Entrare in Ladakh, uscire dal Tempo

Entrare in Ladakh, uscire dal Tempo

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Nell’est del Kashmir, racchiuso fra gli altopiani del Tibet e le scure vette del Karakoram Pakistano, si nasconde la provincia del Ladakh. Le valli alte e aride sono la porta d’accesso al Tibet, e di qui sono passati i Lama che hanno portato nella regione più famosa dell’Himalaya il Buddismo tantrico. E porprio qui ancor oggi si osservano moltissimi gonpa, fra cui diversi di grande importanza per il mondo buddista: come Hemis, uno dei più grandi monasteri Drukpa. E come un tempo i padri predicatori del buddismo passarono di qui, oggi il Dalai Lama (in esilio) trascorre lunghi periodi in questa regione.

Lo scorso agosto, dopo aver messo in valigia una buona dose di entusiasmo, sono partito per un viaggio fuori dal mondo, in questa regione lontana dal chiasso dell’occidente. Continue reading “Entrare in Ladakh, uscire dal Tempo”

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Mamma mia! Italy’s back!

Mamma mia! Italy’s back!

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Hello everyone!
Well I have to write something about that, I mean the 30th Tohoku University International Festival (even the name is complicated).
Every year Tohoku University’s group TUFSA organizes an international festival in where people from all around the world cook traditional food and even perform on stage. For several years the Italian food stall was missing, and it was not acceptable.
So a group of Italians and me decide to solve the problem and set up the Italian booth this year, and in my opinion it’s been a success.

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Join the dark side, we have free whiskey!

Join the dark side, we have free whiskey!

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“Join the dark side, we have free whiskey!” would be the Darth Vader’s spot if he was in Japan.
On the last day of the golden week (may the 6th) some friends took me to the Nikka Whisky distillery near Sendai. Some of you may already have heard about this Japanese brand, which is pretty famous also outside of Japan. Continue reading “Join the dark side, we have free whiskey!”

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”