- The season was spring so the temperature was not so cold outside the Hotel. My wife, me and my son was invited as Foster families, where in this SSYEAP, each and every Year since the Year of 2007, our family as Foster Parents and Foster family had been receiving several youths from different countries of Japan and South East Asia staying in our house, when the Fujimaru Ship arrived and stop over in Jakarta Indonesia; This Fujimaru Ship is carrying around 350 Youths from Japan and South East Asia Youth from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Laos, Philipines, Kambodja sailing for around 50 Days and visited Japan and this South East Asia Countries. This Program is held by the Japanese Government and the South East Asia Government where the Youth can expose in exchanging their culture (cross culture), communications skill, and are being experienced in knowing the way of life of the families of the Home where they stayed for 3 days in each country during the 50 days trip.
- For me it was actually the second time to visit Tokyo, which my first visit was back in 1970, when my father (who had passed away) as a diplomat went back to Indonesia from Argentina with our family, and stopped over in Tokyo where we visited Tokyo Tower;
- Thanks to ALLAH, in this Year, April 2012 my wife me and my son had the opportunity to visit Tokyo Tower. I am very great full and thank full to ALLAH who has given the chance to my dearest wife, to be active in participating in the role as Foster parents in this SSYEAP venue. The Indonesian Participating Youth and the Foster Parents and Foster Families from Indonesia representing the Indonesian Delegates were invited by SIGA Japan 2012 to attend this General Assembly; On this Year the Malaysian Delegates were the largest delegation where around 100 Participants were attending this occasion.
- Giving a glance picture in the Public Transportation, I can see that the Subway train is really very efficient and effective way to travel in Tokyo, where there are always maps available to be taken by us showing the name of the Station and with numbering system, where we can view that many Japanese workers are taking this subway train to go their office and back home.
We can always grap a map in the subway station and also can see inside the train the electronic board sign which shows the next train stop over or station that we are heading. On the first day there were 2 guides from the Indonesian delegation who is staying in Japan or coming back and forth to Japan and Indonesia. On the Second day, me and my wife and Lia had tried to take the Subway by ourselves where we can asked the Station Officers our way and by looking at the map and the electronic board sign in the train; I think Jakarta which every day experienced heavy traffic jam can really learn from Japan how to manage a modern, manageable, efficient and effective mass public transportation. Well this is just a glance view of my visit to Tokyo this April 2012;
Jakarta, May 07, 2012