Being among friends, colleagues and students, especially on birthday celebration, is certainly a happy moment. It was what Nagaoka Sensei felt when celebrating his 66th birthday at Mataken Gakko Building, Saturday (Jul 14). This man from Japan is indeed inseparable from Bali, the island he much loves, that was first visited in 1971.
“I’m very happy,” he told the audience who congratulated him and wished him to always be bestowed a good health by God Almighty. Meritorious service of Nagaoka was very clear, especially in the field of education. Through the Denpasar-Fukuoka Brotherhood, this smiley man had sent many Balinese people of various professions to Japan. “It is intended to enhance a mutual understanding and cooperation of both nations,” he said. As a matter of fact, Nagaoka is not alone. Together with his colleagues, namely the (late) Matake Sensei and (late) Kida Sensei he had built the bridge of both nations.
His simple birthday party were attended by Chairman of the Denpasar-Fukuoka Brotherhood, AA Ngurah Widiada, Chairman of the Denpasar Municipality Education Board, Putu Rumawan Salain, senior figure of Bali Yuai, I Gusti Kompyang Pujawan, teachers, students of Mataken Gakko and others. All invitees praised Nagaoka for his meritorious services in establishing the relationship to Bali. “And it worked very successfully,” praised Widiada.
Aside from educational field, Nagaoka Sensei also paid a great attention to environmental field. Three points currently happening in Bali namely the overloaded condition of Suwung Final Disposal (TPA), sewage drainage and Benoa-Nusa Dua road projects clearing the mangrove forests should be looked for a solution immediately. It had something to do with the environmental condition determining the quality of Balinese human in the future.
Against the three issues, all parties were expected to increase their sense of belonging and a strong responsibility to overcome the problems. Especially with regard to the waste, he invited all the existing non-government organizations to periodically hold a social action for handling waste. By all means, it would depend on the government to find out an appropriate formulation for the waste handling, especially in Denpasar.
He considered the Suwung final disposal had overloaded so that it should be found out a solution soon. Similarly, the greening of mangroves in the coastal areas affected by the Benoa-Nusa Dua road project should be looked for a solution and rehabilitated. He said that Japanese people of various professions have often performed social actions in Bali. Among others, they did mangrove planting, not only in South and North Bali but also in West Bali.
In harmony with his growing older, Nagaoka Sensei remained to look vivacious in encouraging the good relations of both regions. “Obviously, I am not sure whether I can still be back and forth to Japan-Bali as in previous years,” he said. (BTN/055)
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