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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Ikuta Park and Nihon Minkaen Museum: For Nature and Architecture Lovers

If you are planning to visit Tokyo for the first time you may decide to stay in town. And I agree, you will not find reasons to go anywhere else. If you are living here or you are already familiar with Tokyo, you might be wondering what else you can do or visit that is close by. If this is your case and if you enjoy nature, Ikuta Park could be an excellent idea.

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.

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