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Moved in Tokyo, challenge accepted !

Amelie Marie in Tokyo experienced some crazy adventures recently. The kind of adventure that takes time to be written. I moved in Tokyo. I faced the nightmare of all foreigners living in Japan.

Struggling to find an interesting job opportunity, I had given up living in my expensive flat and…

The morning greetings in Japanese work place

Twice I got the opportunity to work in a Japanese open space and to discover its traditions. I was particularly strucked by the ceremonial – still surviving within modern offices, especially the morning greetings, called “朝 礼” (chourei, “morning bow”).

If I can not speak with certainty for all workplaces in Japan, it…

Japanese calligraphy, shodô

In this era dominated by keyboard and screen, does the visual art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner, calligraphy,  still remain ? In Japan, calligraphy is still a popular activity, art placed alongside with famous painting. Japanese calligraphy is particularly beautiful from its alliance between line,…

Japan’s Kamikaze

History has certainly not forgotten the kamikaze (神 風, god and wind, “divine wind”), these Japanese soldiers that during the Second World War were conducting suicide missions, crashing voluntarily planes and submarines against their enemies – indeed suicide attacks were not only confined to air attack. If the technique was rooted…

Japanese hospitality – Omotenashi

About to travel abroad and always one big question : how will I be welcomed ? The Japanese are often praised for their education and politeness, and the rare bad experiences are often consequences of an unfortunate misunderstanding. Japan is undoubtedly a warm country, where people will assist you in any problems. Well, it appears to gaijins…