Why Kanagawa?

Prologue

I am a traveler.

I will go anywhere at any time with anyone and most likely I will find myself enjoying most of the time.

I’ve had some bad experiences, but more often than not, it has generated some laughs at the dinner table.

Why do I say this? I recently found out a few weeks ago that I will be going to Japan on Familiarization trip for Venture, and it is during one of their hottest summers. I told my Japanese friends of my plan and they said the same thing “Good luck with the heat.”

I love Japan I love their culture, their food, their liberal and yet strict view in life and most especially I love the fact that every trip I make to Japan always gives me a memory that is so unique that makes me even want to go back for more.

So, going there at the height of their summer season is something I have to prepare for. It is humid, scorching and most especially the sun rises at 430 am which brings new meaning to the term “Land of the Rising Sun”.

Here are a few tips that would help go a long way when you travel.

  • Find out the temperature before you go – simple enough task, just google it and it will give you a general idea.
  • Understand their culture – while it maybe accepted to bring and wear tank tops, short shorts or tight dresses in many parts of the world during summer, it does not hurt to look good and presentable (you never know who you will get introduced to)
  • Plan an itinerary way before and stick to it as much as you can
  • Believe in Murphy’s Law, so learn to also be flexible and understand plans are there to give you a direction not happiness.

I say these things because I am a traveler. I will go anywhere during any season and with most people (emphasis on MOST) and because life IS a box of chocolates, you may never know what you are going to get, but dammit, they are still chocolates.