Perfection in Chaos

Though in theory there is a coffee cut-off time, how can one refuse freshly grounded coffee, especially when it’s done the traditional way? I just had to take up Fujiko’s kind offer, even if it was after sunset. The aroma from that antique coffee grinder caught my nose buds and pocket-Samsung’s attention. That’s a coffee paradise from a distance.

Breaking rules and grinding coffee beans
We decided to use Airbnb in Nagoya to be close to our friends Hiroko and Shogo San. Fujiko and her husband Noboyu had a listing available. The pictures looked great, we loved them and so we booked it. A perfectly affordable decision for the trip, or so we thought. This would have been a great stay if you are visiting Nagoya downtown, but we intended to be close to Hiroko’s and Shogo’s home which was a two-hour car ride into another district. Another life-survival lesson - check the map and again, check that map. After a delicious and colourful Japanese-fusion breakfast, Arigatoes and Sayonaras, we headed to Hiroko and Shogo’s who were waiting for us.

Around Nagoya Port and Coffee there

Recurring pollen allergies, viral and hay-fever changed our planned two nights stay in Nagoya to three. This gave me the opportunity to sight endless rows of pink and white sakura blooms, go on strolls in the park with Hiroko while she explained to me about the neighbourhood, Toyota and its facilities for the employees. More importantly, we spent valuable time together with our friends, priceless.

Pretty half blooms in Nagoya

And yes, I am impressed, by the level of detail, pride, respect and perfection this country and community showcases in almost every aspect of live and in their daily activities. It starts with the basics like keeping their rivers, streets and homes clean, efficient public transport, discipline when queueing and waiting for turns and of course, what is life without coffee.  I was amazed, at the number of coffee outlets and their appreciation for coffee. Drip coffee is famous here.  Little did I know that our hosts too regularly enjoy a good cup of coffee in addition to Japanese cars, art and baseball. They took us to the most zen coffee place. I will talk about that next week. I promise. 

Till then, perhaps it’s time to dream about a change – from Proton to Toyota and maybe something beyond. The coming weeks will tell - should the sail head east or west or stay put. Well why not, those stars are talking.

With this entry and on Tamil New Year’s Day, my blog site is now open for all readers. Thank you for your support, encouragement and 'reading me' - you keep me inspired :).

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