A university student from Saudi Arabia that has been studying Japanese in Tokyo was given the rare honor of presenting a poem he had written to the governor of the city Chofu. His passion and dedication to studying the country’s language and culture paid off in a truly memorable way, as his poem, which he wrote and delivered in Japanese, earned him a standing ovation from the governor and members of parliament.
Abdul Rahman Bazaeem began studying in Tokyo two years ago, becoming enthralled with Japanese literature and music. Like many foreigners do, he says it was hard to understand anything in the beginning, as the language’s pronunciation, spelling, writing system, and sentence structure were far different from what he was accustomed to. He delivered his poem, based on the life of Saudi students living in Japan, at a cultural event celebrating the relationship between Chofu, a Saudi cultural ambassador, and the Islamic Arabic Institute.
In sharing his experiences in Japan, Bazaeem says things really started picking up for him when got involved with a Japanese a cappella group – a type of music that is performed with only vocals instead of instruments. While practicing with them for several hours a week, he continued his study of the Japanese language until reaching a level of fluency. He eventually heard about the Saudi cultural event in Chofu, and his request to write a poem was not only accepted, but he was given the opportunity to deliver it before the audience of government officials.
[via Saudi Gazette]