Tête-à-tête with President Ohno

The new academic year is almost around the corner and Sentinel is excited for the new President. Arunava Acharyya, Manuel Campos and Trishit Banerjee asked some fun questions to the new president. 

  1. What are your hobbies?

I often mix my work with hobbies but I still enjoy skiing once or twice a year. I am not sure how good it is for my health though. I also like to go on a day-or-two driving trip with my wife to onsen or nearby places like Urabandai in Fukushima.

  1. Which is your favourite food?

I really like Inaniwa Udon of Akita. I also like steak. I remember visiting a restaurant in Switzerland where I had Argentinian beef and I am still trying to find it again. I also visit Sindur once in a while to have Indian curry. I prefer the mild ones though.

  1. Do you like J-Pop? Which is your favourite J-Pop Band?

I guess the J-Pop of the 1970s. My tastes haven’t evolved since then. Since my wife is a piano teacher, she has influenced me a lot and I take keen interest in classical music like the piano sonatas of Mozart and others.

  1. Which is your favourite book?

I really enjoy the work of Shiono Nanami. She lives in Italy and she writes about the ancient Roman empire. I enjoy it because it is not scholarly dry and she is an amazing story-teller. You can get a grasp the life very well as if you are re-living the history. It’s imaginative too. I find it highly entertaining because it tells a story, not just information.

  1. Which club/circle/activity did you pursue when you were a university student?

I was involved in the automobile club rally as a navigator as I was not brave enough to be a driver. This was while I was at University of Tokyo.

  1. Lastly, where were you born and brought up?

I was born in Tokyo but brought up in Sapporo.

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