Wednesday, November 21, 2012

An Impression on Japan - through my experiences

My mind says I should write down my experiences, but every time I sit down before my computer I become Torma - and, nothing comes out of me. May be this is why I'm not able to update my blog instantly with my rubbishes. My rubbishes do come, but slowly and you may as well tag me as 'tube light' or whatever. I wish I had an ability to write stories instantly as it happens. This story here is one such that happened some days back.
Late October this year, an ad-hoc study visit took me to Japan. Accompanying senior Bhutanese officials, I've had an opportunity to enjoy equal privileges like them, while being center of attraction to most ladies was an additional privilege that my seniors would have missed.

One evening as beautiful ladies clad in colourful Kimono dresses served tea and beer in the bar, conversations went on among our group. At the other corner, Karaoke began with a delightful Japanese number. A young Japanese official bent forward and asked me, "What is your impression about Japan? I mean, how do you find Japan and the Japanese?" 

"Japan is a developed country?" I said.
"Umm..." he nodded sipping a beer.
"People are nice and friendly. We share similar culture and our people look alike...and blah blah blah..." I went on until he interrupted by saying, "Alright, what is the impression of  Bhutanese in general?"

"I'm enjoying every bit of my trip here," I took a chance to complete my blah...blah. I did indeed.

 Well this comes to me as a chance to express what I feel myself too. I always wanted to share this and I'm sure many Bhutanese would agree on this.

Japanese bridge at Tangmachhu, Lhuentse
"We appreciate development assistance that Japan provides to my country - from agricultural improvement programs to farm mechanization; voluntary instructors in the remote schools to technical advisors in the headquarters; short term capacity developments to long term human resource development; and so on," I said. "All these projects and programs have greatly helped Bhutan and it's people," I continued as he poured in additional beer.

"In short, impression of Bhutanese about Japan can be best described by Japanese bridges," I provoked.

"How is it?" he smiled and rendered more attention to me.

"You see, now that we have several bridges constructed by Japanese in our country."
"Ah ha..." he nodded.
"Whenever we travel, be it from East to West or North to South if we come across three Japanese bridges on our way, we land praising Japan three times and if seven, seven times. And...I've heard many Bhutanese share similar views. They are excellent." I concluded.
"Is it!" as he leaned backward in appreciation, "Let's sing along, come on Karaoke!" another Japanese brought in microphone and we sang together..."What a wonderful World."
It is indeed a wonderful world.