Monthly: January 2014

Hokkaido and wabi-sabi

It's been exactly two years and one month since I embarked for the second time to Japan overwhelmed with mixed feelings of anticipation, excitement and a bit of worry. From my first time experience Japan as a postdoctoral fellow (2010-11),  I learned that the ability to speak, read and write Japanese is essential otherwise things can get a bit difficult and in many cases most unlikely achieve what you want the way you want it. Of course with modern technology you can translate within seconds any electronic document (i.e. email) from Japanese to English by using translator software but even