Here you find a simplified version of a typical (80-90%) PhD student life at The University of Tokyo, Japan briefed by a ResearchHUB team member who is about to finish his PhD soon.
(a) 8:00-9:00: Wake up, shower and breakfast.
(b) 9:00-10:00: Study Japanese Language
(c) 10:00-11:00: In train, going to the university (This time is chosen to avoid rush hour), review one literature or replying to all emails and fb/line or other messenger texts while sitting or standing idle in train.
(d) 11:00-20:00: Lab, Research etc. (However, when deadline approaches, ,mostly stay much longer until late night, can’t go out by 20:00)
(e) 20:00-21:00: Again in train to come back home (Now mostly sleepy or just replying to messenger texts)
(f) 21:00-22:30: Go to Gym, Chilling with nice music while running on treadmill and some other exercise, sometimes yoga
(g) 22:30-23:30: At home, shower, dinner etc.
(h) 23:30-24:00: Calling home, friends etc.
(i) 24:00-8:00: Sleeping Time
Sat. Day: Mostly relaxing and chilling with movies, drinking and dining out, reading in café, meeting hobby friends, going meet up, sometimes salsa at latin bar etc.
Sun Day: Mostly at home, cleaning, laundry, cooking etc.* However, under deadline pressure, also go to lab on weekends (this is the most usual case in reality)
by Jubair Ahmed Shamim
PhD Candidate, The University of Tokyo