Welcome to the Foreigner!

Sendai, Japan. (3 min read) I left home in the summer of 2014. A smile on my face, eager in my bones, and in my back a bag full of things unsolved about myself. A lot has happened since. I’ve lived in four different countries, met hundreds of people, and gone through countless experiences I... Continue Reading →

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‘Shikiru’ with the Japanese mind (II)

Photo credit: aiworldexplore Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands (6 min. read). Living in Japan as a foreigner is always quite an adventure. It doesn’t matter how long you have been living here, the sense of curiosity, admiration, and at times even perplexity seem to never cease. Beyond the distance and the language, it’s a culture... Continue Reading →

‘Shikiru’ with the Japanese mind (I)

Sendai, Japan (8 min. read). I’ve been living in northern Japan for almost a year and a half. Throughout this time, a recurrent question arises among friends and family.  A question I always have a particularly hard time answering. In this series I will provide a glimpse into what my impressions are of those defining features I find so admirable and representative, and challenging sometimes, of the part of Japanese culture I’ve been faced with for the last 18 months.

The pace of the elder

  Sendai, Japan. (10 min. read) Be prepared. Grab some tea. Take a deep breath, and go for it. I should have thought that before sinking myself on the couch. You are about to read one of the most challenging posts – if not the most – I’ve ever attempted to write. I work surrounded... Continue Reading →

What triggers your Mr. Hyde

Tokyo, Japan. (7 min read) On emotional intelligence and how to get along with your unpredictable self. Today was an interesting day. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have completely lost control of your emotions right before realizing how much damage you have caused, how much time you have wasted, and... Continue Reading →

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