January 20, 2011
In the afternoon of 20th January 2011, ten visitors from Japan arrived at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam. They are family members of some of Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), and came here to visit their sons and daughters who are working as volunteers supported by JICA. This time, 5 volunteers among 66 who are working in the country received their family members to this country.
During their stay, all of these family members are going to visit rural areas where their sons/ daughters are working.
Ms. Noriko Komatsu, who is working as a nurse at Nachingwea District Hospital since July 2009, welcomed her 60-year old mother, Chizuko and younger sister.
"I am very happy to have my mother and sister here! I was worried because they had never traveled outside Japan." Noriko says.
They are planning to visit Nachingwea in the Lindi Region where Noriko is living. Her mother says "Since she left for far away Africa one and a half year ago, this is the first time for me to see my daughter, and I am very happy to see her in good health. I heard that there is no running water and no electricity where she lives. I am looking forward to visiting there."
Mr. Yoshisada Watanabe (62), father of Ayako who teaches science and mathematics at Nanguruwe Secondary School in the Mtwara Region, came to the country with his wife, Yasue.
"I'm glad to see my daughter in good health and she seems to grow up mentally. The city of Dar es Salaam reminds me of the city of Singapore where I visited 35 years ago, so it doesn’t look very strange to me," said Yoshisada.
The son of Mr. Shin-ichi Takahashi, Taichi, is a teacher of Kilingi Secondary School in Siha, Kilimanjaro. The father says, "My long dream will come true this time by visiting my son in Tanzania. I love mountains, and I have been harbouring a dream to see Mt. Kilimanjaro for a long time!"
Surprised by the hot weather in Dar es Salaam at the moment, Ms. Akiko Anazawa, who is the mother of Tomoyo working in Mafinga, says "We came from the area with 30 cm fall of snow. We now find ourselves here in the middle of summer!"
Mr. Masayoshi Ozaki, a younger brother of Hisaaki who is teaching automobile maintenance in Masasi, says that the recent technology of communication makes them to feel closer. He recognizes their relationship is tighter now than the one when his brother was in Japan. It is because they communicate each other through internet very often.
Apart from visiting the recipient organizations of their sons/daughters, the family members will also visit tourist sites of Tanzania such as Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro during their one-week stay.