Tokyo Station: The rebirth of a giant

Tokyo station  resembles  the scenery of a film set from the 1920s. With its inspired European architecture, lighting and breeze atmosphere, it invites you to dream of a Japan that no longer exist but that we all yearn for. Bombed during WWII it wasn’t until 2012 that it will be restored to its former glory to…

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  I upload my contents like every day, and like every day, I take a second to thank whomever deity might make people click on my posts, I upload today’s post. And instead of the delightful thrill, I get by seeing my posts flying on the web. I get chills because the generous spirits (genies…

Ginza Tsutaya Books: The Edo heiress

Glamorous and exotic, Tokyo has countless secrets, some of them will never be shared, others will be given to you as soon as you arrive in the city. Some others will take time.  Tokyo is bejeweled but isn’t peaceful. Or so it seems at first glance, but if you give it time, it will tell…

Tea ceremony

I have recently read a couple of interesting books “Samurai Williams: The adventurer who unlock Japan” and “The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel.” Both books talk about remarkable historical figures, who have had a significant impact in shaping Japan’s identity as such. And to my surprise, in both books, the “Japanese tea ceremony” is mentioned,…

Odawara: Its treasures and pinky ninja

The first time I visited Odawara, I didn’t know what to expect, but as soon as I saw it,  I fell in love, metaphorically and literally.  And even now after so many years, it still speaking to me. And to many people, because even the samurais stop to take photos in front of it (Odawara…

Japanese business etiquette II: Business cards

  Although, Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Our daily business interaction hasn’t changed much in the last decades. What do you mean? You may ask I mean that our ways to interact, to connect, to build relationships in business are still traditional. We still don’t rely on social…

Yone oni

One morning in the busy city I live in, I got into the train, without realizing I was about to be emotionally and physically abused by a ninny salary boy, who, I am sure, will die a virgin. I will call him “the ninny” I, unluckily, stood next to “the ninny” when I got on…

Shinjuku: The beast and the heart of Tokyo

  When I arrived to Shinjuku for the very first time, I got lost and I almost ended up crying in one of its corners, as I am houkouonchi, which means literally “person with no sense of direction” (方向音痴 ほうこうおんち)I still hopeless to find my way around this big city. But if you survive your…

The annoying meatballs

Italy, 2002 I am glad I let my friend Francesca set me up with this guy, I mean the guy is gorgeous, he looks like a model from one of those expensive magazines. He is just sitting in front of me. And I think I just forgot my name. Did I take a shower before…

Without internet: Could you work?

  “I’m telling you when I started my career, we didn’t have internet, we didn’t even work with computers” was saying, my middle-aged colleague.   I stared at my colleague while holding my fork halfway to my mouth. My colleague’s words shocked me because, although, I interact with technology every day, as most of you,…