BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
(Bosna i Hercegovina)
Madoka Nishina 11th Saint Maur International School
Kate Shimizu 11th Seisen International School
Kurumi Onishi 10th Saint Maur International School
Karen Nishina 5th Saint Maur International School
The International School Network went to the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo on February 6, 2015 and interviewed the Ambassador, Ms. Anesa Kundurovic about her country, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I was sitting next to the ambassador as you see in the picture. At first I (Karen Nishina) asked her a question.
I asked about being a woman ambassador. "I am a girl, but how can I be an ambassador like you?" The ambassador answered that there
are many steps to become an ambassador and that you need to try your best. After that Ms. Anesa Kundurovic let me ask another question. I asked about the animals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She said that there are many wild forest animals and that the pet animals are mostly cats and dogs, which is similar to Japan.
In the photo on the left, we are taking turns and asking questions to the Ambassador, and the Ambassador is kindly answering our questions.
The ambassador also asked us questions too. The ambassador asked us what do we want to be when were older.
I said that I wanted to become a woman ambassador. The Ambassador told me that there are many steps, and that I have to study and work very hard. On the photo on the right, the Ambassador is showing us photos on the wall.
This is a table from Bosnia and Herzegovina. This table is hand-made.
It has a beautiful drawing.
They dug the table to make the design.
This is a coffee maker.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina coffee is very famous.
(Reported by Karen Nishina)
On the left picture she is showing us an artwork by a Japanese artist. She told us that everyone sees the artwork in different ways.
This is a blonse Jesuses Hearth Cathedral
These are replicas of traditional special golden coins. These coins were given to the Japanese emperor.
Madoka Nishina 11th grade
Saint Maur International School
The International School Network went to the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tokyo on February 6, 2015. We interviewed the Ambassador, Ms. Anesa Kundurovic, about her country, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The three official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina are Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. All three languages are used in government and are taught at schools. The base language for the three languages is the same, so theoretically they can be said just to be dialects of the same language. The people of Bosnia and Herzegovina are therefore able to understand all three of the languages.
The educational system in Bosnia and Herzegovina included 8 years of elementary school and 4 years of high school. The new Bologna system of education has added an additional year to elementary (as pre-elementary), so the children study in elementary school for 9 years. The subjects are well covered, and many foreign languages are implemented in the education. English is an obligatory subject, and foreign languages such as Germany and French are also taught in junior high school. In high school and university, an evern larger diversity of language choices are offered, including Japanese.
There are high mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the climate is cold and snowy. In 1984, the 14th Olympic game was held in the country. The ecosystem in Bosnia and Herzegovina is very unique as the country has green fields, lakes, and the only rainforest in Europe. The country also has a 30km coastline of the Adriatic Sea.
Popular sports played in Bosnia and Herzegovina include football (soccer), skiing, handball, volleyball, and tennis. Citizens practice sports very frequently, and this helps show younger generations that working with yourself and your body helps you stay healthy in later ages. Her Excellency Ms. Kundurovic herself had practiced athletics when she was a student, allowing her to have a healthy attitude and eating habits. She is currently engaged in swimming, which helps her to maintain healthy and fit.
Sarajevo has beautiful architectural sites which resemble the old ottoman style. The Mostar Bridge, from the 15th century, is a UNESCO heritage site, along with the royal tombstones, Stećak.
The city has a mix of different religions, as it is the only city along with Jerusalem where buildings of different religions are located close to each other. A mosque, synagogue, Orthodox Church, and Catholic Church can be situated within 200 meters from each other. This represents how intertwined the cultures are in the country, and how there is great religious tolerance. People continue to value culture and natural beauties.
People in Bosnia and Herzegovina enjoy bread, meat, potato, vegetables, wine, natural juices, and natural honey. People eat organic and healthy foods in the country.
People in Bosnia and Herzegovina have a relatively high life expectancy, and Ms. Kundurovic says some of the reasons for this is because the people are patient, have healthy diets, are able to play sports in the moderate climate, and are constantly taking care of each other.
Music plays a large role in the society of the country. Popular traditional music includes folklore dances and songs. People of young and old generations wear traditional costumes. There is a lovely genre of music called Sevdalinka, where passion, love, and sentiment are expressed.
The people in Bosnia and Herzegovina have the cultural value of sharing with one another. There is a sense of togetherness in the contry, as 4 different religions are practiced by the people. The cross of civilizations allowed the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina to respect their own culture and those of their neighbors. The Ambassador commented that boundaries would not matter if the people are connected. Connections give people the opportunities to learn, meet other cultures, and respect each one of them.
The nature in Bosnia and Herzegovina is very well preserved. The mountains, rivers, and lakes are very clean, and tap water in the country is extremely clean and clear. Bosnia and Herzegovina has one of the world’s cleanest water and air. Bosnia and Herzegovina is home to many animals, including domestic pet animals of cats, dogs, and aquarium fish, domestic farm animals of cows, pigs, and chickens, and forest animals including bears, wolves, deer, and wild pigs.
Ms. Kundurovic states that educating people on the preservation of nature is very important. Climate changes are taking place in the world, as the winters are getting colder and the summers are getting hotter. The world must therefore work to preserve nature and to reduce pollution. The average person uses 20-30 liters of water in vain every year in the mornings. One thing we can do to reduce this number is by closing the tap as much as possible.
Unfortunately, as similar to many other parts of the world, tradition is starting to fade amongst the young people of the country. The advance of technology may lead to the diminishment of traditions if they are not closely preserved. The Ambassador commented that it is important for children to socialize and play outdoors rather than to devote their time on technology.
Ms. Anesa Kundurovic explained to us that it is important to know what you want in life, set goals, and study hard, although education does not cover everything one should know. She told us that it is important to find confidence within yourself, and to succeed step by step towards your goals. By fulfilling the steps, you will be rewarded by being able to feel even more confident as you unlock more achievements and experiences. She told us a saying that goes, “One closing door means the opening of another”. This means that if something is not going well, you must not give up, but you must learn from your mistakes to find more opportunities.
Her Excellency Ms. Anesa Kundurovic commented that being an Ambassador is a large responsibility, but is very rewarding as it allows her to meet people and see various cultures of the world. Thank you very much Ms. Anesa Kundurovic for the wonderful interview.
On the right is a photo of a lovely gift we received. It is a beautiful hand-made bookmark with traditional colors.
Mr. Vahid Halilhodžić
Mr. Ivica Osim