Independence day in Myanmar


Happy New Year to you all. Wishing you and yours all the best in 2021.


This is Yasuda from Myanmar.


Since Myanmar is under a curfew, I can’t go out at dawn, so the photo on the top is the first sunrise from my room. The orange color of the sunrise in Myanmar is wonderful. Next year, I would like to see it from the top of a mountain.

さて、1月4日はミャンマーの独立記念日(Independence day)でした。

Well, January 4th was Independence day in Myanmar.


Almost in the middle of downtown Yangon, there is “Mahabandoola Park,” where a tower commemorating independence stands. (This photo was taken a year ago. The park is now closed.)


Myanmar (then known as Burma) was a British territory for about 60 years from 1886 (at one time, it was British India). During World War II, Japanese troops invaded British-held Burma and helped the Burma Independence Volunteer Army led by General Aung San to destroy the British troops. In 1943, with the Japanese army’s support, Burma became an independent country from British territory.


After that, the Japanese army was defeated in the war, and with many twists and turns, became the current Republic of the Union of Myanmar. (If you want to know more, read a history book!)


It is because of this history that Myanmar has become a pro-Japanese country.


Every year on Independence Day, there are celebrations all over the place, but this year it was quiet as can be.


From mid-March last year until now, Myanmar is still in lockdown.


There were few cars on most of the streets (the photo is a common traffic jam point in Asia) and a few street vendors. It was lonely.


When I went to the movie theater, a sign said, “Everyone stays home! “


I almost about to say, “What the hell is that?”


A certain Japanese noodle shop is also closed.


I had no choice but to go to a private noodle shop that secretly opened its doors for me, has some TSUKEMEN, and call my Independence Day to walk over.




In the middle of my walk, I found Ganesha, an Indian god, and I prayed for him,

Hope that things return to normal as soon as possible.


タター!(See you soon!)

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