It’s the warm fluffy feeling you get when you think of fond memories like traveling. I learned “hokkori” from an ad in the airport as I was about to leave Tokyo for the fourth time. And I can’t think of a better word to describe what I’m feeling now as I’m writing this post.
I needed to take a vacation because going straight to work after 10 months of killer grad school (even before graduation) can leave anyone nuts. Tokyo is the perfect place to get lost, empty yourself and be built up again by its energy. Walking on for miles and miles just observing and absorbing the beat of the city was totally not a problem.
For this trip, I tried to be more conscious to pick places that will give me a fresh perspective to the city, literally. Thus I went to Tokyo Tower, the Metropolitan Gov’t Building and the Sky Tree. I was also able to get some work done in a coffee shop 150m above sea level. Of course I visited the usual Meiji Shrine to pray and Shibuya for Tokyu Hands and to watch local street performance (aka free performances)
Another new experience would be going to Miraikan or the Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. I’m a geek and have always been fascinated by developments in science. Quite amazed at the exhibits related to AI and space. Also, who knew that scientists have discovered elements smaller than atoms – the elementary particles that are made up of vibrating strings. Ok stop me before I go on full geek.
I also try to go here every year because I’m mentoring a cooperative of Filipinos that want to support new migrants in Japan – from how to manage and grow the community up to making their operations sustainable. The founder asked me to mentor them because she got inspired by the talk that I delivered last year and she wants to pay forward the gifts she received after being in Japan for more than three decades.
I still owe them some work – finalize the strategy, roadmap and projections of their organization. It is indeed real work but I like doing it gratuitously cause I know that even if it’s difficult, all our efforts now can create a ripple of an impact.
You get hokkori when you think of traveling, but you also get hokkori when envision hope – that these small acts of kindness can bear fruit in the long run.
See you next year Tokyo!