The Chubu Kenshu Center

We have finally settled in the Chubu Kenshu (Training) Center (CKC) where we will stay until August 2, 2000. Let me tell you something more about this Center. This is the newest among the several Kenshu Centers of the Association of Overseas Technical Training (AOTS). I believe this is the reason why the facilities are exceptionally good.

We are given this R-Card, which serves as our key to our room (Just swipe it and the door unlocks itself). We can also use this card to make purchases in the many vending machines in the center and to have our meals in the Center cafeteria. This R-Card is basically all we need to live in this center. It’s like the key to all the facilities offered by the Kenshu Center.

All of us are staying in one-man rooms and these rooms are complete with all the facilities you would normally find in a hotel. Air conditioning, veranda, bathtub, shower with heater, medium-sized bed, telephone, television, carpeted floors, not to mention fire-less water heater that automatically stops when the water is boiling.

In the center, there’s free internet access, a social lounge with cable TV, a laundry room with fully automatic washing machines, dryers and iron, karaoke rooms, gymnasium, tennis court, billiards table etc. This is definitely *the* life.

We had two factory visits/official lakwatsa this week. One was to the NTT Multimedia Center where we were toured to some of the latest technologies in telecommunications offered by arguably the biggest telecommunications company in Japan, NTT.

The other visit was to the Toyota City Disaster Prevention Center — the Japanese counterpart of America’s 911. Here in Japan, they have 119 instead. The visit to the Disaster Prevention Center was really eye-opening because we got to see how efficient the Japanese rescue system was… makes us wish we have the same service in the Philippines. They really spend money to make sure that everybody in Japan is safe from disasters and other calamities. When our coordinator asked us if we have a similar facility in the Philippines, I just looked down… embarrassed to say no. Huhu.

However, things that are too good to be true cannot really be true. We finally realized that we’re not here on vacation. We’re here to study and by study I mean STUDY. I miss the days in UP when we have vacant times all time. Here, everything is on time. So, Nihon-go classes start exactly at 0900H and end at 1200H with two 10-minute breaks. Lectures/Plant visits and other activities start at 1330H and end at 1630H. Just when we thought we could finally have a break after classes, we remember that we have to finish our assignments and review for exams the next day. We have quizzes and assignments everyday… Mondays to Fridays.

None the less, don’t get me wrong. We still find time to enjoy our stay here at the CKC. We regularly go to Nagoya City to window shop and visit wonderful places. We party during Friday nights to celebrate the weekend. Everything we do here has a purpose. Besides, I really do want to understand Nihon-go to be able to understand all those anime on television.

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