My country, Malawi is far from Japan. My continent, Africa is also very far from Japan. Many times people ask me, “How did you travel from Malawi to Japan?” Another question is, ” Do you get homesick?”. The answer to the question is “Yes, I get homesick!”. However, recently the world has become smaller because of technology. We can connect with people and places in ways that were unimaginable a couple of years. I realized that no matter how far you are from your home country, a little piece of home will always follow you…
Last week I was in my most favorite shop. Can you guess what it was? No, it wasn’t a restaurant (although I love food!)…and no it wasn’t Zara (I do love window shopping!! too). I was in Junkudo, the bookshop. Everywhere I go, every city I live in, I always look for the nearest bookshop first. Other people look for the gym or the supermarket but I look for the bookshop! Anyway I was in the bookshop and I was looking for a book. I didn’t have a specific book in my mind but I knew that I would know the book when I see it….
A little piece of Malawi found me in the bookshop. On the bookshelf was a book by a Malawian engineer. His name is William Kamkwamba. He wrote a book “The boy who harnessed the wind”. I was so excited to find this book. This is exactly the book that I needed to buy!
Malawi is far from Japan but i could feel close to home when I read this book. The world has become smaller because of technology.Even in such a far place, I could find a piece of Malawi right here in Japan, in a bookshop.
Another story about finding connections from home was during a dinner party. We were having dinner at a friend’s house and she brought out a wine bottle. It was a South African wine made by a woman. As a black person from Africa, I am always glad to find products from Africa in Japan. Maybe it is like a Japanese person finding a sushi restaurant in Africa! You would be so excited right? That’s exactly how I feel.
Recently when I miss the taste of Malawian fish I know where to go. Maybe the staff in Takashimaya already know about the black girl (me!) who always buys dried fish once every month. When I discovered that Tomiz food corner inTakashimaya B1 has a variety of dried foods products that are similar to Malawian foods I was over the moon! When I cooked the dried fish in Japan, I felt like I was sitting in my mother’s kitchen back home in Malawi! The taste was just like home, it was nostalgic.
The world is becoming smaller for me, because even though I am thousands of kilometers away from home, some little pieces of home always find me… right here in Japan.
Have a good weekend everyone!
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