日本のスピリット/キース・ビーハン〜Spirit of Japan/Keith Behan

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Spirit of Japan

I am writing this on Sunday the 13th of October after the typhoon and Japan’s rugby victory over Scotland. I know how devastating the typhoon was and how many people had suffered. I also watched on tv the amazing triumph of the rugby team whose skill, courage and team work was outstanding and how inspiring this was.  So I just wanted to write my own tribute to the people of Japan during this difficult time.

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I have been to Japan many times and been to many wonderful places and met many wonderful people. I have a deep joy in coming here and seeing the country and meeting the people. I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity over many years.

I have seen the hard work and dedication of the people. I have also experienced kindness, warmth and generosity many times over and I feel I cannot fully  express with words  how much I appreciate this and how truly thankful I am. I also love the sense of humour and fun the people have.

This is why I wanted to express my feelings by writing this article.

It is difficult sometimes to really see ourselves as others do. What this really means is we may have a fixed opinion of what we think we are but other people may see things in a different way. It can be easy to see qualities and behaviour overlooked because it just comes naturally. This can apply to an individual
person, a group or indeed an entire country. So this is why I wanted to share my experience of Japan and it’s people.

The courage and stoicism of the people of Japan during this time of the typhoon and it’s aftermath is something that is truly inspiring and I know will be acknowledged by people around the world.

This is symbolised by the brave blossoms in the rugby match. I was cheering Japan on as was everybody in England and many other countries. They were incredible and their achievement in reaching the quarter finals is amazing.

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My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan at this time and I know the typhoon has been devastating but the spirit of Japan and it’s people will shine through and be an example to the world.

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