Shibuya: History and beauty

Shibuya, one of the most cosmopolitan districts of Tokyo, is everything you would expect from a modern city: cheeky, entertaining and provocative.   But it wasn’t always this way. In fact, Hachiko could tell the story better than anybody else. He could tell you about the war days and how the bombs took his beloved…

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…

Cicadas and the peeping Tom

  I recall my first day in these islands as if it were yesterday, but not because of the excitement of arriving in a new place to discover, to learn from, to treasure in my heart for the years to come. But because of the noisy, impolite, nerve-wracking singing of the cicadas, that woke me…

Laura

A rainy day of 2002, I was landing in Costa Rica, a paradise on earth, where the stress and rush of the modern world are not to be found. Just yet. Not just yet. As always the same routine, immigration, taxi, and hotel. Just do it all over again a few days later. But little…

Broken pens: the drama and the inspiration

I love pens. I love holding them. But at this moment, all the pens I own are broken. Why are they all broken? I have no idea.  The spring that unfailingly lowers the tip is stuck..!And It’s hard to make the ink leave a mark on the paper. I try writing with the other pens,…

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,…

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…

The “successful” guy: The poor girl

  The guy sitting at the cafe nervously looked at his phone.  Someone was running late. And we were all witnessing his impatience and the cruel ticking of the clock that wouldn’t stop for him, or anybody. A few minutes later, she came almost running through the door, ordered a cup of coffee, and sat…

Miyazaki: And his magic at Kichijōji

  As I arrived at Kichijōji station, I couldn’t help but notice little gnomes, faceless ghosts and other “magical” creatures walking around. They all seemed busy and preoccupied. And although I gave them the best of my smiles, they were not kind because they didn’t stop to help me when I asked them for directions.…

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…