Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My two weeks in Japan - epilogue: The last sunset

This is the last picture I took on Japanese soil. I rushed with Mr. Yemen to the Rinkuu town seaside to catch the sunset. The weather was cloudy so the sunset wasn't clear. Just like the future, I say! I don't know if and when I will visit Japan again, but I sure hope I can; two weeks is a little too short!

The sun sets on our last day.. and on this blog.

It has been almost a year, but I'm finally done reporting and shared [almost] everything I wanted to share about the trip. I hope you enjoyed reading the blog -like I enjoyed writing it- and learned something worthwhile from it. If you have any questions or anything else you want to know, please don't hesitate to ask by commenting on this post or by sending me an e-mail and I'll be more than happy to answer.

Again, I would like to thank everybody who helped me out in those two unforgettable weeks: The embassy for recommending me (without a test!); the Japan Foundation personnel who took care of us up to the last moment, especially M-san;
the homestay family which made me attached to Osaka; the nice participants especially Mr. Egypt and Mr. Yemen, who made me feel at home in the difficult and awkward moments; my friends and teachers who received me in Japan: Yoshi, N-sensei, Nobu, Ocha no, Sanad, T-sensei and of-course, K-sensei. (K-s: Thanks for the awesome, awesome picture book!)

After all the kindness I received in Japan I am willing to help any Japanese person in Jordan in any way I can. This way, hopefully, I can repay the Japanese kindness with Muslim & Jordanian kindness. As the nice expression in Japanese goes: お互い様です

Last but most,
Alhamdulillah. Thanks to Allah for giving me this opportunity and a magically smooth, most wonderful trip.

To wrap up here is a list of the trip-related posts, oldest first:
My two weeks in Japan - prologue: Kokoro
Round 1: Home stay photofest
日本で一番好きな場所 - My favourite place in Japan
Japanese children 日本のお子供さん
The beautiful scenery of Japan - 美しき日本景色
Awkward moments 気まずい瞬間
They arrived FINALLY!! ヤット届いたんだ!!
Long time no post: The lost letter 久しぶりにポスト!失われた手紙
Muslim X Japan X 2 weeks ムスリムX日本X2週間
One free day in Tokyo
A visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park 広島平和記念公園の訪問
Playfulness ふざける事



momiji said...

All the posts you wrote, are fantastic.
The way you wrote about your trip is very smart.
Thank you for sharing many of your adventures there.
I hope you will not delete the blog, because many Japanese students or even Japanese people can get use from it.

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Saemon 左衛門 said...

thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the blog.

I will not delete the blog, but in the future, I might need to make it 'invite only'. IF this happens, you will be invited!




Kanji_chan said...

自分が書いた旅のリポートに比べて、Saemonさんの書いた法がずーっとすばらしかった。 私はポスト三つで済ませたし><




Saemon 左衛門 said...






Kanji_chan said...


Saemon 左衛門 said...


make sure you check the last two posts before this, especially the Hiroshima one, you might find interesting stuff!

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Xzaxs said...

Hey, I really enjoyed the lecture today ^_^

Saemon 左衛門 said...

Ahlan wa sahlan, nice to meet you and glad you enjoyed my presentation! Hope you enjoy the blog too.

If you or Alaa have any questions, don't hesitate to ask here or e-mail me and I'll answer in sha' Allah.

Kanji_chan said...

Saemon san,
I did and they were very interesting,,especially the picture with kanji... but it caused me frustration ><
I could only get
==>Please be quite while OO because OO will OO! lol

If it helps, the kanji in the last line to the left has the 糸radical.
I'll try again later..漢字に負けるわけにはいかない!
Very curious to know!!><

Biraru said...

Saemon san
forgive me for not being here the last 2 months .. I was very busy & I had problems in the internet connection .. and I don't like to write a comment if I don't read the whole post .. your last few posts look very interesting but I'm very sad to know that there's no more updates for this blog (T_T)

Saemon 左衛門 said...

ohisashiburi. No worries, please take your time and enjoy the posts.

Walla, I've stopped for two main reasons, first maintaining a blog consumes a lot of my brain juice, second, after I finished writing about the trip, I feel I have no purpose to blog.

Maybe if I find a strong purpose or theme, I will return, but for now I'm taking an indefinite break :D

rua said...

I like your way of writing ^-^

very interesting,although there is a lot of details but its really interesting ,hearing the experiences of others and at the same time wishing to have the same experience T-T

arigatou , I enjoyed reading your blog

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you'll ever read this comment, as it seems to have been more than half a year ago that you wrapped this blog up. In any case, I wanted to say, like many others, how much I enjoyed reading this. I was actually google image searching "japanese mosques" for kicks and a picture of the Kobe mosque led me to the blog. Thank goodness you haven't made it invite only, as I've learned so much reading it. I especially found helpful the muslimXjapanXtwoweeks post. Your style of writing kept me either interested or entertained for the often long posts--thanks for that too x). Insha Allah, i hope to start taking japanese courses this summer at my university, and hopefully that will lead to my own trip to japan in some years' time. If that happens, I'll remember this blog =)
take care,

Saemon 左衛門 said...

Assalamu alaikom "Me",

Don't worry, I get a notification e-mail everytime someone comments here.

I am really glad that you found this blog informative and enjoyable.

Good luck with Japanese! If I can help you in your studies in anyway, please let me know.

You can also check out my recently started blog:

I am planning to take upper intermediate examination this year and this new blog is about that.

Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

It was very interesting for me to read this blog. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

Saemon 左衛門 said...

It's my pleasure, Anonymous.

I'm glad to see that people still visit this space and comment after more than one year of concluding the blog.