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2007年 05月 31日
Exploring Iran (4) Esfahan No.2
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-> Stairways to heaven
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-31 22:23 | 日記(カブール)
2007年 05月 31日
Exploring Iran (3) Esfahan
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->si-o-se (it means thirty three) bridge in Esfahan
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-31 18:56 | 日記(カブール)
2007年 05月 29日
Exploring Iran (2) Tehran
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->Traffic jam in Tehran
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-29 18:50 | 日記(カブール)
2007年 05月 29日
Exploring Iran (1) Mashhad
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->View from the Imam Reza street
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-29 03:42 | 日記(カブール)
2007年 05月 28日
Hello from Mashhad
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->View from the west gate of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-28 02:43 | 日記(カブール)
2007年 05月 26日
I'm leaving for Iran
I will leave for Iran tomorrow on 26th May 2007, and will come back to Kabul on 2nd June 2007. I may not be able to make a contact with many of you while I am in Iran, but I would like to tell you how Iran is like when I come back. Please wait for the time being.

The point of this trip is to explore Iran, which is bordering with Afghanistan, and has influenced Afghanistan since ancient times. First of all, I will fly from Kabul airport to Mashhad airport with Kam Air. I heard that Mashhad is a sacred place for Shi'a people, and there are many beautiful mosqus there. I am looking forward to visiting them.

I am also interested to go to Tehran and Esfahan, but it highly depends on how long I will spend in Mashhad, and also on my budget. Inspiration will make me decide what to do. Let's see how it goes.

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->Map of Iran
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-26 02:24 | 日記(カブール)
2007年 05月 20日
Losing something, getting something else
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After graduating from the unversity, I sometimes feel: I would be dead without utilizing half of my brain, if I cotinued living my life the same as now. I studied harder when I was in a junior high school, and I was more serious about my future when I was in a high school. I was smarter then, maybe true, maybe not, nobody knows the truth.

You could also say that we had been socialized through several different kinds of experience, meeting many people, and had got more skills and maturity to get along with reality. Maybe, we get experience time by time, and we lose smartness at the same time. However, it is weird that an experienced person usually knows how to deal with people and what they should do better than the young. So, it can be said that we are living our lives, losing something everyday, and getting something else out of it.
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-20 01:01 | 日記(カブール)
2007年 05月 17日
Intriguing
A big demonstration took place around the embassy of Pakistan today. I was in a city this morning, and realized that roads to the embassy of Pakistan were blocked. A road-side policeman told me that demonstrators from Paktia province had started moving to the embassy of Pakistan.

A couple of days ago, there was a clash between the Pakistan army and the Afghan army along the border in Paktia province. The Afghan side accuses Paksitan of encroaching 3 km inside Paktia province without permission. On the contrary, the Pakistan side says that the Afghan army opened fire first. The number of casualties is unknown, but it is reported that 15 - 20 people died in the clash.

I heard that the demonstrators dispersed peacefully, however I am concerned about the worsening relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Also, there are many events going on in Pakistan. Last weekend, Riots took place in Karachi, which is the commercial capital of Pakistan. Today, a suicide bomb exploded in Peshawar, and killed about 25 people. I didn't expect Pakistan to be such an unstable country.

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Dr. Dadfar-Spanta, the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, was sacked by the parliament. He is thought to have been sacked because he couldn't manage to stop deportation of Afghan refugees from Iran. Lately, Afghanistan claims Iran's unfriendly policy towards Afghan refugees. Actually, this is the main reason why it is taking so long time to get my Iran Visa.

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On 14 May, the EU agreed to extend sanctions on Uzbekistan, where troops fired on protesters and at least 500 people died two years ago. In Uzbekistan, there was a relatively unknown, at least in Japan, inhumane incident in a city called Andijan on 13 May 2005. It was like Tiananmen massacre in China in 1989: Uzbek troops fired on anti-governmental protesters, and killed a number of people, most of them were civilians. I heard that Uzbekistan is a difficult place for human rights organizations to work because it is ruled by a notorious dictator, President Islam Karimov.

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There have been many things going on around Afghanistan lately. Of course, I should keep collecting information and take immediate security measures here, but it is an intriguing country.
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-17 01:16 | 日記(カブール)
2007年 05月 16日
Roses in the garden
Generally speaking, Afghan people like flowers a lot. However a garden is small, they try to plant flowers in the garden as much as they can. This character must have been developed through its sad history and by cultural and geographical backgrounds. Among many kinds of flowers, rose must be the most popular one. Blood of many war victims made its redness, and it exists to ease the pain in the hearts of the people who lost their families. I still don't know how to photograph this pain. What I can do is to photograph roses instead.

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-> roses in the garden
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-16 00:38 | 日記(カブール)
2007年 05月 15日
Coincidence and inspiration
Today, I realized that there is a certain kind of relationship between my previous job and my current job. I had worked in a transportation company for three years before going to the UK. I was in the import section of the general sales department, and was in charge of taking care of our customers and also arranging domestic deilveries. One of the most important parts of my job was to arrange the customes clearance for imported products. To import goods from abroad, there are detailed rules and regulations according to the international law. Because I didn't have enough experience in traiding, I used to study on it at the beginning.

Then, my job is mine clearance now. It seems that I have always liked clearing something. This may be just a coincidence, but felt quite interesting to me. I have a tendency to think that this kind of coincidence has some meanings behind it, like underlying psychological and psychiatric causes or somehing, but in this case, I have no clue. Maybe, it relates with inspiration, something which you don't know what exactly is, but you know that there is. I''ll just go where I'm inspired and meant to go. That's life.
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by aokikenta | 2007-05-15 01:07 | 日記(カブール)