留学生インタビュー

What made you interested in studying in Japan?

My initial interest in Japan was its contemporary architecture. Admiring Japanese architecture in the second half of the 20th century and wondering about its own roots brought me to study about the Japanese culture and its traditional architecture and gardens.

What was your life and study in Japan like?

The Monbusho* scholarship enabled me to learn the Japanese language in a relatively short period and this proved to be a central key to my life in Japan and to the establishment of social and academic networks. The exposure to Japan, its people and its culture was a very fulfilling experience. * Now Monbukagakusho, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

What is the relationship with Japan after you came back to your country, and how did your experience in Japan helped you in pursuing your career?

Japanese culture, architecture and gardens became a central source of inspiration in my work as an architect. Ideas and approaches to design, originating in old and contemporary Japan, filtered through buildings, interiors and gardens in my work. In parallel to the architectural practice I am also teaching at the Department of East-Asian Studies of the Tel Aviv University, giving a course on Japanese Architecture and Gardens. Once a year I am leading a professional study tour to Japan for Israeli architects. Japan became in many senses a second home for me, with many good friends and relationships. The will to share the experience with others brought me to be active in the Israel Japan Friendship Association as well as to giving public lectures on Japanese architecture and gardens.

What are your messages for students who are willing to study in Japan and/or for foreign students who are currently studying in Japan?

The Japanese language is a very important key to its culture and to its people. I strongly recommend to do all possible efforts to study the language. One more recommendation for your stay in Japan is, besides any of your academic interests, you should try to learn one of the traditional arts, like Sado, calligraphy, Ikebana, etc. Each of these is a door-way leading to the culture and history of Japan, as well as an opportunity for more social relationships.

Uploaded on 21st February 2005