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…

A blockheaded writer got help from beyond

Every professional writer tells us, amateur writers, to write every single day. “Even when you don’t feel like writing, go ahead and write why you don’t feel like writing,” they tell us. Sadly, my friends, this is one of those days, when everything seems to go wrong, and even the simplest syntax and vocabulary seem…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…