We could be united even if we came from different nations.
Since 1980’s, Japanese culture was so familiar to us under the influence on Hong Kong TV channels. Included Japanese animation in childhood, video games, uncounted youth drama programs and songs. Until now, Japan is still the favourite city to visit for Macau people. To which who were born in 80’s to 90’s, we locals could understand some Japanese vocabulary that learned from the Movie theme song much more than Portuguese.
Aki is a musician, modest and polite same as the Japanese character on the screen. His hometown in Fukuoka; He met his wife Picca in early years when he studied Social work in Tokyo. After some years, they both moved to Macau and have a baby boy this year. Talked about the living in Macau, Aki used to it since early time, he taught Japanese class before, at present he is working for a production house on recording and music creation. He is also a local band guitarist and involved a solo music project. He prefers to spend time with family in holidays.
Each place with its own culture, especially in work field. Some friends who know Japan well would say that is difficult to work in Japan. Aki was a teacher in Japanese class when he came to Macau with his wife, at the same time he started working on music production and creation afterwards. Due to spending time on music work, he quit teaching. Aki and his colleagues get along so well, they usually communicate in English. He told us the work environment is so much different from Japan, here in Macau people tend to be opened, speak directly in a simple way; when he was in Japan, people are shy to tell things directly in front of others. Another different thing is, Japanese memorized the time schedule carefully, Macau locals feel easier with time. “I think this is a job really suitable for me to be with different machines in the recording studio everyday,” Aki says.
Besides work, the children growth condition is also different between Japan and Macau. Japan is same as other big cities, park and children playground are everywhere. About the daily life in Macau of his son Hiroaki, he mentioned the experience by bus. “People usually give their seat up to my wife and Hiroaki on the bus, they like children and smile to him. Japanese are polite too, but sometimes feel embarrassed to tell they want to give up their seat.”
Although typhoon and earthquake are so common in Japan, the earlier typhoon Hato impressed Aki a lot. Their government and citizens since childhood to learn the influence of a disaster, they used to temporary power cut and the government would send the water trucks for disaster relief. But here in Macau to experienced this typhoon was different from his hometown, people in different age and nationality were cleaning up the streets together which made him so touched, this is also the deepest one in his memory in Macau.
Everyone carries different experiences and habits, and all of these could influence others. When we have a good attitude towards others that would spread the positive energy to each other. We could be united even if we came from different nations.