The people in Chibu are amazing.  They will literally give you the shirt off their back, or in our case, the hat off their head.

The Oki three day walking event happened last weekend.  One of our friends from the mainland came to stay with us and participate in the walk.  The morning of the first day, we walked her down to the port to catch a boat to one of the neighboring islands.  Since Khoa and I weren’t participating in the walk (we were helping with the elementary school basketball practice), we stayed on the dock and waved our friend goodbye.  We were accompanied by two of the event coordinators, one was the father of one of the junior high students I teach and the other was someone we know from the community.  As the boat made its way out of sight, the event coordinators turned to Khoa and me, realizing that we wouldn’t be receiving a hat since we weren’t participating in the walk, and gave us the hats they were wearing.  They literally took their own hats off of their heads and handed them to Khoa and me.  Man, the people here are so kind and thoughtful.


4 thoughts on “kindness

  1. Carrie K June 14, 2012 / 4:13 pm

    Where is your island? I lived on an island off the coast of Kumamoto for 4 years. It was AMAZING. Reading your blog makes me want to go back and visit! 😀

    • youmeandatanuki June 14, 2012 / 6:30 pm

      Island life really is amazing, isn’t it 🙂

      We live on Chiburi Island in Shimane prefecture. It’s part of the Oki Archipelago. The Oki islands are the only islands on the west side (other than Sado) that you typically see on a map of Japan. We’re about 2.5 hours by boat to the mainland. How far away from mainland Kyushu were you?

  2. foldedcranes June 17, 2012 / 2:16 am

    That is such a nice story and I agree, Japanese people are among the kindest I have met! Always so giving, and keen to make you feel at home! I remember before I visited, we were told that we should’t say we liked anything in the homestay house we were staying in, because they’d probably give it to us if we did!!

    • youmeandatanuki June 17, 2012 / 9:13 am

      It’s so true! Our friend was admiring some old school glass fishing net floats that were used for decoration outside of the tourist center on one of the neighboring islands. She just asked where she could buy them, and the staff went to the back room and just gave her four.

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