Autumn in Tokyo

November 15, 2016

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Last autumn in Tokyo.

Just can’t get over this view from Ritz Carlton Tokyo! This view is pretty unique even for me, someone who is from this city. You can stare at it for forever. When you stare at a grand view like this, it makes you think about the distance between the rest of the world and individuals’ lives that live in it. You feel like you get sucked into the universe or Neo-futuristic world or something.

Whenever someone asks me “Where I’m from,” I’m very proud to say that “I’m from Tokyo.”

A country that’s diligent yet humble which brings so much excellence and quality in many ways, Tokyo is a proud city which beats like a heart of Japan. This city view must be impressive even for some well-traveled foreigners. As much as I am proud of Japan and it’s own culture, Japan seems to lack in certain sense of aggressiveness or boldness (No I don’t believe in being super aggressiveness but they are too polite!) at times. Because we find the virtue in modesty and being polite, we follow the rules and orders so much, and I think it lacks some flexibility.

I’ve been working on this project which showcase appeal of modern Japanese living through fashion, space, design, music, art and food. As someone who grew up both in and outside of Japan, I’d like to be the bridge over our country and somehow help express their appeal and charm to international audiences. I wish I can tell you all about my secret project someday, pretty soon I hope 🙂

去年の秋、東京。

東京で生まれ育った私にさえ新鮮なこのビューの素晴らしさといったら!いくら見ていても飽きない。つい世界と自分の距離とかインディヴィジュアルの存在とかについて考え始めてしまうような、、、宇宙とか近未来の世界に溶け込んでしまいそうな壮大な景色。

海外に住み、どこから来たのか聞かれるとき「日本の東京」と答えるのは私にとって、とても誇らしいことです。

謙虚で控えめで、勤勉で、優秀で、本当に素晴らしいクォリティを持っているこの国の心臓みたいな東京のビューは海外の人からもきっと不思議で魅力的なんじゃないかな、と思います。同時に少し謙遜が過ぎて、アピール力に欠け、規則や規律を守るあまり、個性や大胆性がなく映ることもあるように思うときがあります。

実は随分前から、そんな素晴らしい日本の魅力を海外へもっと伝えることはできないかな、と思って動いてるプロジェクトがあります。いつか皆さんに公表できる日が来るといいな。

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