The mirror of mind
My life journey from Japan started almost 30 years ago (but visit there every year) at the age of 21 after my university education in Tokyo. I have furthered my education, worked and lived in several cities in Europe and the USA. I have traveled around the world on my UN job for the last 25 years and now live and work as a consultant wherever such job exists. I have learned English, French, Swedish (fair) and German (basic), and managed to maintain my Japanese language ability. I have not forgotten my language and culture. On the contrary, I feel that I understand my culture better now- more objectively and from a multicultural perspective. As one great philosopher said, if you know only your country, you do not actually know it. However, I admit that things have not always been easy because living in different countries requires constant conscious efforts to understand cultural codes and values, learning new languages, etc, and, most of all, I cannot see my good friends easily who are living in different countries around the world. Yet, I do not regret what I have done and the way I have been living my life. I feel gain is much greater than loss.
My home page shows my personal travel and leaning experiences, thoughts and emotions gained through my encounters with diverse cultures and people around the world. I apologize for not being able to show many pictures of places I visited because digital cameras came into existence much later on.
I have learned the importance of our mind. For example, I agree that happiness is largely a state of mind as expressed in the famous British novel "Rebecca". What one sees beautiful is significantly attributable to his/her state of your mind. In other words, the beautiful world we see represents the significant portion of our thoughts and emotions that have been nurtured in ourselves. I believe that the quality of our travel experiences - meeting diverse cultures, traditions and people, - substantially influence the sense of beauty inside and outside ourselves.
I moved to Klaipeda, Lithuania from Stockholm in April last year. Its a country I never imagined to live in but it happened. I do not have close friends yet but hope that I will have some luck to find some. Lithuanian language is very interesting and hope to learn despite of my age. My future is not certain but I hope to find ways to be happy here. I will reorganize my HP more according to my new life but it may take some time.