It’s been awhile since I updated the blog last time, since for the last two weeks, I was back in Japan (@Tokyo for my job and @Osaka for a bit of vacation).
I am not familiar with Tokyo, and over there, I felt so much about the capital of Japan, as well as New York, one of the most dynamic cities in the world!
Recently, I had a great encounter. I didn’t expect to meet this person in Mongolia, the person who I would say is well-known to the majority of Japanese: Mr. Hirotada Ototake, the author of “No one’s perfect” (in Japanese, Gotai Humanzoku which literally means without limbs). He came to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to an event for opening new bookstore branch and introduce his book translated into Mongolian.
Furthermore, at this event, Mongolian national iconic person, Asa Shoryu (previous sumo wrestling Champion in Japan) was also present, so it was double unexpected encounter for me.
Opportunity opens up your antenna, which enables you to find something attractive.
To take an example of shopping, when you have no idea of what you want, it’s hard to find something attractive, whereas when you know what you want, it’s easier to find it in a store.
It’s because your antenna is wide open for finding that specific thing.
For me, it was Japan toward which I opened my antenna. When I was in Japan, I had little interest in touristic places in my country. But since I started living abroad, I became aware of being Japanese, which opened my mind to my own country. And every time I return, I decided to visit specific places I’d never been. And the more I travel, the more I realize that there are such a many great places that I never get bored of traveling.
But of course, traveling in Japan is not cheap, and I usually don’t have so much time when I return. This time, I spent only 1 week in Japan as a transit from Chile to Mongolia, but I could visit quite many places. And that was JR pass which made my journey possible.
By closing eyes, you can see what you normally don’t see with your own eyes. These days, I have more chances to close eyes, whether through meditation, yoga, active nap etc. And I had different kind of eye closing moment at my work, the moment of silence to commemorate the victims of the natural disaster (earthquake, tsunami y nuclear plant) happened 4 years ago in Japan (2011.03.11).
As time passes, we tend to forget about the past, which in many ways works for us to move on. But some things are worth remembering and I would like to introduce one way of remembering the past.
Dear time, oh time, why are you coming from nowhere and pass by without stopping?
Well, to be honest with you, I recently have a lot of opportunities to think about you.
These days I am into books on people who had accomplished great achievements since there are many things to learn from them.
Among them, there are two persons between whom I cannot help but feel the strong similarities.
Those two are American Apple and Japanese Bug: Steve Jobs and Osamu Tezuka.
Since I came all the way from XXX, I feel like doing YYY and ZZZ.
As I mentioned on my last entry “Today is a special day” I think there are many psychological points which can drive us to think and act differently.
I think this “all they way” is one of them, and I will call it “ATW (All The Way) value”.
Well, speaking of which, I had a chance to go back to Japan from Chile this month, and it took me about 36 hours, which was slightly better than the previous one, 56 hour-long flight (I guess after 24 hours or so, it does not make so much difference for me)