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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…

Soba restaurant in Harajuku, the Matsubara-year Keyaki

A very good soba restaurant in Tokyo? The Matsubara-year Keyaki where I went twice for its delicious cuisine and a central location, a few meters from the Meiji Jungu Mae station, and the Harajuku station. In a calm atmosphere, this restaurant offers tatami room,  dimmed light and a counter overlooking…

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…

Being fat in Japan

Women’s magazines, always ready to sell us the miracle diet, (re) discovered those last few years, the “Japanese diet” as a great weight loss method. Brandishing konjac (konnyaku) and tofu as the greatest diet food ever, pages and pages were written about the so called “Japanese lifestyle”. After reading the article written by Sonia on…

Japanese workers, the tobi shokunin

I have long had a fascination for construction sites, in front of which, I dive into an abyss of questions about human genius. Currently, construction compagnies are blooming in Tokyo – a good way to restart an economy – and construction sites are sprouting up around my home.
(A video Gangnam style…

Long distance relationship, pros and cons

It has been almost one month since my Japanese guy flew to his sweet Russia for the next two years. Previously I said that distance relationship does not scare me, and I was barely worried about our separation, having plenty of projects to accomplish on my own. However, I had fun creating a summary…

Walk through Ueno Park, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Northeast of Tokyo,  not far from Ikebukuro and Yanaka, is the Ueno district, famous for its large park but also for its cultural sites. Between the National Museum of Japan, the National museum of Nature and Science and the National Museum of Western Art, my favorite by far is the Tokyo Metropolitan…