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Reaching Zen Nation Image Credit: FHM India
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Reaching Zen Nation

Actor-Model Evelyn Sharma was recently in Japan and she lost her heart to this soulful archipelago. Notes from her diary...

Amar Pandit

Japan charmed me. Its sprawling Sakura with dainty pink florets, rich traditions, unimaginable secrets relevant to the modern times, everything about Japan is like an everlasting masterpiece. What mesmerised me was the country’s advancement in the field of science and technology and how it all blends with its ancient architecture and design aesthetic.

On my first day, I was invited for lunch by a Japanese family and I was captivated to see how some of the most state-of-the-art interiors equipped with gadgets still had a traditional touch. A big part of their culture, I noticed, is translates in the way they treat others. Kindness flows in their veins, as they open doors and their hearts with welcoming smiles. I was impressed by their strong values, generosity, and hospitality. I have been to countries where it is almost impossible to converse or get a smile in return. Not in Japan. Their willingness to always help me have a good time made my holiday a brilliant experience.

Day two begin with restaurant hopping. As soon as I would walk into a restaurant, which is never but a hop, skip, and jump away, I would be greeted with a shot of sake and colourful cuisine. After an overdose of sake and sushi, I tried my hands on the karaoke machine. I realised how Japanese are so open in spite of their image of being cold. Jokes are cracked at everyone’s expense, and it’s completely okay to dance on the tables. I had my share of moves!

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