“For the past 11 months, Bhutan has become my cherished home, a privilege I deeply treasure. During my time here, my passions have revolved around praying and hiking, and I visited many Lhakangs as well. I also have a fondness for dancing, yet fate has not yet brought any dance companions in Bhutan. I harbor a dream of visiting the enchanting GOKAB Bhutan, should the opportunity arise.
Before embarking on my Bhutanese journey, my professional life was rooted in Japan, where I worked at a trading company specializing in cosmetics and daily necessities production. Presently, I hold the position of marketing advisor at the Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (FMCL), where we’re diversifying into agricultural products such as rice and vegetables, alongside our traditional focus on machinery. I am primarily responsible for agricultural products, and our main challenge in this endeavor is the scarcity of data, but I’ve taken it upon myself to actively collect information online, which I hope to use for future business expansion.
I’m thrilled to develop a new souvenir product for tourists, a convenient packaging solution for smaller quantities of local products that they can easily carry. This is particularly relevant for items like rice. Comparing my work experiences in Bhutan to my previous life in Japan, I’ve noticed a stark contrast. In Japan, the work pressure can be overwhelming, whereas in Bhutan, there’s a more relaxed and harmonious atmosphere. My goal now is to amalgamate the best aspects of both worlds, creating a conducive and balanced work environment.
Surprisingly, I’ve observed that Bhutanese people are often more punctual than I had imagined, a trait I didn’t necessarily expect but greatly appreciate. The respect younger generations show to their elders here serves as a poignant reminder of the deeply rooted values that mirror Japan’s cultural ethos.
Many of my colleagues are the same age as me and are dear friends with whom we often hang out. We often spend time together, preparing Sushi and seafood, and sharing the richness of our respective cultures. It’s interesting to note that many Bhutanese do not consume raw fish, a culinary practice common in Japan. Lunches with Bhutanese friends are always a delightful experience, especially when relishing dishes like Mushroom Datshi and Beef Datshi.
While JICA volunteers are not required to wear the national attire Gho or Kira, I find wearing Kira to be quite comfortable, and it often leads to me being mistaken for a Bhutanese local. The deep spirituality and unwavering willingness of the Bhutanese people to lend a helping hand without expecting anything in return is truly remarkable. As a JICA volunteer, I am happy to see the similar view that my father once experienced.”

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