Fell in Love with People of Chiba
Name: George Sim
City/Country: North Vancouver, Canada
Organizations: Active Member of the Lions Club,
Chairman of North Shore Lions Youth Exchange Program,
Director of Capilano Tennis Club,
Evergreen Rugby Club, Founder of Bicycle Club,
Ski Club, Etc.
Present Domicile: British Columbia
I have been to Japan six times now and have been to Chiba three times in the last five years primarily to visit the many friends that I have made over the years. On my last trip in April, I had the opportunity to stay with a family in Chiba for a weekend. I enjoyed the family interaction and seeing how close they all were (mom, dad and two teenage boys and a teenage girl). I really appreciate how the kids respect their parents and honor their grandparents. But most of all, I loved how they made me feel like part of the family.
I should mention that I have a strong connection with Chiba by way of my volunteer work with a youth Exchange Program. Chiba City and North Vancouver, Canada (where I live) have been sister cities for almost 50 years. Five years ago I was a chaperone for 4 students visiting Chiba and I stayed with a family and I loved the experience. Now I am on the board of this program and I get to meet 6 new kids from Chiba every year. On my last trip to Chiba, the kids that travelled to North Vancouver last August took my out for dinner and it was so nice to see them again and see how they have grown and developed into wonderful young men and women.
I also love the kindness of the people of Chiba. On my last visit I had the pleasure to meet the proprietor of a small shop where I went to enjoy a cold beverage. We spoke for hours that first night and I found myself stopping in each evening to say hello and enjoy some more conversation and to share stories about our backgrounds. On one occasion he presented a rare 200 year old cup to me that was part of his father’s collection. I said that I could not accept this but he insisted so now it has a place of honor in my dining room in Canada. I look forward to seeing my new friend again on my next trip to Chiba, and explore more about my other favorite with them, -the food.
I am a baseball fan and I love the Chiba Marines. When friends found out I liked baseball, they booked tickets, picked me up at the hotel and took me to a game. The experience at the Marines Ballpark is fascinating. The food is really good and I enjoyed buying a cold beverage from the vendor girls that come to your seats….this is so different from North American Ballparks. But what I really love is how everyone takes their garbage out with them and leaves the ballpark as clean when you leave as it was when you arrived.
I have gained much respect for the people of Chiba for the way they treat others. They show respect for other people’s time and put others ahead of themselves in many aspects of their lives. They are courteous and respectful and go out of their way to ensure you are properly looked after.
So in closing, my best experiences in Chiba are about people and I look forward to my next visit to Chiba to see old friends and make some new friends.