I’ve just got back to the hotel after a fantastic day away from the city. A friend of mine invited me to stay in his family home in Saitama, to the north of Tokyo, which is much more the kind of place I like to be in.


Saitama, Japan

I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to experience something other than bright lights and concrete. The trip included visiting hot baths… I wouldn’t normally go around naked in front of anyone, but I quickly realised it really didn’t matter (besides, the sexes were in different parts of the building!). And I saw inside a real Japanese home, which is probably not only the best insight of all into how a different culture might work but it creates stronger bonds between people.

Tomorrow I will be back on one of these:


Schipol Airport

I know that it is far from ecologically sound to fly but needing to be with friends in other cultures is my achilles heel, if you like. Now, though I am sad to be going back to England, I have had a top-up of something else and can get on with that digging….

And hopefully I won’t have to use the d-word for much longer 😉

© Helen Butt, April 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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