Short description of main life steps.
«Pétales de Japon au Luxembourg», an association to share Japanese culture in Luxembourg is a creation from my experience.
As part of my work in a governmental bank in Tokyo, I had to introduce Japanese culture and business manners to foreign customers visiting Japan, and I decided to continue to share Japanese culture with people in Luxembourg when we moved here.
For the past 6 years, I have been making presentations over various themes or subjects, such as kimono, tea, traditional feasts, food, bath, language, business and social habits, wrappings, calligraphy, flower arrangements (ikebana), origami, traditional dance, nô and kabuki theater, etc…
What studies did you do and what is your main activity?
I studied Policy Strategies in Tokyo and, as I said, I worked in a Japanese international bank before we moved to Luxembourg. Now I am mainly busy raising our children in this beautiful country but I am also studying German, after having a hard time with French.
How long have you been in Luxembourg?
Which reason took you to Luxembourg?
I followed my husband.
Tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived?
On a rainy day, a total stranger said something to me, a word which sounded completely Japanese- « SA MU I » (meaning in Japanese: « it’s cold »). I thought he spoke Japanese, but it turned out to be French, « ça mouille »!
In Japan, we say that customer is the king, or you must read the atmosphere in relationships, but here in Luxembourg I have learned from experience that one must assert himself but also protect oneself. I also think that speaking the language plays a very important role for integration.
Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?
International, human, and relaxed (compared to life in Japan)
What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?
My international good friends!
Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg and why?
Nature in Luxembourg is absolutely beautiful everywhere. As a Japanese, I must admit that it is heartwarming for me to see Japanese cherry trees in Kockelscheuer which were donated by a Japanese benefactor, blossoming in spring time. Ice skating there is also nice in winter. We also appreciate the swimming pool in Niederanven, where one can enjoy swimming outside surrounded by cows. It really is a good place for families all year round.
Do you go often out to eat and if yes what is your favourite type of cuisine?
I don’t go out to eat very often, but I particularly like Italian, Vietnamese, Indian and Japanese restaurants.
Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?
« Wabi sabi » which is a concept meaning, one could say, « wisdom in natural simplicity », or express « flawed beauty » in art.
For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?
It was an honour that my Japanese friend Tomoko asked me to join the club, and I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to share with new people.