[Myanmar] Day 2-3. Burmese Japanese students. [ミャンマー] 2~3日目。ミャンマーの日本語学生。


Myanmar Day 2: Went to Shwedagon pagoda, The most sacred temple in Myanmar. It’s a bit too far to walk from the hostel, so should I get a taxi? It crossed my mind for a second, but I decided to take a bus. The hostel staff gave me the bus information (Bus number, name of the bus stop) and even gave me a paper with the info written in Burnese on it.


I went out to the main street and waited at where I assumed was a bus stop, for probably 20 minutes. Many buses were passed by but not 36. So I went inside a mobile store nearby and asked a lady. She seemed she didn’t know so she asked one of her colleagues. After they discussed and searched on the internet for a while, I felt bad and didn’t want to take up their time any longer so I told them that “I will be ok. Thank you so much for your help.” I went to the Sule Pagoda intersection where I was the day before.


By the way, the road condition in Yangon is very bad. There are gaps and holes everywhere so it’s fear for me who could stumble even where there is nothing. I carefully hop, step, jump, as if I were in a obstacle race. All for the safety. Safety first.


Is that 36? Yes, that’s 36! Three of them at the same time! But oh no. I need to cross this crazy Yangon intersection to get there! There is no way I can make it, But I don’t want to wait in the sun anymore.と、ゆるーく走ったら間に合いました。。この時ばかりはヤンゴンの渋滞に感謝。

So I ran a little, Just casually, then I made it! Unbelievable. I have never appreciated the Yangon’s crazy traffic until this moment.


Here I am at Shwedagon Pagoda!

シュエダゴンパゴダ Shwedagon Pagoda


The tower you see on the left back is 100 meters high. There were many people praying. You need to take off your shoes inside the temple and you would think that the floor would be very hot under the sun (more than 30 degree), however the marble floor felt nice and cool.


I met two Burmese students who were studying Japanese at a cafe I stopped by.隣のテーブルからカタコトの日本語が聞こえたので、声を掛けると、彼らも私が中国人なのか日本人なのかと話していたらしく、久しぶりの日本語でおしゃべり。近くの日本語学校に通っていて、男の子のほうは6月から日本の姉妹校に留学することが決まっていて、女の子のほうは日本で働くべく仕事を探しているということでしたが、なかなかビザまで面倒を見てくれる会社がないとのことでした。

I heard the people at the next table were talking in Japanese so I said “Kon nichiwa” to them. They said they were just talking if I were Japanese or Chinese. We chatted in Japanese for a while. They told me they both go to Japanese school nearby. He said he is going to school in Japan in June. and the girl said that she wants to get a job in Japan but it is hard to find a company that will support visa.


They took me to old Bogyo Aung San Market and brand new mordern shopping mall that just opened last year. (Forgot to take photo of the old market.)

“[Myanmar] Day 2-3. Burmese Japanese students. [ミャンマー] 2~3日目。ミャンマーの日本語学生。” の続きを読む

[ミャンマー]ビザ申請とヤンゴン一日目。[Myanmar] Visa and Yangon Day 1.


I decided to go to Myanmar while staying in Thailand. What comes to your mind when think of Myanmar? I think of Aung San Suu Kyi, an old Japanese movie “Burmese harp”. I also think of the recent news about Rohingya people. Just made me wonder what it’s like there in Myanmar after its transition to democracy..

当初、タイからはバスで行こうと思っていましたが、現地の友人や旅人達に、バスは時間もかかるし国境超えも面倒だよと言われ、タイ人の友人にThai Lion Airという格安航空会社を教えてもらいました。Lion Airじゃなくて、”Thai” Lion Airだから間違えないでね~と。早速検索してみると、ヤンゴンまで往復2380バーツ(約8200円)!安い~。ビザも空路入国だとアライバルビザが取れるということで、空路で行くことに決めました。

First I thought about taking a bus to the border but Thai friend and also other travelers said it’s long trip with several transportation changes and it’s just too much of work. She suggested to take Thai Lion Air, LCC career in Thailand. She made sure that it’s not Lion Air but it’s “Thai” Lion Air. So searched it and found that the round ticket consts only 2380 Baht (8200JPY)! Sounds great! And you can get an arrival visa at the airport. So why not?

Thai Lion Airのウェブサイトで予約、いざクレジットカードで支払おうとすると、何度やってもエラーになりうまくいきません。こんなことは想定済み、と他のカードを試しましたが同じ。え?カード使えなかったら今後どうするの。。とさすがに焦っていると、支払い方法にコンビニ(セブンイレブン)の選択肢見っけ!無事次に進むことができました。ふう。ビザはオンライン<https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/>で申請、事前にクラウドに保管している顔写真をアップしなんなく完了。すぐにメールで確認番号が届きました。

I went to Thai Lion Air website, booked the ticket, and as I was about to pay with my credit card, for some reason it didn’t let me go through. Enter my card number and everything. No? Why. All right, don’t panic, I have other card for the situation like this. What!? Wait. This card doesn’t work either? Why? No. What if none of my cards work for the rest of my trip? My big one year world trip. Then I found the option that says “pay at convenience store (seven eleven)”! Yes! Yes yes seven elevens are everywhere! Yay, got the ticket. Phew.. Then I went to e-visa application page <https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/>, filled out everything and  uploaded passport photo that I saved on my cloud. Mission complete! I safely received the confirmation number via email.


