留学生インタビュー

Mikael has been studying at Bunka Fashion College since April 2010.

Ever since he was young, Mikael has always had an interest in everything Japan from manga and J Pop to Japanese culture and language. Finally, he decided to study in Japan. After coming to Japan, the first thing he did was study for a year and three months at a Japanese language school. As he got used to life here, he began to like Japan more and more.

When he began looking for his next school, he asked his friends at Japanese language school for advice, and they suggested he should consider Bunka Fashion College. During a visit to the campus he saw a video of the annual school festival fashion show, featuring clothes made by the students. The skills he saw impressed Mikael so much that he decided to apply to this school.

The school festival is put on by representatives chosen from nearly 5,000 students. Garment industry companies from all over the world donate materials for the fashion show, which showcases the best designs made by students using these materials. Many graduates from Bunka Fashion College have gone on to successful careers as fashion designers both in Japan and internationally. Mikael was deeply impressed with the high quality of their work.

Mikael chose the Garment Creation Course because he wanted to study both design and sewing. In the main part of the course, students design and create their own clothes. They also take classes in History of Costume and Fashion Handicraft, and second year students round off their studies with a course called Introduction to Production Control. Courses are designed to introduce students to a broad spectrum of subjects.

Mikael says, "Classes are really interesting, and if I don't understand something my Japanese classmates are always ready to help me out,"

When we asked him what he does on his days off he said, "I watch movies and listen to music, I go to Harajuku a lot too. I love it! I bought this shirt in Harajuku. But it's really crowded so the best time to go is when it's raining, it's usually pretty empty then." And he has no problem with the food either. "Japanese food, sushi, tempura, it's all delicious!" Laughing, he adds, "Now I don't want to go back to Sweden…."

Just before our interview he had a class on skirt making. Wrapped around his neck was a scrap of cloth from the class. "The air conditioning in the classroom was really cold so I made myself some gloves." And indeed, on his left hand, fastened with a pin, was a rather unique glove. Mikael is obviously enjoying his classes and his life here in Japan.

Uploaded on 19th August 2010