“Why did you come to Japan?” I don’t know if I’d written about this before and I just forgot or it’s just the almost-daily repetitions of this question that make me feel so bored of it. I just realized that I didn’t really elaborate on this part when I wrote about how I learned Japanese earlier.
Of course this is a question I get asked all the time. Well, not really all the time, but pretty much every single time I meet someone new. Which, considering I just moved to a new place and started a new life in a whole new environment, feels quite close to “all the time”. And while I have some stock answers prepared suitable for various situations (happens when you get asked the same thing for five years), it all comes down to one thing: there isn’t a reason.
I didn’t come to Japan because I cared so much about Japanese. Hell, when I got the phone call telling me that I got accepted, I hadn’t worked on my Japanese for almost a year – and I think that if that phone call didn’t happen, my relationship with Japan would now be limited to casually watching anime every now and then.
I came to Japan because I got the chance. I found out about the MEXT scholarships and I thought that I’d regret it for a lifetime if I missed that chance. Sure it still wasn’t an easy decision. At the time I applied I was a happy high school senior with top grades, a girlfriend and a vague idea of the future as a programmer or system engineer. What gave me the push then? I asked a friend of mine if I should apply, and she told me I should. So I did.
I don’t regret it.
Re: Language acquisition, this might be of interest to you:
I’m going to submit application form for MEXT in my country, and i stuck on the question why did i choose these fields and reasons.
Can you advice me what will be better to write there.
Unless your reason is just coming to Japan to stock up on tentacle porn in Toranoana, I’d say you should just be honest. Having a well-defined goal, purpose or reason for applying is a must. Deep interest and willingness to research Japanese culture is just as valid a reason as studying economics in one of the world’s most advanced countries (that is Japan for you) to help improve your own country in the future.