So for the first month I gotta be here in the capital, doing many given chores, and it makes me feel like I am still in the training camp in Japan, not yet have come to Burkina Faso. It's been more than a year that I continuously have been moving places and now I'd really love to settle down. I can't wait to leave Ouagadougou, to go to my new home. Well, the capital of Burkina Faso must be less civilialized than some other West-African countries' like Senegal, Ghana, Benin, or others which have ocean coasts. There are no buildings here but its convinient and tap water at our dorm is clear. *though i dont drink it*
In New York, anyone could become "a newyorker." It wasn't one's nationality or place of origin which distinguished one from being outsiders. If one lives in NY, one was identified as a newyorker. I am here now being dispatched under a program (Japan Overseas Coorporation Volunteers) related to Japanese government. So far (considering the trainings before dispatch as well) it's so much making me be aware of the fact that I am JAPANESE. Well, someone said that threre are only 80 Japanese here in Burkina Faso, and maybe I am going to meet most of them while my stay. Being here under the protection of JICA, or Japan, I am starting my life in Burkina from some much higher level of life than the standards. It's my first time to live in a country with the cordination of Japanese organization. It's maybe great that people give me looooots of information about Burkina but everytime someone tells me something, I just feel that I need to go see with my own eyes. If I'd consider Japanese people's opinions as the truth, why would i even bother to live here..? Being between tons of info given by other Japanese people and things i see and i haven't seen, I'm a bit confused.
I was talking with the security guard, Parle, and he said something like "white skin (im included here as well) = money = good" and also that "he has no money so he cannot leave the country, to get to know other places such as Europe, but he cannot, and he'll die in Burkina." Maybe it's a sad thing that he cannot get out of there though he dreams to see other places. I so much saw the effect of grobalization here. (the grobalization which started some 500 years ago) When one doesn't know the existance of unknown, one would never dream to gain unknown. Then I thought, "oh, I am being here as a Japanese." well, it's ovbious that I am not Burkinabe and I have more money than him. It maybe is true that just by being here i am telling that "the world is big and there is Japan, and other countries as well" to the people here. I'm not saying wheather it's good or bad, but I just once again, maybe came to realize of my own position.