I was working in an all-Japanese corporate environment with a group of designers from whom I learned, who helped me grow both personally and in the industry, and with whom I was able to experience Japan. My project was developing a next-generation automotive concept cockpit design. I focused on designing an interface and physical mechanism. At the end of the summer, I presented my designs in Japanese to the design center and executive team.
Additionally, I was able to travel and explore the beautiful and bustling city. I bought an unlimited pass for a famous dance studio in Shibuya, where I took classes from world-renowned choreographers that I have admired for years. I explored National Gardens, Tokyo Disneyland, took meditation and tea ceremony classes.
It was very honestly a transformative experience, and established a connection with Japan for me that I know will stay with me for the rest of my life.