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I went to Japan in July of 2015. It
was an experience of a lifetime. The country and its people are
awe-spiring. The sheer...
I went to Japan in July of 2015. It was an experience of a lifetime. The country and its people are awe-spiring. The sheer beauty and poise that Japan still has after so much suffering that it went through leaves me dumbstruck. I went to Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree as a part of the Indian contingent. I met so many wonderful people, ate some one of a kind food and experienced things that I had never envisioned myself going through, a special mention would be Japans starry skies. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial was devastating, the very idea that man can cause such misery to fellow men is gut wrenching.
The cherry on the cake was that I was with my friends, it was a dream come true. The days I spent in Japan are probably some that I will remember when Im old and eighty and slowly forgetting. But my favorite part of the trip wasnt any of the things I mentioned before. My favorite part of the entire trip was being on the receiving end of genuine kindness by this one man, whose name I do not know. I had him on my Facebook- I cant find him anymore.
The story isnt dramatic or full of thriller twists. Its as simple as we were six teenagers, with no maps or cell phones. We didnt even have any kind of WiFi access. We couldnt read or speak Japanese. And we didnt know what we were going to do for the day. All we knew was that we had to be at the train station in the evening to go back to camp, and the evening was a long time away. In simple words, we were lost. We tried walking around but got nowhere.
It was then that this man walked past us, and approaching him and hoping that he would understand, we explained to him that we were sorta lost and were looking for a way to get to somewhere we could possibly just walk around and explore the city and its streets. All we expected him to do was tell us what the name of such a place was or simply just walk away.
Not only was he warm and receiving, he went out of the way for us. He made sure he got us a cab to the place, he spoke to the cab driver about where to drop us and told us to have a good time. And boy did he deliver, the place we went to was everything we asked for.
I know this doesnt seem like much. But to those teenagers who were lost in a fairyland with no instruction manual, that man was a knight in shining armor. And one day I hope to go back to Japan, not just for the wonderland it is but also so that maybe, even in passing I can meet more people as nice as that man was. People who genuinely in their own way make sure this world is a better place to live in.