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Masahiro Oroku

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Masahiro Oroku

I was born in 1985 in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. My hometown is called "Minato-ku," which means port for the port of Tokyo Bay. There are also many embassies nearby.

My university, the University of Tokyo, is near the center of Tokyo, called "Bunkyo-ku". The word "Bun" is related to literature, and many literary people, such as Natsume Soseki and Mori Ogai, lived in this area. I like to read novels and became interested in the study of literature. But eventually I chosed to major in physics. I was fascinated by the mysteries of quantum mechanics and the beauty of Einstein's theory of relativity. I continued to study physics after I graduated from the University of Tokyo. At graduate school, I focused on experimental particle physics and joined the ATF2-IPBSM project called "Shintake monitor" the beam size monitor of the electron accelerator.

In starting a blog, I want to make my goals clear. In Japan, some people say children do not like science and do not tend to choose science courses in high school or at universities. Some scientists and writers participate in science communication or science outreach activities. I do not intend to participate in science outreach through this blog though. I'm just a student, and I'm not sure what is important for children and what is not yet.

So why am I starting a blog?

I think I have two reasons.

One is to organize my ideas and feeling about science. Before I entered graduate school or even before I studied at the university, science was more like a kind of dream rather than a very ideal thing. There was no reality for me to study and research physics. So I think it is lucky for me to be in the field of research now. The experience of daily life is very important in my personal history.

The next reason is that I want to share my experiences with somebody who will read this blog. I don't know who will read it. This situation is a trial for me. My writing will involve making some aspects of my life public. So I think this might be a practice of converting the personal experience into something public.

Anyway I hope you can imagine a daily life of student who majored in a particle physics experiment. Thank you for reading!