Category Archives: Traveling

3 Reasons to travel by yourself

It feels good to be back.

Every time I get back from travelling, I have a sense that time had passed more than it did. It’s been more than 10 years since I started travelling by myself. When I went outside of Japan for the first time, I met a old woman in Northern Thailand who said something which really got me thinking:

If I am comfortable with my life, why do I want to travel (leave the place)?

Given that human beings have instincts to make a life easier and safer, what she said totally makes sense. But at least from my experience, there are 3 main reasons to get out of your comfort zone to travel alone over with someone else: learning life skills, having a flexibility and meeting new people.

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The Robinson Crusoe Island 3

Approximately a hundred years ago, there were two fishermen on a wooden boat who accidentally thrown back into the Pacific Ocean. 5 days later, having no idea of where they were heading toward, they landed at the place they called a continent. Those were the fishermen from the Robinson Crusoe Island (originally from the continent).

In 2012, a year after the tragic accident, their very grand (grand-grand?) sons had a community project of making a same wooden boat and deliberately sailing from the island to the continent, in order to revive the legend. Many people on the island helped to make it, and pinned their hope on three men, who arrived at the continent 5 days later just like their ancestors did. I happened to meet with one of the three men, who told me the following:

“We want to change the negative image of our island and let the world know that we have great people and culture.”

Although I was there only for 4 days, I kind of understood what he meant.

This is the last entry of the Robinson Crusoe.

  1. General information and how to get there
  2. Relationship between the Robinson Crusoe Island and the novel Robinson Crusoe
  3. The real situation I saw on the Island

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The Robinson Crusoe Island 2

Surviving day by day for more than 4 years on a desert island, eating turtles, teaching parrots to speak, taming wild animals, helping a prisoner to train as a slave. Those are some of the highlights from the novel “Robinson Crusoe” (Daniel Defoe, 1719).

I guess If those who have read this novel have a chance to visit the Robinson Crusoe Island, many of them would get excited to be in the novel world, just like I did.

According to the people of the island, however, there is a common misunderstanding in this regard, and furthermore, there was a Japanese explorer who got involved with this island, upon which I will touch in this second entry of the Robinson Crusoe Island’s series.

  1. General information and how to get there
  2. Relationship between the Robinson Crusoe Island and the novel Robinson Crusoe
  3. The real situation I saw on the Island

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The Robinson Crusoe Island 1

Today, more than a half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and the proportion is expected to increase. With that in mind, I understand that some people say that when they get older, they want to live in the rural area to have calmer life (I am no exception to that). However, I rarely hear some people saying they want to live on an island, let alone the one located far away from the continent.

Well, I had a chance to stay on the legendary island about which I guess many people have heard or read through the novel written by Daniel Defoe about 300 years ago:
The Robinson Crusoe Island.

Since there was few updated information on this island on internet, and this experience was pretty impressive to me, I would like to share about this island by dividing into three entries:

  1. General information and how to get there (this entry)
  2. Relationship between the Robinson Crusoe Island and the novel Robinson Crusoe 
  3. The real situation I saw on the Island

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What Cuba taught me

Please take a few seconds (minutes or even hours) to think about the following question:

What is happiness for you?

Well, honestly I don’t have an answer to that, and I’m sure everybody has different views toward that big question. To me, however, at least I came to understand what is NOT a key factor of happiness: money is not what defines a happy life. I strongly realized this when I was in a particular country in 2011. That country is…Salsa, Jazz, Foods, Cars…….yes, CUBA!

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If you love your kids, let them travel

In Japan, there is a proverb that says “If you love your kids,let them travel” (English counterpart could be”Spare the rod and spoil the child“). It is so true that the more you travel, the more you learn something by seeing new people and culture (the difference) that you don’t get to see in your daily life.

For my work, I have many opportunities to travel all around Chile, and today I would like to share 3 families which caught my attention in 8th region of Chile for the last 3 days, relating them to the theme “”How to raise your kids“.

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The incredible moment

That’s crazy!

We sometimes come across an incredible moment in daily life, don’t we?

Some say everything has a meaning and others say life is full of coincidences.
Most of the times, I agree with the latter, but I personally take a position of in between, because sometimes something unbelievable happens, and let me share one story that happened to me 5 years ago and 3 days ago.

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