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—— How do you feel about working in Yamaha, and about your daily lives in Japan?
Jens: Yamaha treats us very well, and they give us the support we need if problems arise. I am very thankful for the welcome we have received.
Thomas: I feel the same way. The Yamaha Design Laboratory is a comfortable place in which to work. I have also been out on trips on my days off and visited quite some places already, and I really like the natural beauty of the Japanese countryside.
Yves: I'm very happy too. I like Yamaha and the people I work with. I also like Hamamatsu, and have made many friends here. Everyone at the Yamaha Design Laboratory, including its manager, does their utmost to ensure that we foreign designers are able to work here comfortably. The longer I work in Yamaha, the more I learn about Japan, about design, and about craftsmanship. Oh and one more thing... when I am in Japan, everyone asks me about France. I end up looking up these things for myself (laughs), and I learn more about France—my own roots! That has also been good.
Jose: For my family and I, Japan has a different culture and language, so we are very thankful for the support that Yamaha has provided. I have been able to live here without any unnecessary worries. Advertising doesn't bother me either! We receive a lot of bills and other advertising, and I can't read it anyway, so I just throw it away without worrying about it! (laughs) The most difficult thing is the restaurant menus!
—— Lastly what are your goals at Yamaha, and what would you like to do in the future?
Thomas: There's no particular instrument or item of equipment that I want to design, but I would like to create something of value to the end user, and through that, contribute to Yamaha and inspire my colleagues. As far as the future goes... I don't know. I may end up working in product design in another country somewhere.
Jens: My goal is to offer product users a "total experience" through product design. Products are with the user from the moment they open the box to the time they finish using it. I would like to create designs that are able to contribute something for that entire period. My ambition is to create products that improve the world. I want to create something that will allow me to leave my fingerprints on a product that will last longer in the world than I.
Jose: I want to try my hand at a variety of things, be it designing pianos or guitars. After all, that's why I came to Yamaha. I want to make as many high-quality designs as I can! I want to balance quality and quantity. My dream is to return to my hometown in Spain someday and live a quiet life, but until then I want to keep working and improving my skills.
Yves: I want to offer good solutions that make everybody happy—the engineering designers, the sales and marketing staff, and the users who buy them. Acoustic, electric, instruments, AV products... everything! I'll probably still be saying that on my death bed! (laughs) But before that happens, I would like to own my own home. I don't know where. I would like to create a comfortable home somewhere peaceful where my friends and family can gather freely.