Matsushima: bay of sculptures (photo-gallery)

Matsushima: bay of sculptures (photo-gallery)

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On the 5th of May I’ve been visiting one of the most beautiful bay in Japan, in fact it’s said to be one of the three view of Japan.
Matsushima is a bay close to Sendai (30 minutes by train) and it’s very popular for three things: the view, the Zuiganji temple and the oysters; of course I got all three…

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A surprise birthday party

A surprise birthday party

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Before coming here lots of people told me “Oh, you are going to turn 24 while in Japan, no party for you!”. Well I don’t use to party for my birthday anymore so it was not a problem, anyway spending a special day with friends is always nice.
So on Friday I was going to join another Italian, Davide Bitti, for his moving party since he just moved to a different (and bigger) apartment here in Sendai. What I was not expecting was that all my friends in there organized a double party: moving + birthday. Continue reading “A surprise birthday party”

The last samurai (show)

The last samurai (show)

Well I’m not talking about the movie of course, but about a historical reconstruction in Yonezawa called Uesugi Festival I went to on Sunday.
The Uesugi festival is a three days long festival held in the Yamagata prefecture, that ends with the historical reconstruction of one of the most important battles of Japan: the Kawanakajima battle (1561).

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A missed bus and a flowery day

A missed bus and a flowery day

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Hello everyone!
Let me briefly share what I did today, April the 29th, with a group of nice people from around the world.
Well, the 29th of April is holiday here so I did not have to work today (by the way, update on my project will come in next days). One of my lab mates invited me to join a group of international people who were going to a national park out of Sendai, of course I said “yes” and there I went. Continue reading “A missed bus and a flowery day”

Happy Hanami & a cherry tree

Happy Hanami & a cherry tree

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One of the most famous Japanese traditions is the cherry flowers viewing.
Fortunately I arrived here in Japan just while the cherry trees in Tokyo were starting to bloom, but up here in Sendai was still too cold for blooming. So right in these days the famous Japanese Sakura are starting to show their flowers.
Walking around Sendai is possible to see really a lot of cherry tree since they are really common in park and gardens, and also very suggestive. Continue reading “Happy Hanami & a cherry tree”

Here’s the joke: there’s an italian, a futon and two chopsticks…

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Good morning Europe!

Well the title is a little tricky, I’ll not tell a joke but I looked funny for shure facing for the first time the futon, and probably I can handle chopsticks as good as a monkey…

First of all, what is a futon? Well it’s the traditional japanese mattress. It’s really thin, made out of several layers of cotton and with no springs in it.

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A new life’s day

A new life’s day

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Happy Easter everybody!

On the 30th of March I took off from Venice airport, starting my adventure in the land of the rising sun: Nihon. Just to add a little bit of poetry one should say that Venice airport is called “Marco Polo airport”, Marco Polo was an italian (from Venice) who was the first european who travelled to China following “the silk way”.

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