【World Life】とは?


World Lifeな生活



Hello there!

I hope this letter finds you well. I want to share some interesting stories about how meeting people from different countries can change our perspectives.

Once, when I was teaching at a junior high school in Japan, I invited a guest from Nepal to talk about his country. One student asked, “Have you ever climbed Mt. Fuji?” This might seem like a normal question for someone from Shizuoka prefecture, where Mt. Fuji is famous. But the man from Nepal calmly replied, “Yes, I climbed it last Sunday, for the third time.” I was surprised! For him, coming from a country with incredibly high mountains, Mt. Fuji was just an ordinary mountain for weekend exercise.

In another story, about 30 years ago, I joined a government-sponsored international friendship cruise that visited Southeast Asian countries. In Mumbai, locals asked us, “Have you seen the Queen’s Necklace?” They were talking about a highway along the coast. Some Japanese, including me, went to see it in the evening. However, it wasn’t as impressive as we expected. Perhaps it has changed over the years, or people stopped mentioning it to visitors.

Lastly, let’s talk about “strong winds” in Japan. We often hear about winds with a speed of 50 km/h in weather forecasts. But did you know there’s a windier place in Patagonia, South America? A world-famous aviator and novelist, Saint-Exupery, once joked about not being allowed to land when the wind exceeded ninety miles per hour. That’s twice as strong as the winds we hear about in Japan!

Sometimes, stepping outside our comfort zone helps us see things differently. The world is full of surprises, and each new experience brings us a bit closer to reality.

Take care, and see you soon!