Q. What was the first impression when you found TYA? (Followed by JP)
A. I got the impression that TYA is a small company but working on web advertisement and design that is cutting edge. While I was searching TYA HK’s website, I have started to wonder how they work with such big brands like POCARI SWEAT, and other famous brands in Japan. “There will be some secrets for the work!” That was the first thought when I get to know TYA.
Q. How was the impression of the first time in Hong Kong?
A. Honestly, I did not know about Hong Kong well, but I knew that it was “the city of the business” somehow. Also, because of the flag of the Hong Kong, the image of “red” was strong in my head at the beginning.
Two other things I have felt when I arrived in Hong Kong. The first one is the heat. And the other one is the smell of the Asia.
While getting off the plane and walking on the no-window boarding bridge, I thought that any “city” looks the same landscape, but when I have landed to Hong Kong, I could feel the unique atmosphere and smell of Asia.
In Japan, there are many people who often confuse “Hong Kong” as “Taiwan”. To be honest, I was the same before I traveled to Taiwan, but the atmospheres in the cities are totally different.
In both cities, I think that the subways are the major means of transportation and that the language shares similar to me as I do not know Chinese, but I think a big difference is that Hong Kong people can use English more. I think that this is a big difference for me who can only speak Japanese and English. Although I could not go to where I am want to be in Taiwan, I have no problem in Hong Kong without 100% certain with destination and I could try to visit random places where the local people recommended or to have the explain the menu details in English.
Also, I think Hong Kong is a feature of two-story rides such as tram and bus. I have heard that it is an influence of British colony.
The wind feels actually very good even in hot weather. I recommend it for anyone visit Hong Kong.
The buildings in Hong Kong. Because of the very expensive land in Hong Kong, buildings are really high. In Japan, we have the earthquake, so it is rare to see a hospital at 21st floor, or a shopping mall with 15-story!
To be honest, I am scared of rising up by the lift every day. Lol
Talking about the Hong Kong people, I feel that there are many people have positive about going to overseas. It may be because I asked someone who can speak English, but many people said “I was studying abroad” or “I love Japan and going every year”.
I also felt that especially wealthy people in Hong Kong are positively interested in overseas.
Q. How do you feel at TYA now as an Intern?
A. The most thing I have been feeling is that TYA people are working “independent with confident”. Sometimes, they have meetings, but the most of the time, they are working on their computers by themselves. Making the best use of the small number of people, it seems that everyone is working hard with “the ownership in their role”. I also feel that this is the secret to oppose a famous company among a small number of people.
Those who work at TYA are Japanese and Hong Kong people. Their mother tangs are not English, but we use English to communicate. It is fresh for me to hear the three languages fluttering in the office.
Q. What do you want to do in Hong Kong?
A. This is the first time I have got the opportunity to work oversea. I would like to experience many things as possible! For example, I would like to see the common points and the differences between Hong Kong and Japan.
Mr. Ueki told me that I would be spending my time in Hong Kong as a foreigner. This experience has been different from the other times that I went to other countries as a tourist. If ever I face differences in the ways between the Japanese and the Hong Kongese, I would follow the ways of the Hong Kongese. It may be difficult, but I believe that it is very important to learn about the culture and the lifestyle of those in Hong Kong.
Q. At the end …
A. I am very grateful that I have such chance to work as an intern at TYA. Although there was also tremendous anxiety before I came, thanks to the people include Mr. Ueki, TYA staff, and the local people, and many other people who support me to make this happen. I will do my best for the rest of my intern!
A. 時代の最先端を行くようなWeb広告やデザインをしているような印象を受けました。調べていくうちに、あまり人数の多い企業でないことはわかっていましたが、TYA HKのHPを拝見させてもらった際にPOCARI SWEATをはじめ、日本や世界で有名な企業と取り組んでいるということを知り、少ない人数の中でも有名な企業を相手にする秘訣はなんだろう。そう感じたのが一番でした。