What do you imagine when you hear “Japan”?

I was asked almost an identical question during my stay in Japan from our Japanese friend. Without thinking I uttered: “Cherry blossom, samurais and geishas.”.

Geishas? – he asked, surprised. – But you can find them only in Kyoto!

As I discovered later, many people have a much better idea about Japan than I thought. And I do not mean here only the fans of manga and anime, but an average person. The truth is that along with the fashion for Japan came a wonderful broadening of horizons of whole societies. Today, Japan is associated not only with cherry blossom, samurais, ninjas, geishas, sumo warriors, kimonos, sushi, and sake.

Today the country of the rising sun is primarily associated with rich culture and tradition, the latest technologies, temples, history, cuisine, lifestyle, tea, workaholism, and many others. Japan visited at least once every household giving the best of itself to everybody.

Bamboos in Kamakura
Bamboo forest in Kamakura

Personally, I think it’s worth it to take some good practices from the land of the samurai like respect for tradition, culture, and heritage. In addition, nature is nurtured by the Japanese, not only in their home gardens. Shared space is not littered, and the things lost are highly likely to be found exactly where they were left. Aggression usually does not take place – the interest is well camouflaged in many interesting ways… About all this I will tell you!

I hope that it will be a pleasure for you to visit Japan with me!

Partying with gaijins

Why with gaijins instead of the Japanese? The answer is quite prosaic: because in Japan gaijins are the ones who arouse interest, they are different. Inadvertently or deliberately stand out from the crowd. Sometimes they know nothing about the culture of Japan and behave outrageously, sometimes they lurk in the corner while taking pictures, so as not to destroy the […]

Delicacies from the Land of the Rising Sun

When I visit a country, I like to know how does it taste like. Typically, before traveling, I obtain knowledge about the typical delicacies of the culture I am about to visit. When I am there already, I visit the restaurants, pubs, street stalls or even grocery stores. Although I did not find any Japanese crazy-flavored KitKat’s limited edition, the […]