2011年12月31日

my year 2011

Now, it is the night of December, 2011.
I guess it is 9pm in japan, but it is 7 am in Colombia.
I am at the other side of the earth from Japan.
Looking back to this year, I traveld a lot. I visited Philippines, Laos, Vietnam, US, and Colombia.
I feel that my every trip helps me make more unique.
Also, those trips to Asia determine my mind to live and start business in South-East Asia in near future.



Now, I got to go to buy some food for the morning of 31st.
I will write more later.

Continued..
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2011年12月28日

life in Colombia4

Yesterday, I visisted my friend´s friend house.
It was my first time to go out from the City of Bogota. I was a bit nervous about it, but I had a good time there.
I visited a small village where locates 2 hours away from the capital city.

I feel the people are so nice there.
They offer food, drinks, gists. I am so lucky to experience like that.
Once I came here, I am always surprised of the kindness and wormness of people here. Moreover, they asked me when I can come back here.


Of course, there is not good things here too.
One example is that almost all people here do not know much about Asia.
I am often called Chinese. Then, I correct that I am a Japanese.
Their next question is how to Speak Mandarin.
They think Japanese speak Chinese language. Also, sometimes japan is a part of China, or Korea is a part of Japan...

Also, there are certain kind of danger too. about drug, guerilla. It is partially true, but it is not too bad as I imagined before coming here.


Yet, I started to like here.
Now, I get close friends and more things which I can do without help.
The more I spend time, the more I want to come back here.
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2011年12月26日

Year 2012-2

As I wrote, I am thinking about next year lately.
I guess next year will be very interensting year because of my friends.

I hope my friends´plans to come Japan will come true.


Of course, I am curuious about my school too.
I have heard the number of students has increased a bit, and I am looking forward to meeting them.
I really do not know about my situation in school next year right now, but I may be in an interesting position.


Yet, on the other hand, I have asked by my friends to visit them.
My Ukraine friends are really nice to me. They not only teach me Russian, but also we exchange emails always.
They invite me to thier place so eagerly. If I go there, I can help there japanese, and I can get another study abroad of Russian language.
They tell me that I can stay there place for free for 3 month. How wonderful opportunity.
But, that means I cannot go back to school. It is very hard to find another one like my current one. Also, I cannot keep doing this life style for a while.

Even though the new year will come, I would be still like this. With Good friends, great luck and opportunity, and I am puzzling what should I do?
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2011年12月24日

Year 2012

The Last couple days, I have not felt well.
I am not sick, homesick or anything, but just feel a bit not well.
So, I have spent time on thinking about next year.
I think next year is gonna be a fun year for me.

Next year, some of my friends will visit Japan.
At first, at the same day of my arrival to japan, some of my Philipinos friends come to Kobe.
They work for Kawasaki, the ship company, and they are sent for 3 monthes to learn techniques in the facotory of Kobe.
They visited once this summer, and I met them. Yet, we did not have enough time to spend. That is why, I expect I can spend more time with them this time.

Then, the summer, my Ukiraine friends are plan to visit Japan.
They are 3 sisters and my Russian teachers, at the same time.
They teach me a lot, so I want to show Japan when they come there.
Also, I heard one of them might stay there longer to learn Japanese.


Other thing is that my vietnamese friends ask me to visit them again.
I met them in this year, and they are very nice.
Especially, I met 3 friends.
I met one in the bus, and we got along very well with talking.
Other is a gay guy, but very funny, and another is a lady who is very ambisious business lady.
it is just 4 hours flight, and I hope I can make it. I really miss them.

continued..
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2011年12月23日

life in Colombia3

The internet connection in my host house had been broken for a while, and I could not upload the article.
yet, in the meantime, there are a lot of things going on.

Now, I am getting used to the life here a lot.
Thanks to my friends, I feel very comfortable to be here.
Although first couple weeks were very hard to find things to do, now I have some friends to meet almost everyday.
Although my language skill is not good, almost everyone is very kind to be with me.
lately, my trips to overseas have almost same patterns. ¨to meet someone, and percieve extremely great treatment and kindness.¨
Then, I feel I hope I could extend to stay here, yet it is impossible.

Here, Colombia is a very chatholic country, and Christmas time is very important. In my host family, from 16th of Dicember, everynight we gather and pray until the Christmas day. Every houses are decorated very well.
Last night, we exchanged gifts between the family.
On 24th, we will go to their cousins house to gather with extended family, and we will spend time together.

I have felt the Christmas in Japan is very commercial, yet it is the time for family in this country.


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2011年12月16日

life in Colombia2

today is the exact day I have been here for a month.
I am not sure how I have changed or improved.
Yet, i am getting used to the life here.

Still i make so many mistakes of Spanish.
sometime I wonder what I had learned in Japan when I realized making mistake.
Yet, there is no way to improved the language skill from the mistakes for me.
I do not have time to be distressed or any thing.
Honestly, I am not good at talking, but here I try to speak.

Yesterday, I talked one students in front of humberger shop. it is very natural to speak to strangers here. We talked a bit, and we exchange the phone number.
We might see each other if the our time allows.

Today, One of my friends will take me to the park.
I met her at the university of my host cousin.
She likes Japanese anime, and maybe we will talk about it.

Here, many people have helped me a lot. Thanks to them, I enjoy the life here.
My friends, the host family...
Also, I feel the country of japan helps me a lot too.
Quite, often I was called Chinese. Their knowledge toward Asia is quite low.
yet, the impression of japan is always good.
Thanks of that, people speak to me, and make friends with me. Then, like today, they hang out with me easily.

