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Japan. Travel notes, PART II

Working as a Professional  Tourist.
One sunny morning while I was checking some ancient shrines in Kyoto I got a message from my friend Katerina:
- Do you want to work at Tokyo Museum of Advertising for a day?
– Hm… Doing what?
– Working. As a tourist. They will close the entire museum for the day and you’ll get 4 personal tour guides. All you need to do is listen and ask questions… and then you get paid.
It sounded like a damn good deal.
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That day I took the first train to Tokyo and was at the museum by the set time. It belongs to Dentsu the famous advertising agency that almost entirely dominates the Japanese market.

The museum trains their staff by brining in english speaking guests who act as tourists.  It was a great experience. I felt that my teaching, design, people, and communication skills  all came together in one-of-a-kind job – a professional tourist. If you ever visit the museum in Tokyo you’ll likely hear fragments of the vast feedback that I left after my visit :)

Now I can say I have Japanese work experience. Otsukaresama deshita!
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Japanese Markets

I have this strange (may be) obsession with food markets. I find them to be perfect places to soak in the real local culture. Something is always happening there: people, motorcars, carts, noises, sometimes animals, food trucks, beggars, weird stuff… plus you get to try all different kinds of food. Wherever I go I always take my camera to a local market. The more remote and exotic the place is the more exciting it is to explore its markets. Check my photos from Tarapoto, Peru from 2014.

This one is all about Japan. Whatever I show or say it’s never gonna be enough to describe how amazing this country is. Just like everything in Japan, the markets there are extremely organized and clean. If you believe that there’s a fish market that doesn’t stink like fish, there’s one right in the heart of Tokyo.

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo. Popularized by Jiro Dreams of Sushi documentaryIMG_8021

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Japan. Travel notes, part I

The expectations. 
- Aren’t you unbelievably excited about the trip?
- I am believably excited.
When going to Japan you are expected to be excited. I think it’s so far and still so mystified in the Western world that going to Japan almost feels  like winning a lottery ticket. If you aren’t excited you gotta fake it at least. So I did.
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Akihabara, Tokyo 
21 days later I’m on board of the beautiful 787 Dreamliner on my way back and I am truly unbelievably amazed by the wonders I’ve seen in this beautiful country. It is un-be-lie-va-ble. I have completely fallen in love with Tokyo. I think I would even live there and get soaked in its amazing mix of culture, traditions, and hi-tech.
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 Shiragawa-go Ethnical village, Takayama
 

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