Author Archive: Petre Kinga

I grew up with Hayao Miyazaki

One of the most important takeaways of my first visit to Japan was my discovery of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, which I fell in love with at first sight. That love has not diminished, although it has changed its focus somewhat.... Continue reading

“Bento”, or Japanese style lunch in a box

Similar to the traditional Hungarian packaged lunch of old times (raw onions, raw bacon, and bread, or, if we believe the fairy tales, “pogacsa” (a type of puff pastry) baked in ashes), there is the Japanese counterpart of real boxed... Continue reading

Love Hotel

Here’s another Japanese invention, something we have never heard of although it can be found everywhere in Japan as a very normal segment of the hotel industry. It’s a form of accommodation – although rest and relaxation are hardly what... Continue reading

Company hanami

As a company with multiple links to Japan, it was apt that we joined in celebrating a delightful and much-loved holiday like the hanami (“the picnic to celebrate the beauty of the cherry blossoms”). Luckily, there is a Japanese cherry... Continue reading

Cubicle sized bathrooms, or student dormitories in Japan

Japan is known throughout the world for its miniaturization skills. Examples of this talent are everywhere (from microchips to hotel rooms). This little note is focused on the compactness of a student dormitory, including a kitchen and bathroom, which I... Continue reading

NATTO – it’s ugly, stinks, BUT tastes so good!!!

I have finally found a shop in Budapest – it just opened – that promises to be a long-term source of natto. Until now I couldn’t buy natto anywhere and it must have been about 3 long years since I’d... Continue reading