In December 2017, AP’s Sreyphea was invited by the Cambodian National Karate Team to join a training program in Japan. She wrote us a blog to share her impressions and experiences.
Japan is one of my favourite countries and I had always wanted to go there a long time ago. I always dreamed of being in Japan and get to see all the beautiful places, high skyscrapers, and be able to discover Japanese flavours and know the lifestyle of Japanese people, and gain knowledge and experience that I have never experienced before, especially the karate sport I am training.
My passion goes through a visit to Japan. When I first came to Japan I noticed that Japan was very cold and airy, unlike Cambodia, while in public places are full of tall buildings accompanied by many different kind of plants and good seasonal environment. Japanese people are very energetic and travel as well as activities, and they generally adopt a law of high responsibility since student to old people.
I’ve learnt that karate is originally from Okinawa Japan. And that ancient karate is a martial art used to defend the territory of the people of the past what is known as ti which then became todi and later after Okinawa became a province of Japan it got changed to karate-do. Gaining the knowledge about the history of karate that I’ve been training very hard every day makes me very proud. And also my karate team was the first one at the birthplace of karate (Okinawa Karate Center) that have just completed in March 2017 and which makes me more aware of the history of karate and gain new experiences, including the training of traditional karate and even took part of karate training with high school and secondary students for two days with highly educated teachers as well as build good relationship with new friends.
Apart from karate I also been to ‘home stay’ which I get to sleep at my new Japanese parents for one night and it was a memorable for me. I also went to many tourist area, learnt the traditional dance of Okinawa: Eisaa, get to taste so many different kind of Japanese food… And I also learnt to say the praying word before and after eating; ‘Itadakimas, Giochososama’. My favourite Japanese food is sushi and other food made from raw fish and vegetables, cause the taste really good and it gives you a lot of energy and I think that is why Japanese people are very healthy and live very long. Also Japan is very modern even the country faces many natural disasters, the country can still build high buildings and beautiful roads.
After I came back from Japan I’ve experienced a lot. And also learnt about the karate of Japan, the karate not only made us strong but also gave us discipline, virtue, morality and energetic.
~ written by : Sreyphea