Steven Moffat once said “We are all stories, in the end;” and the 10 days spent in JENESYS 2016 is no exception. While dozens of people may go through the program, there will never be the same story twice. Today, I am more than honored to be sharing with you my version of the tale.
In my about two decades of existence, Japan has always been one of the countries I’m dying to see. Being the country of technological advancements and embodying discipline as one may know, there is an urge for me to visit, if not stay, in Japan ever since I was a little kid. The Land of the Rising Sun is my own definition of an ideal country – prosperous, innovative, organized, advanced, and interesting. From its growing economy to state of the art technology to manga and animes to unique cultures to creative products. In a perspective of an outsider like me, Japan never disappoints, at least from how I see it.
If there’s one thing to improve in the program, it is to extend the TIME. It seems there’s not enough time to visit all of Japan’s beautiful places and meet more of its beautiful people – from which and whom we can learn Japan’s culture and values.
It has been a long time since I started to have interest in Japanese culture. At first, it was all because of my curiosity in their unique ways. Now, I was able to get a chance to see, with my own eyes, the country that have caught my attention.
TOKYO, JAPAN — “Jenesys is a commitment; it is a lifestyle to live by to ensure the continuity of this network.”
This was the core realization of the Philippine delegates to the ninth batch of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS).
In a fitting end to a productive nine-day good will exchange program, this line was part of a four-minute speech delivered during the action plan presentation on May 22 in Tokyo, Japan attended by delegates from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.
Bearing the batch name “Sulong” (which means “moves forward” in the Filipino language), the Philippine delegates from the Working Youth Group delivered the following action plan in a well-applauded presentation:
S: hare news in all media forms
U: nderstand culture
L: obby for legislations
O: ptimize partnerships
N: urture the environment
G: enerate sustainability measures
(A full report on the action plan will be published on http://www.pilipinasjenesysbatch9.com)
After the workshop presentation, a farewell party followed with overflowing food and drinks in an atmosphere of cultural openness and friendship. Everyone joined in the community dances which showcased differences and similarities in culture and heritage.
The Philippine delegation presented a three-minute dance which captured the Filipinos love for festivals, traditions and inherent traits of being compassionate and hospitable.
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Meganebashi or “Spectacles Bridge” (眼鏡橋is a double arch stone bridge spanning a pond in the park.
The bridge is twice the size of the famous “Spectacles Bridge” in Nagasaki city. The bridge was originally built over the Honmyo river in 1839.
After the flood of 1957, it was relocated to the park. Every year on the anniversary of the flood, the city of Isahaya has a festival at the original location of the bridge. It was designated as an Important Cultural Asset in 1958.
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On May 21st, the working youth delegation of the Philippines together with Brunei Darussalam visited the Omura Park and the Kyu Kushumoto Masataka Residence.
The participants also had a sushi making experience at the Isahaya International Exchange Center.
To wrap up the day, a workshop was conducted to share findings and learnings that the participants experienced through the program. An action plan was also developed by the group.