Wednesday, May 1, 2024

 

♦国立台湾大学-東京大学学術交流セミナーを開催しました♦

~社会のレジリエンス向上のためのグリーン・インフラと食のサプライチェーン~  

     


先日、4月25日に東京大学本郷キャンパスにて、国立台湾大学-東京大学学術交流セミナーを開催しました。国立台湾大学国際カレッジ修士課程の防災害リスク軽減・レジリエンス学の准教授、そして台北Green Resilience LabのディレクターであるWan-Yu Shih先生に ”Green infrastructure strategies for cooling in dense cities: Opportunities, limitations, and inequality”についてプレゼンテーションしていただき、そのあと、IFI(東京大学未来ビジョン研究センター)からは佐野有紀特任助教と江  欣樺(チャン シンホア))特任研究員をスピーカーとしてお話いただきました。参加した学生は、アメリカ、イタリア、ミャンマー、モンゴル、中国、インドネシア、台湾、日本と、とてもインターナショナルな集まりとなり、討論はもちろん、そのあとのフリーディスカッションの交流会はとても賑やかな会となりました。

4月25日 国立台湾大学-東京大学学術交流セミナー

     
議論の風景

交流会風景 



Monday, April 8, 2024

Bangkok ‘s Pink Campus – Filling in a Class!

This time I would like to share my story filling in a lecture in the Bangkok’s well renowned pink campus: The Chulalongkorn University. First of all, Let me introduce you to the campus. As shown in uploaded photos below, the campus identity used the color of pink! I personally think it is really pleasant to the eyes. Strolling through the campus was filled with awe! The campus is massive and was filled with ample greeneries. 




Long story short, we were given a chance to fill in a lecture in the department of architecture about research methodology. I decide to share my work result using the most two well-known methodologies for knowledge acquisition: the quantitative and qualitative methodology. It was an exciting experience for me to be given an opportunity to share and discuss with the attentive Chula’s student who came from diverse background and perspective.


Located in the center of the city, Chula is just right beside the well renowned department store: The Siam Paragon. It is not difficult at all to find a good café or sweets for self-reward after studying :D. I made some time to hunt for the viral dessert in social media – The “After You Cafe” Milk Bun. I supposed the taste was self-explanatory on why it could be famous because it was so Good :)! For lunch, I had a Pad KraPao in the Siam Paragon. The plating and presentation are exquisite, but considering the price, I personally think that the taste was surprisingly so-so.



Therefore, a little of tips for Bangkok Travelers! Good food is mostly found not in the department store but next to a small street! Here is some picture we ate in a small shop located not inside luxurious mall, but next to a pedestrian. The plating might be usual, but the taste???….. was DIVINE!    



All in all, I really love Thailand! The food, the place, and everything it offers! 

By the way, it is now the beginning of the new semester in University of Tokyo! Let’s put our best foot forward these upcoming months too! See you all soon in the next chance. 

 

Have a blessful day!

Leon, 8 Apr 2024








Monday, April 1, 2024

The University of Tokyo
Hydrosphere Science Seminar


 東京大学の社会基盤学専攻の水圏環境グループ開催の毎月の公開セミナーHydrosphere Science Seminarに登壇します。

参加をご希望される方は以下のGoogleフォームにて登録して下さい。

Please register on Google Form)

 https://forms.gle/9PxACPFpSYY8sGeL8


#13: Akiyuki Kawasaki 

 (Professor, Institute for Future Initiative, U-Tokyo)

Poverty reduction through climate adaptation in Monsoon Asia

Date 2024.4.8 (Mon) 15:00-16:40



セミナーの詳細はこちらです









Saturday, March 30, 2024

Third Time Visit- Further Side of Ayutthaya

Hi everyone, It’s Leon. Thank you always for reading my story. I am excited to update you guys so soon since my previous story dated back in January. This time, we revisited my study area in Ayutthaya for the third time!

From my previous first and second visit, we were able to generate some interesting findings! Yet, there is still plenty of room for exploration. Similar to my first visit, we would like to collect a quantitative data of households, but in the further side of Ayutthaya City Central now. We would like to explore if the newly taken samples who worked mainly as fisherman or farmer would generate different results when compared to the samples taken in the first round who heavily influenced by industrial areas (worked in industry, office, or around factory).

