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Japan and Europe – my first impression

When asked about the differences between Japan and Europe, I really don’t know where to start from. There are so many particularities in every aspect, which create a feeling of being in another planet!

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My first impressions from this time’s visit were as soon as I landed. Tokyo Haneda airport: thousands of people, huge spaces, all quiet and clean! Same conditions at the streets: traffic, many pedestrians, but still, almost no sound of it at all! Feels like watching a movie on mute mode!

All is calm, stress-free, at peace, slow. Which brings me to another peculiarity that I noticed: slow traffic, but, very fast cars. The fastest on the market, actually! It was confusing, to see the streets’ impeccable conditions – no holes, no bumps, good visibility, signs everywhere – and to see all these fast cars driving so slowly! I can understand that the speed limit in the city is low, but I was dazzled to discover that the speed limit on highways is just 80 Klm/h!!

What runs superfast is the Internet! Most people are using their smartphones or tablets, when they were commuting, eating, and even when they are walking. Internet reception works fine in the Metro, which can be 40 meters underground.

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 Tokyo is so far the cleanest place I have ever been. All public spaces are regularly cleaned, even if they are already spotless! Trash bins don’t exist at the streets and smoking is allowed only in designated areas, indoors or outdoors. It is not allowed to smoke out on the street, but there are smoking areas in several places, also permitted in some restaurants.

Design and care for detail is everywhere! In how people dress, how food is ornamented, how shops take care of their windows.

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What touched me the most in Japan, is the character of humbleness and the sense of respect. When a person is talking, even if you don’t agree in the full, you stay quiet and listen carefully – there is always a possibility to learn something new, and the urge to prove that you know everything is just useless!

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Respect between colleagues, in the family, towards a guest or a customer, but most of all, respect for Sensei – the Teacher. The literal translation of Sensei is “person born before another”, making absolute sense in this way, to esteem someone who is older than yourself, obviously being more experienced, probably possessing more knowledge and information! How is this so indisputable in Japan and so hard to find in most of Europe in our times? A Professor, a Conductor, a Lecturer or a Soloist is a Sensei and the authority that this person has is simply undeniable.

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All of my Japanese experience was for me a Sensei, teaching me new things and reminding me of old important values, for which I am truly grateful!

Dariusz

How are you today?

Today I needed some lip balm from the pharmacy.

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Right in front of me in the line there was only one lady – standard figure, age +/- 45, 15 – 20 kgs too heavy… 🙂

Being very optimistic, I thought to myself “only one person – it shouldn’t take long“! 🙂

…I was wrong!

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The nice Lady spent an unusual amount of time (and money) for her medicine… It would be common, but she did’t buy anything special – just stuff you (and me) know from publicity on TV… ‚‘Exotic’ products, which would not be prescribed by any doctor…

O.K. – we are leaving in e free Country – EUROPE – everybody can buy everything and spend their money free – but… after all this shopping, right there in the pharmacy, my favourite lady checked her blood pressure… and.. – I was schocked… She had 190 / 128 / 90 !!!!

My dear friends, I’m pretty sure that this lovely (overweight) lady is not going to any sport place, not walking in the fresh air, nor doing any exercise… Instead of all this, she probably

knows by heart every TV advertisement (of pharmaceutical companies) and spends her money for pseudo-medicine, which has no chance for a proper effect whatsoever…

She is a perfect “creation“ of the industry, which needs us depending on them – addicted on medicine, television, credit cards, social media, politics and many others…

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So, if you were kind enough to have read so far, I would suggest, instead of going that offen to the doctor and spend all your money for medicine, better visit sport places, regularly go out for a walk, do some exercise and outdoors activities.

In other words, your money could be better spent on music concerts, art exhibitions, at the Theatre and of course the Opera…!

So, I hope to see you soon in a concert 🙂

…and perhaps in the forest!…

Dariusz

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I had a dream..

dear Friends, all of us, from time to time, have dreams – nothing new..

For sure, You can remember nights and dreams, they where like.. real, colorful…

That real, that after You woke-up, you could see the dream-picture, remember the voices, colors of voices, words, situation, smell, temperature etc..

I just had such dream, a very beautiful one…

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I could remember the whole “story” and, what more important, get the meaning of my dream..

Of course, I’ll not tell You whole the story – I have to much respect for You and Your time my Friends..

The most important was the meaning – I know that – it’s coming a wonderful time for the culture !!!

Time, where the “contemporary structure” of the society will no more working.. no more capitalism, no more communism, no more dictatorship etc…

It’s coming the time of the HUMANISM and CULTURE

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And for me?

Very clear.. – will find a completely NEW WAY of expression, emotion, friendship and creativity..

NEW partners, friends… maybe also a new Country…?

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How it will be exactly? – don’t know yet… but – I / we will do a lot of good Music, Opera, Dance, Painting, Sculpting and a we will have lot of FUN !!

Together we will safe the WORLD my Friends!!!

And now… let’s have a Coffee !!

Happy Sunday 🙂

First snow this autumn…

I really d’not like could wether, frost and problems typical for winter – You know – frozen glasses, frozen fingers, travel problems etc.

But… I have to say – the first snow has something really romantically – everything is so white, so intact…

There is a space for something new – like a new beginning…

Instead be upset about the wether – better try to use it for a “new opening” – for a trying to create a new era, new capital of Your live – it gives a calm mood and optimism for the future…

Please, d’not forget about warm clothes before walk for You and many also for Your animals if You have ones 🙂

Enjoy Your live and snow in autumn 🙂

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