Sometimes I think back, "Why do I like Taiwan?" Speaking of the original experience, there are two, one is that I went to Taipei when I was a student and saw the most authentic appearance of Taiwan. The other is through the experience of taking care of Taiwanese students who came to Japan. I feel that we have something in common with each other. Because I feel it is more of an emotion than a theory through the closeness to Taiwanese people and life. 33 years ago, when I was in high school, I had a Taiwanese classmate named "Kaa". We did a lot of stupid things together and gradually became very good. One chat talked about "Does Kaa have family in Taiwan? In that case, let's all go together once." So, I went on a trip with four best friends and five people. At that time, Japan, to be honest, was in a bubble economy, and there was a lot of noise.
Although I also worked in the trade business Photo Restoration Service in the chemical company my father opened, so I have the experience of overseas business trips, but I didn’t have to work like a family outing, nor was I a prudent study abroad student as an exchange student. It was a good experience to go to Taipei purely with friends. After getting off the plane in Taipei, you can see the calm cityscape of Taipei at dusk from the gasoline-smelling expressway. After entering the urban area, unlike Tokyo and Hong Kong in Japan, Taiwan at that time had a very Taiwanese style. It's atmospheric and a little nostalgic. Obviously I was only a high school student at the time. The chaos and orderliness, chaos and liveliness are integrated with the lives of Taiwanese people. To this day, I still remember my first impression of Taipei. At that time, Kaa and a group of us Japanese were constantly walking through the street shops and stalls. When I was stunned because I couldn't understand Taiwanese, Kaa and the uncle of the street vendor used fluent Taiwanese to bargain. For native Taiwanese, it is a matter of course that they will bargain. However, until now, when I went abroad from Japan for a while, I was able to communicate with the locals, but I did not have the experience of bargaining with people when shopping in daily life.
And I was shocked that this Taiwanese classmate who studied side by side could easily do "something that I couldn't do by myself". Kaa, who came to study in Japan from here, listens to J-pop music, and is always excited about Yumi Matsutani's new song, and I'm also glad that I'm in my 50s now, and we can still communicate with each other on SNS and talk about each other's recent situation . After arriving in Taipei for about 10 years, after graduating from university, I started my own business with my father, who is also an entrepreneur. The technician I hired at the time was a young man from Taiwan, and he came to the desk where I was working and seemed to have something unspeakable. At that time, I wanted to know what happened, and then I realized that it was his sister who seemed to want to enter a Japanese university. I wondered if she could talk to me.