March 31, 2008 4:49am CST
Here is the story about Japanese diplomat who studies Indonesian traditional cultural. He studies "wayang" (puppet)for some years during his stay in Indonesia. He is not only good at wayang knowledge,but also he is able to play it well, that is why he is called "dalang" == a man to play the wayang. During his play, he uses Indonesian language, even sometimes he speak Javanesse. I think he is the only Japanese diplomat who has incridible contribution to foster a good relationship not only berween the two guvernments but also between the two peoples.
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5 Apr 08
Well,his name is Hatta-sun. He is diplomat-career. His first post is in Medan, North Sumatera. He was doing his job for about 4 years. He then is transfered to Surabaya. During his stay in Medan he often talk about Indonesian traditional-cultural. When I was visiting him, I find out there are many gendings (wayang music-tool)in his house. He often played gendings. Sometimes he is invited to play wayang. He said he is quite happy to study wayang kulit. He started studying wayang kulit some years ago, during his stay in Jogjakarta.