H.E Mr. Farukh Amil
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Japan
Japan has been a wonderful adventure. I was about eight years old when someone gave me a calendar with a picture of the first Bullet Train with the magnificent Mount Fuji as a back drop. I wondered what this country, so far away would be like, dreaming that one day I would love to visit. Then came the original Godzilla movies! Fighting with Mothra was one of my favorites. Again I was inspired and intrigued.
The people, the mountains, the lakes, the forests, the ocean views, and so many other things I cannot forget. The ancient tree at Kamakura that for a fleeting moment propelled some energy through me when I reached out to touch its branch; the mysterious low cloud wafting through the trees on a crystal clear day at Mount Takao, the home of Tengu; the hot sands on Mount Aso; and Koya-san in swirling deep snow.
Most of all, the marvelous people of Japan – from the elegance of the Imperial Family to my various Japanese friends, without whom I would have been lost. Their kindness and respect epitomized the grandeur of this truly kind and welcoming society. I cannot forget the elders from Iijima Town in Nagano nor can I forget individuals like the elderly lady in the subway who offered me a chocolate; in her eyes, I saw the love of a mother.
It is only when you leave a country that you fully realize its true worth and one’s experiences blossom in a forever memory. The four years seem now to have flashed by so quickly. In our profession we never truly set down roots, so we think. But I left a little bit of my heart in Japan and so much of Japan has traveled in my heart with me.
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