An Overseas Opportunity


“I’ve been thinking about working in Japan after finishing my studies. After all, I’m already here and know the customs well enough, so I might as well try my luck. And besides, there’s not much work related to my field (biochemistry) back home in Peru anyway.

That’s why I came to Japan to do scientific research in diseases that are not easily treatable, like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and recently, the Zika virus.

But being a PhD candidate is hard. If you don’t like what you do, then you won’t last very long. You barely have enough money to survive, paying tuition is no joke, and you’re in the lab all day. Worse, there are almost no women in chemistry, so that’s tough. At least it’s better in biology.


“What’s great about Japan is how much importance they put on research and development. They realized early on how having a research department can help companies grow. Especially since the world is so competitive now. You always have to come up with new ideas, solutions and ways of approaching things. And I love how Japanese people (at least at my work) are so precise, focused, and hardworking. But of course, no culture is perfect. I actually had a difficult time adjusting during my first year. Wherever you go, no matter how much you get accustomed or ‘Japanized’, there will always be moments when you feel different. Like that time people freaked out when I labeled some test tubes using a blue pen, instead of black because, apparently, that’s ‘just how it is.’”





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Born and raised in Seattle, Washington Tim is currently living and working in metropolitan Tokyo, Japan. Heavily influenced from scenic vistas of the Pacific Northwest, Tim’s photographic style demonstrates the dichotomy between urban landscapes seamlessly fused with nature and seeks to show the beauty found in everyday life.

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