From a very young age, I was curious about different cultures. I first satisfied my curiosity with children’s ethnic books and cartoons. I then decided to specialise in anthropology at University in order to gain a deeper understanding about and knowledge of human diversity.
After I graduated, I was eager to put my theoretical knowledge into practise so I packed my backpack and headed to Brazil. I was lucky and doors opened to me. I was able to participate in a research programme financed by the University of Manaus through which I immersed myself in the indigenous tribes in the Amazon.
I was fascinated by what the world had to offer, from stunning nature to the great diversity of cultures, ways of thinking and behaving.
Through this experience, not only did I expand my knowledge, but I also feel love with the nomadic way of life and the chance to constantly experience the richness of new cultures, traditions and, of course, the beauty of nature. Ten years later and I have been fortunate enough to explore all four corners of this beautiful world and plan on continuing doing so for as long as possible.
When I first set foot in Japan, it blew my mind. I was truly fascinated by this country from the very beginning. To me, in Japan it feels like the past meets the future. Traditions, rituals, and religion are an integral part of daily life and yet it’s the most technologically advanced country in the world. It’s so futuristic that at times, you feel as if you’ve crossed some sort of space-time barrier. As it did for me, the combination of busy cities, peaceful rural countryside, and stunning natural landscapes will certainly catch your attention and pique your curiosity and leave you always wanting to explore further.
The Japanese manners, with their profound sense of respect and honour are so fascinating. I have developed a very deep sense of respect and admiration for this special culture and for the Japanese people.
Their delicate way of admiring and honouring nature makes my heart at ease, opened my eyes and helped me understand, appreciate and feel the delicate beauty of nature through their eyes. The beauties of nature there are often combined with the stunning buddhist temples or shinto shrines. Nature and religion. Tradition and modernity. Such a small county with such a distinctive personality, great ancient culture and still so alive. It’s so different from our Western culture that shocked me in many occasions. I love when that happens. For me, there is no other way to explain Japan other than as a little piece of heaven on Earth.
“The onsen (Japanese traditional hot springs baths) experience is one of my favourite things in the world. In some places you have the option of having your own private bath but I like the common onsen where you can really live the Japanese experience. Being naked within strangers (sex segregated) might seem intimidating at first but my tip here is to not think too much and just dip in… let yourself get fully involved in the magical and natural peaceful atmosphere of the place. Immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and enjoy this ancient tradition and the warmth of the therapeutic waters of the natural hot springs”. – Alba, Japan Travel Specialist.