Uniquely, this time, we conducted the interview without the help of a third-party surveyors. Hopefully, the voluntery help from Chulalongkorn Student and JICA Staff came very handy in this study! We commuted about 1hour-ish from our hotel to reach the study location each day. Closer to the areas, stores and city’s view started to fade from the car’s window, as it changed into paddy field and suburb. Below I attached some picture taken around the areas. 




Each day, we collected the samples as many as possible from 10 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Then, we would return to the hotel for short rest before having dinner.

As you can guess next, another happy time of the trip, the opportunity to enjoy Thai’s divine delicacy! The whole day’s tiredness under the heat of Thailand, was recovered, with a single big gulp of BEER! (My favorite is Singha :D). Although this is my third trip, the food has never stop to amazed me! Please take a look of the food’s picture I took during this trip.





You might have seen some in my previous blog, but trust me, the taste was hmmmmhhhh!! The fish, the duck, even to the freshly served vegetable was all on point and well balanced. I was so glad we came here. Also, the freshly blend fruit juice near our stay which I bought almost every day, was so refreshing. Gotta stays healthy, don’t we? HAHA! ;)

Here is two of my most favourite's flavour: mango and coconut.


Anyway, please take a look at my next story too! [Spoiler alert] … it’s about my trip to Bangkok where I visit the well-renown University of Chulalongkorn for the first time. Not as a student, but to fill in a class by sharing my work!! 

So, see you guys in my next story.

Cheers,
Leon

Monday, January 8, 2024

Thailand's second trip - listening to the voice of vulnerable people

Hello everyone, This is Leon. First of all, happy new year! I wish you all a good year ahead! In this chance, I would like to share my story back in Thailand again, held around last year’s November, as we revisited my master thesis’s study case location for a follow up interview activity.

This interview was a bit different from what has been done from the previous survey (please refer to my blog dated in February 2023). This time, we did not collect any quantitative data and focused more on listening to the story of different economic stratum of people in the areas, both flooded and non-flooded, trying to gain better insight by listening directly to their voices. The discussion was long and thorough with an average time of about 1.5-2 hours in each house. I personally think that this survey could generate valuable results as we are able to validate many things through this activity. One thing is obvious - the most vulnerable people’s life is not made easy by the repeating flood. 


It was beyond my imagination how someone could stay inside a house with flood water reaching almost a-half of the house. Ironically, this imagination is realistically lived by people around the flooded areas. Difficult mobility and even absence from school and work, saving less money due to floods, health issues, and worries about the future are common traits found in the family, especially the poor. The Following image is an illustration of the flood’s height that occurred last year in 2022, compared to my body height of 181 cm.


As the sun set, and our work finished, we tried the Thai’s cuisine around our stay. The authenticity of Thai cuisine’s spice and fragrance has never bored me. I also attached several food pictures I ate during the trip in this blog. The taste was all savory! Please see the picture I took below ;). The color was exquisite, wasn't it?





As always, thank you for reading my story. Looking forward sharing more interesting story to you all.
Lets keep in touch.


Warmly,
Leon




Saturday, December 9, 2023

Trip to Qatar: ICAE2023

Hi, this is Zhao Han.I've just returned from Doha, where I attended the 15th International Conference on Applied Energy, and it was quite an interesting experience!
Had the chance to present my research through oral presentations, which was a bit nerve-wracking but also a great learning opportunity. The conference itself was full of discussions about the latest trends in energy and related sustainable development strategies. Meeting other researchers provided me with valuable insights into the challenges facing the field. My presentation, while a bit stressful, felt good to contribute to the ongoing conversation. Furthermore, connecting with professionals from different parts of the world opened up opportunities for potential collaborations in the future.
After the conference, I took some time following the organizers as they explored Doha's cultural scene. Visited the local art museums, which offered a unique perspective on Qatar's history through art. Also, checked out EXPO, a global showcase of innovation, and got a glimpse of some cutting-edge technologies. Delving into the local culture was a laid-back and enjoyable experience. Tried some delicious Qatari food, wandered through the lively souqs, and had some interesting conversations with both locals and fellow researchers! Looking back, this trip was more than just a conference—it was a blend of learning, exploring, and making connections. Finally, a special and sincere thank you goes to Prof. Kawasaki. Without his support, I would not be able to present my research and gain such rich experiences at this large international conference!

