A Combination of Chinese and Western Culture
NYK Automotive Logistics China）Co., Ltd.
A group company of NYK
Ms. Ria Gao
Senior Coordinator of RORO Operation Team (Safety & Quality Control Division)
Shanghai — Hongkou
Hongkou is one of Shanghai’s largest downtown districts. I was born
and raised in Hongkou and still live here now. The area’s position along
the Huangpu River has historically made it a shipping hub, a title it is
once again seeking to reclaim by attracting shipping services to the
district. Hongkou also has a rich cultural heritage, several important
commercial centers, and a well-developed transportation network.
The first docks in Shanghai were established in Hongkou in the 1860s and its waterfront has since played a major role in defining Hongkou’s character. Before setting out to sea, fishermen and sailors once prayed at the district’s temple, which still stands today. On some special festivals, my grandma goes to this temple to pray for the family. The district’s other cultural heritages include the former homes of numerous pre-World War Two literary figures, including Luxun, the site of Shanghai’s former Jewish quarter, known as Little Vienna (now called Tilanqiao which is nearby my home) and several municipal parks.
Hongkou district plays a major role in Shanghai’s stated ambition to become an international shipping center by 2020, and Hongkou has attracted a high concentration of shipping services and companies. By the end of 2020, the North Bund area will be home to more than 3,000 shipping and logistics companies.
My Work & Private Time
I have worked as a RORO (roll-on/roll-off) coordinator for 3 years
in NYK’s Auto Logistics. The company began in China 16 years
ago in 2003. Its main activities include control auto logistics
business in China, inland logistics business (transportation,
storage, PDI, CC), management assistance for JVs in China
and protective agent for NYK RORO vessels. My daily work
is ensuring that RORO vessels are operated through all ports
in China in an efficient and cost-effective manner. I’m also the
contact person for RORO booking enquiries and customer service. I have 4 team members and all of
them are friendly; we live in harmony and cooperate very well. I enjoy 8 hours in the office every day.
In my time off, I prefer to play role-playing games with my friends once a week. This game usually involves 6-10 people, each with their own script and role mission. A “bizarre murder” will happen in the game, and everyone can turn into Holmes to try to catch the real killer. In the picture, we dressed up in Chinese costume at an ancient tavern. I’m in the middle and play the role of hostess. Finally, we identified the cunning murderer by the clues found in various rooms. I love this game because it not only lets me experience different role stories, but it also exercises my logical thinking. The reason for its popularity comes from a variety show “Who’s the murderer.” Many of the stars that young people like take part in this program. In Shanghai, there’re more than 50 theme halls hosting over 200 different scripts.
Japan and India Business and Cultural Ties – A Force to Reckon With
MA Extrusion India Pvt., Ltd. (IMAX)
A subsidiary of Mitsubishi Aluminum
Mr. Rajiv Panicker
Human Resources (HR) Manager
Memorable Experiences From Our Japan Visit
Last year, my colleague Mr. Jignesh Bhatt and I visited the Mitsubishi Aluminum Fuji Plant in Japan to participate in the Mitsubishi Aluminum Global Conference on 30th & 31st October 2018. During our plant and Mitsubishi office visits, we observed the following notable practices:
- High level of discipline, punctuality and cleanliness
- Respect for rules, regulations and safety compliance
- Rich cultural values
- Great hospitality
- High regard for etiquette (e.g. not talking loudly for co-passengers’ comfort)
- Respect, concern for fellow citizens (e.g. keeping to one side of an escalator with the other side left empty for emergency / people who want to move fast)
- Maintaining concepts of self-service in the hotel industry
- Less use of personal vehicles and more use of efficient public transport like train, bus, enabling greater care for the environment and more effective traffic and parking management
- Technological advances like the bullet train for safe and fast travel options
- Using technology to make life easier, like the vending machines for daily use items found everywhere.
We are grateful that we could visit Japan and view its abundant natural beauty. I share a few snaps.
Ahmedabad – Local Culture, Food and Heritage
I live in Ahmedabad city in the Gujarat state of India, one of the largest
cities and the former capital of Gujarat. It presents a rich architectural
heritage from the sultanate period, notably the Bhadra citadel, the walls
and gates of the fort city and numerous mosques and tombs as well as
important Hindu and Jain temples of later periods. The cultural heritage
of Ahmedabad is very rich and was declared as India’s first world
heritage city by UNESCO.
There are many features that characterize the architectural structure of mosques.
- For getting fresh air and light in the mosques, the central area is raised, and a dome is constructed.
- Beautiful artistic jalis (a perforated stone or latticed screen) can be seen in many mosques. e.g. Sidi Saiyyed mosque.
- Attractive engraving in the balconies and recesses of the wall is unique.
- The construction of the minarets of mosques and their workmanship are remarkable. The rocking minarets of Ahmedabad are a wonder.
- The Interi style of architecture is remarkable, e.g. Azam-Muaz and Dariyakhan Raja.
Some of the features that perfectly describe Ahmedabad city are its splendid monuments, wonderful
museums and gorgeous lakes. Adalaj is one of the most outstanding stepwells of Gujarat.
Ahmedabad city is well known for its diversified culture. Ahmedabadis are very fond of food. The typical Gujarati thali that is served in restaurants consists of really mouthwatering dishes.
People here are very passionate about celebrating every festive occasion, be it fairs, Navratri, the nine nights festival or kite flying festivities. Ahmedabad hosts the international kite festival every year. The whole city gets excited and celebrates the festive occasion with zest and zeal and it takes place on a really grand scale.
The celebrations of religious festivities like Navratri, Diwali and Holi that are dedicated to Gods and Goddesses are truly secular in nature and people of all communities participate enthusiastically in the festival celebrations.
People of my city are very lively and cherish each moment of their lives.