Globetrotter knew Fiji was going to be his home

Yuma Nagasaki, right, and the Lil Champs teachers with some bouldering (climbing) holds. Picture: SUPPLIED

AFTER visiting 100 countries around the world during his travels and arriving in Fiji in 2007, Yuma Nagasaki knew Fiji was going to be his family’s home.

Yuma is from Japan, but has spent his time in Fiji as a school manager for a Japanese owned institute in Nadi for 10 years.

“Last year I made the decision to quit my job as a school manager and I started to promote Fiji in Japan, just to encourage Japanese to come and visit Fiji,” he said.

“Not only did I get the chance to promote Fiji, I also started contributing to Fiji’s communities during my stay.

“When I arrived in Fiji I fell in love with it right away even after visiting 100 countries during my travel.

“It is because of the people here and how they are so friendly and how often they share what they have with us.

“I’ve realised that Fijians cherish the now moments more than the future and they always look happy when you talk to them.”

Yuma lives in Namaka, Nadi with his wife Yu Nagasaki and their two children.

“My son’s name is Lau, named after the Lau Group and my daughter’s name is Sena referring to a flower,” he said.

“I had launched a book about Fiji’s happiness in Japan in 2015 which had helped in promoting Fiji to Japan.”

He said his team called Kerekere consists of four Japanese team members who work together to provide bouldering tools (for climbing) to Fijian communities.

“We realised that a lot of Fijians are struggling with diabetes and one of the main reasons is because of the lack of opportunity to exercise and stay fit,” he said.

“Bouldering is now very popular in Japan and we have never seen bouldering in Nadi and we thought Fijians might like it if we supplied them with some tools.

“We brought five bouldering-parts package and all were distributed in a month. It was distributed to South Sea Island, Waya Lailai, Vinaka Fiji, Little Champs, and a hospital in Nauru.

“We are trying to get permission from the Nadi Town Council so that we can set a bouldering facility in a Nadi Town park. We would like more children to use them and enjoy it for a long time.”

He said he hopes to see a lot of young children get into good exercising habits. “I hope that sports climbing will be the second national sport after rugby,” he said. He hopes to see more Fijians get into bouldering in the future.

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