My name is Josť Manuel Oyakawa and I was born in Peru 23 years ago. As you can
see, my family name isnít Peruvian at all, but Japanese. In fact, my ancestors
came to Peru at the beginning of the 20th century and settled there. My mother
has Spanish roots. Currently, my family is living in Caracas, Venezuela.
How is it that Iím now in Romania? Because I like to navigate the Internet,
learn other languages, and to get to know people.
The truth is that Iím trying to find out what direction my like should take.
As luck or providence would have it, the desire to learn Italian allowed me to
come to know Fr. Celeste of the Assumptionist community of Margineni in Bulgaria
via the Internet. I wanted to learn more about him, his work, and his community.
So it was that he invited me to come and experience what had so piqued my
Thus I began the preparations for what would be my first trip on my own. I was
both apprehensive and excited.
In September 2005 I arrived at the airport in Bucharest and since then I have
been living with the Margineni community. What have I discovered? A family and
welcoming atmosphere on the part of all the members of the community, which has
allowed me to discover the peace and tranquillity which I felt so missing in my
life. To be sure, as one may imagine, the road there was hardly easy.
Now that I have lived here for a year and learned so many things, I realize how
much more I have to learn in order to truly live. The community has created in
me the desire the give the best of myself and to mature by becoming a new man.
Margineni November 20, 2006