I asked hostel staff to print out the confirmation paper and as well as the flight tickets. Done! All I need to do is now is to go to the airport.


By the way, have you ever felt that it’s such long time to wait for actual boarding after checking in? You want to make sure you’re at the airport hours before but then you don’t want to spend time at a expensive airport cafe or at a bench at the gate. It’s just boring. Especially if you’re budget traveler like me. That’s when the PRIORITY PASS comes in!プライオリティパスとは、世界各地の空港ラウンジが無料で使えるというものです。私はこの世界旅の為に作りました!普通に申し込むと年会費300ドル(3万円)以上ですが、楽天プレミアムカードを持っていると、無料でパスが申し込めるのです。プレミアムカード自体の年会費が10800円かかりますが、頻繁に空港を利用する人にはすぐ元が取れると思います。

PRIORITY PASS is a pass that let you use airport lounge all around the world. I made it for this world travel! If you get it through the PRIORITY PASS, then the annual membershio fee is more than 300USD (more than 30,000JPY) but if you are Rakuten Premium card holder, then you can get a PASS for free. The Rakuren Premium card membership fee is 10,800 yen but if you are frequent flyer, it’s definitely worth it.


You can have snacks, beverages including alcohol, fast wifi, all free of charge. Some airports even have showers where you can refresh yourself after long day or before your long flight.

なんと、マッサージも無料! Massage is complimentary !


Here at Don Mueang Airpot in Thailand, there is even a masseuse and you can get a massage! All complimentary! I of course requested one for myself but there are already four people in queue and sadly my time was up and I had to go to the boarding gate before my turn comes. I will get it next time!


“[ミャンマー]ビザ申請とヤンゴン一日目。[Myanmar] Visa and Yangon Day 1.” の続きを読む

[Thailand] Vaccination at Snake Farm. [タイ]スネークファームでの予防接種。


理由は、1. なんと言っても安いから。(日本の約三分の一!) 2. 世界中から来る旅行者の扱いに慣れている。3. 滞在中に観光もできる。

場所は、国立毒蛇・感染症研究所(Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute)という所で、スネークファームとも言われています。

I needed to get all vaccination for the world travel. And I got them all in Bangkok. Why? 1, Because it was so much cheaper! Almost one third of the price than it cost in Japan! 2. The travel clinic on Bangkok is used to accept foreign travelers. 3. I can get to visit places in Thailand while staying.

It was actually an institute “Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute”, also called snake farm as it is a research institute where they are using venomous snakes.

池の中央に赤十字が見えます。You see red cross in the center of the pond.
入口。右横にインフォメーションがあります。Entrance. Information desk on the right.


Here are the vaccination I received. Fee is all in Thai Baht.

  1. 4種混合(破傷風・百日咳・ジフテリア・ポリオ)(700)DPP4
  2. 狂犬病(350×3回) Rabies
  3. A+B型肝炎(1,150)*あと2回接種必要 Hepatitis A+B (Twinrix)
  4. 黄熱病(1,200) Yellow Fever
  5. 腸チフス(400)Typhoid
  6. 初診料 30  First consultation fee
  7. 診察料 50×3回 Consultantion fee
  8. 肝炎ワクチン前の血液検査 150 Blood test


Hepatitis A+B, I need to get two more shots. (2nd time after one month. 3rd time after 6 months) I’m going to get the 2nd shot in Nepal. They kindly gave me the information of the hospital I can go in Kathmandu.


DPP4 is a basic because I’ sure I will stumble and it’s possible I get infected from the cut. I was happy that DPP4 includes pertussis which I have gotten few years ago and I was wishing that the vaccination was possible for adults in Japan. The doctor then said it’s only for children in Japan even though it’s getting popular among adults. Rabies, I need it because I likely touch street cats because I love cats. I love animals. Typhoid is for India. Yellow fever is required for visa to enter Brasil or Bolivia so it is a must.

処方箋をもらったら、薬局に行き料金を現金で支払い、ワクチンを受け取ります。After you get a prescription, you go to pharmacy and pay in cash, then receive vaccinations.


Then you go to operation room and get shots from a nurse. It was nice that she sometimes smile and warn me saying “it’s going to be a bit painful.”

注射が終わると、15分リラックスしてから帰ってくださいと言われました。その間に、もらった注意事項などが書かれた説明書を読みます。 After the shots, I was told to relax for 15 minutes before I leave so I went through the information they gave me.


The nurses, doctor, pharmacists, they all speak to you in basic English that made everything very easy! All rooms have numbers on the doors so you just go to the room you’re told to go. The facility was very clean. I went three times in total and not even once I had to wait. They all seemed to be relaxed and very helpful the whole time.I kind of understand how people fall in love with nurses when they’re sick and worried. What was it called? Roller coaster effect?


After all is done, they gave a yellow card. The white one is the schedule for the second and third visit.


