March ended a few days ago and with it my work at TYK. This second month in Tajimi was an opportunity to see nature evolve with the arrival of spring and spend a second month TYK more pleasant than the first.

Spring, flowers and sun

Warmed by the sunny weather, trees and plants began to bloom around mid-March, lining the city with splashes of bright colors. The birds are also more numerous and more singers filling my ears with happy tweets. I took the weekends to go for a walk in the city and its surroundings, enjoying the sun and the awakening of nature. The more remote areas of Tajimi, stretching in the hills are much more friendly than the city center. Houses mostly traditional style, small bamboo forests, peaceful atmosphere, flowers everywhere. I came to appreciate Tajimi and to love to walk in these charming corners.

Tajimi – © Claire Blumenfeld

Lizard - Tajimi - © Claire Blumenfeld


Around the 26th of March, cherries trees also started to bloom. I could almost follow the blooming with my eyes. Explosion of pink and white everywhere. It’s everywhere ! No matter where you look, there is a cherry blossom in your field of vision! It’s impressive and very beautiful. It immediately gives beauty to the place. The blooming has something beautiful and moving at the same time. When the petals are all white, one has the impression of contemplating a tree covered with a delicate and fragile layer of snow. Before I did not understand very well why the Japanese made a fuss on this famous cherry blossom only for two weeks. Now I understand better. It is beautiful and as it is ephemeral, it makes the thing even more precious. For two weeks, Japan seems magnified.

Cherry flower - Tajimi - © Claire Blumenfeld

Cherry blossoms - Tajimi – © Claire Blumenfeld


Second month of work at TYK

As you can see in the many previous articles dedicated to TYK, this second month was different from the first one. As for the work, it was pretty much the same (manual and repetitive) but I worked with several teams where I accompanied a person in his work (and not work alone by myself), which made the work more interesting and less monotonous. I sympathized with new people and the general atmosphere warmed up, with more exchanges and smiles. I made myself to the rhythm of work and the “Japanese” aspect even if some things continued to surprise me: the extreme reserve of some people, a certain conformity, the talk saying of the principles of TYK all In the mornings, the limited productivity … I also discovered people who were less conformist and more frank about what they thought of their work. I had the impression to better integrate myself in the company. And then my last day of work at TYK (detailed in this article) with the evening (meal + karaoke) allowed me to exchange without barriers with the team leaders and TYK leaders whose current president allowed me to expand my vision of TYK.

I confess that I was a little sad to leave TYK and the people with whom I got along well. But the goodbye is not final since I will return to Tajimi on Friday, April 15th to celebrate Hanami with all the people of TYK! Hanami is a Japanese custom that consists in appreciating the beauty of cherry blossoms, today mainly celebrating in the form of a picnic under the cherry trees. At TYK, this is celebrated in the form of a large barbecue outdoors. But I doubt that there will still be cherry flowers on April 15 …

To infinity and beyond

Since Friday, April 1, here I am again on the road. This month of April will be particularly loaded with discoveries since I will go visit quite a few places on a rather short time. And it’s also possibly my last month in Japan! Yes, on May 1st, I’m going to join my parents in Australia for 6 weeks in kangaroo country! And take the opportunity to discover my birthplace (I was born in Melbourne). Followed by 1 to 2 months in New Zealand, this time without my parents. For the rest, it’s a big mystery! Either stay in New Zealand or go back to Japan or go somewhere else. In short, I will see how things go. I therefore consider this month of April as a (possible) last month in the land of the rising sun and I intend to enjoy it, especially with the spring, the trip should be more fun. First step on my list: 6 days in Kyoto, for a dive into culture, temples and shrines and Japan of before!