Mariagabriella Vanzo - Japanspecialist
The very first time I met “Japan” I was just a teenager.
During a study trip in Europe, I was assigned a room to share with a quite traditionally educated Japanese young lady.
The lightweight cotton fabric kimono in the summer, the altar of the ancestors diligently arranged near the writing desk, the soft rustle of the pure white tabi, the incessant bowing down when talking on the phone, the meditation hour, the thousands of incense scented pouches, the Princess-of-the Moon-like hushed tones and grace, the alluring pictures of enchanted places and figures…
How could I have stopped dreaming to plunge one day personally in all these wonders?
Finally, a couple of years before graduation (it goes without saying that I achieved my Master Degree in Japanese Language and Literature) I landed for my first but not least time in Tokyo. It was on 7 January 1989, the day of the death of Emperor Hirohito. It was an end and a beginning.
To me, that meant the start of a 6 years long full immersion in the urban, natural and human landscapes of this mystic Land, followed by many further journeys, to re-discovery and widen the not only geographically known boundaries, as the bond with Japan could not be broken.
Forever charmed by the Floating World, here I am: waiting for you, to share every piece of information and technical tip you may need to plan and enjoy a really satisfying and unique travel experience.
Whether you are particularly interested in some specific aspect or you are generically curious, whether you are looking for low budget services or you are planning a journey in the sign of luxury, whether you are a manga and trekking enthusiastic bunch of friends or a high-tech gadgets and theme parks crazy family group, whether a honeymoon couple or a zen meditation addicted single, I am at your complete disposal to assist you as much as you prefer in your perfect journey planning.
Are you ready to jump in the Japanese Universe?
What I love about Japan
- Japanese gardens
- Japanese traditions