May 15th, 2004 - EU-Japan Friendship Day
A friend of mine whose son attends Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School invited me to come along to "Europe Day" - one of the many events taking place throughout Japan during EU-Japan Friendship Week. The event itself was held at the Lycee Franco-Japonais school, with - in addition to students from Kokusai High School - students from British School and Deutsche Schule also participating.
went there in a cloud of dark pondering about the constant stream of
bad news I've been seeing - the insanity of war, the cancellation of
support for the Hubble telescope, economic woes, etc., and found
myself in a setting of optimism and friendship between nations.
I've been hearing from my friends in Europe on and off about the EU,
with them detailing the debates of new members for and against
joining, but with most people deciding the benefits of joining are
worth the effort. Commentary in the news on this issue mentions
the problems to be overcome, and no doubt that's true, but the
optimism I've perceived from my distant friends and the warm optimism
and friendliness I experienced at the "Europe Day" event
suddenly seem to me like a warm spring day after a long and bitter
winter, and so I say:
Here's to friendship and cooperation between all nations and all people.
Copyright 2004 - Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass, Tokyo