J.TEST Philippines

June 7, 2024

Unlocking New Horizons: Fumiya Sankai’s Inspirational Journey Through Language and Culture

Fumiya Sankai’s story is one of chasing dreams and finding a second home. The Japanese national, originally a hotel bellboy, ventured beyond the familiar shores of Japan to immerse himself in the vibrant culture of the Philippines.

Sankai’s initial motivation was practical – to improve his English skills for future business endeavors. In 2017, he landed in Manila, enrolling at the Lyceum of the Philippines. However, the Philippines offered him far more than just language lessons.

His experience in the Philippines was transformative. He rose to local fame as the “Konnichi-Wonder Vlogger ng Japan” after participating in Pinoy Big Brother: Otso. The warmth and hospitality of the Filipino people left a lasting impression. Sankai even credits the Filipino community with inspiring him to pursue his dream of becoming a bridge between Japan and the Philippines.

While a medical condition forced him to return to Japan in 2020, Sankai’s connection to the Philippines remained strong. He continues to express his love for the country and its people. He even established his own company, M.S. LAB, with the goal of fostering business ties between the two nations.

Fumiya Sankai’s story is a testament to the power of cultural exchange and the bonds that can form across borders. It’s a tale of a young man who went to the Philippines to learn English and ended up finding a piece of himself in the heart of Southeast Asia.

Sankai’s initial step towards the Philippines stemmed from a practical need: improving his English. This focus on language acquisition showcases the value of international communication skills. Just like Sankai needed English to navigate new opportunities in the Philippines, Filipinos seeking careers or connections in Japan would benefit from mastering Japanese.

The J.Test is a standardized proficiency exam that measures the Japanese language ability of non-native speakers. Filipinos interested in working, studying, or simply connecting with Japan can take the J.Test to validate their Japanese language skills.

Fumiya Sankai’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of cultural exchange that often begins with language learning. His story can inspire Filipinos, especially those taking the J.Test, to see the possibilities that open up with Japanese language proficiency.

While the J.Test is a stepping stone, Sankai’s story goes beyond just language. It highlights the human connections and cultural understanding that language learning facilitates.  His journey serves as a reminder that cultural exchange thrives on clear communication. Fumiya Sankai’s story, therefore, becomes a bridge between the J.Test and the broader Filipino-Japanese connection. It showcases the practical value of language skills while also emphasizing the deeper cultural understanding that language learning can foster.