Fall in Japan

It’s warm and somewhat weird in term of weather these days in Tokyo.

I recently learned that you tend dream at night when you experience a lot of stuff during the day before. It’s the result of your brain trying hard processing what happened.

I wonder if I remember my dream tonight.

Fall in Japan

Coffee Mochi with Ice Cream

Coffee-flavored mochi dessert from last night after dinner, at a place in my neighborhood.

It was my first visit there though I had been thinking about going in there for a while. The mochi, as well as the food and drink, was pretty good. I think I’ll be going back again soon.

The owner of the restaurant told us that his eyebrows are so thick that his colleagues keep plastering fake eyebrows on stuffed animals in the restaurant. I liked that story too.

Coffee Mochi with Ice Cream

Haircut, Technology, and Making Customer Happy

I went to get a haircut – I’ve been going to one place since the beginning of this year and I really love it there. I was talking to the manager who happened to be on the rotation that day.

We were talking about work and he asked me “How can you type without looking at the keyboard? It’s just impossible for me.” I said, “Well, isn’t it like when you’re cutting my hair? Doesn’t it feel so easy to you, like breathing?” His answer struck me – he told me, “No, it never is that easy. Everybody has different type of hair and it changes by season, their health condition, and how they’ve been treating their hair.”

He also told me that the hardest part is that people want different type of hairstyle depending on their feeling at the moment. It’s hard to guess what it is, and a customer may get a haircut using the best technique available and still be unhappy if that’s not exactly what he/she wants.

I think sometimes we forget that. Making your customer happy doesn’t mean using the latest technology available. You need to listen and try your best to sense what they want.

I love talking to professionals in different fields. What they are dealing with is usually completely different from what I do at work, but people who put the best in their work inspire me a lot.

Haircut, Technology, and Making Customer Happy

Matsuri Nobori

Maturi (祭) means festival and nobori (のぼり) is a kind of a vertical banner made with fabric. The photo is a part of a banner for announcing a local summer festival. There are a bunch of these around the neighborhood and they must reuse them every year – it has no date written on it 😛

I have not been to one summer festival or fireworks show in Japan and I’m pretty sad about that. Just passing by one makes me remember fun childhood memories. Summer festivals was (and still is) something special you go out to at night in summer.

Having good or bad memories can change the expectation about things and people. It sounds like a no-brainer but I’m finding this is more true than we think. Everyone is biased and it’s just the way it is. Just realizing that helps you see things in a more plain way.

Matsuri Nobori

Summer Day

It rained a bit really early in the morning but it cleared up by 7 am so I went running. My instructor is a blogger too – she posted some photos.

One of the coauthors of the blog I am helping out introduced a slide called Don’t be rich, Live rich (linked blog is Japanese but there is an English presentation), done by a couple of nomad workers in Belgium. If you’re curious about Nomadic life / work style, you should check out their beautiful travel log site at nomadz.nu. Though I can’t read the articles the photos are really nice.

Summer Day