It was a lovely day to have a chat with Juri at my house. She has just come back from England to form the foundation of her business. This morning, I enjoyed preparing a room to welcome her, cleaning and tidying stuff.

Juri seemed to be satisfied with Japanese food and analysed the current situation about Japanese people’s food preferences. Although I love eating, baking and reading recipes, I’ve never analytically thought about it like Juri. Her perspectives about food such as feeling the ingredients from the taste, mass preference for the taste in each country and giving careful consideration to the appearance of a meal were new angles for me.

I was very lucky to see her again before going to England.


I was invited to lunch at a restaurant with a view over the sea by Keiko-sensei. The purpose of having lunch together was a token of her appreciation for helping her with her book recently, and also as a farewell lunch for me.

I was nervous to go to the restaurant that day, because I got off the train in Hayama for the first time in four years, since the day of the earthquake of 2011. I experienced the disaster in Hayama, as I had been working at an institute there for over ten years. The disaster changed my life and my thoughts about the future, and I changed my work soon after that. The day of the earthquake was the very last time I was in Hayama. So, when I saw the view around the station, a shopping mall, the institute I worked for, and small shops all along the seafront and the coast, my old work experiences came alive again. Nothing has changed.

We enjoyed discussing our latest news over lunch. I was certain that my decisions to change my job, to go to Switzerland and to study in England were right.