Activity: Day 3

2nd of November 2019

            APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari was so big. I even almost got strayed in the first morning for breakfast, and turned out to be, it wasn’t only me. I met some ambassadors from Peru and Bulgaria who experienced the same thing. Luckily, I could read a little Japanese so I could assist them to the breakfast hall. Again, as I expected, our ages were more than 10 years apart. But the thing is that, when it comes to help each other or just to start a simple chat with foreigners in the morning, age doesn’t matter. I saw clearly how they treated me so well, as both a young teenage girl and a pre-adult woman. The other thing was, even though I wore hijab everywhere, they didn’t see me as a ‘different’ person. They saw me as a ‘unique’ one, and as part of their wide society. I could even throw up some jokes and we laughed together. I felt blissful finding myself accepted as a moslem among people from different countries and cultures.

            After breakfast, we immediately departed to the TKP Garden City Shinagawa. The place wasn’t too far from the hotel, less than an hour by bus. We arrived slightly before half past eight.

When I finally got into the destined floor, I met some Japanese friends from my ambassador year. I was so happy to meet them. We greeted each other and had some talks before the main event started. Even though there were only half of us that gathered, we were still happy to see each other in that reunion.

The hall door finally opened. We got inside and sat at our own group. There were 4 groups for the discussion, represented by the letters A, B, C, and D. Group A’s discussion was about the 3rd point of SDGs, good health and well-being. Group B – which was the group where I belong – discussed the 4th point of SDGs, quality education. Jumped to the 13th point, Group C discussed about climate action. The last one, Group D, discussed the 14th point, life below water.

            Each group consisted of 10 teams. I belonged to B5, along with other participants from Thailand, South Korea, Peru, Cambodia, Laos, and Japan. We began to introduce ourselves before the opening. Our ages, cultures, and backgrounds were very diverse. We had interesting chats about names and the pronunciations that differ by nations, and also for the meanings inside.

Once the opening began, we put on our earphones so we could hear the transliteration of words that were delivered in Japanese. The opening was filled with speeches from past participants who had succeed on bringing SDGs implementation towards their works. Every representative came up with their works which were relatable with the SDGs point that were going to be discussed. The next agenda was lectures. The first one came up with the climate action topic. The lecture was about carbon dioxide emission and how we could handle it, which was given by Mr. Sueyoshi. The second lecture was given by Ms. Kaoru Nemoto about her path for the field of quality education.

After all speeches has been delivered, we moved to the big game: the discussion. We firstly chose a leader, sub-leader, note taker, and a time keeper. Two of my friends from Ummul Quro – Faruq and Daffa – presented as a leader and a sub-leader in two different team. As for me, the team chose me as the leader, although I was the youngest. Back to our team, the sub-leader was the guy from Thailand named Korakot, yet we call him by his nickname, Ball. Ayana from Japan took the position as the note taker, and finally Mrs. Pamela from Peru was selected as the time keeper.

The discussion went in two sections. The main goal was to set a concept for making a better society through the goal that is being talked about. Based on the concept, we should make two sets of declaration, one for individual state, and the other one for the bigger scale which was society and nations. We did some profound brainstorm, elaborating all ideas and problematics that is currently happening in each country. Luckily, I made a logic map in my notebook about everything that are related to education. By keeping our attention to the corresponding problems and solutions over the track of the logic map, we managed to formulate our set of concept and declarations in time. We even got a plenty of time to do a brief presentation. Ball – as the sub-leader – helped me practice for the performance later in the leaders’ discussion.

            When two sections of discussion had finally completed, I – as the group leader – moved to a new place where 10 leaders from all discussion groups assembled to discuss for the finale. In the other hand, Ball moved from one group to another in order to give socialize our discussion result.

The leaders’ dialogue was so tense and challenging. We had some arguments in order to compare and choose the best presentation. Since the time was moving fast, we finally decided to pick up our final ideas by election. By choosing the democracy way, we ended up by having group 10 as our best declaration set. The representative who was also the leader of group 10 was a Japanese guy named Abe Hikaru – who surprisingly spoke English as fluent as a native.

The session finally over, and we had a time for rest and rehearsal. I used that plenty of time to have a light talk with the other ambassadors a little about the result of discussion, and the rest was about sharing our interests.

            A moment after our fun and chilling post-discussion chats, we spread to different places. Some of us went outside to buy some souvenirs or take photos, and the others were changing their suit for the party.

            The party went all great. It was opened with the recitation of each SDGs point’s concept and declaration of actions. It was then continued with a thank you speech from past participant. Finally, the ‘cheers’ floated and we all enjoyed the grateful night. With the memorial video played for us to see the whole activity, we sang ‘We Are the World’ in background altogether.

            The interesting part about the party was about the difference in eating manner. Since it was designed as a standing party, we as moslems are prohibited to eat while standing. Therefore, we took a seat and eat in a sitting position. Seeing this, some of our Japanese friends did exactly the same thing. Our Indonesian friends who weren’t moslem did the same thing as well. i felt honored and I really appreciated the reaction of people around me who were highly tolerant for such differences. I was feeling grateful on knowing that people didn’t discriminate. In fact, they exactly respected our values as moslem. In advance, I’d like to thank everybody that had been so kind to us and accepted us the way we are.

Return to Home

3rd of November 2019

            We moved early this morning. The bus took us from APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari to Haneda Airport for our flight. Mrs. Ayano led us until check-in. Before leaving, we waved goodbye to her, saying a bunch of thank you for all her assistance during the program. I took a moment to get a last capture with her before our farewell. The last thing that I heard from her was 元気で (genkide), which means ‘take care’. After that, we immediately passed to the gate.

The flight, as usual, took around 7 hours. We arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at the afternoon. After collecting our luggage, we passed goodbyes to one another, getting back to where we live. Adhi, the vice leader, was the last person who left us. He was leaving after making sure that everyone (especially our batch as the youngest) can take care of themselves for homecoming. We separated at 6 pm, and most of us got home at 9.

We had a very great time here. Sometimes, we wanted to stay longer in Japan because of its beautiful and friendly atmosphere. This place had brought us an unforgettable memory. And this event had brought us to the unity of the world, removing boundaries and letting us cooperate evenly to reach the greater future. However, in the same time, we also missed our home. We couldn’t bear to immediately knock our home and share the magnificent stories and experiences to our family.