C. Ishihara






Q: Where are you from? (city name and country) Please tell us about the good points of your city.

A: I was born and raised in Sosnowiec, a small town located in Southern Poland. I’m always saying that it’s just a typical small town with nothing interesting about it, but actually, it’s an industrial city with population of over 200 thousands. Known from the movie “The Pianist” Władysław Szpilman and a famous Polish singer – Jan Kiepura were born there as well. Sosnowiec got it’s town rights in 1902, however, it’s rich in architectural monuments such as churches, castles as well as many historical parks.


 Sielecki Castle(シェ レツキ城)

Sielecki Park(シェレツキ公園)

The house in which Władysław Szpilmanwas born

Q: What are your favorite spots in Poland?

A: My favourite place in Poland is a city called Kraków. If you compare it to Japanese cities, I think it would be equivalent to Kyoto. Kraków used to be the capital of Poland, so it’s full of beautiful historical landscapes. There is also a castle that used to be the home of Polish kings and queens. Furthermore, since the city itself is very old, there are a lot of interesting stories and legends, such as “The legend of the Wawel Dragon”. Near Kraków there is also the ”Wieliczka” Salt Mine that was was placed on the original UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, so I recommend it to anyone in sightseeing in Poland.


Streets of Kraów(クラクフの街並み)

Wawel Royale Castle (ヴァヴェル城)                                    ”Wieliczka” Salt Mine (ヴィエリチカ岩塩坑)

Q: What are your interests or hobbies?

A: I have a lot of different hobbies and interests. However, more than anything I love Japanese modern theatre, especially genre called “2.5 dimensional” which refers to stage plays and musicals based on such works as manga, anime, and games. I also enjoy watching horror movies. I always watch alone, so many people ask me if I’m not scared, but I see them mainly as pieces of cinematography, so I’m completely fine. My other hobby is music. I really like Japanese music, especially rock bands, but I get bored pretty easily, so I always look for something new. Right now I’m interested in the works of a Japanese composer called Hiroyuki Sawano, but who knows what I’ll listen to tomorrow. However, I also have one hobby that stayed unchanged for many years. That hobby is taking photos. Of course, I enjoy taking pictures with a proper camera, but I don’t mind using my phone or any other device, so it’s something that I can enjoy wherever I go. I especially like to take photos while travelling, so travels and long walks also became one of my interests. By the way, my favourite model is definitely my dog. It’s a beagle that is almost 13 years old, but no matter how old he gets he remains cute as a puppy.


「AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo」                                                One of my favourite pictures(自慢の一枚)

Some photos of my beagle (愛犬の写真)

Q: What is the weirdest thing for you in Japan?

A: I never have problems adjusting to a new environment, so I usually don’t get surprised by anything at all. I also don’t consider things as “weird”. If I had to choose something, I would say that a lack of trains at night was a little bit surprising for me. Even in a country like Poland, we have a lot of buses and trams that run at night. Especially in big cities and places where live a lot of university students. That’s why it seemed just natural for trains in a place like Tokyo to never stop. However, now I know that there are a lot of circumstances such as noise, so I was able to accept this situation.


Q: Where would you like to visit in Japan?

A: I was studying in Japan for 1 year and at that time I didn’t know if I will have the chance to travel around ever again, so I visited as many places as possible. I went to Hokkaido, Sendai, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Fukushima, and Okinawa. However, there are still a lot of places that I would like to visit in the future. For example, I’m interested in the Bakumatsu period, so I would love to go to Shikoku and see the birthplace of Sakamoto Ryōma.


Q: How do you feel about working in Japan?

A: It is still my very first week at work, but I really enjoy working in Japan. I have different tasks every single day, so I need to learn new things every single day as well. I’ve always liked studying, so after a busy day, I can feel this nice kind of sense of fulfillment. Of course, there are still many things things that I need to learn, but everyone around me is always eager to help, so I don’t need to worry when I need to face a new challenge. The atmosphere at the office is just great so I’m truly having a lot of fun working here.


Q: What did you study at your university?

A: I was studying within a major that usually is called “Japanese philology”. However, it’s not only the Japanese language but also culture, literature, social studies, history of art and much more. I’ve got my master degree last year and my specialization in my major was Japanese literature and culture. The topic of my master thesis was “The phenomenon of 2.5 dimensions in Japanese modern theatre”. I continued my research for about 3 years, during which I was able to attend a lot of stage plays and musicals.  I don’t think that it’s a common thing to be able to choose a research based mostly on interests and hobbies, so I was really happy to get a diploma with a thesis based on the field that I was truly interested in.


Master Thesis (卒業論文)





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