The Little Things in Life


“When I say I’m from Macedonia, people associate me with macadamia nuts. We play this game of ‘Where is it?’ Some think it’s Mesopotamia. At least older people get it. But then comes the awkward silence once first impressions are out of the way. Whatever you do though, it’s important to represent well. Because people see you as an ambassador of your country, whether you play the role or not. Your actions will reflect on folks back home. It’s a weight we all carry when we’re abroad. Especially when you’re from a small country and people haven’t met many of you.

“The funny thing about me being in Japan is that my good Japanese friend is in my hometown. She’s there to study, I’m here to study. We both wanted to get out of our own countries because it’s suffocating to live in just one place. It’s so limiting like a cage. She finds more freedom the farther she is from the system that brought her up. And I find more personal freedom here. I guess we’re both looking for inspiration, for something new—a different life.

“What I love about Japan is the extraordinary beauty of ordinary things. The things you use everyday, stuff around you that you don’t really think or care about, have aesthetic beauty. You go to a bakery and the bread has some design or it’s shaped like a cute animal. Package design is a big deal here. For example, there’s this chocolate that I really like, which I bought because of its beautiful box. It would be tasty anyway, even if it was wrapped in something plain. But presentation makes it something out of the ordinary. Even manhole covers have an artistic look and feel to them. They have intricate designs and symbols engraved on them. These small things make this otherwise stressful life somewhat enjoyable.”

at Tokyo Midtown





(翻訳:Loving Life in Tokyo

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