By: RaY KinZoKu

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Saturday, 10-Jul-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Ne, kurumi~....

..Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah tak nampak la plak..
.. emmmm ..
..Kota Bharu Hospital buildings..
...Jalan Berek 12..
..look carefully & you'll see Sultan Ismail College..
Overlooking Jalan Telipot..
..kono machi no keishiki wa, kimi no me ni dou utsuro no? .. Ima no boku wa dou mieru no? .... (lines from "Mr. Children - Kurumi", Mr. Children is a famous Japs. band, their songs often hit no.1 on Japs. music/album charts) ==> Roughly translated : " Dear Kurumi, this town, how does it appears in your eyes? What about me now? How do I appear to you? " ...The song hit no.1 on the chart once, it still reminds me of my last days in Japan especially the day I return to Malaysia and settled down in Kota Bharu... In Japan, I went to a university in Osaka, emmm.... OSAKA, a port-city, an industrial hub (biggest in Japan) older than Tokyo, is in fact the second largest city in Japan (after Tokyo), however the inhabitants are so proud with their city & region (the so-called Kansai region),thus they prefer to behave differently from other Japanese. They are so proud with their dialect, wherever they go (even overseas), they will speak in Japanese Kansai dialect, so thick that one would think that these ppl are not learning anything from their "bahasa kebangsaan".. they are so proud with their food ( such as "Takoyaki" ) that they often look down on cuisines from other parts of Japan , and they are also very proud with their "customs" that they are currently maintaining first place in the whole country "parking offences chart".. ( btw, while other Japanese, stand at the left side of the escalator, they stand on the right side ! Well, Malaysians stand at the middle tho.. ). No wonder, when referring to Osaka, most Japanese will claim jokingly, " Osaka wa Nihon ja nai " ( Osaka is not Japan ) ... ... How do both places appear in my eyes? Well, from Osaka to Kota Bharu, an experience of reverse-cultural shock, now I appreciate both, they both seem "sharing similar traits" & appear as something special in my eyes...

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