PhD student of Kinesiology-Physical Education / College of Education and Human Ecology / Department of Human Sciences

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be part of the international collaboration between The Ohio State University and the University of Tsukuba, contributing to the Smart City program. This experience has been invaluable in understanding how to build a city that considers well-being from a Kinesiology perspective. It has inspired me, as a future scholar, to explore ways I can contribute to society.

Interacting with students from the University of Tsukuba was both interesting and enjoyable, particularly during activities involving traditional Japanese sports such as Judo, Kendo, and the PE English class. The discussions with TIAS graduate students during lectures were especially enlightening, as they sparked many insights from different cultural perspectives. I wish we had more time and classes together with both TIAS students and Kinesiology undergraduates, allowing for deeper conversations and a better understanding of one another.

Lastly, I am eager to visit the University of Tsukuba again and look forward to future collaborations. Thank you to everyone who made this experience possible!