Holiday and making a difference

Satsuki picking rubbish along the Suva foreshore. Picture: SANJU PRASAD

IF you make a 7306-kilometre journey from your homeland to a country where you supposedly planned your dream vacation but end up picking rubbish along the foreshore, for many it might seem mindless but this could also be seen as a display of civic pride at its best.

For Satsuki Moriwaki, who hails from Fukuoka, capital of Fukuoka Prefecture which sits on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island, taking time out from her holiday schedule to give the Suva foreshore a cleaner look is no big deal.

“I first started when I saw the sea in Suva. “I thought I can help clean the foreshore and beautify it,” Ms Moriwaki said.

She said Fiji was a beautiful country but felt people needed to take pride in keeping the environment clean.

“People should not litter.

“Many people are littering, both adults and children.

“It is unbelievable the way people are carelessly throwing rubbish in Fiji.”

Ms Moriwaki said even though her holiday in Fiji was a short one, she did not mind coming down to the foreshore on weekends to pick rubbish. The 30-year-old, who is visiting Fiji for the first time, said people needed to be educated on the harmful effects of littering.

“In Japan, schools have cleaning events. Students come together and help clean the environment so this instils in them a sense of civic pride from a very young age.

“You can have something similar in Fiji; everyone needs to help to keep the environment clean.”

Ms Moriwaki, who plans to make another visit to Fiji sometime later, said Fijian people had a great sense of humour and were very kind people.

She said she enjoyed Fijian food but found kava a bit bitter.

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