Buddy was with me for the first visit but the second time, I took a local bus for the first time in Bangkok. Bus fare varies depending on if it’s with AC or the distance. It was less than 6 km from the hostel and the bus had AC. It was 12 baht (40yen) . I also took one without AC and it was 6.5 baht! (23yen!) So cheap! Other than a driver, there is a person who collects money and let you know the name of the bus stop. They will always let you know when your bus stop is approaching. I like the system having someone on the bus because you don’t want to interrupt the driver asking directions. However, I heard that it has been decided that they will introduce electric money soon. It’s a bit sad personally but I feel lucky to get to experience it now.

[タイ]一日目:予防接種と優しさ [Thailand] Day 1: Vaccination and heart of gold.


In the morning after the sleepover at the airport, Buddy, my boss’s former student now lives in Bangkok, came to the airport to pick me up. She took me to the hospital where I can get the vaccination for my world travel. I was not worried much about it even though it was my first time to go to a hospital abroad. It’s just a vaccination. Nothing serious. But when I saw her golden smile in the waiting room, I felt so relieved. Couldn’t believe that we just met a couple of hours ago!

一通りのワクチンが終わると、病院のすぐ横のご飯屋さんで遅い朝食(昼食?)を頂きました。外は小雨が降る中、空港泊でほとんど眠れなかったのと、ワクチンが終わって緊張が解けたせいか、急に眠くなって少しぼーっとしてしまいました。そして、その時に感じた覚えのある感覚、なんだろう、デジャブ? 後から思い出しました。幼い頃に母と行った病院の帰り、同じ様に病院近くのパーラーでご飯を食べた時の感覚と似ていました。

We left the hospital and went to a cafe right next to the building. It was still drizzling outside. As we’re having late breakfast (lunch?), I suddenly started to feel sleepy. Maybe because I couldn’t sleep at the airport or I was just relieved to be able to get the vaccination. Then I felt something warm in the back of my head. Something feels familiar like deja vu. I tried to figure out what it was for a while… Now I know that it reminded me of the day when I was little, my mother took me to a hospital and we had a snack at the food stall next to the hospital.




She gave me a tour of the hospital/lab where she works. She is a scientist doing cancer research as an associate professor at the Ramathibodi Hospital Mahidol University. Those equipment and facilities such as PCR, cell culture room made me at feel at home.



I noticed that there was one corner of the building that is half open air in front of the entrance, where people are lying down on a rug, eating, chatting. etc. This area was provided by the hospital for those who come all the way from the country side to visit their family but cannot afford the hotels in the city. (No photo because I didn’t feel right to take any.)

There were portraits of king and queen on the walls. When King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama king 9th) passed away in 2016, the whole nation was engulfed by grief and Buddy said she was very sad and only wore dark clothes for a long time.


I fell asleep while I was waiting for her doing some work. Slept for two hours! Maybe exactly the time difference between Thailand and Japan.

そして起きたらなんと!ラボの方が暖かいコーヒーを入れてくださっていましたー。お、美味しい。。Then when I woke up, I found this most delicious coffee ever that one of her lab member made for me! Thank you thank you thank you.


For dinner, they took me to a Thai restaurant by the Chaophraya river and I had so much delicious food. I wished I had one more stomach.










So this was my first day touched by golden heart of Thai people.

Oops, forget to write about the vaccination.. well, next time.

いよいよ出発!行く(1月9日)の日 Departure on the day of Go!

(English follows.)

出発の今日は1月9日、19、イク、行くの日だ!なんて旅立ちにぴったりの日! と、その日のチケットがたまたま安かっただけなのに勝手にテンション上がってたのはこないだまでで。。


背後からこんなことされない様に気を付けるんだよ、と友人達に激励されて。My friend demonstrating how bad people would approach from behind.

行ってきます! Goodbye for now!



いよいよ世界旅のスタートです!  怖い。でも楽しみ。。でも怖い。やっぱり楽しみ。いや、楽しみます!

Today January 9th, on the day of “Go”, I left Okinawa for the first destination of my world travel, Bangkok,Thailand. 1(Jan) and 9 can be read as “Iku” together in Japanese which means “Go”. What a perfect day for my departure! Right? I was very excited to the fact even though it was just a mere coincidence..only until later.

However in reality, I started to get more worried, scared, sad to leave family and friends as the day was approaching. The world travel is such a pain! It requires a ton of research, a ton of preparation, a ton of emotions because you say goodbye to everyone and I assume even more emotions to deal with on thew way. Never that I regret my decision but why on earth did I come up with the idea that is such a pain? But I forced myself ignore the thought and left the island as planned, on the day of go.

Inside the late night flight for Bangkok, I couldn’t stop my tears. Maybe I was just overwhelmed by the beautiful stars out the airplane window.

Four hours later, I arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport and my first sleepover was at the airport. Very backpackerlike, isn’t it? My boss introduced me this person in Bangkonk and she told me to stay at the airport until she comes pick me up in the morning. She said it is dangerous to take a taxi by yourself alone in the night. I was honestly a bit scared so it was very generous offer to me.

 My journey has begun. Am I excited? Yes, but scared. Am I scared? Yes, but excited. Let’s go! I’m excited after all!