If you would like to escape the metropolitan Tokyo for a while and think over life or philosophy, Heidelberg is definitely a great place that you shall not miss.
After being back to Japan for almost three month, I still recall my days in Germany from time to time, thinking over how this experience has possibly changed my way of viewing the world.
My exchange days in Germany had not been stressful academically, given that I only took two courses that could be transferred back to GraSPP with approval. However, I was put in a culturally different environment where I could be able to perceive the Asian culture from a very outsider.
I could be able to perceive the Asian culture from a very outsider perspective and had a further understanding of transculturality in today’s increasingly globalized world. The pace of living in Heidelberg was much slower than in Tokyo, the experience of which enabled me to think more about life and even philosophy. While staying in Tokyo was always like rushing to a certain aim or end, I appreciate the slow down in Heidelberg that brought out more pondering over life itself.
I have so many sweet memories from Heidelberg, not only just about the beautiful scenes that have amazed me but also about the interesting people with whom I once crossed path. I am more than grateful to the great opportunity offered by GraSPP that allowed me to have such valuable experience in my life.
Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. I hope the experience in Germany would eventually become a consistent reminder of philosophical thinking for me, and further complete my image of the world.