Such a Small World!

Rakhshinda Shakir
Posted July 16, 2017

Back in 2009 when I was in the US I had a friend from Tokyo named Miho Ogiyama. Since our host families were really good friends, the first people to attend AYUSA weekly meetings were me and her. Miho was quite shy to speak up but then slowly with time we became really good friends. Me and Miho used to live in different cities but almost every week I would wait to see her because she was the only person I could see my childhood friend in. Widely held belief says this world is too small and today I saw that belief come true. When my internship in Japan was confirmed I told Miho I would be going to her city and she and I both were excited to meet each other once again. However, despite our plans luck had something else for us. Miho had to go to China for her job shifting. When I knew that I was quite upset because I wanted to see her but that was not possible during my stay in Japan this time. Today was my free time that means no office. Miho the other day knocked me and told me about her sister. She told me on my free timings her sister would show me around Tokyo since she is not here and I agreed. The other day her sister Natsumi Ogiyamaknocked me on Facebook and we decided to go and visit the countryside instead of visiting Tokyo because as per Miho Natsumi knew I loved countrysides more than the city because cities are busy and countrysides are calm and beautiful. County sides have more to offer you things in local. you get to see the culture and people more in detail and person. As per our plan we met at sangubashi station at ten Am today. After about changing three stations, we reached our destiny. One after other stations I silently keep seeing huge huge buildings disappearing and could not hold my breath to finally reach and explore the place to bits. We walked around the streets after we have reached the city and went to a shop where Natsumi had already rented a Japanese traditional dress for both of us. We walked down the streets as if the real queen we were. When we hit the road I felt like a traditional Japanese walking down the streets back in the 1990s. To secure the city was. So organized the systems were. How happy everyone looked. How secure their rights were. For a while I kept thinking would that Mashal Khan lived here he would be alive today. Or would that Qandeel Baloch belonged to Japan she would still see her performing talent. Everyone is happy in their minute microcosm yet everyone at the same time makes sure everyone else is happy too. The sky I have seen in my country and then here in Japan was the same but under it everything was different. People sharing the same sky has different stories living under it. Would that every person who is been harassed in the name of culture, in the name of dignity, in the name of religious ideology in my country belonged to Japan where last but not the least their freedom would be granted. Miho Ogiyama!! Thank you must be very little for all the beautiful feelings that spending a day with your sister brought. I hope to see you soon someday!!

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Jill Langhus
Jul 17, 2017
Jul 17, 2017

Lovely story, Rakshi. I love your kimono and would love to see photos of the countryside you visited. Too bad you missed your friend this time around.

maeann
Jul 17, 2017
Jul 17, 2017

Hi Rakshi.  Thank you for telling stories of your adventure.  I like how you share your thoughts about the sky you have in your country is the same sky in Japan.... same also with the air we breathe.  The air that we breathe is free and I hope that the RIGHTS for women will be free also like the air we breathe.  Shalom!

Rakhshinda Shakir
Jul 19, 2017
Jul 19, 2017

I would be sharing more stories. Thanks for reading. Please keep update I will update more :)