Fukushima

Years have passed, 6 so far, and the world still remembers Fukushima. Japan has not finished with the case, and every week comes a new report, investigation, press conference on what to do with the nuclear plant.

But how is life there really? Well, there is still a vast area where citizens have not been allowed to come back. For the villages where they have been allowed, only 20% did, the rest have created new lives elsewhere.

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Wagashi

Japanese people love their sweets!! Many of them are made out of red bean paste.

 

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Kiyosumi Gardens

Walking around the Fukugawa area, we found this precious Kiyosumi Garden

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, this was created by the founder of Mitsubishi who then gave it as a legacy to the city of Tokyo, nowadays, you can walk around it in peace, it feels like a moment of peace in the hassle and bussle of the city.

You can see turtles, bird, insects. this is countryside for 10mn! On the Fridays, people over 60 can get in for free with 1 person. Otherwise, the fee is only 150 yens.

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Close by are many cafes and shops.

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Metro

Did you know?

You can even choose how air conditioned you want  your metro experience!! in any case, most of the time, you are compressed into a coach!

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Lunch and learn in the office

The other day, our L&D Manager, Yuko, asked me to give a presentation on career development and personal development, it was all about mobility, trainings, cross trainings, language capability. Thank you team for all of your questions

We took the opportunity to order a “Belgian” lunch with french fries, home made mayonnaise and a home made fresh vegetable salad!

 

Hairdresser

My first trip to the hairdresser was quite something! I never experienced such thing.

Hikaru works at VIP Hair in Motoazabu. He is from Okinawa but spent many years in San Francisco and therefore speaks very good English.

Making appointment over the phone is no problem since Yuko, the owner and Hikaru speak perfect English.

They have arranged the salon with individual cabins where a massive chair is set. you sit on that throne and off you go for a special journey. The haircut comes with head and shoulder massage (Jacqueline, something to consider at Espace Florilege). the chair reclines for the hair wash and Hikaru then brings a sink on wheels that he plugs behind.

 

All together, color, cut, massage etc.. this comes around 16000 Yens, it is not cheap but if I compare to cost of living in Brussels vs Tokyo and salaries, it is actually same price.