Twist of Fate


“Whenever people ask me if my life in Japan is tough, I tell them it is when you don’t have money. But compared to when I was growing up in Nepal, life here is cushy. We didn’t have water, electricity or gas on the mountain where we lived, and I used to walk for two hours just to get to school (sometimes with no food). I came to Japan 20 years ago to study Japanese. I opened a curry restaurant after working for a company for 10 years. Unfortunately, my mother got sick and I had to give up the business to someone else to go back home and take care of her. But she passed away after three months. So I came back to Japan, started afresh, and today, by some twist of fate, I work as a journalist, an actor, a TV personality, and a translator. My wife and I just had a baby five months ago so I’m finally a dad now. I’m on a mission to tell the world about my culture. Nepal is such a small country but has many good things to offer, like the food and beautiful scenery like the Himalayas, where Mount Everest is. People have the impression that Nepalese food is only curry. Not entirely true. Just like how Japanese food consists mainly of mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), sugar, and soy sauce, we have various kinds of curry-flavored dishes. That’s why I write articles online and appear on Japanese TV, to show the world how rich our culture is. Someday I’m going to open a restaurant again. And hopefully, I can also help my fellow Nepalese here. There are about 90,000 of us in Japan.”

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