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

タイ現地調査(2)

B4の中村です。前回に引き続き、タイ現地調査のブログを書かせていただきます。今回は、生活力の低い私が初めての海外でやらかしてしまった失敗を中心にまとめることで、今後初めて海外に行かれる方、そして何より自分への戒めとなる投稿にしていこうと考えております(レベルの低い失敗も多いですがご容赦ください)。

事前準備
見知らぬ土地に行くときには事前準備が大切です。特に海外の場合は、日本国内では当たり前とされていることが通用しない場合もあります。
まず、渡航先の気象情報を調べると良いです。日本は今冬の初めで気温も10℃前後ですが、タイは赤道の近くに位置しているため、この時期でも30℃近くありました。私は日本の感覚で長袖の着替えを複数持って行き、荷物を無駄に増やしてしまいました。国や時期によってはさらに極端な気温であったり、あるいは雨季に入っている場合などもあるため、事前の調査を忘れないようにしましょう。
次に宿泊する宿のアメニティも調べておくと良いです。日本の宿で標準的に用意されているものが世界各地の宿で必ずしも用意されているとは限りません。今回宿泊した宿では、歯ブラシやカミソリなどが置いてありませんでした。また、洗濯は1着ごとにお金がかかるシステムになっており、多めに着替えを持ってきていなければ出費がかなり増えてしまうところでした。

まとめ
・渡航先の気象情報は事前に調べよう
・宿のアメニティを確認し、必要なものは揃えておこう

健康面
海外で体調を崩すと悲惨なことになるのは想像に難くないでしょう。異国での医療サービスは言語、費用などの問題がつきまといますし、精神的に不安にもなります。何より、貴重な海外での時間を無駄にしてしまうことになります。かく言う私も、今回の渡航先で体調を崩してしまい苦しい思いをしました。
体調不良の原因は多岐に渡りますが、海外において特に注意して欲しいのは食事です。海外では、自国ではなかなか見られないその国ならではの料理を楽しむことができますが、慣れない食事に体が拒否反応を示してしまうこともあります。タイに関して言うと、甘さや辛さなどの味付けが日本よりも激しく、特に辛さに関しては「普通」か「辛め」かで「普通」を選択しても日本人にとってはかなり辛いです。それが美味しさの元ではあるのですが、私の体はそれに耐えることができず、嘔吐や下痢などの症状で現地調査を一日離脱することとなってしまいました。その上胃腸薬などを持ってきていなかったため、調査チームの皆さんに薬を買ってきてもらう手間をとらせてしまいました(その節はありがとうございました)。ここ数年の体調不良の中でもトップクラスに辛かったので、皆さんも気をつけましょう。

まとめ
・食事に気をつけよう(慣れた食事を挟むようにすると良いかも)
・薬はできるだけ色々持っていこう

空港での所作
皆さんは空港をよく利用しますか?私は国内線の利用ですらここ一年の間に初めて経験したような初心者なのですが、そうでなくとも飛行機の利用の際には注意すべきことがあるので、(主に自分向けに)書き留めておきます。
まず、時間に余裕を持った行動は言わずもがな大切です。飛行機は座席を予約する都合上、電車のように「次に乗ればいいや」というわけにはいきません。フライトの時刻から逆算し、移動や保安検査、必要ならばお土産を買う時間など全ての空港内での行動を考慮してタイムマネジメントする必要があります。今回私は帰りのフライト前日に、当日のタイムスケジュールの確認を怠り、全体の計画を数十分遅らせてしまう遅刻をしてしまいました。最悪の場合はフライトに間に合わず多額の飛行機代が発生してしまう可能性もあった案件なので、深く反省し次回以降に生かしていきたいと思います。
また、保安検査も油断していると危ないです。今回私は、行きの保安検査で、持ち込み荷物の中になぜか入れていた消臭スプレーを没収されてしまいました。この反省を活かし、帰りの保安検査では引っかからないように気をつけていましたが、お土産に空港で買ったマンゴースティッキーライス(マンゴーとご飯を一緒に食べるタイの料理)が植物検疫に引っかかり、またも没収されてしまいました。個人的には「空港に持ち込めないものを空港のお土産品として売るな!」とツッコみたくなりましたが、ルールはルールなので、お金を無駄にしたくなければ、持ち込めるもの持ち込めないものをしっかり調べておくようにしましょう。

まとめ
・時間に余裕を持って行動しよう(報連相をしっかり!)
・保安検査に引っかからないように対策しよう

最後になりますが、多くの人にとって人生でそう多くない海外経験を良い思い出にするために、皆さんも手間を惜しまず、しっかりと事前の準備をするようにしましょう。B4の中村でした。