again. By the way, >To friends in London, I have to move our from the current flat soon, and looking for a new place! Please let me know if you have any ideas. >To friends in Japan, I’m going back to Japan in October! Let’s go for a drink if you have time. Let me know when you are free, but as I am a poor student, (i.e. no money to drink a lot) let’s drink together if you guys know each other lol
The course started from last Monday. The first week was induction…introduction of the course, introducing each other, tour of the school etc… Reading the syllabus, I felt sure that I would never get bored for the year. Every lecture looks interesting, they are exactly what I wanted to study (= skills and information I need). The schedule is online, and can check it lively and it looks we can use course wiki as well. Outside the school, the group on facebook was created and everyone is online! Ummm…the world is getting so convenient now…. The presentation each member gave using website contents was so interesting as well. All of us have same key interests, “interactive media” and looking at the similar direction, but at the same time, each person is still so unique in terms of nationality as well as background. I feel like it was worth to have came here only to meet these people. Also, I realised my English level as well as experience and skill as designer is so behind in the class. This year would be really tough…but exciting.
So, I’m attending the language class at the moment prior to the main course which starts in October. I had been told that all students would be Asian. But actually we are such a multi-cultural class. Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Brazilian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Colonbian, Spanish, Estonian, Dutch…I am only Japanese in the class. It’s fun, but all communication is only English…sigh. Well but the class is really fun. We can share variety of stories from variety of countries. The subjects are different as well such as fashion, fine art, graphic design, media, product design etc. Naturally everyone looks to get excited when we talk about “art” or “design”, especially western people can “argue” a lot. Asian tend to be withdrawn, perhaps because of our culture, or just lack of English skill??? But the main course must be harder, I have to get in there!
Enrollment??? Sounds like rolling around… It means registering to the university??? Anyway, the language course started at 28th July, but the first day was not something like “announcement of classes”, but actually only for enrollment. (That’s rather surprising as it’s not like this in Japan.) I went to UAL in Bond Street. It should have finished in 10mins or so because what I needed to do was only handing in papers… but there were few people compared to the number of students. Everything goes slowly in England. After that, I also went to the Japanese consulate in Piccadilly. I went there for residential registration. A Japanese woman welcomed me with gentle smile. Oh it’s been while since I spoke Japanese last time…(well, only one week.) I believe the way Japanese is spoked is very…respectful. I feel like I can respect that person well when I hear this kind of polite way of speaking. Japanese language is great. I think I should be able to communicate in right, respectful Japanese at all times. Of course, in English as well.
The fifth day. Finally checking out from the hotel, I went to the hall of residence. The area I will live in is just 5 mins away from the university. Which means, I don’t need to spend much money for transport! And I can oversleep in the morning! Yes! I was told that the area was a bit dodgy… but actually I was so surprised that there are so many people from other countries. Is it really the U.K. here? Well, that’s not a problem…but I didn’t like the scenery so much…and there is a big round-about just in front of the station, and to cross the road, I need to go to subway where some dodgy people are laying down sometimes… This is a bit scary! But I walked towards the hall anyway. Receiving the key, entering the room… well, it was much cleaner than I imagined. It is not such a big room, but shelf and desk etc looked useful. I liked the layout. The kitchen is shared, and looked like… “No one uses here” and looked a bit messy, but I can clean it up later. The bed and dishes should have been brought by myself, and I found the “All Essential Pack” which I had ordered before delivered. It contains all these things, and it’s just 90 pounds… Quite reasonable, isn’t it? Cleaning my room, started to feel happy 🙂 After that, I went to the shopping centre (Not so big…but they have tesco and boots etc…) just near to the station to buy some necessary stuff and took a rest. By the way, anyone knows why it’s called Elephant&Castle? I don’t know, but found that there is a statue of an elephant, and coincidentally my friends in Japan had gave me a small bad which elephant was on, so I took a picture like this. Oh. The colours are the same…