Vera's blog

Ten days ago, the whole Roppongi neighborhood was transformed by the Roppongi art night: pictures On Sunday, I went on a walking tour of the Imperial palace: pictures Check out the other shared albums too!

Last weekend, I also went to a monthly Salsa dance event, apparently the biggest in Japan. It was a lot of fun! The level was quite high, but it was beginner friendly too. The dresses were quite interesting in general, and there were performances, some of which were closer to cabaret/burlesque than Salsa. I'll try to take pictures discreetly next time. :) Another show was Colombian/Cali Salsa, a type of Salsa with crazy footwork and lots of aerials. It was very impressive!

Last weekend, I finally made it to the park in Hiroo. I was lucky, the last two Sunday mornings were sunny, so I spent a long time there. We don't get many sunny afternoons, often clouds start coming in after midday. The park is beautiful! I posted some pictures on Google+. Plum trees were in full bloom last week, and other flowers started appearing this week. But no Sakuracherry blossoms yet.

There was a storm outside this evening, with lots of rain and wind. The Japanese warning system seems to work well, a lot of companies and schools closed early and sent the people home in the afternoon. I also got a warning email from Sakura House. Now, many trains are delayed, some aren't running at all, and all flights are canceled. I'm glad to be at home! And this gives me time for some long due blog posts.

I'm back in Tokyo, and it looks like I beat spring to it. It's raining and cold, and I can't see any green and flowers. But it will come soon, I'm sure. The cherry blossoms are forecast for in two weeks! Looking forward to the beauty and the party.

I'm not in Tokyo at the moment, I'm visiting Mountain View for two weeks and will then go to Pittsburgh, to dance with all my friends at Steel City Blues! It's very exciting to be in the States again, I have to say that I really like the Bay area. Plus we had gorgeous weather last week. It's a bit sad that I'm missing the beginning of spring in Japan, but I'll be back soon enough.

The weekend is over already and there's no time left for a real blog post. But I finally got around to posting some pictures on Google+. Please register on, add me to your circles and I will start sharing the pictures with you! E-mail me if you have questions/problems.

There is a lot to do around Tokyo, and Google offers a lot of activities too. I finally got my bank account and my alien registration card sorted out, and started buying stuff for my room. I haven't cooked here yet because of awesome free Google food, but I've met some interesting people at this guest house. And the agency offered a Sushi workshop on Saturday, pictures will follow.

A new chapter in my life has just begun! On Monday I arrived in Tokyo, where I'll be living and working for the next six months, doing another internship with Google. I'm only starting next week, so this week I have time to walk through the city, register at the ward office and the Swiss embassy, open a bank account etc. First impression: Tokyo is awesome!!!