It was a lovely day to have a chat with Juri! 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 and shopping for fruit and confectionery.

Juri seemed to be satisfied with Japanese food, and really analysed the current situation about Japanese people’s food preferences. Although I love eating cakes, baking, watching cooking TV shows and reading recipes, I found that 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 lucky to see her again before going to England!


I was invited to lunch at a restaurant with a view over the sea in Hayama 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 so 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 visited 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 have learnt a lot of things from her, and this time I was certain that my decision to change my job, to go to Switzerland and to study in England was right.

During the first half of the long holidays this May, I could spend much time with my friends, joyfully, seriously and happily! For the latter half of the holidays, I am packing now to go back to my hometown.