• Bergen, Norway


Regarding the May 20 editorial, “Don’t be shy about study abroad“: I am a Norwegian with the good fortune to have made friends with many Japanese foreign students while studying at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway. We have had many students from Tokyo and Sapporo as one-year exchange students. Some have even taken a two-year master’s degree at our academy after their year of exchange was finished.

While Japan may be receiving many more foreign students than it is sending abroad, at our academy Japanese have come to Bergen, but no one is going the other way. This might be because classical music is seen as a European thing, even though it is just as much a part of contemporary Japanese cultural life as Norwegian.

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