New Dreams

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“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
John Lennon

So, today I went to Nagoya’s Airport to meet with my sister who was arriving from Brazil. I was surprised by the number of people that were coming here for the first time to work and I must say I was extremely pleased for them. As I told here previously, I spent the last two months in Brazil and I noticed how things are financially hard there for some people. These new workers who arrived today are lucky to be able to come to Japan and have the chance to change their lives for the better. It’s not easy to leave your country to live in a completely different place, among a completely different culture and a language that requires hard work to be learned. I’ve been living in Japan for fourteen years and I’m still struggling with the language. I’m studying in a Japanese school and I’m grateful for the opportunity of doing it.

These new people that arrived today must have new dreams and hope, a lot of hope. In Japan, you work hard, but that comes with a prize. You have the opportunity of living a better life. Of course, it comes with a price. My father left my Mom and her four children in Brazil to work here and offer different opportunities to his family. Thanks to him, I was able to study in a good school and study at a great University. I’m forever grateful to him, just like I’m grateful to one of my sisters, who also came here to work when I was a teenager and she was the one who paid for my English school.

What I’m trying to say is that I’m happy for those who are coming to work here. It was nice to see the hope inside their eyes. Japan is a great country, in all of the aspects. I just hope that those who are arriving here will know how to respect this country and the people. Respect always comes in the first place. New dreams, new hope, new opportunities, but also, new responsibilities.

Rosanna M. I.

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