【X SERIES】On the same planet, there is an unknown country called Mozambique. At this very moment, many people are striving to live on. As a human being, what does "being alive" really mean to you?
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Mozambique are barely a place name in my mind before I read Iwamoto's journal. Now I feel I am drawn closer to the place, the people, and most of all connected to Mozambique.
It not only reflects cruelty of reality but also appreciation and hope in human nature. Very light and easy to read. Photographs made it even more interesting is a bonus.
With plentiful pictures and topics which show details of daily life in Mozambique, the book leads its urban readers to a new world.
What intrigues me is the fact that despite the country and its people being poor, the healthcare conditions inadequate and their resources being extremely limited, I keep on seeing faces with genuine smiles on them in one picture after another. I think it's something worth pondering.
As I have lived in Mozambique for a period of time, this is an interesting read to see Mozambique from another foreigner's point of view. Lots of details on the local cuisine which are not available anywhere else in the world.
Her in depth descriptions of local life ways and cultural interactions provide a vivid backdrop to this struggling African nation. A great introduction to Mozambique.
"A Part of Life In Mozambique"
Through her amateur lens, Iwamoto captured what she had seen during the seven-month stay in Mozambique. In this photo diary, instead of big events there are only direct observations of local people and their ordinary lives. It is an honest perception through the eyes of a Japanese citizen: the national language for Mozambicans is Spanish; children make toys out of car tyre and wire; local buses will not depart until it's full of passengers; the main food source is Xima (corn powder).
From expired Toyota cars, food and water resource, to medical and educational shortages, Iwamoto used simple words to convey her concerns and cares for the local communities. This small book will bring warmth to your heart and make you contented with what you already have. What Iwamoto wants to tell you here, however, is that:
There is a country called Mozambique unknown to most of us, yet it exists on the same planet we live on. People there strive to live the "days" that we also count on our calendars.
About the Author
Born in 1985 in Nara, Japan and a graduate from Osaka University of Foreign Studies. As a university student, she joined a NGO international volunteering program in 2006. In the following year, after her study in the US, she volunteered to help educational and community works in Mozambique for seven months. Then in 2008, she revisited the country to attend a seminar on Tropical Herbal Therapy.
She was a white-collar worker for a short time after graduated from the university. Now she lives in Ayabe City, Kyoto and leads a natural lifestyle on rice fields. She has learnt from the Mozambicans to give life your best shot. Furthermore, she believes the positive energy generated from her small life will have the power to change the world. In her daily life, she practices Japanese culture and continue to explore her life path.