week 2

For the second week we stayed in Tsubame located in the Niigata region. When we didn’t visit the factories to learn more about the manufacturing methods from the skilled craftsmen, we got to know the local culture. The people we got to know were all so nice and hospitable. The local sento (bathhouse) was literally next door from the place were we stayed. It was run by Tama-san;s parents. It felt really authentic and I enjoyed it so much. My favourite place!

The last couple days were when we came up with the ideas that we later pitched to the companies. We were working in groups of three or four and there was a wide range of knowledge in all of the groups. I was working with Eri-san and Junko-san. Our teamwork went well. Under the week we had time to experience a lot of stuff. The local vegetable and fish market, sento & a nice onsen, nearby seaside town and a kimonoshop just to name a few!

The coast town was amazing, especially the food. I had octopus, seafood miso, lots of different fish. It was truly amazing, the weather was so nice too with the salty smell of the sea in the air.

It was really a different experience from being in Tokyo, which is only good. Many people visit just the capital and in that way they don’t get to experience the diversity of a country. I had a blast and this is something that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Day 5: Museum & strolling around in Tokyo

We went super early today to Tokyo National Museum and it was great! My favourites where the wooden Buddha statues and the dope katana swords. But the crown jewel according to me is the kimonos. They were so beautiful! There was one of the garments that was used under the armor and was made of the warriors wives and children clothing material. The katanas & earlier swords were astonishing. I can’t understand how they can be so smooth and perfectly looking considering that they’re forged.

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Everything we saw there made me realize how much history Japan has and how much it is being reflected in the current society.

Juuso and I went later today to Shibuya for a tour to walk around not just in the centre, but also in the neighbourhood. When walking towards some cool clothing stores we found lots of nice surprises. One of the nicest things were a shop with just cat products. The owner was a lovely old lady. She kept the store from the ground floor of her apartment. Her cat was super nice too, but we weren’t allowed to pet it because it apparently enjoyed to scratch people. After reaching our clothing pilgrimage goal, And wander, we parted and I headed towards Ebisu. By foot!! It was so nice, 10/10. I saw lots of stuff when walking trough different neighbourhoods. Some of them where funky or atmospheric in their own way.

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In Ebisu I arrived to a shop called Kapital. It’s a Japanese brand that could be described as ametora. Japanese/American style. Their clothes aren’t just super cool, they’re like a fusion kitchen.

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I took a tube that stoped near to our flat but I walked the wrong way after getting out. It was kind of funny. And stupid. Now Im home after a long day, It’s been really enjoyable.