World Traveling Udon Maker's journey 世界を旅するうどん屋の旅

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Value of bargain 値切りから考えるお金の価値(1)

Udon Challenge 290/1200 #kenya #nairobi

Another workshop held in Nairobi! I was lucky enough to be able to stay in this beautiful house for few nights because of their favors. Atmosphere here is very different from downtown(check photos below) even in the same city!




Photos of downtown of Nairobi Kenya, known as one of most dangerous districts in Africa. But I felt it is a bit exaggerated after staying in the area for about a week. There are some unsafe looking spots, but other areas in downtown are rather interesting with local Kenyan vibes!



Value of money learnt from bargain(1)

For travelers, bargain is a part of daily lives. What does it mean to bargain for you?

When I was in India, I introduced the hostel I was staying to my Japanese friend because it was cheap and nice. The price told to him was already cheap as I introduced him, but he kept on doing bargain. I understand that Japanese people are likely to be asked for twice or three times the actual price and he sure wants to prevent it. But I felt it’s rude to bargain for $5 room. The hostel owner sure wasn’t asking for twice the actual price, and he needs to make a living out of it as well.

When I was in Tanzania, I requested an order-made shirt. Again, there is another bargain and negotiation here. But if I ask for discount in this kind of case, the sewers would lose their motivations and I guessed that the outcome of my shirt might not be as nice as it should be. Price has more meanings than just numbers, and it symbolizes the amount of energy they put into. Values of things or services become more clear when comparing machine made mass produced stuff versus handmade only-one product.

One of some frequently asked questions when traveling is “how much do YOU want to pay?” when asking “how much is it?”. It seems like some people hate this question, but I feel it’s very important question, which really makes me think “so how much would I like to pay for this? How much does it worth?” , actually grabbing a product with your hands. For example, how much would you pay for a piece of artwork done by unknown artist that is very similar to Piccasso’s artwork? We all should not get used to fixed price.






Sense of contribution brings you happiness 幸福感の一つは貢献感(2)

Udon Challenge 283/1200 #kenya #nairobi

The first of numerous workshops that I will have in Nairobi...! Did you know that there are huge Indian communities in Africa? They are Indian descendants who are born and grew up in Kenya. Hope you all enjoyed! 




This is a school, located in a slum in Nairobi Kenya, where kids with no educational opportunies can actually go or stay to have complimentary education. Education has a power to offer kids options in their future lives, change the lives of next generation, and create positive cycles in the whole society. Quite an experience to have a chance to meet Japanese people working in this school and also even middle and high school students from Japan attending this slum tour.



Sense of contribution brings you happiness 幸福感の一つは貢献感(2)

 (↑Continuing from the last post/ 前回記事からの続き)


Knowing this relationship, the most important thing is whether or not you really REALIZE that what you do is helping people in any ways. To be honest, sometimes the outcome of whatever you do to help people is not the most important thing. It’s sometimes more important to FEEL what you do is contributing in making something better, than the actual outcome of it. In other words, we all should strive not because we want more “thank you”s from people, but to feel accomplishment/self-satisfaction/sense of contribution. This will eventually lead to enrich other’s lives, while we feel satisfaction from what we do.

So what leads us to satisfaction? I think the answer is you always need to take things seriously and give out 100% of what you have. If you don’t take it seriously, there is no satisfaction. In my case, I can’t just be too confident of my udon, satisfied with 80% of what I can do. I always need to aim for 100% and this mindset would lead to self-satisfaction (regardless of the actual outcome). When I feel satisfied of my udon, I start feeling a sense of contribution to people. Eventually this effort gives me “thank you”s from people.