Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Speaker Box Making at Tokyo Tech

By Bertrand Teodosio
A speaker box is very interesting. It radiates frequencies flowing through our ear which lets us hear magical tones. Interesting enough, our group departed Manila to Tokyo to make our own speaker boxes. This is our mission at the Socio-Cultural and Technical Exchange Program between DLSU and Tokyo Institute of Technology which was held on Feb. 19-29, 2012.
Taking a break. Our speaker box projects
Making a speaker box is not as easy as one, two, three… You need to know the exact measurement of wood panels, advisable smoothness of the surface, and acceptable shapes and sizes of duct and fiber glass wool. Furthermore, theoretical and empirical formulas should be used to determine the location and dimensions of the parts of the speaker. Thinking about these factors might eventually change your mind to make one on your own.

The trip lasted for eleven days filled with delightful munchies, tranquilizing scenes, and friendly fellows. Just like what most people say, you cannot resist the sumptuous variety of Japanese food. From snacks such as "takoyaki" and "manju" to steamy "ramen" and melting "sushi" and "sashimi", indeed, the city is a haven of mouth-watering delights where you can indulge the country’s tradition.
Enjoying Japanese Food. Itadakimasu! 
In line with this, amazing traditional and innovative places can be seen in this awesome country. The Tokyo Tower, Sky Tree Tower, Kaminarimon in Asakusa, Emperor’s Castle, Meiji Jingu, Shibuya, Akihabara, and many more tourist spots can be visited with plenty of exciting activities and attractive stores.

A cultural tour in one of Tokyo's historic temples
The food and places are outstanding but the most exceptional asset of Japan is the honest, friendly, and kind people we met within our stay. It is evident in almost all the population of the metropolis especially the group mates, staffs, and professors of TokyoTech.
We had fun. Kampai!
Our stay was too short because of the awesome times we shared with our beloved professors and new TokyoTech friends. They imparted knowledge and fruitful understanding of both Japanese and Filipino culture. They were all hospitable and fun to be with which will make us miss Japan more.

Though making speaker boxes maybe hard, making our own made our stay in TokyoTech an unforgettable one. Even though there were lots of things to consider, with the help of our benevolent professors, staffs, and group mates, we successfully created an object that exemplifies our perseverance, teamwork, and passion. Hence, the best way to make one is to make it with your accommodating friends.

Without a doubt, we will go back to Japan again to eat more delicious Japanese food, see more astonishing sights and visit our beloved friends and professors. For now, we went back to the Philippines with a mission of applying all the good learning we gained in Japan to create a better change in our home country.
Snow at Tokyo. The author stands at the middle.

We are all very thankful to all the professors, Takeuchi-Sensei, Tsuda-Sensei, Yamada-Sensei, Otsuki-Sensei, Yamashita-Sensei, Matsuo-Sensei and all the TokyoTech students who patiently guided us to finish our hand-made speaker boxes. May this strong relationship of De La Salle University and Tokyo Institute of Technology continue to enrich students with wisdom.
The participants in this program consist of eight DLSU-M students and two staff members from the the CIV-TIT Office-Manila:
  • 1. Tanhueco, Bea Katrina (COS) Biochemistry, 17 yrs old
  • 2. Kalaw, Kristine Ma. Dominique (CCS), ComSci, 16 yrs old
  • 3. Culaba, Florence Joan (CLA), Psychology, 17 yrs old
  • 4. Pantoja, Michaella Stacy (COE), ChE, 17yrs old
  • 5. Adalem, Bianca Mae (COE), ME, 20 yrs old 
  • 6. Talampas, Joseph (COE), ME, 20 yrs old 
  • 7. Mendoza, Tracey (COB), BA, 20 yrs old 
  • 8. Young, Svend Ezer (COE), Civ, 20 yrs old 
  • 9. Teodosio, Bertrand (COE) Civ Staff RA 
  • 10. Buagas, Ma. Dianne (COE) Civ Staff RA 
    Infront of Tokyo Tech
    Photos from FB courtesy of Svend Ezer Young, TinTin Kalaw, Ding Buagas and Florence Culaba

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