A stage in Japan

July 30, 2013 at 13:19


While I’m compressing all the data I’ve been working on over the last months (more than 250GB!), I’m thinking of how fast time goes by. It was still spring and everything was ready: my flight was departing soon and I was leaving Barcelona for the next three months. Destination? Ōsaka, Japan.

I had an amazing experience living and working in Japan and I’ve been writing about some of my adventures during this time in this blog (sorry, it’s only in Spanish). During my time in the hosting research center, I’ve met extraordinary people at Mizuguchi Laboratory: open-minded, brilliant scientists and, not less important, excellent people always kind and open to help me. Let me thank you again if you’re reading this post. You made me feel like at home.

But I also had the opportunity to meet other people apart from the office. Kaori and Snoo, from Bar Kitty. What started as “let’s teach some Spanish for fun” became “you guys are awesome”. In a few days we’re going together in a crazy road trip…I can’t wait for it! Edu (The Parallel Dimension), David (@CreativoenJapon, Un Creativo en Japón), Flapy (@Flapy, Un Español en Japón) and Víctor (Nihon Travel), it was a pleasure to share a couple (or more!) beers with you. I hope to meet you again in the future, but I’m not sure exactly where and how 🙂

I’m very sorry for having been complaining all the time about the weather: Kansai summer was really hot and humid, but oh, irony! I’ve finally got used to. Dealing with ATM’s and furikomi was complicated too…but I’ve improved my japanese language skills (when you’re starting from scratch it isn’t difficult at all 😛 ), worked hard and now I feel less gaijin than before.

This city will always be a part of me.


Japan 2012 – Photos

November 13, 2012 at 18:57

Click to see Flickr Japan 2012 set

Japan, there I go!

October 24, 2012 at 18:32

Next Friday I’m flying to Japan. I’m going to spend a couple of weeks visiting the Kansai region (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nara), Tokyo and Hiroshima. I’m really excited about this trip because this time I can articulate a few phrases and even read in hiragana (wow!) and I’ll give a talk at Mizuguchi Laboratory. If I get the grant I’ve applied for, next year I’ll spend three months at Kenji’s lab, living in Osaka 🙂

Some pictures I took during my first trip to Japan in 2010: Japan-Flickr set.

Japanese pranks

September 30, 2012 at 20:36

One of my favorite compilations, have fun! 😉

P.S. I think this guy shits himself