Negotiations in Japan

Here is another interesting one where I could connect to in many ways.http://www.businessinsider.com/negotiating-with-japanese-2014-5/?IR=T

Dealing with Japan

What an interesting read about cultural differences and ways of doing business and integrating. Highly recommended, 38pages so it takes a while but I took it in steps to let it sink and it is worth. Japan communication

Kanazawa market

Everyday life, food and people, are the things I am mostly interested in when visiting a country, of course the history, the monuments and museums are great but a country is defined by his people and society.

When visiting the Kanazawa Omicho market, … look at the size of the oysters!!

 

Yokohama

Here is the 2nd largest city in Japan. Both Tokyo and Yokohama have grown so big that they are attached now. Door-to-door, it takes me 1h15 to go to Minatomirail where the amusement park is, the large Queen’s mall. It is a nice day out on the seaside, overlooking the Yokohama bay

Kanazawa

Kanazawa is located 2h40 north west of Tokyo with the shinkansen. Many people call it the “small Kyoto” although locals would challenge this. they tell you that Kyoto is about Emperors while Kanazawa is about Samourai.

This city is not hitted as hard by earthquakes and has suffered as much from the wars therefore you can still find a lot of wooden houses and traditional constructions, along with shrines and monuments, plenty of tiny streets. It is very touristic. I found a lot of Europeans (French and Italian) and Americans (Canada and US) and hardly any Chinese or Koreans which is unusual these days in Japan.

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The city is known for the glass, they cut glass in a beautiful way, it became also a trademark as some corporations produce glass for the industry with very tech-saavy methods and the city has become a hot spot for automotive and aviation industries who come here for some of their tools.

Kanazawa is also known as the city of gold. you can even buy golden ice creams!! as you can see below, ice cream with a thin golden sheet over it, very funny (but tasteless)

Shinkansen started operating to Kanazawa a couple of years ago, and, since, it made a huge difference, the number of visitors had a boom and hotels are popping up like mushrooms. It had a massive and positive economical impact although the city feels a bit packed at times because of this.

Teppanyaki

It is always a unique experience to go to teppanyaki. This week, I was lucky to go again to Akasaka Restaurant, food is exquisite, preparation is a show, it is truly a special moment although very pricey. This can only be done on special occasions

Technology

Japan is the country for technology and robots!! Pepper is now in many hotels working as a wonderful, efficient and friendly concierge!!

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