Writer: Marina Villar

I am Argentinean, so as a Latin who have been living in Asia for the last few years I am amazed by the contrasts and differences in many aspects but mainly in culture, traditions, history and even in food.

I have been working in the hospitality industry for more than 10 years and I started writing and taking pictures while traveling, some time ago.

I am a nature lover, sports fan, travel addict and foodie.  My three favorite things: writing, running and chocolates.

I define myself as clueless in terms of style and fashion.

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Tokyo: With a travellers' eyes

After almost two years of living in Tokyo, I know, for sure, that I am no longer seeing everything with the same sense of surprise because as I usually call it, I am already part of the landscape. The last few months, lucky me, I have been receiving many guests, who enjoyed going around with and showing them all about the local culture and traditions.

Sumo : Pure Tradition

In Japan Sumo is much more than just a sport. It is a living example of Japanese culture, traditions and history. And the rikishi or wrestlers serve as cultural ambassadors when they take part in events overseas. Sumo shows discipline, hard work and courage but not only inside the dohyō or ring, also outside and in wrestlers´ every day life.

The Language of Silence

Silence can avoid conflicts, engage respect and create distance. It can be ambiguous and sometimes misinterpreted, specially for those like me, who come from abroad. But, like everything else related to cultural differences, getting involved and willing to understand it, is always helpful.

Kaiseki at the Japanese Alps

It is amazing how much the nature has to offer when you have the time, the energy and the wiling to connect with it. My recommendation: “Never waste those precious moments. Never”. Of course, after all these activities, I feel like I deserve the best of the meals. And here is where you get Kaiseki for dinner.

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