A project in Tokyo

Hi everyone –

Well, although it’s October, it seems like summer is here to stay to London. I had some really interesting experiences this summer working with a Japanese client in Tokyo on topics related to sustainability and climate change. All in all, I spent four weeks in Tokyo.

Although I have previously worked in Asia, I’d never been to Japan before. As I boarded the plane, I felt both excitement and apprehension. So many aspects of the project felt daunting. How would I engage with the client with absolutely no proficiency in the Japanese language? What is the culture like in our Tokyo office? I also had life questions—what would I eat in Japan as an vegetarian?!

A vegetarian meal in Japan. My photo at the top of the page is from Shirakwa-go in rural Japan

One week into the project, I was convinced I had made the right decision. The topic of our work was something that is highly relevant in the world today, with erratic weather changes and increased pollution levels. I learnt about the practices around recycling waste in Japan. In addition, working in another country where I don’t speak the language was a reminder of our differences and commonalities. I saw for myself the “one firm” philosophy—although I was on the other side of the world. And finally, I did find plenty of vegetarian food in Tokyo!

Until next time,