After I came here, i often hear how they like there country.
It is rere to hear that japanese ´people like our country. Yet, every time I am outside of the country, i feel huge benefit from being a japanese.
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2011年12月10日

A life in Combia1

It has been alomost almost a month since i came to Colombia.
I am in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, with a host family.
The family is of one of my university friends, and they let me stay there while i am in Colombia for almost two month.
They treat me as one on the family members, and i feel very comfortable in this house.

Since I came to colombia, there have been many thing to write.
Here, I cannot write everything, but I will write a bit about my experience here. by the way, I cannot type Japanese here, but i will try to describe as I can.

Before I came to Colombia, I had heard how dengerous Colombia is. The country is known for drugs and guerriras. colombia is one of the countries which has few japanese residents. That is why, it is difficult to get information about the country.

My impression toward this place is relatively safe as far as being careful.
there are amazingly so many police around the street, and many people in day time.
My host told me that it is safe to go around alone in day time except some poverty area.

In my first week, I was with someone all the time while I was out. Yet, from secound week, I can go out alone and spend time in downtown unitl it gets dark.
So far,I have never seen drug or guerrira here.
my host mom has also never seen the guerriras for her life. Acording to her, the most of guerriras are hiding in some small villages or mountains, and it is very hard to encounter them in the big city.

the biggest reason i am here is to learn Spanish language. I studied Spanish for almost 2 years by my self in Japan, but it is great to be in the native speaking country to learn language.
after I came here, I re-realize how difficult to learn other languages. i think gradully my language skill has been improving, yet there are so many conversations and things I cannot understand because of the language barrier.
I wish I can learn more before I leave here. Here, people talk a lot about very interesting things, yet I feel bad about the fact i cannot fully understand and join the talk.

Generally, colombians are so kind. They are willing to help me and try to undestand me. Like the most of my travels so far, I still have been very lucky for the people i meet in other countries. I feel embressed about it.
Yet, of course, there are many things I am not getting used to.
for example, people are very open to show theier loves to thier family and lovers in this country. When I am in that situation, I feel unconfortable.
Through this stay, I feel ¨home sick toward Asian cultures¨ many times.
It does not have to be Japan but Philippine or Vietnam, yet I feel like I am in the part of Asian cultures. I miss it. As many people say that the travel is a great experience to think about thier origin and home. It is true for me, too. This travel is very successful in term of that.

I have more than a month to stay here. For my study, one month is such a short time. Yet, i keep trying to learN Spanish and experience things I cannot not get outside as much as I can.
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2011年11月11日

出発

自衛隊以後、ばたばたしままま今日に至る。
あと、もう少しで家を出発する。

自衛隊では、陸曹という階級になり、今後に備える。

まずは、アメリカの大学時代の友人たちにあうということで、気が軽い。
そこで5日ほど逗留したのち、コロンビアへ。
最近忙しかったので、スペイン語の勉強が十分に出来ていない事はきがかり
でも、この期間である程度スペイン語の勉強を終らせたい。

もちろん、この旅行は楽しみだが、帰ってからも楽しみでいる。
来年は将来のアジア展開にむけ、いろいろ勉強したい事が山積している
それを考えるだけでもとても楽しみでいる。

まあ、向こうでは友人の家族の家でのホームステイなので大丈夫かと思う
そうして、また成長できたら良い。
多分あっという間に2ヶ月は終り、年明けに帰ってくるように思う
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2011年11月03日

出発

今から出発
自衛隊訓練にむけて
明日からのトレーニング。
いってきます。
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2011年10月27日

留学への道3

最近忙しい。
今日現在、残る仕事はあと一週間。
来週の水曜日が、渡航前の最後の仕事日になる。


気付けば、もう二週間もすればアメリカに飛び立っていることになる。
その準備として、ここ2週間ほどは忙しい。
必要書類を記入したり、病院にも足を運ぶ。
現地での歯痛はつらそうなので、虫歯の確認をし、そして予防接種を3種類。肝炎のほかに黄熱病なども受けた方がいいということで検疫所にも初めて連絡した。献血も含めると、ここ最近しょっちゅう注射を打っている。

そして、水曜に仕事が終われば、まずは自衛隊訓練。
今回は、射撃訓練からガスマスク装着まで行うようで、非常に楽しみにしている。
そして、その訓練が終わり次第、緊急時に召集の可能性があるステータスになるようだ。

訓練終了後、3日後には旅立ち。
まずはアメリカへ。週末を学生時分の友人と過ごし、コロンビアへ。
バタバタする日が続く。



そんななか、自分は出発までに何ができるだろうかと考える。

まずは、目前に迫っている事象に対し、もっと知りたい。
自衛隊に関しても、そして特にコロンビアに対して、自分で集めない限り得れない情報は多い。
アメリカやヨーロッパに比べ、普段聞くこともない。

もちろん行けば何かしら感じるし、分かることもある。
でも、事前に知っているからこそ分かる深さは確かにある。

旅行した時によくあったのが、自分はキリスト教についてよく知らないと実感したことだ。
西洋の滞在先では、よく観光スポットとして教会があげられる。
いろいろ見たときに、キレイだとか、歴史があるなぁとは感じたけれど、その深みや意味することが分からなかったことは多々あった。

なので、できるだけ事前に知識を入れておきたい。

自分のふらふら流れる生き方はけっこう好きなのだが、ただ盲目的に流れるべきでもないと思う。
これからは、今まで以上に考えながら戦略も持って、ふらふらしたい。

少しずつ自分の中で将来像が垣間見えてきた。
コロンビアの滞在も、それからも楽しみでいる。
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