Like other developed countries, Japan made a lot of sacrifices in terms of heritage and environment to meet the demands of globalization. Reclamation of lands and covering part of its coasts have been the immediate response to the increasing need for space for commerce and business areas. Hence, traditional methods to earning a living such as fishing have slowly vanished especially in the urban areas like Tokyo. The eastern part.. Read More
Last weekend our class participated in Seishincho Community Center’s Spring exhibition to encourage more people to join the various programs offered like painting, pottery, photography, dressmaking, green tea ceremony, and flower arrangement. The day was a bit ironic for the occasion. We are supposed to celebrate spring but outside were thick snow and heavy rain. With our tools and umbrella, my friend and I headed to the community center by.. Read More
I have tried fresh flowers in my salad or sweet ylang-ylang fritters on top of my cake.. but this is something intriguing.. If you are here in Japan and looking for something unique to give your loved ones this Valentine’s day try the rose ice cream or have an early spring threat of sakura ice cream.
They say that one way or the other what we do for a living or what we learned from the books have influences on how we see new things even people and places. Just a few years ago, I realized that this is true for me. For about 10 years I have been working in a city planning office handling technical cooperation. My main task is to look for possible.. Read More
Last Saturday, Tokyo experienced its first heavy snowfall in 13 years. News reported injuries and even deaths caused by the ravaging snow. Some areas in Tokyo, Chiba, and Ibaraki did not have power supply until the following morning. It might be scary in a bigger picture but nevertheless experiencing such in Tokyo is rare and something to seize upon. My husband and I stayed at home most of the time.. Read More