香港へ

先日、香港へ行ってきました。郵便貯金の定額貯金が満期を迎えたので、一部をハンドキャリーして13年前に開設したHSBCの口座に入金するのと、現地で金製品を買うためです(日本で買うより安いのです)。この先日本がどうなるかわからない中、国際的に資産を分散しておくのが理にかなっているかと。

 

今回の香港訪問で特筆すべきこと2つ。1つは、鹿児島というところは実は日本の重要なゲートウェイだということ。東京視点では鹿児島なんて日本の南のはるか果てのように見えますが、外国人からみると実はそうではなく、金のネックレスを買うために訪れた周生生の中環店の女性店員が話していたんですが、彼女は日本に旅行したことがあり、そのとき鹿児島から入国して大阪→京都→東京とまわり東京から出国したとのこと。これは中国や香港からの旅行者のゴールデン・ルートなんだとか。これらの事実が示唆するのは、鹿児島や長崎、福岡といった都市は、東京を見てるのではなくアジアを見るのがこの先生きのこる道なのではないかと。

もう1つは、私の英会話力が格段に落ちたということ。さきの周生生の店員さんとの会話でも、それ以外の香港人との会話でも、私の受け答えは"Yeah," "No," "Thank you," "Oh really?"とかばかり。数年前に比べて英語のレスポンススピードが明らかに遅くなっているのがありありとわかりました。職場では全く英語とは無縁の仕事になってしまったので、せめて家の中は環境を英語化しておかないとどんどんさびついていきそうです。

Visiting Hong Kong

A few weeks ago I visited Hong Kong to deposit part of my fixed amount savings, deposited in Japan's post office and matured last month, in HSBC Hong Kong where I've had my bank account for 13 years, and to buy some gold which was a bit inexpensive than what you buy in Japan. Since nobody can predict what will happen to Japan and its economy in the future, I think it is reasonable to diversify assets both nationally and internationally to reduce risks of the loss due to possible economic confusion.

 

I found out two notable things through this trip. One is that Kagoshima is in fact one of important gateways of Japan for some foreign travelers. From Tokyoite's point of view Kagoshima looks the southernmost far end of Japan, but for some people it is not. I heard that a sales clerk of Chou Sang Sang's Central store who sold a gold necklace to me saying that she had ever been to Japan for leisure, entering Japan at Kagoshima Airport and then moved east to Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, where she departed. She also said that it was a golden route for travelers from China and Hong Kong. Those facts suggest that cities like Kagoshima, Nagasaki and Fukuoka should look at Asian countries rather than Tokyo to survive in the future.

The other thing is my lacking ability of English conversation. When I talked to the sales clerk or any other people in Hong Kong, all I could say to those people were one-to-two-word sentences like "Yeah," "No," "Thank you," "Oh really?" or something like that. Response speed to English was apparently slower than that of a few years ago. It is clearly because I haven't used English so much for years as it is now irrelevant to me in the workplace. All I can do (and need to do) would be to have at least my home Englishized to get accustomed to English environment and help live in an English way.