Sunday, January 28, 2024

Solo-lunch culture and business


Today let me talk about Japanese solo-culture as a business idea. It is very common for Japanese people to enjoy something alone in our daily life. Especially, I'll focus on solo-lunch culture.

When I came to Canada, I realized this is not popular for European, American and Canadian people around me. Except for Japanese, people might think eating alone is lonely and the thing those who don't have friends or family do. 

However, in Japan, we have many kinds of restaurant we can eat alone easily like ramen, beef bowl, casual dining restaurant and even Japanese BBQ! Nobody do not look at you as a lonely person since it's a quite normal option regardless of married or single. The pic below is a famous ramen chain restaurant. We even do not have to talk to a server. Self-service including order and payment make us focus on taste food deeply. At the same time, it reduce our direct labour costs and promote efficiency.

Of course it is wonderful to eat out with your friends or partner while enjoying conversation. on the other hand, everyone must have such a day when they'd like to enjoy tasty food quickly without socializing. Solo-lunch culture make you feel relaxed. We can take our mind off our work. 

Basically, there are various menu in this kind of restaurant. You don't need to worry about the amount of food. Also, some restaurants provide you nutritious set of food like the pic above with low prices and good quality. 

I believe people will realize how comfortable this solo-lunch culture is after they experience this. Everyone needs a little time alone and some personal space. I hope more people get to know the importance of "solo" in the future.

See ya!

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Richmond's Sunflower Festival

 Hi all!

 What comes to your mind when you hear ”summer”? For me, I imagine Sunflowers! In Richmond, Canada, I highly recommend you to visit Richmond Country Farms.  In summer, they have the event called Richmond's Sunflower Festival. In this festival, first of all, you can ride the red steam train for free which is bound for the huge Sunflower field. We scream ”Yeehaw!” at once when the train leave. On the first car of this train, there is a man singing some songs with us. We see adorable animals like alpacas, horses, caws and goats during this short trip. It's full of joy.

After arrived at the Sunflower fields, let's look around over 90 varieties of Sunflowers, Dahlias and other flowers on 20 acres. Canadian Sunflowers are much bigger than Japanese one. I was astonished. They are like a pan or a human face. Not only yellow, they have colorful Sunflowers such as white, red and black. You can enjoy these amazing views with merry songs, cool smoothies and snacks.

 If you found favorite one, you could pick one and bring back home. There is also a maze of Sunflowers in the field. After you had a lot of fun, you leave there while getting on the red train or sorts of a track like the pic below. They sing a song cheerfully for you again as well!

 Next to the farm, there is a farm-to-table grocery store. Incredible variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables are available. You won't find such local fresh ingredients in a regular store.


  Btw, when you visit here in the season of Halloween, there is another festival called Pumpkin patch. Pumpkin version of what I introduced today. It'd be also interesting. Check it out!


Best season: Summer or Autumn

Location& Address: In Richmond, Canada
Richmond Country Farms, 12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Renewing experiences in Tenatch

 Hi Everybody!

 I’m Haruka Higashi. I joined this Tenatch as an intern. I studied information economics in Kyoto while working as a tour guide and an event organizer. Now I temporarily live in Vancouver for studying Business Administration and refining this knowledges through working in Canada. When it comes to job experiences, I currently work in a company managing a fancy salon as a marketer in Canada. I manage their social media platforms and a website. I try to attract more attention by posting edited image and short videos. This is basically my life in Canada!

 Then, I found this company expanding the concept of “Co-Retailing” from Toronto. What a coincidence! It is like a bridge between Canada and Japan and there is probably something I’m the only one who can do as a Vancouver member. I believe I could make use of my certain understanding on digital marketing and economics on this role. In addition, my family works on regional revitalization on the part of their business. Thanks to this, I have a strong curiosity for “Co-Retailing” and local projects in this place as well. I’m thrilled about enriching my experiences of life through those amazing and innovative projects for sure.

 By the way, I born and raised in Fukuoka. After that, I lived in Kyoto for three years. I sincerely love such a fascinating local city. I’ll go back to Kyoto this year and surely live there again. I believe I can tell you how beautiful Japanese local cities and how much potential they have while working.

The above pic are the place I worked before as a guide and me wearing Kimono!

Thank you for reading, see you again!