Her understanding of Taiwanese hospitality began two years ago when the Japanese filmmaker, Atsuko Sakai, came to Chenggong to film and filmed Taiwan Bansai, a documentary about Taiwan. Atsuko would occasionally visit Masako, and shared with her some local stories. Gradually, she understood that the Taiwanese people’s personalities, ideas and enthusiasm are developed into its own characteristics. With this in-depth understanding of those local stories, Masako was for the first time really able to establish relationships with the locals. Her heart was no longer struggling and resisting as she began to enjoy her life in Taitung.
“When I go back to Japan, I sometimes bring back a special bag which is made in Taitung as a souvenir. My friends all really like it!” says Masako. There is a special bag mixed with blue, green, and red colors which is sold in the traditional markets in Taitung. To my curiosity, I checked it online and found out that is the hot sale in Taiwan called Ga Ji La in Taiwan currently. No one expected a common bag in Taiwan to actually become a popular souvenir in Japan.From her resistance to acceptance, it seems like destiny for Masako to have come to Chenggong, and to have the opportunity to meet a group of lovely children, and teach them how to do dance. Furthermore, in 2016, she also turned her love into real action which contributed to her language skills. She helped to promote the academic exchange of Sagakenritsu High School in Japan and National Chenggong Commercial and Aquaculture Senior Vocational High School. Her moves not only urged the children have more worldviews, but also showed them a broader sky to explore. “After all, I am here because of these kids!” Masako says with a confident and happy smile.