Tshering W. Sherpa
- Counsellor (Political & Commercial)
- Embassy of India
Hometown: Darjeeling, India
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 3 (as of April 2018)
It was when my elder sister was playing the central role in the play “King Fujiyama.” This was in her school in Darjeeling and I must have been around 5 years old. Years later, it was nostalgic for both of us when we visited Mt. Fuji.
My parents have always taught us to be positive and to believe in ourselves. We have been brought up with the feeling that giving and sharing helps spread happiness and joy. I have tried to be guided with these teachings as I have meandered through life.
My diplomatic journey, thus far, has been very enriching and each day is a new learning experience. This sojourn has also blessed me with my life partner, who is also a diplomat. Along this incredible voyage, we have sculpted memories to treasure, and the road ahead brims with happiness and joy.
Every assignment has been unique and special. Each place has left its impressionable imprint in our lives to cherish. Japan, with its grace, tradition and history, was a revelation.
I consider myself fortunate to be in Japan and be a part of the blossoming and strengthening of India-Japan bilateral relations.
It would be naive to even think of advising the people of Japan. There is so much that one can learn and inculcate during one’s stay in Japan, a timeless splendor. The three years that we have spent here was a joyful part of our lives. I don’t think anyone who has stayed in Japan will forget omotenashi, traditional Japanese hospitality.
I would encourage more people from India, particularly youth and students, to come to Japan and enhance the people-to-people linkages between the two countries.