A follow-up about a French castle and some rumors

A conversation in the office after the Golden Week (as you may know, Japan had a record long Golden Week this year given the change of the Emperor and the Continue Reading

About 36 views, sleepless night and sunrise of a lifetime

“With clouds and mist In a brief moment a hundred scenes Brought to fulfillment” (Matsuo Bashō, translated by D. L. Barnhill) I have always been the one to claim that Continue Reading

Running from the rain or Monet’s Garden you did not know

I wake up to the sound of rain, the start is not promising. By the time I am about to leave my hotel, it is pouring. If I told you Continue Reading

About silk, scary French, and a lucky charm

Some years back there was a movie called “Silk” with Keira Knightley. The story itself aside, it was about a Frenchman traveling to Japan for silkworm eggs, as at the Continue Reading

The art of stillness, Japanese wilderness, and Claude Monet

It all started with a TED idea, or, to be precise, with its title – “The art of stillness in the Japanese wilderness” – it was the first time I Continue Reading

Paris for one, Little Tokyo and a search of (im)perfection

“You don’t ever do something just because it makes you feel good? <…> Mademoiselle, you need to spend more time in Paris.” (Jojo Moyes, “Paris for One”) Twelve hours on Continue Reading