I'm living in Kusatsu-shi, Shiga-ken for an undetermined amount of time and teaching English as a second language at a local high school. This journal is to document my experiences, thoughts, and to stay connected with others at home and abroad.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

12月26日平成19年 (アンコールワット)

I originally wrote this journal entry in Japanese, but I have also translated it into English below. The final sentence was written in English in my diary, however, because I didn't know how to say it in Japanese at the time (and I'm not sure if I do now either).




-But if people will trade the lives of themselves and their progeny for money, do they deserve to share the paradise of this earth?

(I miss speaking Japanese. Last night at the convenience store I saw three Japanese people but I didn't say anything...I wish I had said something. :-(
Angkor Wat is amazing! But because so many people can visit, I feel like it's losing it's beauty and becoming more commonplace. Anything goes for people who have money, they don't have to obey any rules. There's an excessive number of luxury autos like Lexi. I'm troubled by the world's poverty gap. Half the cars here are Japan-made Toyota Camrys. I think Cambodia is being raped by tourism. There are so many Europeans here that come and do whatever they feel; they drink, they party, and while they're having fun they pollute the natural landscape. This is cleary bad for Cambodia (Cambodia's health). Even though there's litter everwhere, not even the Cambodian people care to clean up. I think Cambodians worship the dollar more than their own country.
I want to live without this ugliness. I want to be a friend to the environment and humanity.)


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