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Say hi first and you’ll see the different world 先手の挨拶は世界を変える(1)





Udon Challenge 272/1200 #georgia #tbilisi

Udon workshop for Asian food lovers in Tbilisi Georgia! They even tried for soup making and soba making!




Here I am in Tanzania all the way from Georgia! Photos with masai and of Zanzibar island.



Say hi first and you’ll see the different world

There are villagers in India who rarely smile and never say hi to a foreigner like me. One of the reasons could be our caste difference. When they show me serious look with no smile, I often hesitate. But when I say “namaste (hi)” to them with a bit of braveness, they tend to smile back and I notice the importance of a greeting. Many travelers have similar experience and agree on this. In the first place, I am the Asian looking man who is walking on a street of their country. Some locals must haven’t seen a foreigner like me, so no wonder they get frightened.

In Iran I heard this word “Ching-chang-chong” said towards me countless times from local people. if you happen to be an Asian person living outside of your country, you might have heard this phrase, but it is said when making fun of Asian people. To be honest it was so irritating that I almost couldn’t bear it. But now when I think of it, I am thinking maybe I could have said “salam (hi)” in the first place before anything to be said, so probably was able to block their attack. Locals just would like to talk to a foreigner, just like, I, foreigner does. (Especially Iranians…)

Travelers often encounter pickpockets, and obviously the biggest reason is, I imagine, that they weren’t careful enough. But in my opinion, probably another reason is because they didn’t communicate enough with people around them. At hostels, in trains and buses, it’s important to say hi to people around. When people could change the way they judge you from you“foreigner with money” to “friendly guy who says hi” , I imagine that they would lose their motivation to do pickpockets.

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